Wellness Medical Qigong:
A Systematic Energy Healing Technique
When I mention the term medical wellness qigong, the image that springs up in peoples mind is old folks practicing qigong in parks as their morning routines.
However, there are many methods of qigong and they can be broadly categorised into 4 groups based on the purpose of training.
- Scholar qigong – many are familiar with this form as it is used for maintaining health
- Martial arts qigong – for enhancing power in fighting
- Religious qigong – for spiritual enlightenment
- Medical qigong – this is the one that we are keen to explore more as it is used for healing, both your self and treating others.
Most people have not realised the wonders of this form of energy healing. For example, it was so fascinating to witness musculo-skeletal issues like flat foot and scoliosis miraculously being fixed. In China and other countries like the US, medical qigong is used as complementary therapy for cancer.
What is Medical Qigong?
With medical qigong, qi in our body is affected and directed for medical benefit. It utilises specific techniques to purge, energise and balance internal qi flow for healing. These techniques are based on knowledge of the body’s internal and external qi and it is one of the modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Why Medical Qigong?
Medical qigong follows the TCM principle that ailments are caused by qi blockage/ stagnation; qi depletion; and/or qi imbalance. This wisdom is found in the earliest medical text called Huang Di Nei Jing. Therefore, by affecting these energy disharmony, the body restores its inherit ability to heal itself.
How is Medical Qigong Done?
Practitioners often use their hands to channel the energy to the affected areas of their patients. Nonetheless, breathing is one of the primary techniques of qigong practice. Practitioners use different breathing methods to achieve different results.
- Normal breathing, also called chest breathing
- Normal abdominal breathing
- Reverse abdominal breathing
- Embryonic breathing
- Skin breathing
- Five gates breathing
- Third eye breathing
Each method delivers a different effect.
In medical qigong, normal abdominal breathing or Dan Tian breathing is commonly used. In this method of breathing, the abdomen withdraws when you exhale and expands when you inhale. This breathing method has beneficial effect on the autonomic nervous system, taking twice the time to exhale as to inhale, allowing the lungs to fill to its full total lung capacity.
There are five types of Dan Tian breathing, each has its purpose as described below:
- Fu breathing is the basic and most important breathing techniques. It helps with energy and blood circulation, stimulates the nervous system to maintain cerebral balance; and facilitates meditation and relaxation
- Chui breathing is most beneficial for the heart and lungs. It lowers and balances blood pressure and heart rate and relieves general tension.
- Tu breathing focuses on the kidney, liver, spleen and immune systems. Besides that, it helps to relieve lower back pain.
- Pi breathing reaches the cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems.
- Si breathing activates the thyroid and thymus gland, improving the immune system.
Wellness Medical Qigong
- Scanning the affected area with the palms
- Since qi blockage is the most common cause, the first step is to unblock.
- Following that, stagnant qi is swept and purged
- Finally, the area is energised, stabilised and sealed.