Qigong represents the concepts of qi and gong.  Qi (pronounced "chee") means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through the body and all things in the universe.  Gong (pronounced "gung") means cultivating and self-discipline.  Combined, qigong means cultivating vital energy.  A medical qigong practitioner can regulate an individual's qi, and suggest self-treatment exercises in movement, meditation, and breathing.  Seeing a medical qigong practitioner and doing qigong exercises at home help individuals enhance the flow of qi in their bodies.  Therefore, medical qigong supports the energy that is necessary for our survival and destiny of who we are as individuals. Medical qigong is complementary to Western and holistic medicines.  In China, hospitals combine Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) like medical qigong and Westernized medicine.  More recently, in the United States, we have also seen this integration in the treatment of cancer.    

Medical qigong practitioner with their hands on the client's back

 

Who Can Benefit from Medical Qigong?

The general benefits include: maintaining health, healing the body, calming the mind, and reconnecting with the spirit. More specifically, Medical Qigong can:

  • Improve physical strength and energy

  • Help to relieve pain, illness, and physical problems

  • Strengthen the immune system

  • Maintain and improve the state of physical fitness and mental well being

  • Provide a feeling of calm, comfort, balance, and rejuvenation

  • Aid in increasing longevity and overall good health

 

Some of the conditions that Medical Qigong can address are:

  • Digestive disorders

  • Gallstones

  • Headaches

  • Heart conditions including palpations, and hypertension

  • Kidney diseases including kidney stones

  • Liver conditions

  • Pancreatitis / abdominal pain

  • Urogenital disorders

 

What to Expect in an Medical Qigong Session

Each visit lasts approximately 1 hour.  During the session, the practitioner balances the qi in the body, enriches any areas that are deficient, and releases any areas that are blocked or excessive.  Since qi moves through the air and clothes, the client does not have to remove any clothes.  As the qi moves within the body, the client may experience various sensations including:  relaxed, rejuvenated, cold, hot, tingling, and vibrating.  

Local and Long Distance Medical Qigong Sessions

For those that are local to the Jacksonville area, medical qigong sessions are available in Joy's office.  For those that are not local to the Jacksonville area, long distance medical qigong sessions are also available.  Long distance medical qigong sessions involve the same level of treatment as local sessions.  These long distance treatments are performed with the client in the comfort and quiet of their home, and with the practitioner and client communicating over the phone or video conferencing.