The concept of Qigong has been widely known for many years and is commonly associated with medical gymnastics or a program of health-promoting excercises.
There is indeed some truth in these perceptions, but Qigong can be characterized more accurately as an art or basic science about life. Unlike in the standard view of the Western science, the Chinese think of a man not only as a physical body, but also energy and soul. Oriental philosophy always considers three interlinked components that constitute the holistic system of any living being – those are the physical, energetic, and information aspects.
By taking that into account, we can conclude that an improvement or change in one part must result in positive effects on the other parts of the whole system. Boosting the energy, increasing its amount has positive effects on the body, causes changes at the information level, regenerates the internal organs and regulates the correct functioning of all systems in the body.
One of the main motivations for people taking interest in Qigong is an acute need for regaining health or for solving problems of psychological or emotional nature. Some people seek Quigong as a spiritual resource or are led by their desire to release their talents and to develop particular abilities. Indeed, while practicing Qigong and achieving their initial goals, they understand that Qigong is a whole system for developing all aspects of personality.
The following definition of the Zhong Yuan Qigong system was given by the Master Xu Mingtang, director of the Beijing Medical Research Kundawell Institute, member of the Chinese Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Department of External Treatment Modalities, Deputy Chairman of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong:
„The Zhong Yuan Qigong system belongs to the higher levels of Qigong and represents a holistic system of knowledge and methods, which allows to normalize the psycho-physical condition, to develop creative talents and to gain particular abilities. This practice promotes spiritual and physical development of person as a whole and, therefore also the evolution of mankind as embodied by the species of Homo Sapiens. This is the direction taken by elements of practically all schools of Qigong, but at the same time this system is free of any religious overtones and has no ideological aims whatsoever. For this reason, people of all worldviews can practice Qigong, as it will not be in conflict with their beliefs.”
The practice of Qigong is based on the same ideas and concepts as traditional Chinese medicine – body as a system of energy channels, the life energy Qi flowing through these channels, the doctrine of Yin and Yang, and the Wu Xing system of five basic elements. However, unlike in the medical approach, we work with the physical body, energy and information by assuming certain static or dynamic postures, self-massaging parts of body and creating images or working with consciousness.
This holistic and highly effective methodology of self-regulation has been passed on for generations since ancient times. It is simple and easy to apply practically, facilitates the development of those personal abilities and skills that arise from the human nature and have a broad significance, namely:
· Enhancing the vitality of internal organs and normalizing their functions;
· Renewal of the programs for proper functioning of all systems in the body;
· Eliminating mental stress and increasing stress resistance;
· Improving the resistance of organism to all external and internal negative factors;
· Raising the amount of energy and mobilizing the vital force;
· Achieving general healing and reversal of aging.
The effectiveness of Qigong is now widely recognized and these methods are practiced throughout the world, resulting in founding of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong in 1993 and the organization of annual international conferences featuring such speakers as noted physicians, researchers in the field of wellness, leading experts from scientific institutes, practicioners of Yoga, Qigong, and similar directions, as well as many other specialists from various areas of knowledge.
The study of Zhong Yuan Qigong system is part of the required program and is an important component of healing and regeneration. Certified instructors from various countries offer group and individual classes. The list of specialists is available here: