Qigong Fact Sheet
Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Qigong is pronounced “chee-gung” and literally means “energy exercise.”
- An ancient Chinese healing system similar to Tai Chi and Yoga.
- Estimated 5,000 years old.
- The foundation of both acupuncture and Tai Chi.
- Practiced by over 80 million people each day.
- A typical Qigong workout can last from ten minutes to one hour.
- An exercise system that combines slow movement with deep breathing.
- Qigong facilitates the movement of Qi (Chi) throughout the body to increase vitality. Qi can be thought of as bio-electric energy or “life force” energy.
- Found to be effective in lowering high blood pressure.
- Regular practice can minimize the effects of diabetes.
- Has been shown to reduce the amount of medication necessary for treatment.
- Studies show post-operative recovery time can be dramatically shortened.
- It is a holistic way to bring the body into balance and good health.
- Qigong is very effective for most chronic conditions and painful symptoms.
- Post-Cultural Revolution Chinese government is allowing Qigong to finally be brought out into the public awareness.
- The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) in Washington, D.C. has funded in-depth Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) research projects at 12 major universities across the U.S. including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and others.
- Thirty-four medical schools have included CAM courses in the basic curriculum. Some of these universities have even set up departments to incorporate Qigong into their research criteria.
- Qigong is an excellent complement to Western treatment for lowering stress and increasing the immune system.
- Qigong is a simple, daily exercise system for maintaining good health.
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