Q: How does Qigong have therapeutic effects?
A: While qigong works on a person’s muscles, bones, and skin externally, it differs from sports or physical exercise in that qigong internally refines qi, spirit, and the mind. The mind, breath and body are adjusted, allowing one’s qi and blood to flow freely around the body without any obstruction. With regular qigong practice, there is an accumulation of genuine qi, which builds up the overall energy in the body. When there is a sufficient amount, it reinforces the immune system in warding off bacteria and viruses, and ridding the body of malignant cells.
Q: What diseases have been effectively treated with Qigong?
A: According to the reports on qigong practice from China, about 90% of patients with chronic diseases receive different curative effects (after 2 to 3 months of consistent practice). The most noticeable healing effects have occurred with the following illnesses: chronic gastritis, gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, chronic colon inflammation, chronic enteritis, gastroenteritis disorder, habitual constipation, and other diseases of the digestive system; bronchitis, bronchial asthma, bronchiectasis, pulmonary emphysema, allergic asthma, and other illnesses of the respiratory system; rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, lumbago, and leg aches caused by lumbar vertebral spurs and kidney deficiency; diseases of the nervous system such as nervous headache, insomnia and depression; prostatitis, seminal dysfunction, and other illness concerning genitourinary system; heart diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, sequela of hemi-plegia and other cardiovascular disease or circulatory problems; toxic gas or chemical poisoning; diabetes, thyroid problems, and other endocrine illnesses. Qigong has also been very effective in treating hepatitis and cancer.
Q: If I am very interested in learning many forms of qigong, can I learn another form right after I have just learned one?
A: When learning a new form of qigong, especially for the beginner, they should practice the form a minimum of one year. If the practice is too short, the student may not experience any benefit because the circulation of qi was not established. Even more important, different forms of qigong are designed with different focuses on qi circulation. Learning another form too soon may cause deviations such as blockages or conflicting flows of qi that could lead to headaches, pain, body discomfort or even mental disorders. If a person decides that he/she does not care for the form which they have learned, it is advised that they give it up. Then, three months later they can be taught another form once their qi has gone back to its original state. This is the best way to ensure that you are properly directing qi for another form.
Q: Why are people who have been diagnosed with psychological disorders, such as bi-polar and schizophrenia, not allowed to practice certain types of Qigong?
A: The practice of certain types of qigong relies heavily on the use of the mind to guide the qi. Those who cannot normally exercise control over their mind are at risk if their qi cannot be directed properly. For example, during Chinese Soaring Crane Qigong standing meditation, their spontaneous movements cannot be slowed down to a quiet state. They may become overexcited or the psychological disorder may be exacerbated. Even those with these disorders that are effectively controlled with medication can experience a disruption in their emotional stability if they attempt to learn qigong. Therefore, Professor Chen made the decision not to put anyone at risk in their well-being, and do not allow our certified teachers to accept anyone with these conditions.
Q: When should I practice Qigong?
A: According to qigong theories, there are certain times considered to be the best for qigong practice: 11:00pm – 1:00am; 5:00am – 7:00am; 11:00am – 1:00pm; 5:00pm – 7:00pm. However, people with certain occupations or lifestyles, may not be able to follow these hours. Practitioners can choose a regular time to do qigong which does not conflict with necessary activities. Should the designated practice time is missed due to a conflict in schedule, it can be made up later.
Q: Where should I practice Qigong?
A: The ideal setting for qigong practice is outdoors in natural surroundings. However, when the weather is not suitable, it may be better to practice indoors. Avoid practicing in strong winds, heavy rains, and during thunder and lightening storms. If it is extremely cold in winter, practice indoors making sure the room well ventilated and the air is fresh.