Qi Gong and Therapeutic Exercises

TCM has a long history of therapeutic exercises which enhances health and vitality. 


Qi (pronounced as “chi”) means vital energy.  In ordinary terms,  it means air.  Gong (pronounced as “kung”) means  skill or attainment.  Therefore Qi Gong is the skill of developing and applying the body’s vital energy for health, wellbeing, protection, and personal development. 


Qi Gong combines mental, physical, and breathing exercises to increase the Qi and blood flow and to develop and mobilise Qi in order to treat and prevent diseases. 


Practitioners of Qi Gong develop an awareness of Qi sensations (energy) in their body and use their mind to guide the Qi.  When the practitioners achieve a sufficient skill level (master),  they can direct or emit external Qi for the purpose of healing others.  This art of healing is called “External Qi Gong”.


In traditional Chinese medicine,  good health is a result of a free flowing, well-balanced energy system.  It is believed that regular practice of Qi Gong helps to cleanse the body of toxins, restore energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and help individuals maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. 


There are many types of Qi Gong.  Some types of Qi Gong use physical exercises to develop and mobilise the body’s Qi.  It is excellent for blood circulation, breathing difficulties, general weakness, structural disorders, and mind-body co-ordination. 


Unlike many exercise,  Qi Gong is gentle and does not require much strength and vigour to perform.   It is an excellent exercise for the young and old alike.   It is very suitable for weak peatients or patients patients recuperating from a debilitating illnesses.


Qi Gong is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine is is highly recommended for maintenance of health and vitality for the cure and prevention of diseases. 


Examples of popular Qi Gong exercises are:-

        Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Ji Quan)

        Wu Qi Quan

        Xiang Gong

        18 Step Tai Chi

        Wild Goose Qi Gong

        5 Animal Play

        Ba Duan Jin

        Guo Lin Gong

        Wan Fa Gong

        Longevity Gong

        etc etc etc ……………


Written by John Chow,  a TCM practitioner, masseur, healer, martial arts and spiritual teacher.