What is Qigong? Definitions and Benefits

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What is Medical Qigong?
Defining Qi Emission Therapy
What Happens During a Medical Qigong Session?
What is Spring Forest Qigong?



What is Medical Qigong?

This powerful form of medicine helps people in all stages of their health: from preventing disease and illness to addressing imbalances and health problems after they are apparent physically in the body.

Medical Qigong works well as a stand-alone therapy yet is also considered a complementary medicine and can be used in combination with any other form of Eastern or Western (allopathic) medicine.

The National Qigong Association (NQA) defines Qigong as:

     “…an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.”

“The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced ‘chee’ and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.”

“The second word, Gong, pronounced ‘gung,’ means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.”

“Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. Most exercises do not involve the meridian system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially” (http://nqa.org/about-nqa/what-is-qigong/).

Medical Qigong is not only one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is the “mother” medicine to them all, including Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Chinese Massage – Tuina. Medical Qigong developed and utilizes the same Traditional Chinese Medical theory as Acupuncture (e.g. yin/yang balance, meridian systems, and channel/acupuncture points) yet does not use needles as Acupuncture does. Instead, Qigong uses movement, breath and intention to improve symptoms, restore balance and prevent illness. 

Common imbalances as seen from a TCM perspective:

Energy Deficiency and Energy Excess, both of which can lead to Stagnations or Blockages and ultimately manifest as physical symptoms of disease.

Medical Qigong as a healing modality is separated into two categories:
1) Clinical Qigong, or Qi Emission Therapy
2) Health Qigong, or Self-Healing Therapy (these are the movements and meditations done by the student/client)


“Medical qigong is a complete system of health care that recognizes the root causes of symptoms of disease…treats the client as a whole….[and] is [p]racticed as an excellent adjunct to Western medicine” (Dr. Shannon).

This whole-body healing paradigm of thinking extends into all disease manifestations, and at the root of that manifestation is the presence of some form of energetic imbalance, chiefly: Stagnation, Deficiency or Excess. “The goal of qigong is to correct these bio-energetic imbalances and blockages. This enables the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and strengthen and release deep-seated emotions and stress (Dr. Shannon). Therefore, TCM aims to find and treat the root cause of a patient’s symptoms to reduce or rid the body of not just manifested symptomology but the underlying imbalances as well.

In other countriesQigong is recognized as a main form of medicine and used for the treatment of disease alongside its fellow branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Allopathic medicine. 

In the United States, it must be stated that: Medical Qigong is not allowed to claim to diagnose or treat disease…however, Medical Qigong, as a means of treating disease, is being more widely accepted in this country and actively studied by Western science: one example is a case study in which it was asserted and confirmed that “…qigong may also be an effective therapy to treat various diseases.” See case study here.

Currently, in the United States, it can only be said that Qigong will relieve or rid the body of symptoms of diseases such as:

Digestive Disorders
Insomnia/sleep disorders
Menstrual Disorders
Stress and other Emotional difficulties
Other Inflammatory conditions
Recovery from Injuries/Surgeries
and more…

The most common, immediate benefits found in receiving Qi Emission Therapy, or doing Self-Healing Qigong are: overall improved energy and consistency in energy levels, better sleep, relief of stress, pain and emotional turmoil, clearer thinking (relief from “mind fog”) and relaxation. With continued therapies: “Qigong regulates autonomic conditioning to its optimal state, maximizes the body to its fullest potential, and enhances life at all levels, be it physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual…Qigong practice…will eventually bring the body, breath, and mind into a profound state of oneness” (Liu, Tianjun, Kevin W Chen, eds. Chinese Medical Qigong. London and Philadelphia: Singing Dragon. 2010. Print. P. 173). …A reference to achieving balance to promote health.

Additionally, the appeal of Self-Healing Qigong is that it supplements Qi Emission therapy, it can be done anywhere and regardless of one’s circumstances, ability, age, or belief system: “anyone can enrich their lives by adding qigong to their daily routine…Qigong exercises enable people to feel and perform better and have higher levels of energy and stamina…People practice qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect…” (Dr. Shannon). Self-Healing Qigong will flush the lymphatic system, increase Qi and Blood circulation, massage the internal organs, oxygenate the blood, flush toxins,  relaxes while increasing energy levels/stamina, relieves pain and much more.


Defining Qi Emission Therapy (Medical Qigong Healing Sessions):

During a healing session, the Medical Qigong practitioner uses energy in many forms such as sound, movement, and mental focus to restore your body to its natural state of balance.

This clinical treatment/therapy application of Qigong is also called: Qi Emission Therapy, external Qi healing, or external Qigong. It is the aspect of Medical Qigong in which the practitioner has attained a level of energetic skill, by way of dedicated personal practice, enabling them to feel/sense and cultivate energy,  regulate the energy within their own body, and transmit environmental energy. This requires a multi-leveled approach: “Emitting Qi requires specific training. Generally speaking, the Qi is mobilized through mind intention, with respiration as its power and the meridians and collaterals as its path” (Liu, Tianjun, Kevin W Chen, eds. Chinese Medical Qigong. London and Philadelphia: Singing Dragon. 2010. Print. P. 360).

Because of this, practitioners must first open and balance their own internal energetic systems. Through this process, and further training, a dynamic relationship is created with the electromagnetics of their body (internal) and that of their environment (external).

Find out more about our medical qigong training., as well as our individual practitioner information.

What Happens During a Medical Qigong Session?


-This portion of the Session is approx. 10-20 minutes (In-person or phone call for remote sessions):

The Medical Qigong Practitioner will observe and ask questions of the client to determine the physical, emotional, and energetic condition.  With this information, the practitioner will construct a treatment protocol that will best suit your specific needs.

This time also gives the client the ability to express and discuss relevant issues in their life and receive suggested guidance for methods to improve personal health and spiritual growth.


-This portion of the Session is approx. 20-40 min:

Qi (“chi” or life force energy) can pass through air and clothing so there is no need to disrobe.  The practitioner often works about a foot away from the client’s body, and sometimes lightly touches the client to guide and manipulate the movement of energy: “Because the palms have a stronger electromagnetic field than any other part of the body, the [Practitioner’s] hands are used for leading and guiding the [client’s] Qi” (Johnson, Jerry A. Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy Volume 2: Energetic Alchemy, Dao Yin Therapy and Qi Deviations. California: International Institute of Medical Qigong. 2002. Print. P. 268). This energetic principle is true for both Self-Healing Qigong and Qi Emission Therapy. Just as Self-Healing Qigong will have the student move their hands in a certain manner in coordination with their breath and visualization, so too will the Medical Qigong practitioner apply hand movements during a session to regulate the electromagnetics of their client’s body.

During the treatment just relax, breath and be aware of the various sensations as the energy moves throughout your body.  Some of these sensations may include tingling, coolness, warmth, vibration, twitching, and the general release of tension.

Most clients are completely relaxed during and after a medical qigong session.  Many times clients will feel increased energy afterward or the day after.  Some clients become aware of uncomfortable emotions that have been suppressed and have an emotional experience either during or after the treatment.  Please know that this is normal and that one of the primary goals of Medical Qigong Therapy is to release toxic energy from the body.  Releasing toxic emotional experiences can be very helpful to psychological and physiological healing.


-This portion of the Session is approx. 5-15 min (either in-person demonstration/conversation or e-mail follow-up after a Remote Session):

Once the treatment is finished, the Medical Qigong practitioner will give the client movements, postures or meditations that are tailored to meet their specific needs/symptomology.  Individualizing Qigong exercises and meditations allows the practitioner to target healing of specific internal organs, meridian systems or energetic centers and empower the client with tools to improve their own health/assist in their ongoing healing process while on their own.


Treatment can be done even when the client is not physically present. The innate ability or proper, comprehensive training for this kind of advanced healing is available, yet rare. Our doctor’s of Medical Qigong possess both and have seen many clients using this method of treatment. The most difficult aspect of a distance session, is also the key to its success: a complete perspective shift that allows the practitioner to see beyond the perceived limitations of time and space when operating in the realm of energetics and intention based manifestation. From a place of connection and a combination of no-mind or focused intention, healing is transmitted across any distance.

The most successful distance session will happen when both the practitioner and the client are focused on the healing process. Therefore an appointment will be scheduled and begin with a phone interview/evaluation prior to treatment. The client will be in a quiet location where they can lie down comfortably during the treatment. They will focus only on breathing, or anything particular that the practitioner instructs them to focus on for the purposes of the treatment, such as a particular organ or color. Otherwise, quieting the mind, observing internally and simply being open to receiving treatment is ideal.

After the treatment is over, there will be a follow-up email or phone call. This will be determined during the initial evaluation/phone interview.

Please note: prior to receiving a remote Qigong Healing Session, we highly suggest you take a few minutes to look at this study conducted on energetic medicine and its profound effects on healing. The experiments conducted not only studied energy healing and cell survival rate but also proved the efficacy of several other energetic healing principles including the importance of the “healing space” and the physical distance of the healer from the subject not being a determining factor of success (i.e. proving the healing potential of Remote/Distance Healing). We have posted the videos here for your convenience.

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What is Spring Forest Qigong?

Spring Forest Qigong™ is an effective method for helping you experience your optimal state of being with simple mental and physical exercises.  Practicing SFQ individually or in a group will help you heal physical and emotional issues, enhancing the quality of your life and the lives of others around you.

Find out more about Spring Forest Qigong here.