Medical Qigong is also referred to as Chinese Energetic Medicine. It is one of the five branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Its theory penetrates and influences all the other branches, which are acupuncture, tuina (Chinese massage), food therapy, and herbal medicine.
According to Qigong theory, the Universe contains visible and invisible worlds. And the human body contains visible structures and invisible Qi. Qi includes energy and invisible matter.
Medical Qigong therapy holds that a person is environmental, relational, physical, mental, and spiritual. The treatment not only focuses on the health of the physical body, but also stresses the mental and spiritual health. It also considers other aspects of your life, such as the environment you live or work in and the social relationship that might affects your health. It is not only a therapeutic but also a preventative medicine.
In a medical Qigong treatment, the practitioner first makes diagnosis through asking your disease history, checking your tongue and pulse, and feeling your Qi to get an overall understanding of your condition. During the session, you might be guided through relaxation or guided imagery. The practitioner might touch certain points or areas of your body to regulate the Qi or her hands will be over those areas without touching them. Certain sounds and tones may be used to move the Qi. Talk therapy may also be incorporated. You may feel waves of energy, warmth or vibrations in the body. You may see different colors or auras. You may feel deep relaxation, enter a near-sleep state, or fall asleep. Each person’s experience is different. You may feel nothing during the treatment, but after the session you may have a general good feeling of well-being, and may be able to have a clearer vision about your life and find better solutions and directions. At the very end, the practitioner might teach you meditation or some Qigong movements as homework. Diet regulation and herbal supplements may also be suggested. This patient-centered treatment besides treating the illness, also facilitates you to be in charge of your own health so that you could maintain your health and prevent diseases.
Medical Qigong is indicated in management and recovery from chemotherapy, any functional problems (low energy, digestive and gastric issues, breathing function, reflux, stress, depression, anxiety, headache, insomnia, and chronic unremitting issues of discomfort and pain.
Medical Qigong can be incorporated with acupuncture therapy, which we call Qigong acupuncture. During a Qigong acupuncture session, the practitioner locates acupuncture point more precisely with Qigong feeling method. During the process of needle insertion, manipulation and withdrawal, the practitioner focuses on regulating the Qi, and the needle sensation you experience is usually more comfortable and profound. When you lie on the treatment table with needles retained for 15-30 minutes, the practitioner stay with you to do an extra Qigong treatment. Qigong acupuncture gives you the benefit of both acupuncture and medical Qigong. Besides your innate healing ability being stimulated and released through acupuncture, this healing ability will be magnified, assisted and elevated through medical Qigong therapy.