Qigong has been practiced as a means of maintaining health and wellness for centuries. Qigong exercises are often a combination of physical movements, breathing, and mental awareness. Qigong is often incorporated as part of many Chinese martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine.
Qigong exercises are used to cultivate qi, a bioelectrical energy considered to be the vital energy of the body. The flow, or impairment of flow, of qi in the body is attributed to the status of a person’s overall health. Attempts to measure a person’s qi have been documented in scientific literature, and there is a growing body of evidence to support the practice of qigong as a means of supplementing medical treatments and preventing illness. Qigong has demonstrated to be especially beneficial for sufferers of all stress-related illnesses, mental health issues, heart and blood pressure problems, arthritis, bronchitis, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, low immunity and the musculoskeletal system.