The Various Types of Qigong and Their Benefits

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Qigong, which is pronounced chee-gung, is a study and practice focused on cultivating the vital life force through various techniques exercises, and movements, including breathing techniques, postures, meditations, and guided imagery. The word ‘Qi’ in qigong, refers to breathe or air, which is considered the ‘vital life force’, also known as life force energy. ‘Gong’ refers to work or effort, which states the commitment of an individual to practicing the skill with patience and repetition till he attains perfection.

Qigong practitioners believe that the vital life force penetrates and permeates everything in the universe. The qigong practice is focused on practicing and studying to attain perfection in the ability to manipulate Qi to promote self-healing, increase longevity, and prevent diseases. In this blog, we will discuss various types of Qigong and their benefits for a better understanding of this healing practice.

The types of Qigong

There are many styles and forms of qigong, which are contained into three major categories, starting with medical qigong, which is focused on self-healing and healing others, martial qigong focused on physical prowess, and spiritual qigong focused on enlightenment. Qigong practice is based on various techniques and forms of exercise. The only thing which differentiates the three types is their level of focus. Let’s discuss them further individually:

Medical Qigong

Medical qigong belongs to one of the oldest branches of traditional Chinese medicine. It is probably the most popular of the three categories, and is also the energetic source of origin for acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Chinese massage (tui na). Since qigong shares the foundational theories of traditional Chinese medicine, it incorporates the use of similar methods of diagnosis and treatment.

The medical qigong is further divided into two types:

Self-healing qigong: The self-healing qigong includes practicing qigong exercises and techniques by yourself to improve your health. It is also effective in the prevention of diseases and managing symptoms of various illnesses.

Qi Emission or External Qigong: This form of practice includes a qigong practitioner emitting Qi to heal others in focus. During these qigong practice sessions, a master practitioner prescribes some specific exercises to the patients, which are specifically designed to help regulate Qi.

Martial Qigong

As the term suggests, martial qigong, is focused on physical prowess. The practitioners of martial qigong can break bricks, bend steel wires, place sharp objects in vulnerable parts of the body without damaging the skin and perform more such physical acts of bravery without hurting themselves. Martial qigong practitioners are capable of demonstrating physical feats which are beyond the logic of modern science.

Spiritual Qigong

Spiritual qigong incorporates the use of mantras, mudras, forms of meditation, and prayers to tap into deeper parts of oneself to pursue enlightenment. These techniques are influenced by Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. It teaches the practitioner disciplines and helps them improve their quality of life with self-awareness, tranquility, and harmony with nature. The main aim of the spiritual qigong practitioners is to gain control of their body, mind, and spirit while focusing on escaping from the cycle of reincarnation.

Final words

Qigong practitioners help their patients with various qigong exercises and techniques to promote healing and good health. They have attained a deeper understanding of the exercises and movements required for effectively controlling Qi. You can search for the qigong practitioners near you to start your healing journey today.


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