Qigong China’s National Treasure
Qigong is a form of “do it yourself” exercise. It helps you to maintain a healthy equilibrium, to achieve fitness, and serves as suitable therapy for convalescents.
Throughout China Qigong is regarded as part of the cultural heritage and it is in this sense that it is commonly known as a “national treasure”. In many Western countries people have taken up Qigong and have begun to assimilate it into their own traditions and local forms of therapy, but it is only in the last ten years that Qigong has acquired truly worldwide acclaim, not just in China and the West, for its preventative and life-prolonging potential.
There are, however, still wider applications being developed, and there are several countries where it is recognised that Qigong not only builds up physical strength, but helps prevent and cure infectious (exegetic) conditions, control and cure conditions which arise (endogenic) from imbalances in the body’s (internal) environmental equilibria, and that in these cases it can offer a specific set of remedies. In every land but particularly in less developed countries, the containment and control of infectious diseases presents complications, and endogenically induced and stress related conditions also cause untold suffering.
That side effects from synthetically prepared treatments can raise severe problems (for all their usefulness) is well recognised. Consequently, the fact that Qigong therapy is a sort of “non-toxic” method of treatment means that it can serve in many internal disorders for which prescribing other treatments may have this potential drawback. People have good reason to consider Qigong as a preferred treatment.
Brief History of Qigong
The development of Qigong in China has been a very long slow process. Over a period of some three or four thousand years it has been progressively refined and technically adapted by practitioners who learned from experience and acquired the art in conjunction with other techniques of conquering disease. In ancient times it was know as Dao Yin (which could be roughly translated as gymnastics), Tu Na (breath control) and Yang Sheng (body building).
Qigong has a long history of association with religious life in China, and the tradition suffered parallel divisions. On the medical side, several distinct schools arose – Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian and Wu Shu, along with a good many local styles stressing different technical variants etc. All these styles are also found among China’s minority peoples, and it has often been through these practitioners that Qigong methods and traditions have become established abroad, especially for instance in Japan. But most recently, it is in the countries of the West that Qigong has acquired significant influence.
Medical Qigong Benefits
Qigong has strongly influenced the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and indeed the impact has been reciprocal. In the present era, and especially since the seventies, the body of knowledge has undergone further refinement and its principles have been extended, not only in China where it originated, but also among an ever increasing worldwide body of experts, so that it is becoming a new kind of “science of well-being”.
There are acupuncturists all over the world who predict that the 21st century will be an era when the study of living systems and how to protect them will come to the fore. Qigong is a human self-control discipline of a very fundamental kind, practiced by one-self and promoting self-awareness of one’s own potential. It is not only for building up bodily reserves of strength and resistance, nor just for the control and cure of disorders. It also has the ability to promote
vitality and stimulate intelligence.