In qigong, the energy is stirred around the body by doing various exercises, a number of which can look somewhat tai-chi-ish. Commonly though, the postures are not physically demanding and are very helpful for individuals who are ill as they do not force you to stretch or tire out yourself in any way. It is asserted that sustained practice has gigantic effect on health and inner strength, calming the mind, developing inner perception, reducing emotionality and creating strength and flexibility.
Posture, breathing and focus are the fundamental elements and, through these, the energy can be stirred around. The objective is to move positive energy and release negative energy or energy blocks. Generally this is taught by a qigong Master who, in addition to teaching the techniques, can also send qi the positive energy that is inside us and in every part of the universe into the body of the student.
The released qi is so powerful that single research showed it to effectively annihilate Staphylococcus bacteria more efficiently than carbolic acid in experiments over eight minutes. Great stuff that is accessible to all of us if we can learn to connect and work with it.
The type of qigong which has splendid significance for cancer patients is that developed in China by Dr Pang Ming during the time of the revolution in China. At that time there was a great deal of poverty and Dr Pang Ming wanted to help folks who couldn’t afford medicines. He formed zhineng qigong and set up the prevalent medicine-less hospital in the world; the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Centre, where between 4000 to 6000 individuals would practice qigong at any one time. Whilst the older methods of qigong relied heftily on the passing on of information through family members, zhineng qigong is openly discussed and trained in China, partly to allow more rigorous examination of the results obtained. Zhineng is an ‘open’ form of qigong, working not just with the energy in the body, but the energy of the universe that is all around us all the time.
Numerous seemingly unbelievable healings happened at the clinic and Chinese statistics demonstrated a 95% improvement ratio on over 450 diseases including MS, ME, cancer and diabetes. Although these statistics are unverified by Western scientists, the practice is gaining popularity around the world, especially with cancer patients.
Qigong alters peoples’ mentality from looking for an outside source to heal them to being the source of their own healing.