What Is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced "chee gong") is one of the three pillars of traditional Chinese medicine, along with acupuncture and herbal remedies. Qigong literally means breath work or energy cultivation exercises. These exercises combine gentle body movements, self-massage, breath practice and deep relaxation.
Qigong cultivates the medicine within the human body. It evokes the relaxation response, slowing down breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and brain wave patterns. Qigong also stimulates the immune system, lowers adrenaline levels and increases circulation of the blood and lymph, carrying oxygen to the cells and flushing out toxins and waste products. It is an excellent tool for preventing disease and leading a healthy life.
In Western medical terms, Qigong can be defined as a vast array of self-applied health enhancement methods. These methods are a good complement to health care provided by a licensed physician or acupuncturist.