Worldwide there are millions of people practicing Qigong today, mainly due to its number of applications to prevent disease and get better health.
The most widely known application is Medical Qigong, as a complementary healing-system. It is suitable for all ages and for the majority of health conditions. It is a very effective and soft therapy, and it has been observed that practitioners recover from illness quicker, with fewer side effects than those observed when using allopathic therapies. However, the most important point is that practitioners learn specific skills that improve constantly their immune system with a very positive long-term effect.
External Qi Healing is a second application of Qi Gong and means an ancient method of transmitting Qi without touching. In meditative or spiritual Qi Gong, a third application, the practitioners focus on developing a clear and tranquil state of mind. There are basically two categories of meditative Qi Gong, Buddhist Fo Jia Gong and Daoist Dao Jia Gong, reflecting Buddhist or Daoist philosophies. Finally, there are Martial Qigong (Wu Gong) applications and these refer to Wu Shu (Chinese Martial Arts). It includes exercises to improve martial art techniques, to strengthen the body in general, to improve coordination and flexibility, and to build up Qi. The most widely known martial art Qigong is Tai Chi.
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