What is Qigong?
Qigong is a philosophy of life that fosters wisdom, well-being and harmonious living. The physical aspect of Qigong involves regular practice of one or more Qigong methods, a combination of movement, breathing techniques and meditation. In order to completely engage in Qigong, the practice of these physical methods needs to be anchored in understanding of Taoist, Buddhist and other philosophies of life from which the practice of Qigong developed. When practiced regularly with integration of Qigong philosophy in your daily life, Qigong purifies the body and mind of toxins, and opens the body and mind to receive the natural flow of vital energy in the world.
What is medical Qigong?
Medical Qigong refers to the category of Qigong methods that have been developed to address specific diseases and imbalances. While all Qigong practice can eventually lead to well-being, certain methods will address a specific problem much more directly and efficiently. This is not so different from how we think about food. Of course, all food is nourishing for us in one way or another. But if you are suffering from an illness due to lack of Vitamin C, then you will make sure and eat lots of citrus fruits. Similarly, Jade Woman is a Qigong method that helps to increase the blood and purify the liver for both men and women. In addition, this form is especially beneficial for the health of women’s gynecological system, and the smooth transitioning of the various cycles in a woman’s life. If a person is suffering from sleep disorder, Jade Woman might not be the most obvious choice. Rather, practicing Sleeping Buddha will most directly balance this problem. At the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School, students are exposed to a number of different medical Qigong forms, from forms good for general health, such as Eight Treasures, to forms developed to address specific issues, such as Ling Gui Qigong for arthritis or Hulu Gong for boosting the immune system. You can find descriptions of each of these forms taught at the School by clicking here.
Of course, medical Qigong forms do not replace medical care from physicians or other health care practitioners. These forms are meant to provide adjunctive care. Even in the ancient times, Chinese healers prescribed medical Qigong forms for their patients to practice along with herbal formulas, acupuncture and other treatments.
Why practice Qigong?
Because each person is unique, each person’s reason for learning Qigong, as well as each person’s Qigong experience, is different. For one student of the Ling Gui School, the initial impetus to learn Qigong came from wanting relief from the debilitating symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia. Another student wanted a deeper connection to life and his place in it. Yet another student wanted a non-impact method of keeping fit and healthy. For everyone, however, this is a journey and the reasons for practicing Qigong evolve as the Qigong experience grows. In the end, Qigong is as large as the universe and just as mysterious and full of surprises. We practice Qigong to return to the harmonies of nature, to our natural place in the universal patterns.