Healing Qigong is based on the cornerstone of Chinese medicine is built on the concept that the universe is made of Qi and that all living things have a particular quality of this Qi. Qi is life, without Qi life does not exist. As a therapy, Healing Qigong can be used either on its own or to augment any other therapy. In China it is used in the treatment of cancer as part of a regime that may use allopathic medicine, surgery, or Traditional Chinese medicine (herbal medicine and acupuncture). Theoretically, Qigong follows the same rules as Acupuncture, Shiatsu, etc. in that it uses the concept of Yin and Yang, uses the meridian system and the exceptional vessels, and incorporates the Five Element Theory. The goal is to reduce excess and feed deficiency, reducing Yang conditions and increasing Yin conditions. In acupuncture this balancing is brought about by the techniques of stimulation and reduction that involve the way in which the needles are turned, or inserted and retracted. In Shiatsu these conditions are known as Kyo/Jitsu and the techniques are called tonification and sedation. These techniques are utilised to facilitate the raising or lowering of the condition (Yin or Yang), to either cool or heat/contract or expand the Qi in order to achieve a particular result; healing the patient, or to act as a prevention against illness.
Healing Qigong for Body, Mind and Spirit
Treatment using Qigong is not confined to the mere physical; it promotes the health/balance of body, mind and spirit – Qi, Jing and Shen. The Qi affecting the physical, the Jing increasing and maintaining vigour, and the Shen affecting the consciousness.
Healing Qigong is mainly used to treat chronic aliments although it can also be used to treat acute conditions like aches and pains. However, as in most of the oriental healing arts, the Qigong therapist is like the gardener who is constantly tending his plot, weeding and making sure that the ground is nurtured – rather than the repairman who only calls when there is already something wrong.
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