Qi Gong (pronounced "chee-gung") is a 5,000 year old Chinese healthcare modality that has both endured the test of time and made a tremendous resurgence in the 21st century. Millions practice Qi Gong in China and around the world each day to successfully treat diseases ranging from hypertension to cancer. Furthermore, Qi Gong practitioners can “emit the external qi” to heal others directly, without any side effects. This allows even those untrained in Qi Gong to experience the health benefits of Qi Gong.
Qi Gong FAQs
Q: What is Qi? What does it do?
A: One English translation of the word Qi is vital energy. Though Qi is invisible, its presence becomes especially apparent in the workings of bodily organs and systems that require great amounts of energy. For Chinese practitioners the Qi is inseparable from the functioning of the body's internal systems. The Qi only exists when the body functions, and the body cannot function without Qi.
Qi also acts as the life force, and the total absence of Qi is akin to death. Every aspect of good health depends on a balanced distribution of Qi throughout the channel network that influences the organs and bodily systems: skeletal, musclular, endocrine (glands), circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, and nervous. When Qi flows smoothly and harmoniously throughout the meridians, each bodily system and organ operates harmoniously as an independent, interrelated, and integrated unit.
Q: Where does Qi Gong come from? Are there different kinds of Qi Gong?
A: Qi Gong is one of three branches of traditional Chinese medicine. The other two are Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Qi Gong is also the foundation of Chinese medicine and has contributed to Chinese medical theories.
During its long history, Qi Gong, developed into hundreds of different kinds of practices for different purposes in China. Some focus on external strength, like Shaio Ling temple’s; some focus on meditation, such as Zen Qi Gong; some focus on retrospective purposes, such as Daoist or Buddhist practices; and finally some specifically focus on medical healing, like Information Rehabilitation Qi Gong.
Information Rehabilitation Qi Gong emphasizes self-healing. It is simple, and effective. Its methods have provided proven results to tens of thousands of Qi Gong learners in China.
Q: What is Qi Gong Healing? How does it work?
A: Qi Gong Healing (energy healing) is a holistic healing method that treats patients without medications or medical instruments. It is painless and has no side effects.
During a Qi Gong Healing treatment, the patient remains clothed and lies down comfortably. Matthew may carry on a conversation with the patient while directing the "healing Qi". Matthew will ask for the patient’s feedback from time to time in a casual manner.The patient may experience sensations of Qi---heat, cold or air waves rushing out from their feet. Some may experience a gentle jolt of electricity at the focus areas as the body goes through the process of detoxification.
Q: What is the difference between Qi Gong Healing and Acupuncture?
A: The basic objective of Qi Gong Healing and Acupuncture remains constant: achieve equilibrium in the flow of Qi through our body. However, there are important differences.
First, unlike acupuncture, Qi Healing doesn’t use needles for treatment. This ensures that the treatment is non-invasive and painless; especially popular in young patients and even babies.
Secondly, Qi Healing can directly affect the source of disease, whereas acupuncture relies on stimulating only the points called “acupoints.” For example, to address a circulation problem during which qi is blocked, acupuncture will look for intersections (acupoints) to clear this “blockage .” However, Qi Gong Healing will not only clear the intersections, but also “sweep” the surrounding streets, which are affected by the blockage. After initial diagnosis, Matthew will discuss a detailed, individualized treatment plan with each patient. The treatment plan may combine Qi Gong with acupuncture and/or herbs.
Though different from acupuncture, Qi Gong Healing can successfully treat all the symptoms and conditions that acupuncture does, as well as providing solutions for other conditions.
Q: What kind of symptoms/diseases can Qi Gong Healing help with?
A: Qi Healing, like acupuncture (see acupuncture FAQ on this website), can help with neurological, digestive, reproductive, and urinary systems, as well as some illnesses or conditions considered untreatable or irreversible by Western medicine. Among these are head injuries and chemical/radiation poisoning.
In addition to those diseases treatable through acupuncture, Qi Healing specially addresses:
· gout, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
· chronic gastroenteritis, peptic ulcer, gastroptosis, indigestion, loss of appetite,
· amenorrhea, inadequate postpartum complications, mammary gland hyperplasia
· edema, prostatitis, kidney stones
· eczema, hives, food poisoning
· chemo/radiation poisoning
· angina, heart palpitation, arrhythmia, chest pain and tightness
· chronic head blow injuries
· post-concussion syndrome, post-surgical complications