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Qi gong is a martial art-like exercise from traditional Chinese medicine that attempts to regulate mind, body, and breath.

In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that disease is caused by a blockage or imbalance of energy flow in the body. Qi gong is thought to help unblock or balance energy flow and help the body heal.

People use Qi gong for high blood pressure, back pain, asthma, cancer, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions, but there's no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.

Don't confuse Qi gong with Kampo medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, or tai chi. These are not the same.

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Qi gong is likely safe when practiced for up to 1 year. There are no known safety concerns. Like any exercise, Qi gong might cause muscle pain and tenderness.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Qi gong is safe when pregnant or breast-feeding. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before starting Qi gong or any other exercise program.

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

The main principles of Qi gong include breathing, intentional movement, relaxation, stance, visualization, and awareness. There are many different types of Qi gong. Some forms of Qi gong have been specially developed for certain conditions.

Qi gong sessions may last for anywhere from 20-90 minutes and can be performed as often as daily or as little as once per week. Talk to your physician or other healthcare professional to learn more about how Qi gong is used for specific conditions.

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