Are There Side Effects of Qi Gong

Even though it is possible to learn Qigong with books or videos, only an experienced instructor can lead the student to master a healthy Qigong workout. Qigong cannot really damage anyone’s body, however there may be possible side effects. These can occur for example, if the student is not applying the proper exercising principles or if his impatience leads him to proceed too fast, or even if he practices too many different methods.

All of the above can confuse the internal Qi, which can provoke side effects like dizziness, headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, shortage of breath, distension at the Dan Tien area or at the chest. Qigong is thousands of years old, and it has proved to be a very effective health system, but only when its rules are considered and applied. Hard Qigong like Bodhidarma Luohan 18 Hands, for example, cultivates the three treasures: the Jing (essence), the Chi (vital energy), and the Shen (spirit). This Qigong system requires a longer training period to strengthen the ligaments and the body’s inner structure.

Going forward too fast can lead to joint problems, tiredness, headache, unbalanced feeling, or an aggressive or too euphoric state. When a student is practicing without adjusting the posture, breathing, or mental state, the effects of Qigong can be negative and should be corrected by a teacher. Finally, we recommend to observe all changes and not ignore pain, even if that means to stop a specific exercise for some days, weeks or even months. Kenneth Cohen is saying “Pain Means No Gain”. Qigong should be fun, should relax rather than tense up muscles, should clear the mind, rather than provoke headache. Side effects in Qi Gong can be avoided with an “observing mind” and maintaining basic “rules”.

Books recommended

Benor, Daniel J.: Consciousness, Bioenergy and Healing – Self-Healing and Energy Medicine for the 21st Century; Holistic Healing Publications, 2004.

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Chuen, Lam Kam: The Way of Energy; Gian Books, 1993.

Chopra, Deepak: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old. Crown Publishers, 1993.

Cohen, Kenneth S.: The Way of Qigong, the Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing. Ballantine Books, 1997.

Reid, Daniel: Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing, Guarding the Three Treasures with Energy. Simon & Schuster Eds., 1995.

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Kumar, Frantzis Bruce: Opening the energy Gates of Your Body: Gain Lifelong Vitality. North Atlantic Books, 1997.

Reid, Daniel: Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity: A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient Way. Simon & Schuster, 1989.

Yang, Jwing-Ming: Root of Chinese Chi Kung. YMAA Publication Center, 1989.

Yang, Jwing-Ming: Qigong Meditation – Embryonic Breathing. YMAA Publication Center, 2003.

Yang, Jwing-Ming: Back Pain, Chinese Qigong for Healing & Prevention. YMAA Publication Center, 1997.

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Yang, Jwing-Ming: Chinese Qigong Massage. YMAA Publication Center, 1992.

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Bojan Zimmerman

Bojan Zimmerman, “The Intuitive Creator” and founder of the Accelerated Creation Systems™ (ACS),” is a Tai Chi Chen Style Practitioner. Bojan is one of the world’s leading experts on the advanced use of intuition and transformative energy healing. Bojan helps transform and empower individuals, couples, and groups to overcome their emotional, physical and spiritual challenges by teaching them the healthy practice of Qi Gong and adaptation of ACS in their lives.
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