Chinese Medicine is about preventing disease before it happens. Of course, this isn't always possible. We can't prevent every disease but at least we can give ourselves a fighting chance.
For the scientific amongst you, this medical paper gives details on how Qigong improves immune function and reduces inflammation.
Stress and Immune System
Modern medicine has caught up with traditional Chinese medicine and now 'appreciates the closely linked relationship of mind and body'
Qigong combines movement and meditation into one fully contained unit. The nervous system is calmed so that stress doesn't interfere with our immune system.
Increase Energy Flow
In Chinese Traditional Medicine, we believe we have channels that link together all of our organs. These channels ( meridians) are like the energy matrix of the body. Qigong helps to keep the blood and energy flowing through these channels.
One of the first things you'll notice when you practice Qigong is your breath. Qigong makes us breathe deeply, opening our lungs. I encourage you to stop reading this article and take three very deep breaths, you'll feel a slight shift in your mind and body. This shift is amplified by Qigong.
Qigong works holistically with the body rather than targeting specific illnesses. Performed correctly, there are no side effects and it has both preventative and curative effects.
How To Practice
If you're new to Qigong then I recommend you learn The 8 Treasures Qigong. I
These online courses give you a personal dashboard with all of the sessions on your screen so you can easily track your progress. You can stream them anytime, anywhere. All of the Qigong programs are designed to be practiced at home.You just need the space the size of a yoga mat.
If you're still undecided, you can get a taste of Qigong in my Energy Boost and Stress Bust Workout where I combine Qigong and Kung Fu.
Qigong gives power and energy to everything you do. Qigong is what got me up that mountain! It's not a question of faith. I don't practice Qigong because someone told me it's good. I practice because I can feel the benefits.