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THINKINGLIBERAL Posts: 166
5/14/09 8:24 A

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For those of you who are wondering what Qi Gong is...

It's an "eastern" practice, similar to Tai Chi in some ways (so a health food store that sells supplements, etc won't "have it on the shelf" or anything like that).

To put it in really basic terms...The idea behind it is that there's this thing called Qi (pronounced Chi) that essentially means "life force" - think about it like it's energy. And when Qi is out of balance or blocked, your body doesn't function properly.

Qi Gong supposedly can help balance Qi and therefore contribute to overall health. Qi Gong is practiced for health maintenance purposes, as a theraputic intervention, and as a spiritual path and/or component of Chinese martial arts. It is practiced as a set of breathing and movement exercises and can benefit health by helping with stress reduction and providing some exercise (although it's not high impact).

To make things more confusing, there is a subset of Qi Gong that's referred to as "medical Qi Gong". People have credited this with helping do things like cure cancer (I personally don't know if that's true or not, but people have definitely attributed miraculous things to Qi Gong). My current understanding is that medical Qi Gong is a subset of traditional Qi Gong movements, but I don't know if that's really the right idea. But I'm personally looking for more information on "medical Qi Gong".

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5/12/09 8:39 P

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I agree. I would like to know more as well.

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5/11/09 5:20 P

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Hi

I have never heard of Qi Gong so I am of little to no resource. However it does sound rather intriguing and worth looking into. Perhaps in your area there are specialty Health Spa's, natural shops or whatnot that might offer it or at least have information on it. I know here in my city we have a couple of local health shops that offer lots of information on health topics and natural techniques.

Please share with us what you find.

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THINKINGLIBERAL Posts: 166
5/11/09 1:58 P

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I have started looking into relaxation techniques that can help reduce stress, relieve anxiety and depression, and most importantly, have a healing effect on the body (I need to find a way to boost my immune system and stop the progression of a serious disease)

Qi Gong sounds like a pretty cool thing. And I really like that I've found some mention of something called "medical Qi Gong" which supposedly can help people naturally cure things like cancer.

Does anyone have any recommendations for some simple videos that would teach me how to practice medical qi gong?



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