THERAPEUTIC QI GONG1

Qi Gong is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (along with acupuncture, pharmacopoeia, dietetics and massage therapy). It combines exercises with breathing techniques, movements and specific postures.

This approach can help maintain good shape and improve various health problems. Among others, it helps reduce stress, improve concentration and reinforce the immune system. Its regular practice aims at optimizing body functions, in order to maintain health and promote longevity.

Moreover, Qi Gong can be practiced by people of all ages. Exercises can be adapted to a specific condition, or satisfy personalized goals. It does not require any equipment or outfit, except for comfortable clothing. Most authors agree that Qi Gong should ideally be practiced every day to feel its benefits.

Research

Here are two studies that document the beneficial effects of Qi Gong:

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of Qigong and Tai Chi for depressive symptoms, May 26, 2015. Thirty studies with a total of 2,328 participants were included. Qi Gong appears to be beneficial for reducing depressive symptom severity.

Qigong for hypertension: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials, 2007. Twelve studies, with more than 1,000 participants, were analyzed. Results suggest that regular practice of Qi Gong could have positive effects on the reduction of blood pressure.

Martin Moisan, M.D.
Kanesatake Health Center
12, Joseph Swan
Kanesatake (Québec)
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1. Qi Gong is also sometimes written: Chi Kung.
Qi = energy which animates all things
Gong = discipline, exercise.

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