Qigong has its roots in ancient China and dates back more than 4,000 years. It comprises of a series of breathing, physical and mental training exercises. The aim of which is to strengthen and stretch the body and increase overall body awareness.
Qigong has its roots in ancient China and dates back more than 4,000 years. It is now practiced by millions worldwide, and in contemporary China, the emphasis has shifted away from ancient philosophy and increasingly towards its physical health benefits.
Ancient theories relating to qigong explain its benefits in terms of illness prevention and self-healing by balancing energy centres and balancing qi (chi) flow in the meridians and other pathways of the body.
The modern approach is to view Qigong as a series of breathing, physical, and mental training methods. It is composed of a series of low impact, gentle movements that are typically repeated, with slow deep and coordinated breathing. The aim of these movements is to strengthen and stretch the body and increase body awareness and overall fluid movement (eg blood and lymph). It can be done lying, sitting, or standing, and is thus good for disabled persons, seniors, and people recovering from injuries.
Despite the differing theories of how it works, qigong is a form of complementary medicine with a number of suggested health benefits. A comprehensive scientific (2010) review of qigong reported that qigong practice may be suitable for a diverse range of problems:
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