3 Health Benefits of Regular Qigong Practice
Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland.
Individuals who participate in regular Qigong practice can tell you that there are numerous benefits that come from regular practice. Those who are unfamiliar with Qigong are also not going to be familiar with the health benefits. Below we discuss a few of the health benefits that are a result of Qigong, and how to achieve those benefits.
Lowers Blood Pressure and Improves Heart Health
There are different styles of Qigong that range in terms of intensity. As a result, each style affects the cardiovascular system differently. Some styles involve slow, steady, deep and smooth movements that are linked with breaths. This particular type of practice results in calming a racing heart and mind. More intense practices can result in an increased heart rate, which then causes them to break a sweat, all while providing them with a low-to-moderate intensity aerobic workout.
As a result, in practicing Qigong, studies have found that participants show improved blood pressure by increasing their stamina, strengthening the heart, boosting blood circulation and lowering stress levels. Studies conducted by the national Taiwan University Hospital suggest that Qigong is not only safe but also effective for patients who have myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease, and those who have had bypass surgery and heart failure.
Reduces the Negative Effects of Stress
Stress can have many negative effects on the body that Qigong can help to reduce. Studies have found that Qigong can help with such conditions as depression, anxiety, general stress management, and exercise self-efficacy. Additionally, because stress and digestion are closely linked, Qigong healing can also help with digestion issues, such as gastritis, IBS, and ulcers.
Qigong has been known to help reestablish the body/mind/soul connecting, going beyond what many other exercise styles do. Therefore, there are also mental benefits that come from practicing Qigong. These benefits can include: deeper spiritual development, experienced body confidence, better attention span, and a deeper sense of connection to others.
There is a strong similarity between Qigong and yoga, the effects help to improve the functions of the parasympathetic nervous system. These effects help to calm down both the mind and body, reduce nervousness and muscle tension, and improve deep breathing, while helping with relaxation and deep sleep.
As you can see, there are many benefits of implementing Qigong healing into your life. Whether you are looking to find a way to naturally handle and control the stress in your life or are looking for ways to improve your overall heart health, find a Qigong practice near you and give it a try.