Of all the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) branches, Medical Qigong is the most ancient and is practised in many hospitals in China. It combines breath, visualisation and physical exercise. Like all TCM, it works on correcting imbalances along the meridians so that Qi (life force) can travel freely. The benefits of Medical Qigong are said to include not only improvement in vitality, but also happiness, longevity, and spiritual development.
There are two categories to Medical Qigong: internal and external. Internal is where the patient is prescribed a specific Dao Yin (exercise). External is where Medical Qigong is performed through Qi transmission by the Medical Qigong Therapist on the patient. Dao Yins (home exercises) are often prescribed by the Medical Qigong Therapist. This attracts a certain type of patient – one who is independent and wants to take control and responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Also, Medical Qigong is chosen by many patients who have a phobia of needles. A detailed consultation is taken for every patient and a prescription is administered according to the specific syndrome. Patients remain fully clothed throughout the treatment. Please note this is not Qigong which is a system aimed at maintaining general health and taught in T’ai Chi classes.
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I tried the medical qigong at mandarin clinic because I had heard that TCM was good for stress, but I was petrified of acupuncture and needles. I was emotional to say the least when I first started my treatment. It was explained that some kind of balance at home and at work would also be required, not just the treatment in the clinic. This new concept really turned my life around as I was given techniques to help me cut off from work. My sleep improved and my high blood pressure reduced. What I found fascinating was the prescription I was given – a technique called ‘Old Man Searching’. It is the most prescribed in the Chinese hospitals which helped me to understand that I wasn’t the only person suffering stress. It takes the edge off the fear of the future for me and helps me keep things in perspective. My family are very grateful to have Dad back.
I found you through the website and read that one of your practitioners had done a research project on Parkinson’s Disease. Initially I wanted help with tremor. Anita explained PD from a TCM perspective. A combined treatment plan of acupuncture and medical qigong was suggested. After six weeks, my posture had improved and I had more energy. Sleep was good too. My tremor had reduced, but Anita explained that PD was a complex condition that takes time. Thank you for helping me to focus on the good days. My family have noticed how much more content I am.
Thank you so much Anita for guiding me towards medical qigong. It has not only given me the energy to start to get my life back on track, but also improved muscle strength and balance to cope better with physical tasks. Most of all thank you for teaching me about the over-thinking – now that I know it depletes me I can start to build a much better life