Chinese Qigong

by Steve Whan

Qigong comes from two Chinese words: Qi (chi) means energy and gong (kung) which means a skill or a practice. Qigong therefore means a skill or practice of cultivating energy.

Qigong is famous in China for curing chronic disease and promoting health. For thousands of years millions of people have benefited from Qigong practices and believed that improving the function of Qi maintains health and heals disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, good health is a result of a free flowing, well-balanced energy system.

Regular practice of Qigong is believed to cleanse the body of toxins, restore energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and help individuals maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. There are thousands of Qigong methods. One of the most popular forms is Universal Standing Post. Please give this a try:

You should try to hold this posture for 10-15 minutes. This might be difficult, however it will be worth it. You will begin to shake, not violently but a vibration will take over your whole body and you will begin to perspire from your palms and fingertips.

After some minutes, check your posture again to make sure that you haven't slowly crept up and your knees are still bent. You should simply but with much difficulty, think upon nothing at all! Just do nothing, no conscious thought at all -- this is the secret to good Qigong.

The 100 day bet:

Gong also means a long period of daily effort. For instance, you can do something for 100 days and accomplish one gong. Do the Universal Standing Post for 100 days -- keep track on a calendar -- and see for yourself if it makes a difference to your health and well-being!