Monday, April 5, 2010

Qi-gong: what is this practice from China?

Conventional medicine and science have been particular advances in recent years. However, there are diseases that still can not be completely addressed through medication or surgery. This is where the medicines that are called soft use a variety of traditional techniques from around the world.

The market for ayurvedic medicine, Thai massage, acupuncture, but also that of homeopathy and relaxation therapy, have skyrocketed in almost a decade, and patients are increasingly likely to turn to alternative medicine. It is not that science is unstable, but now people are looking for originality, and inner serenity that enables them to live better and better manage their disease every day. For the common point of all these alternative medicine is to reconcile body and spirit with the earth, nature and the positive energies of the universe. Sometimes closer to religion than it appears at first glance, these techniques rather special healing rely on the willingness of each and on the regular and sustained. Among current trends, there is Qi Gong, a practice linked to Chinese medicine which is studied and improved for over 3,000 years.

Quite close to the Tai-chi as the basis of complementary duality of Yin and Yiang, Qi Gong differs from the latter by the fact that it is often done lying down, so that the exercises of Tai Chi s 'usually perform standing. Derived from the Taoist longevity gymnastics, Qi gong has been influenced over the centuries by various schools of thoughts and was divided into several schools.