Qi Gong

A Chinese health care system, Qigong is an alternative healing therapy which combines physical postures, breathing techniques and focus. The main aim of practising this therapy is to stay healthy, heal a particular condition, beat the stress and calm the mind. The combination of these three aspects is basically to develop optimistic outlook towards life, and remove negative energy from the body. In a nutshell, it encourages to live a stress-free, healthy lifestyle with greater harmony and stability.

The practice of Qigong is prevalent for various reasons like exercise, prevention of many disorders, self-healing, meditation and training for martial arts.

The word ‘Qigong’ can be divided into two parts according to the Chinese language. Qi, which is pronounced as ‘chee’ means vital energy. Gong, pronounced as gung, means accomplishment.

Benefits of Qigong:
The various benefits of practising Qigong are:

  • Improvement of overall health and well-being
  • Enhances the functioning of mental faculties
  • Heals and cures chronic conditions or disorders
  • It also promotes the functions of nervous system, endocrine system, skeletal system, cardiac system, digestive system, circulatory system, lymphatic system and excretory system.
  • Decreased anxiety, depression and fear.
  • It helps in physical, emotional and spiritual upliftment.

Training methods:

  • Dynamic training: It involves fluid movements carefully co-ordinated with breath and awareness.
  • Static training: It helps to hold a particular posture for a longer period of time.
  • Meditative training: It helps in breath awareness, visualisation and focus on philosophical subjects.
  • Use of external agents: It involves use of external agents like interaction with other living organisms, massage, ingestion of herbs or physical manipulation.

Reactions after practising Qigong:
Overall, Qigong is a safe method and does not have any side-effects. However, the practitioners should inform the person undergoing this therapy that he/she may suffer from some reactions. This may be mainly due to powerful healing effects of Qigong compared to other alternative healing therapies. The reactions are usually seen when the sick or negative Qi i.e. energy is slowly transforming into healing process, and the impurities that have built up in the body over the period of time are getting discharged. This may affect your body.

The common reactions are:
Cough & cold, increase in saliva, nausea, vomiting, nasal bleeding, increase in eye discharge or any part of the body, flu-like symptoms, sweating, sores, rashes, murky urine, increase in menses, diarrhoea. Apart from reactions of physical nature, you may also suffer from mental or emotional reactions.

Taking care of the reactions:

  • No matter how bad your health may be, you should stick to your routine and practice Qigong regularly to get rid of the Qi or negative energy as quickly as possible.
  • Stay calm and composed, for this is a temporary phenomenon, and will soon go away.

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