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What Is Qi Gong?

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According to ancient Chinese philosophy, Qi Gong or Chi-Kung is an age-old Chinese system of meditations, breathing techniques, exercises, and postures. Its techniques are meant to enhance and improve the chi or vital energy of the body. Chinese traditional philosophy states that chi is the fundamental vital energy responsible for vitality and health.

Qi Gong is believed to be around five to seven thousand years old. It was handed down in secrecy for many generations among teachers and monks it also survived the Chinese Cultural Revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s that prohibited a lot of traditional practices. In the 1980’s, these methods were brought to the West to encourage longevity, promote self healing, and to prevent illness. Presently, millions of people practice Qi Gong throughout the world. This ancient art inspires you to find what works best for your system.

Qi Gong has very much influenced the martial arts so much so that many of them evolved from it. Acupressure and Marlton acupuncture also use the same energy channels or meridians in the body. Acupoints that Qi Gong practice stimulates and clears.

Chi represents the vital energy that creates life. It is derived in sunlight, food, and in the air. Chi is the invisible vital energy in the body that sustains life.

Gong means movement.

Qi Gong: working with life energy and moving the energies.

The movements are meant to promote the circulation of chi in the body, which stimulates the self-healing processes of the body. Illness or pain occurs when this “significant flow” of energy is blocked. It’s the constant practice of Chi flow that enhances a person’s circulation of energy and gives him longevity and vitality. The exercises can be performed by old and young, the less able and the able; in short by everyone.


Qi Gong can be utilized as a regular routine to boost well-being and overall health, as well as for longevity and disease prevention. It can be used to reduce stress and increase energy. It generates balance, develops feelings of well being, strength, and health, and enhances the energies of the body. Qi Gong makes use of the natural functions of the body to heal chronic back and joint problems; develop stamina, coordination, and flexibility, and to release stress. The primary objective of Qi Gong is to store and develop Chi. Qi Gong is used in China along with other healing modalities for various chronic conditions, including heart disease, strokes, mental illness, depression, headaches, cancer, AIDS, allergies, and asthma. The constant practice of Qi gong enhances your flow of energy and gives you longevity and vitality.

Practicing Qi Gong

Qi Gong is made up of mental exercises, breathing techniques, movements, andpostures. Mind exercises and meditations are utilized to move chi throughout the body and enhance the mind. These exercises are called visualizations that allow you to concentrate on different parts of your body. The “Inner Smile” is one example of a Qi Gong mental exercise. The movements and postures are meant to tone, stretch, and strengthen the body to bolster the flow of energy. Postures may involve lying down, sitting, or standing.

Qi Gong exercises are cumulative. The benefits only increase as one practices Qi Gong throughout the year. As you practice, your body will become stronger and more relaxed and your spirits and health will also improve.

Qi Gong is for you if you want to:

  • Enhance your personal well being
  • Improve your health
  • Feel relaxed and happy
  • Feel packed with energy

Written by Valerie

August 20th, 2019 at 9:18 pm

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Women’s Health And Chinese Medicine

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For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has clearly understood women’s health, and the problems that beset it. Today, this holistic healing system to well-being and health is an extremely effective way in treating health problems concerning women including all types of menstrual-associated maladies such as depression, mood swings, headaches, and cramping.

Childbirth-Related Issues

Post-partum depression – The full spectrum health problems affecting women throughout their reproductive and post-reproductive years

Customized Treatment

The basic foundational approach to health maintenance and disease prevention of Chinese medicine lies in the uniqueness of each person, and there’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to disease and illnesses in this system. For instance, Chinese herbal formulas that can answer specific needs of young women as well as other formulas designed to treat conditions experienced by women in their post-reproductive years are available.

Unique Problems

Women’s reproductive systems are susceptible to unique health problems. Women as a group, for instance, have greater rates of kidney-related illnesses and problems than men, problems Chinese medicine addresses effectively via a combo of Chinese nutrition and diet, Qi Gong, acupressure, Austin acupuncture, and herbal remedies. These are all effective treatments minus the side effects.

The Power of Oriental Medicine

One case showing the effectiveness of Chinese medicine as it relates to the health of women can be seen in a thirty-two year old woman whose menstrual cycle prematurely stops. Chinese medicine has diagnostic techniques that can determine the reason for the cessation of her menstruation, and healing methods for getting it to function anew.

A Better Quality of Life

Chinese medicine is an extremely helpful way to address unique health issues affecting women. It helps them to maintain and regain a unique feeling of health and wellbeing.

Written by Valerie

August 20th, 2019 at 9:13 pm

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Practicing Qigong On A Daily Basis

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The Energy inside your body is circulating constantly. It fills all internal systems and all living cells. The flow of this energy can slow down due to the stresses of modern day living. Physical challenges and mental stress can obstruct the flow of vital energy. This movement of vital energy will cease to reach and fill important systems over time. Constricted, stressed muscles create rushed and stiff movements that block the continual, natural movement of vital energy. These abrupt, rigid motions may drain your vital energy and cause you to be sluggish. Easy rhythmic motions, however, can be continued with beneficial effects over longer periods of time.

Whether you’re at work, sleeping, at home or traveling, there are certain periods in the day when you can utilize the basic way of life inspired by regular Qigong exercises. They not only can help you relax, they can also help you refocus and refresh with improved strength. There can be a number of ways you can perform a simple exercise so subtly that no one will notice it. All you need to do is to perform Qigong movements and postures to the situations you find yourself in every day. The channels of your vital energy will open, making your motions less prone to mishap and more relaxed creating less stress and more harmony in your body.

You can also reduce the anxiety in your body everyday by observing the way you do things. When you write a letter or brush your teeth, are your arm muscles tensed? Do you apply a lot of pressure when you use a tool? When we’re aware of our actions we can learn that with a little effort, we can generate flowing faultless movements that’s totally in control and full of energy, while full of strength.

Practicing Qigong on a daily basis can open the flow of vital energy to our whole system and enhance this consciousness. When you make this a daily habit, it eventually becomes a part of your everyday life. Because of vital energy’s or chi’s nature, we really end up teaching others and ourselves about it. A Qi
Gong teacher can serve as a guide and can help you put into practice so that you can develop your skill with your chi, although learning about vital energy really comes as you encounter it yourself. A capable teacher is one who comprehends the energy channel and has developed along it himself.

Megan Dauphin is a California board certified acupuncturist and herbalist, with specialty certifications in infertility, sport’s medicine, and orthopedics.

Written by Valerie

August 13th, 2019 at 12:48 am

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Five Causes of Kidney Yang Deficiency In Women

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Sometime during their child bearing years, all women suffer from menstrual problems prior to menopause. While Western medicine has never considered menstrual problems to be an issue of women’s reproductive system, TCM or traditional Chinese medicine in Overland Park takes this condition seriously. If these menstrual conditions are left untreated, it can disrupt the harmony of a woman’s system, resulting in infertility, nervousness and other health problems.

  1. Aging

We may not be able to stop the biological process of aging, but we surely can delay it. Youth, by nature, is yang and the slow depletion of yang qi causes us to age slowly.

  1. Frequent sexual activity

Too much sexual activity depletes the kidney jing resulting in kidney yang and jing deficiency which disrupts the kidney’s normal function in regulating the natural process of conception. In serious cases, it can lead to menstrual problems or even infertility.

  1. Too much exercise

Exercise is good if you know the limitation of your body and if it is done properly. Over-exercising pushes your body over the limit and depletes your kidney yang resulting in deficient kidney yang.

  1. Life style

There are people who love to go outside during rainy weather, swim in cold water, consume raw foods, drink cold water drink taken straight from the refrigerator, etc. Doing any one of these things causes the extra yang in your body to be used up in order to neutralize the effect of the cold, which can lead to yang qi deficiency.

  1. Colding effect

Kidney yang deficiency can ensue when you’ve been consuming cold foods for a long period of time. By nature, cold foods are yin. When we eat cold food our body uses up a lot of yang energy in order to digest the food which depletes our yang qi.

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August 13th, 2019 at 12:41 am

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