On a recent Oprah show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, NY surgeon and health care advocate, sited energy
medicine as the medicine of the future. “We’re beginning now to understand things that we know
in our hearts are true but we could never measure. As we get better at understanding how little
we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier in medicine is energy
Qigong is a combination of two ideas: “Qi meaning the vital energy that flows through all things in the universe and “Gong meaning the
skill of working with or cultivating. Together, Qigong means the skill of cultivating vital
energy, or the ability to work with the electromagnetic energy of the body.
Medical qigong, is one of the four main branches of Chinese medicine along with acupuncture,
herbal medicine, and medical massage. Medical Qigong is the study of the energetic map of the
body based on classical and alchemical Chinese Medicine. Medical Qigong techniques can be
practiced on oneself for self-cultivation or on others as healing protocols.
Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine that recognizes the root
causes of symptoms or disease, and treats the client as a whole. In the future, dis-eases will
be seen and worked with before they reach the physical body. This is true preventive medicine
and a return to the ancient Chinese way where the doctor was paid only when the client was
well. Generally and simply speaking, some 80% of disease is caused by stagnation or blockage
while the remaining 20% can be said to be caused by deficiency. Blockages occur in the physical
or subtle bodies where there are inherent weaknesses. It takes time to remove blockages
depending on how deep the pattern is. This is particularly true if any form of disease has
infiltrated the physical body. The same line of reasoning would apply to deficiency, although
in this case, any areas of deficiency must be strengthened. Often a deficiency and blockage
occur at the same time. The goal of all healing is not to just treat symptoms but rather to
determine each client's particular imbalances with a goal on finding the root causes. Following
is a simplified list of the important things a medical qigong practitioner can do to help their
client facilitate the healing process.
Meditation and spiritual practices in whatever spiritual path the client feels most inspired
by. This assists the client in connecting to something larger than themselves and understanding
their condition from a greater perspective of wholeness .
- Medical qigong exercises are simple movements and/or meditations that the client
performs daily that will benefit their particular condition. Medical Qigong exercises
combine the use of breath with individual physical movements, creative visualization and
intention. Medical Qigong exercises empower the client to realize that they are an integral
part of their own healing process.
- Physical illness can be the result of long-standing emotional
suppression. Current body, mind and spirit paradigms recognize the inherent connection
between these realms of experience. Body, Mind and Spirit can be separated only in theory,
for in experience they are different dimensions of the same human consciousness. Medical
Qigong exercises such as dry crying and beating the bag are just two of the many ways
Medical Qigong practitioners work to resolve emotional issues.
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