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 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.

Complied by Garri Garripoli.   Wuji Productions–1999,. Garri Garripoli,  wujiproductions.com.

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