The Power of Chi Kung
Qigong and Your Life Force Energy
The Art & Science of Cultivating Qi (Chi) Qigong, pronounced ‘chee gong’ and sometimes seen as Chi Kung or Chi Gong, is quickly gaining popularity in the west.
Qigong’s wide-ranging health benefits, both physical and mental, and the simplicity of the practice make it appealing to all ages and mobility levels. There are many benefits to this interesting practice, but each person’s experience is unique and specific to them.
As a practitioner, Gregg Ward works with the individual to determine the correct path of treatment. But, you may be asking, “What is Qigong?”, well, it may be easier to show through example.
Use this section to read Becky’s Story to see how it helped Becky Kalinowski, National Qigong Association, Administrative Director and to learn more about the definition of Qigong by clicking the links to the right.
What Is Qigong?
Qi translates as ‘life force energy’ and gong translates as ‘work or effort.’ Very simply it is the ancient Chinese art and science of cultivating life force energy or qi/chi through movement and visualization.
When the qi is cultivated the acupuncture meridians become open and flowing thus creating health and well being. Qigong is sometimes called needleless acupuncture.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine when qi is either stagnant or deficient people get sick. When the meridians are open and the qi is flowing sickness and disease happen less and people live longer and healthier.
Psychoneuroimmunology, a newly coined medical term, is the study of how the mind (psycho) and the body (neuro) affect the health or immune function (immunology).
It is well known that the mind has amazing healing capabilities affecting the body. For example, when you smile your body instantly creates a powerful, healing, biochemical response and you physically feel different; and tears of joy or sorrow have a different biochemical makeup.
Imagine having a lifestyle practice that offers the benefits of psychoneuroimmunology for greater health and you have Qigong. I define Qigong as the art and science of cultivating your life force energy for physical, mental and spiritual health.
The art is how good you get at sending this natural biochemical healing drug/elixir through your body using your ‘yi’ or mind/intent. The science is the study of that biochemical elixir and how it flows through the body (acupuncture meridians).