About Qigong

Qigong Defined

Qi means "Life-force energy" and gong means "skill," so Qigong (pronounced Chigong) is the skillful practice of gathering, circulating, and applying life-force energy.



Different Schools of Qigong

In China today, Qigong practice is divided into three main schools: Medical, Martial and Spiritual. The three schools are all based on the same philosophical system and share many of the same meditations and techniques. The schools differ primarily in focus. Students choose a school based on the use that they want to put their Qigong training. Briefly, each school focuses on one of the following specialties:


The Medical Qigong School - an integral part of Chinese Energetic Medicine trains doctors and healers in special Qigong methods for health maintenance and longevity, disease prevention, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders. The three primary techniques of Medical Qigong Therapy include the following:


  • Purging to detoxify the body of pathogens.
  • Tonifying to strengthen the body's internal organs and systems, and
  • Regulating to balance the body's internal energy.


The Martial School trains martial artists to build their strength and power for performing martial arts applications.


The Spiritual School trains practitioners who seek spiritual transformation and enlightenment (Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism each have their own unique techniques). Their techniques include meditations for fusing, as well as releasing the Three Ethereal Souls (Hun). These souls can best be understood as personifications of moral qualities (or archetypes). When the Hun are fully developed, the practitioner acquires certain extraordinary powers and abilities, such as soul travel. The goal, however, is to achieve transformation and a state of enlightenment, and not be led astray by the glamor of extra powers. The three primary techniques of spiritual Qigong training include the following:

  • Nourishing the Spirit (Shen) to strengthen and refine the power of the individual's Shen.
  • Housing the Shen by disciplining both thoughts and emotions, to relax and tranquilize the individual's Shen, and to become more receptive to divine energy and guidance, and
  • Combining the Shen with the Qi to coordinate the breath and intention for directing the spirit to guide the body's life-force energy.

Chinese Energetic Medicine or Qigong training involves all of the individual's physical senses. The concentration is focused on breathing, hearing, visualizing, and muscle relaxation. Massage and movement are also used to develop and control the body's intrinsic energy. Studying Qigong requires not only comprehending the immeasurable wisdom gathered for medical, martial and spiritual development, but also studying the ancient Chinese culture inherent within these systems.

Chinese Energetic Medicine or Medical Qigong Defined

All living bodies generate an external field of energy called Wei Qi (pronounced "whey chee"), which translates as "protective energy." The definition of Wei Qi in Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM), Chinese Energetic Medicine or Medical Qigong is slightly different than that of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In classical TCM texts, the Wei Qi field is seen to be limited to the surface of the body, circulating within the tendon and muscle tissues. In Medical Qigong, however, the Wei Qi field also includes the three external layers of the body's auric and subtle energy fields. This energy originates from each of the internal organs and radiates through the external tissues. There the Wei Qi forms an energy field that radiates from the entire physical body. This field of Qi protects the body from the invasion of external pathogens and communicates with, as well as interacts with, the surrounding universal and environmental energy fields
Both internal and external pathogenic factors affect the structural formation of the Wei Qi. The internal factors include suppressed emotional influences (such as anger and grief from emotional traumas). The external factors include environmental influences when they are too severe or chronic, such as Cold, Damp, Heat or Wind, etc. Physical traumas also affect the Wei Qi field.

Any negative interchange affects the Wei Qi by literally creating holes within the matrix of the individual's external energetic fields. When left unattended, these holes leave the body vulnerable to penetration, and disease begins to take root in the body. Strong emotions, in the form of toxic energy, become trapped within the body's tissues when we hold back or do not integrate our feelings. These unprocessed emotions block the natural flow of Qi, thus creating stagnant pools of toxic energy within the body.

Medical Qigong consists of specific techniques that uses the knowledge of the body's internal and external energy fields to purge, tonify, and balance these energies. Medical Qigong therapy offers patients a safe and effective way to rid themselves of toxic pathogens and years of painful emotions that otherwise, can cause mental and physical illness. This therapy combines breathing techniques with movement, creative visualization, and spiritual intent to improve health, personal power, and control over one's own life.