Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing art that increases the body’s vital energy, or qi. The art of breathing and body movements that does this is called “gong”. Qigong has four components: diet, breathing, movement, and meditation. While there are many ways of operating, each has the same goal – bringing freshly oxygenated blood into the body’s organs and improving the immune system.

Supporters of Qigong believe that stress, injuries, and illness block the flow of qi, and the practice of this ancient Chinese martial art restores balance and well-being. It was recently recommended by Dr Mehmet Oz as one of the best ways of staying young and healthy.

The Process

Qigong uses slow movements and breathing to bring qi back into the body, slowing aging and improving health. It may be practiced alone or in groups and requires no special equipment. Classes are taught in many schools, hospitals, and community centers around the US.

Benefits of Qigong

Although more research is needed, studies have shown that qigong helps to improve coordination, increase mental alertness, and promote general health. There are, also, indications that it may reduce pain, lower anxiety, and stabilize blood pressure. Although at least one study resulted in the reduction of tumors in mice, the use of qigong to treat or cure cancer is questionable. In China, it is used as a medical treatment. Other countries, however, incorporate it into alternative health care programs.

Because qigong uses slow and deliberate movements, it is generally considered to be safe. People with muscle or joint pain or those with previous injuries may experience problems if they exceed their limitations. Because the practice releases blocked energy, a few people my experience negative emotions or anxiety.

Advocates of alternative methods like Qigong note its ability to ease pain and other symptoms of mesothelioma and cancers of the like. Along with medical treatments, those patients diagnosed with mesothelioma could likely utilize therapies such as this one.  In the case of mesothelioma, having a latency period of 20 to 50 years can often mean that once an individual is diagnosed, symptoms will be strong and the pain, unbearable at times. Symptom relief with alternative practices such as Qigong might make an individual with mesothelioma more comfortable and in some cases, healthier.