Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese healing art and health care system that integrates physical postures, movement exercises, breathing techniques and focused intention. It improves physical, emotional and mental well being, prevents disease and increases vitality.
The word Qigong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong means cultivating energy. It is also spelled chi kung or ch’i kung.
The slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of creating wellness for yourself.
Qigong, unlike traditional exercise programs, pairs mindfulness and intention with physical movements and breathing techniques. This creates a potent practice where benefits can increase quickly on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of our being.
Benefits of Zhineng Qigong
Zhineng Qigong is a simple, yet profound practice for discovering your natural state of health and vitality. Regular practice awakens and strengthens our self-healing abilities. Practitioners often report feelings of harmony, tranquility and peacefulness along with a greater connection to life’s purpose.
Many health benefits can be achieved, including:
- Reduced stress, anxiety and depression, creating more emotional stability and feelings of well-being
- Increased vitality and longevity by slowing down the aging process
- Increased availability of oxygen in the blood, which nourishes cells, tissues, organs and muscles
- Improved brain function with increased capacity for learning and effectiveness of brain activities
- Strengthened cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, immune and digestive system functions
- Improved physical stamina, posture, balance and blood pressure regulation.
Zhineng Qigong is suitable for everyone, of all ages. It is practiced standing, seated and even lying down at any time and any place. It can also be modified for anyone. Benefits are cumulative with regular practice.
Among the many methods of qigong, Zhineng Qigong is considered one of the most powerful. It was created by Dr. Pang Ming, an extraordinary qigong Grandmaster. By combining his profound knowledge of Chinese medicine with modern science, he helped revive the ancient Chinese internal cultivation of qigong as a healing art, as well as a modern science of body-mind. He founded the largest physician-staffed energy-healing hospital in China, where Zhineng Qigong was used to study body-mind science and its applications to self-healing. The Zhineng Qigong Center, which closed in 2001 due to political changes, treated more than 200,000 patients with over 185 diseases with an overall success rate of 95%. Currently over 10 million people practice Zhineng Qigong worldwide. This system of qigong synthesizes 5,000 year-old traditional Chinese healing arts with modern science to create a powerful system for healing on all levels of being. Please read this 1994 interview with Dr. Pang.