“If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong.”
- Dr. Oz
Dr . Oz , Oprah's favorite MD, was asked out of all the health practices that one could do, what was the one practice that he would choose and recommend people practice to stay healthy. His response: If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong. He added that Qigong reverses the aging process.
"The Way is in training." -- Miyamoto Mushashi
"Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness." [National Qigong Association]
What is Qigong?"
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The word Qigong [pronounced chee gung] is the combination of Qi and Gong: Qi is vitality, energy, life force, Gong is practice, cultivation, refine; Qigong means to cultivate and refine one's life force through practice. It is often translated into English as ‘energy’, but we can see from the chinese character, that it also shows us something about transformation. It is from the transformation that useable energy is created. qigong means refining the skill of transformation to consciously create useable energy.
There are thousands of kinds of Qigong. Qi means the essential functional energy of life. It also means Bio-electromagnetic breath. It is the Qi or life force that maintains the healthy and harmonious function of the human body's self regulating systems.
Qigong is the practice of activating, refining and circulating the human bio-electomagnetic field. Because the bio-electromagnetic field maintains and supports the function of the organs and tissues, Qigong can have a profound effect on health. Qigong expands into a discipline of mental and spiritual development. The qigong paths we pursue include the healthy individual maintaining health, those in need of healing and the individual who is seeking spiritual development.
Qigong can complement Western medicine in many ways to provide better healthcare.
The foundation of Qigong states that the main ingredient of practice is that intention (Yi) directs the movement of Qi,
which in turn directs the flow of blood in the body. Increased or decreased electrical activity in specific
areas of the body determines blood flow and fluid balance, accumulation and dispersal of substances.
For health maintenance, Qigong practitioners do not have to be experts. Almost anyone can
learn to practice Qigong to maintain and improve his or her own health. The objective of the exercises is
to strengthen the Qi in the body and remove obstructions to Qi flow that may have developed due to
injury, emotional states, diet, disease or other factors. Traditional Chinese Medicine[TCM] states that the obstruction of Qi flow can
In recent studies, radioactive technetium 99m and phosphorus p32 were injected into acupuncture points of patients, and gamma-camera imaging and microautoradiography followed the isotopes' uptake. The radioactive substances migrated along classical acupuncture meridian pathways, through a series of fine, duct-like tubules, (approximately 0.5 - 1.5 microns in diameter) for a distance of 30 cm in four to six minutes. Fluid extracted from these tubules revealed high concentrations of DNA, RNA, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, sixteen types of free nucleotides, adrenaline, corticosteroids, estrogen, and other hormonal substances in levels far different from those ordinarily found in the bloodstream. In an acupoint, over ten times the blood level of adrenaline was found. This presence of hormones and adrenaline within ductal fluids certainly suggest a link between the meridian system and the endocrine gland regulation of the body.
- The practice of Qigong is the act of bringing awareness and skill to direct the function and movement of Qi.
- The correct movement of Qi is a force that engages the body’s natural tendency toward balance.
- Continued practice provides reinforcement of the body’s inclination toward balance and toward optimal use of all its functions and potential.