Medical Qigong, an ancient branch of Chinese Medicine, has existed for several thousand years. Like Acupuncture and Tuina therapies, Medical Qigong is based on meridian and point theory as well as ancient Chinese philosophy. Medical Qigong refers to a wide series of therapeutic methods, including (but not limited to) breath training, psychosomatic exercises, meditation, and guided visualizations that direct the practitioners to create a place of health and balance in their clients. Medical Qigong practitioners are trained in Qi transference and replenishment to be used as a healing art different from self-Qigong exercises taught for personal use.
Medical Qigong Long Definition
There are numerous forms of Medical Qi Gong being practiced today, each with its own constructs: Chi Gung Tui Na, Medical Chi Gung, External Qi Healing, Chinese Energetic Medicine, Medical Chi Gung Healing, and Chinese Energetic Bodywork, to name a few.
This document is intended as a generalized definition of what Medical Qigong could include.
Over the past two millennia, many doctors of Chinese Medicine, martial arts masters, monks and priests have contributed to the creation and expansion of Chinese Medical Qigong.
Medical Qigong Five Criteria
Provided by Bill Helm, Stuart Watts, Jamie Wu, and Roger Jahnke (2005)
- Medical Qigong assessment and treatment is founded on classical Chinese
medical theory and philosophy.
- Medical Qigong emphasizes personal cultivation through the use of internal and
- Medical Qigong emphasizes sensitivity training and cultivation. Medical Qigong
has a specific vocabulary unique within its structure. Medical Qigong seeks,
addresses and treats emotional and shen (spiritual) balance. Medical Qigong
assessment is based upon the four diagnostic methods and palpation of
- Medical Qigong treatment involves qi projections on and/or off the body, directed
qi extension, and the use of specific and non-specific Qigong exercises for
healing purposes specific to individual needs.
- Medical Qigong seeks community cultivation, greater world harmony and peace,
along with moral, ethical and health-promoting lifestyles.
Medical Qigong Five Criteria PDF