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The Wu Yi Jie He Family System of Chinese Healing and Martial Arts

Therapeutic benefits of Tai Chi & QiGong: An overview and critical review

Posted Jan 23rd, 2013 in Articles, Sifu George Picard Blog, Research

There is rising interest in the health-promoting benefits of the ancient exercise arts of Tai chi and Qigong among both the public and the health care industry sectors.Tai chi quan (also know as ‘taiji chuan’ or shortened to ‘tai chi’) is a subtle martial art rooted in Daoist philosophy. When Tai chi is performed for health, it is a form of Qigong. The collective term ‘Tai chi/Qigong’ is used to represent this type of practice. While Tai chi and Qigong are similar, they are not synonymous. Tai chi is a slow, flowing exercise often practiced as empty hand or weapon forms, or paired practice known as push hands. ‘Qi’ means life energy. ‘Gong’ means dedicated practice. Qigong is energy cultivation through exercise, meditation, breath control and self-massage with origins in Chinese medicine. While both arts are ancient in Eastern culture, they are relatively new to the Western world. Growing interest within Western health care in these arts is due in great part to a shift in that industry from primarily reductionist curative care toward preventative medicine and health promotion. Emerging research validating the efficacy of Tai chi and Qigong practice for health promotion and management of chronic illness has spurred interest from health professionals.

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