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What is Qigong?

Compiled by Garri Garripoli, Author and Documentary Producer

AsianConnections is offering advance video copies of
Garri's outstanding documentary
"Qigong - Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century"
premiering on PBS-TV this summer 1999.

(Click here for details)

  • Qigong is pronounced "chee-gung" and literally means "energy exercise"
  • An ancient Chinese healing system similar to Tai Chi and Yoga
  • Estimated to be 5,000 years old
  • The foundation of both acupuncture and Tai Chi
  • Practiced by over 80 million people each day
  • A typical workout can last from ten minutes to one hour
  • An exercise system that combines slow movement with deep breathing
  • Qigong facilitates the movement of Qi (Chi) throughout the body to increase vitality
  • Found to be effective in lowering high-blood pressure
  • Regular practice can minimize the effects of diabetes
  • Has shown to reduce the amount of medication necessary for treatment
  • Studies show post-operative recovery time can be dramatically shortened
  • It is a holistic way to bring the body into balance and good health
  • Qigong is very effective for most chronic conditions and painful symptoms
  • Post-Cultural Revolution Chinese government is allowing Qigong to finally be brought out into the public awareness
  • The U.S. National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) in Washington, DC has funded in-depth Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) research projects at 12 major universities across the U.S. including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and others.
  • Thirty-four medical schools have included CAM courses in their basic curriculum. Some of these universities have even set up departments to incorporate Qigong into their research criteria.
  • Qigong is an excellent complement to Western treatment for lowering stress and increasing the immune system
  • Qigong is a simple, daily exercise system for maintaining good health

Compiled by Garri Garripoli, Wuji Productions - copyright 1999 Garri Garripoli



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