Medical Qigong and TCM

Published | Updated May 5, 2020

Medical Qigong and TCM

Medical Qigong is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and uses Qigong (also written Chi Kung) to alleviate or cure chronic diseases and injuries. Medical Qigong is Qigong, but the focus is on medical therapeutics, rather than on spirituality or physical fitness.

Like “normal” Qigong, its foundation is based on manipulating the meridian system, Qi flow, and working with Yin-Yan concepts.

Therapy consists of treatment done by a TCM practitioner with the goal to regulate the client’s Qi. After a treatment the client will be given Qigong exercises to do at home to assist in ongoing healing. Exercises consist of physical movement, breathing methods and mental intentions to correct and restore optimal functioning of both body and mind.

Medical Qigong can be used either as a primary therapy or as an additional therapy together with other TCM treatments, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, bone-setting and Tuina. It’s increasingly used as a complementary therapy along Western medical practices and drug therapies.

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