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Qigong is an alternative type of treatment that comes from China and focuses itself on breathing patterns and practices with several different movements and postures of the body. It is mainly taught as a preventative for some illnesses and conditions and general well being, but it is also useful for helping to heal certain conditions.

Nowadays, the practice of qigong is very common and there exists more than 3000 different schools around the world that teach qigong. Qigong believes that humans have an energy field around them called qi. It is also called the aura or prana in yoga, and acts as a life force to the body. Some westerners do not believe in such theories and therefore attitudes to qigong vary quite a lot. Most practitioners view qigong as a set of breathing methods that help people to relax and be at ease with themselves. Qigong has been around for many centuries in China and it is a very popular practice there even today. It has now spread to western societies where people are learning more and more about eastern philosophies and practices such as qigong.

Chinese traditional qigong was the first real form of qigong and over the years, other types evolved such as Taoist, Buddhist, Neo-Confucian, Chinese medicine, Confucian, and through martial arts.

Many different types of research have been carried out on a scientific level to help analyze the efficacy of qigong. It is noted that it does act as a form of relaxation and tranquility for people and is a good form of exercise as it promotes good breathing techniques and involves eating healthy too. It is not uncommon nowadays for universities to offer courses in qigong and one can obtain their Bachelors or even Masters in the subject.

Millions of people around the world practice some type of qigong. It is incorporated into many different practices such as martial arts and meditation as these involve good and correct breathing techniques. Since the late eighties, medical qigong has been recognized in the Chinese health system in hospitals all around the country. Many years of debating later, the Chinese government recognized it officially and is now available on the National Health Plan.

Although qigong is a type of treatment that can help with breathing and general well being, it is generally seen as a form of alternative treatment because it seems that there should be more scientific research into qigong to prove its benefits. Qigong is usually associated with spirituality because of its history with the different religions. Many of the practices taught are from strict masters that come from an extensive background in qigong. One usually practices qigong with a martial art in order for him or her to be able to control their breathing whilst exercising, as this is key.

Although this type of healing is getting more and more popular nowadays, it is still considered an alternative type of treatment due to the lack of scientific evidence available to suggest that this type of treatment is beneficial for humans. It should not be seen as a replacement for conventional methods and it is always advised to speak to your local doctor or physician before undertaking any kind of treatment. He or she can give you advice and provide further information. More information on this subject can also be found on Internet websites.

Qigong has definitely become more popular in the western world as people are looking for alternative ways to help the healing process, whether it is spiritually or physically. This is because people are looking for a more natural way of treatment.


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