1. Medical Qigong Therapy- MQT- As a treatment modality:
Medical Qigong Therapy is an integrative part of the health care system, it encompasses and treats the person as a whole in body-mind and spirit yet MQT is a modality in its own and represents one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Tuina medical massage.
Medical Qigong Therapy is both an Internal and External treatment modality:
Internal Qigong or Self Treatment: Internal qigong is a major part of Medical Qigong therapy. This form of MQT is practiced by oneself to achieve a specific purpose. A form of psycho-physiological self-regulation, internal qigong regulates the Qi of the body for the purposes of harmonizing our internal energy systems for health enhancement and disease prevention. Typically, these are simple breathing and movement exercises or seated meditations and are prescribed by the Medical Qigong practitioner specifically for the patient as medicinal purposes.
External Qigong or Qi Emission: External qigong refers to the process by which the medical qigong therapist directs or emits Qi to purge and facilitate release toxins and emotions from the body’s tissues core, facilitate the energetic elimination of stagnation, as well as tonify and regulate the internal organs, all systems and energetic fields. The practitioner may touch areas on the other person’s body or simply pass his hand over the body and also uses sounds.
In China and more recently in the United States, doctors apply MQT in hospitals and clinics to treat individuals suffering from a variety of ailments. Medical Qigong Therapy and prescriptions exercises can be used to treat people with cancer and help reduce or eliminate side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. It will help in treating pathologies such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson disease, traumatic brain injury, post-stroke syndrome and a lot more. It is especially useful in treating any kind of chronic pain, and chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Many health care professionals recommend MQT as an important form of comprehensive holistic medicine.
2. Medical Qigong Therapy as preventative medicine- As a medicine of the whole person- And in relation to allopathic medicine and other medicines-
MQT offers clients a safe and effective way to help rid themselves of accumulation of electromagnetic disruptions in the body caused by the imbalances of our daily lives and therefore specifically in case of injuries, surgery, chemical and environmental influences, emotional changes and just aging. Therefore it acts as preventative medicine while supporting the body’s healthy milieu and facilitating good energy circulation throughout. MQT recognizes that addressing the root causes of symptoms or disease is the key to the healing process, it is an excellent adjunct to Western allopathic medicine and other medicines and can be all that may be needed for the most part since it is preventative.
The 3 schools of Qigong
The 3 schools although having different intentions often can overlap in their practices.
A- Spiritual Qigong
1. Confucian Qigong: designed to attain higher moral character and intelligence.
2. Buddhist Qigong: aimed at liberating the mind, emphasized the cultivation of virtue and enlightening wisdom, and it considers the human body just a shell holding the honorable spirit. (5800 schools in history, the most popular spiritual Qigong).
B- Martial Arts Qigong: trains protection of the body from sword cuts, blunt trauma from other than edged weapons, and safety from attacks by fist or foot. Such methods included Tai Chi, Iron shirt, and golden bell type methods. It also trains the body to deliver fatal blows that were enhanced with Qi, such as those found in the Burning Palm or Iron Palm methods. Unfortunately, many martial art Qigong practitioners have died prematurely due to over exerting their body limits.
C- Medical Qigong: emphasizes the free flow and balance of vital energy in the body, helps practitioner to take control of illnesses or pains, and also helps to prevent them. Medical Qigong also trained medical practitioners how to use the inner Qi in a dynamic way for diagnosis and healing.
Although various forms of Qigong might have reported some health benefits, not all Qigong were designed for the purpose of health care or disease curing. Only Medical Qigong takes treating illness or curing disease as its primary purpose.