Qigong which is pronounced chee-gong, has been found in quite a few recent studies that verify it can improve quality oh mental, physical and spiritual health. The gentle, non-jarring and low-impact movements of qigong can improve many ailments and help people feel better in many ways. Qigong is natural medicine at its best.
Qigong can be added to traditional medicine to provide better healthcare. This martial art is wonderful at treating chronic conditions such as pain. Currently, there are clinics opening all over the country because pain clinics are getting people hooked on deadly prescribed pain pills. Qigong can help prevent pain because it increases the deep breathing adds more oxygen to the blood helping it flow better. Because Qigong is a gentle stretching it helps relieve tense areas.
An Oregon research discovered that after 6 months of Qigong people were twice as likely to have little to no problems performing moderate to rigorous activities after years of not being able to. Another research concluded that those with osteoarthritis who did this gentle exercise, reported less joint pain and stiffness.
There are many medical applications of qigong that can complement Western medicine to improve health care. Some examples include chronic problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, aging, asthma, allergies, menstrual and sexual function, neuromuscular problems, improves metabolism, helps the immune system, aids in circulation, aids in digestion, and cancer.
The main goal of Qigong is to create movement of Qi (energy) in the body.
This is normally done by stretching, twisting and breathing. This opens energy channels which is a primary way chi to flow. That is why it helps so well with mental health. Qigong can help with depression. It seems that in Western medicine, there are two standard treatments for depression and that is psychotherapy which can really help and antidepressants, which has many side effects and studies show they only work for half the people. We forget there really are three ways to heal depression and mental health issues and that is the holistic approaches and Qigong is one of them.
These exercises can help balance hormones and shifts the brain waves into the Theta state which helps with depression and anxiety. Other mental health issues that this practice helps with is anxiety, tension, stress, ADHA, PTSD and insomnia. In addition, Qigong helps with spirituality as it the breathing helps with a meditative state of mind. It also is a great way to build intuition and creativity which aids greatly in spiritual practices.
Qigong is a natural medicine that can help all aspects of health and can be found in most cities. If you live in the Tucson area, Tucson Buddhist Center offers this practice, as does Descending Dragon Health Center. Qigong is a natural way to restore health and feel good about you.