In Chinese, Qi means energy. Energy has many functions with our body.
The Six Functions of Qi
- Qi transforms substances into energy (one example of its transforming nature is changing food into energy)
- Qi transports the substances it creates.
- Qi holds and contains energy, blood and organs, etc., within the energetic and visceral structures.
- Qi Protects against both external and internal pathogenic factors.
- Qi raises and elevates things ( for example, blood, associated fluids and the body’s temperature).
- Qi keeps the body warm (for example, strong Qi will warm the body, while weak Qi makes the body cold).
Once energy is sluggish or blocked, you will feel pain. The pain would disappear when the energy is flowing.
How Can Qigong Help People
The ancient practice of Qigong has a wealth to offer our busy modern technological era.
Qigong Can Help
- Improve physical fitness and wellbeing
- Improve emotional and mental health
- Help co-ordination and balance
- Raise concentration and improve focus
- Enhance performance and help develop special abilities
- Create and build energy
- Help connect with inner wisdom
- Encourage confidence and build self esteem
- Promote relaxation and inner peace
How Qigong Treats Diseases
One of the main principles of Qigong is that we all have the ability to heal ourselves, but in this modern world we tend to rely a lot on modern treatment and medication. There are times when this is appropriate as modern medicine has advanced a long way and has the ability to treat many diseases effectively. There are many instances though, where modern medicine offers little relief and there are some treatments, when applied over a long time that are likely to produce side effects. By over reliance on modern medicine, we are forgetting our own abilities to heal ourselves and this is what Qigong teaches.
The cycle of suffering from disease goes something like this. When we are under a lot of stress, the tendency is for this to lead to too much thinking. When the brain is overactive, then we cannot sleep as well as we could like or need, and then we start to become tired and use up the body’s reserves of energy. Because we are low in energy, this causes two things to happen. Firstly, the energy circulation to the body’s organs slows down which causes sluggish or blocked Chi. Secondly, the blood circulation slows down which means that the body’s organs are not getting the nutrition, oxygen and cleansing they require.
Emotional imbalances also cause our bodies to tense up, gradually affecting the working of the internal organs in the same way as above. For instance, anger can damage liver function and produce anxiety that also affects the heart, stomach and blood pressure. Sometimes being over-joyed or over-excited can trigger a heart attack or cerebral hemorrhage whereas over-grieved can cause deep depression or bring low energy to the body. It can be compared to a rubber band losing its elasticity after prolonged usage.
Qigong requires us to be in touch with our inner world. Through meditation, breathing techniques and exercises we can achieve a stage of relaxed, alert calmness called the Qigong State. Being in this state is a great help to gaining stronger immunity and self-healing power. Relaxation should be both physical and mental. It is not enough to just relax the body. Equally so that relaxation is complete. Qigong teaches that relaxation and calmness are always strongly related to the balanced functioning of our bodies. When this is done, we can learn how to direct energy to areas of weakness or low energy in our bodies by developing energy awareness and this is how we heal ourselves.
Does Qigong Belong To Any Religion?
No, Qigong not belong any religion, Qigong is one type of method of nature self-cultivating, it's come from traditionally Chinese health culture--- Mingxiang (intention); Daoying (energy moving); Tuna (breath).
What Is The Best Time To Practise?
Normally we suggest exercises in the morning, practice meditation before you sleep because after whole night sleep, your body will feel stiff, exercises will help blood circulation, make your body more flexible. After whole day work, our brains would be too exciting, meditation would help calming down to have a good sleep. Also do not practise when you are hungry or full as when you are hungry it is hard to concentrate and when you are full the practice will affect your digestion.
Should I Take Care Of Diet During Practice?
Greasy, spicy or sweet food will increase your Yang energy causing you heart burn; too much heat inside body; too much anger and not sleeping well. So, eat most fruits and vegetables which are good to clean heat and toxin.
Where Should I Practise?
When you practise, your body would be very relaxed and your pores are all opened. It is very easy to catch cold in the wind or cold weather. Always keep your body warm especially when you practise meditation because right body temperature can help you calm down and relaxed.
Do I Need To Practise Every Day?
Daily Qigong practice is an investment in your health, maximum input with maximum result. so, if you can practise daily that would be very beneficial.
What Age Of People Are Good For Practising Qigong?
Qigong practice do not have age limits but we can suggest suitable courses or exercises according to different age groups.
What Clothes Are Suitable For Practice?
Always wear loose clothes that make you feel relaxed and comfortable.