Energy Therapy / Qigong

Author

Amir Farid Isahak

Proceeding

Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date

17/7/2007

Keyword

Data not available

Abstract

Qigong is the art of harnessing life-force or “qi” to improve health and recover from diseases. This is done through mind-body exercises which involve awareness, conscious breathing, and coordinated postures and movements. Qigong is one of the few complementary energy therapy methods that have scientific validation, although more studies should be done to highlight its potential as a therapeutic adjunct to mainstream medical treatments for many health problems and diseases. Qigong has a history of many thousands of years. It is part of the well-established treasury of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thus the accumulated knowledge and experience are immense. However, translating this to scientifically acceptable paradigms has posed a problem since it is not yet possible to accurately de¿ne and reproduce “qi” or the energy meridians and energy centres through which it circulates. Nevertheless, the health benefits have been repeatedly proven in studies, mostly conducted in China, but more recently also in the Western world, as more non-Chinese have embraced this art. Proven benefits include – for musculoskeletal health, cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome, and especially cancers. Qigong (especially Guolin Qigong) has been shown to be able to reverse even terminal cancers. Many cases have been documented and should merit special attention in a world faced with ever-increasing cancer rates; dreadful treatment options; and an overall low prospect of cure.It has much potential to be integrated into the National Health Care System as a health-enhancing exercise, and as complementary therapy for cancers and other diseases.