Qi gong is a broadly defined traditional Chinese therapy that uses low-to-moderate intensity exercise and posture, movements, meditation, and breathing patterns. Qi gong attempts to regulate mind, body, and breath. Tai chi, a relatively well-known form of traditional Chinese exercise, is one specific type of Qi gong. Other practices such as meditation, yoga and Reiki therapy are also considered parts of Qi gong.
Qi gong is used for high blood pressure, back pain, and tiredness in people with cancer. It is also used for other types of pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and many other conditions, but there's no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
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"Qi" means "vital energy" or "life force", and "gong" means "work" or "discipline" So, "Qi gong" can be translated to mean "energy work."
In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that disease is caused by a blockage or unbalanced energy flow in the body. Like many therapies in traditional Chinese medicine, Qi gong is thought to help unblock or balance energy flow and help the body heal.
Several Qi gong exercises have been developed to specifically open the 12 energy channels or "meridians" in the body that are recognized in traditional Chinese medicine. Opening these channels allows Qi to flow throughout the body.
Qi gong is LIKELY SAFE when practiced for up to 1 year. There are no known safety concerns. So far, no harmful side effects have been reported. However, 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.
There are no known interactions with medications. Before taking this product, 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 appropriate or safe use of Qi gong depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Some types of Qi gong, called internal Qi gong, involve slow-moving exercises. Other types of Qi gong, called external Qi gong, involve a special type of massage performed by a Qi gong practitioner. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.
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