What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong is a time-tested technique of using energy to heal the body. It works on the same scientific principle as acupuncture and is often used alongside it to prolong the benefit of the treatment. Qi Gong aims to prevent disease by strengthening the body’s internal organs such as the liver, kidneys and lungs. Some people call it a moving meditation; others describe it as a Chinese yoga. The Shaolin Temple define it as a science of the mind and body, and it is a practice they have time tested for more than one thousand five hundred years.
Who does it?
In China it is practiced by millions of people of all age from all walks of life.
University students regularly practice Qi Gong before studying to help with their concentration.
Business men and women practice to optimize their energy and focus.
Famous Chinese actors and celebrities do Qi Gong to help them look and feel younger.
The retired practice to Fan Lao Huan Tong – reverse old age and return to youthfulness
As China is opening up, Qi Gong is becoming more widespread:
“The face of exercise is changing. Instead of relentlessly pursuing a sculptured physique, people are chasing longevity, stress reduction and improved health through mind-body practices like qi gong. The realm of working out has shifted from people just wanting to build bulk and lean, toned muscles to them understanding that the inner health of the body is just as important as the outer health.”
New York Times April 2007
Change the functional age of the body.
One of the most important antioxidant enzyme in the body is called Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). SOD protects the cells against damage from superoxide, a highly toxic free radical. Superoxide is a reactive variety of oxygen that can cause ageing of the body’s tissues, including wrinkling and changes in skin pigmentation, in the same way that exposure to air causes food to rot or go stale. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is produced naturally by the body but its activity declines with age. SOD is often called an anti-aging enzyme because it is believed to destroy free radicals that may cause aging. Scientific research on elderly practitioners has shown that after Qig ong practice the level of SOD dramatically increases and the superoxide is decreased.
Prevent bone loss commonly occurring in middle-aged women
At the Department of Applied Mathematics, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan, a study was done to assess the efficacy of a 12-week Baduanjin qigong training programme in preventing bone loss for middle-aged women. The experimental group received a 12-week Baduanjin qi gong training programme, whereas the control group did not. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and bone mineral density (BMD) were measured before and after the intervention. The results showed significant differences in IL-6 (t = -5.19, p