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The Twelve Benefits of Qigong

The Twelve Benefits of Qigong

Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of exercise and meditation that makes the mind and spirit tranquil, improves performance in sports, and cultivates health, well-being, and long life. Thus, there are three major kinds of qigong: spiritual, sports, and healing. It is a spiritual discipline, inspired by ancient Chinese shamans, Taoists, and Buddhists, all of who sought harmony and peace in the solitude of nature.

Evidence demonstrates that qigong may be an effect adjunct in the treatment of many illnesses including cancer and heart disease. Learn about the remarkable 12 benefits of qigong, here:

1. Well-being and improved health. Qigong emphasizes the whole body, whole system health. While it is true that qigong will often cure specific ills, this is not the primary reason for practice. It is not only a matter of adding years to your life, but life to your years.

2. Clear and tranquil mind. When the mind is at peace, the whole universe seems at peace. World peace begins with you; it is your responsibility to find a peaceful heart and mind. Then you can heal and transform others just through your presence. If you have a tranquil mind, you will make better decisions and have the skill to know when act and when to be still.

3. Deeper, more restorative sleep. Qigong will help you find the deep relaxation and mental quiet necessary for sleep.

4. Increased energy, including sexual vitality and fertility. Qigong people have more energy; it can reverse energy and restore youthfulness.

5. Comfortable warmth. Qigong is great for cold hands and feet. Circulation improves, and the body generates more internal warmth when it is cold.

6. Clear skin. The skin, like the intestines, is an organ of elimination. According to Chinese medicine, as your qigong improves, your body eliminates toxins, and the skin becomes clear.

7. Happy attitude. There is an old Tibetan saying, “You can tell a Yogi by his or her laugh.” Correct and moderate qigong practice usually creates an optimistic and joyous disposition.

8. More efficient metabolism. Digestion improves, and hair and nails grow more quickly.

9. Greater physiological control. This means that aspects of the body that were imbalanced or out of control begin to normalize, for example, breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, and states of chronic inflammation or depletion.

10. Bright eyes. The qigong master’s eyes are said to glow in the dark, like a cat’s. The eyes also appear bright because the spirit and soul are luminous and the heart is open.

11. Intuition and creativity. Intuition and creativity generate each other and come from the same source, an awakened brain and being, an ability to think with the gut, to feel with the mind.

12. Spiritual effects. Advancement in qigong is often accompanied by a variety of spiritual experiences. For example, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, become more common. When the qi is abundant, clear, and flowing, the senses perceive and are permeated by a sweetness.

Read more: Spirit, Exercises, Fitness, Self-Help

Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Ken Cohen. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005).

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11:32PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

We agree that Tai Chi is a great adjunct to a healthy diet program for weight loss, and a healthy lifestyle, too! We've recently discussed this here http://www.spitfirehealth.com/exercise-tips/tai-chi-exercises-choose-tai-chi-style/.

2:06PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Might just give it a try

1:36AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Thanks for this article.

1:36PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Good article, but there's no way I could limit the benefits of Qigong to only 12! My students get results with such a wide range of issues that I can hardly keep track. I can't even keep track of the benefits I've gotten for myself! :-)

7:25AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

good to know

12:07PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Great information and makes we want to try, thank you

7:53PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Thanks Annie.

6:42AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:46PM PDT on Jul 23, 2010

Thank you.

4:26PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

I have always been interested in Qigong; but, I think I will enrol in a class.

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