Qigong for health
What is Qigong?
is a Chinese body & mind exercise with more than
five thousand years of history. Qigong consists of two
words—Qi and gong. In Chinese cultural
perspective, all things in the universe, visible and
invisible, are the manifestation of Qi. In other words,
Qi is the source or the matter that make up the universe.
Qi is formless and invisible. The appearance or disappearance
of matter is caused by the transmutation (concentration
or dispersal) of Qi. Qi exists in and permeates everything.
In the word “Qigong”, Qi means life energy—an
invisible and formless substance that powers the functions
of human life. Gong means practice. The 2 words together
mean, “practicing Qi”.
Chi Lel Qigong
Depending on the purpose of the practice, Qigong
can be cataloged into five schools - Taoist Qigong, Buddhist
Qigong, Confucius qigong, Martial Art Qigong and Medical
Qigong. Although there is some overlap, each
school has its own unique characteristics and techniques.
Generally speaking, the purpose for Taoist Qigong is
attaining immortality, Buddhist Qigong is enlightenment,
Confucius Qigong is cultivating virtue, Martial Arts
Qigong is self-defense, and Medical Qigong is maintaining
Guo Lin Qigong
The basic Qigong practice follows a fixed rhythmic
routine. Depending on whether the routine is
physical or mental, the body posture can be moving or
stationary. Although the majority of Qigong methods regulate
breathing, Qigong is not a breathing exercise as some
people describe it. Most of the time, practitioners use
breathing as a technique to help them to concentrate.
The newer generation Medical Qigong techniques use natural
breathing. All schools of Qigong have two things in common:
relaxation (both physical and mental) and concentration.
Nei Yang Qigong
How does Qigong work?
Medical Qigong, for instance, involves the concepts
of concentration and dispersion of Qi. Practicing
Medical Qigong strengthens this natural process. If this
process functions normally, then the human body is operating
at its optimum potential. The reason we have illness
is that this process has been disrupted. For example,
when qi is concentrated too much and is not being dispersed
in a normal way, too much qi accumulates in an area,
creating a tumor. If we can disperse the qi, then the
tumor will disappear.
Practicing qigong is the process of training the body
to open to the universe to disperse abnormal qi, followed
by relaxing and allowing body functions to return to normal.
Imagine if someone yells fire in a crowded theater, and
everyone rushes around in a panic, trampling each other
in their effort to get out. Disaster ensues. However, if
a few people get up and get fire extinguishers, while the
rest line up to evacuate the building in an orderly fashion,
then the process becomes efficient, with no disaster. Relaxing
the body allows physiological and biochemical functions
to regain their healthy balance. This is the goal of qigong
Once we train
the body to relax, the body can maintain health
in the stress of daily life.
As Qigong becomes popular, misconceptions are
abundant. The 2 most common misconceptions
are: Qigong takes years to learn and Qigong is superstition. In
the last few years, many “masters” claim
to have obtain true transmission from a divine source
and are here to save the world. Many of them eventually
fade away. In order to demonstrate that Qigong neither
required years to learn nor is superstition, some Qigong
Masters established training and recovery centers. In
early 1950s, Liu Gui Zhen, founder of Nei
Yang Gong, established the first Qigong center
in Beidaihe, China. He used his medical Qigong techniques
to treat and prevent heart disease mostly for retired
government officials. In the late 1960s and early 1970s,
Guo Lin expanded the Qigong healing into treatment of
cancers. She combined special breathing techniques with
natural and Taiji walking and achieved amazing results.
It was the first “People Qigong” taught
to the general public. In early 1980s, Pang Ming,
a Qigong grandmaster and physician trained in both Western
and Traditional Chinese Medicine, founded Huaxia
Zhineng Qigong Clinic & Training Centerin Qinghuangdao,
China. Before it was closed due to political reasons,
the Center treated patients with more than 180 diseases
with an overall effective rate of more than 95%. It was
one of the world’s most successful and largest
alternative “medicineless” hospitals. The
Medical Qigong method used at the Center is now taught
in the U.S. asChi-Lel
Like any kind of healthcare modality, Qigong is not a
panacea. It requires effort and persistence. But it is
a very useful tool for anyone who is interested in maintaining
Chi-Lel Qigong was developed by Dr. Pang and is
based on the 5,000-year-old concept of Qigong as well
as modern medical knowledge. Chi-Lel consists of four
1. Strong Belief (affirmation): A
belief that all ailments, including one’s own,
can be healed. Modern medicine is just a part of the
total health system. A disease deemed incurable by
modern medicine does not necessarily mean no cure exists
in another traditional medical system. The human body
is constantly healing. Healing is innate and automatic
for the body. Healing comes from within. We have to
regain trust in our innate ability to heal.
2. Relaxation: In today’s
busy and complex world, we build up stress without
even knowing it. Chi-Lel not only emphasizes relaxing
the physical body but also relaxing the mind. Letting
go not only the stress, but also what holds us back.
You can carry the world, but can you put it down? More
important, will you put it down?
3. Group dynamic: Before a group
of students begins Chi-Lel practice, the teacher verbally
synchronizes the thinking of the group to enhance the
healing effects. It is like a group of people each
with a candle gathering together in a room to read.
The teacher lights up each candle, so everyone can
read better in the brightness of the collective light.
4. Practice: Students learn easy-to-follow
Chi-Lel movements and practice them over and over again.
Traditionally, qigong masters test the loyalty of the
students for years before they teach them the secrets of
the art. Those days are gone. Once the secrets are revealed,
learning is less difficult, and the consistency of practicing
everyday becomes the challenge.
Chi-Lel supports no special diets and emphasizes
movements to collect and exchange qi. The movements
help students integrate the natural healing processes
within nature and themselves. The student is left with
a sense that health is not the absence of disease but “A
state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”
One of the
greatest powers we have is to take charge of our
lives, our feelings,
and our health on all levels ... physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
For more information on Chi-Lel
Qigong, please visitwww.chilel.com.