The Chinese believe that the onset of disease is due to a disruption to the flow of vital energy known as chi. These blockages and imbalances in chi are the cause of illness. An ancient Chinese medicine treatment called Qi Gong (qi = energy, Gong = skill) similar to acupuncture but minus the needles, was and is still being used to help restore that flow back to normal.
A component of traditional Chinese medicine in Encino that has been practiced over thousands of years, Medical Qi Gong is a healing technique that works through the skill of the practitioner in redistributing and reinforcing the chi and in harmonizing and balancing the nervous and circulatory systems of a person. It is gentler and safer and non-invasive than some of the other Chinese medicines therapies such as herbal medicine and Tuina massage. Light massage methods can be utilized along with Qi Gong but more often than not there is no need for touch at all. To complement the healing, the client may also be provided with specific exercises that can be incorporated into their daily routine.
Qi Gong can offer certain benefits which may include no aching or tired muscles and no discomfort and pain during and after the treatment. The practice assists in enhancing the absorption of nutrients in the body and the excretion of waste materials, increasing blood circulation, calming of the nervous system, and strengthening of the immune system.
Qi Gong has had consistent success in the treatment of cancer and a wide range of other difficult and life-threatening conditions. It can be extremely effective in tissue and organ rejuvenation, insomnia, rehabilitation, sports injuries, stress, migraines, headaches, muscle and joint tension, and acute and chronic pain. It can benefit anyone even the elderly, children and very frail and sensitive people.
Along with Chinese medicine and philosophy, a Qi Gong healer needs to also know modern physiology, anatomy, and biology. Learning this craft requires concentration, hard work and enormous dedication on the part of the practitioner in order for him or her to tap into his/her own chi to improve the health of another person.
Since 1996, hospitals in China began formally using Qi Gong as part of their standard treatment. It is oftentimes used as a system for preventative healthcare as well as an alternative and complementary form of therapy. Despite being such a very old medical system, scientific research about the effects and benefits of Qi Gong has only begun during the past three decades. Currently, over a thousand articles have been published in medical journals and presented at international conferences. Several long-term researches are also being conducted as we speak delving into the practice of this technique as a treatment for major chronic diseases such as COPD and nerve disorders.