Tai chi and qi gong
(say "chee goong") are traditional Chinese movement exercises. They are based
on two ideas:
Energy, called qi or chi, flows through the
body along "energy pathways" called meridians. If the flow of chi is blocked or
unbalanced at any point on a pathway, it is thought that you may become ill.
You do tai chi and qi gong to increase energy (chi or qi) flow and improve
health through gentle, graceful, repeated movements.
including the body, consists of opposing forces called yin and yang. Good
health results when these forces are in balance. You do tai chi and qi gong
movements in an attempt to help restore the body's balance of yin and
Tai chi is a series of movements done either very slowly
or quickly to help move the body's chi. People use tai chi as a way to combine
meditation and movement and to improve and maintain health.
gong involves different movements that may be done in different orders. Some
common qi gong movements include raising and lowering the arms, moving the head
from side to side, and gently rubbing the ears, feet, and hands.
What are tai chi and qi gong used for?
use tai chi and qi gong to improve posture, balance, coordination, endurance,
and flexibility and to maintain good health and quality of life.
Are tai chi and qi gong safe?
As with any physical
activity, people who perform tai chi or qi gong may experience muscle strains
or sprains. Gentle stretching before a tai chi or qi gong session can prevent
In most cases, you can safely use tai chi or qi
gong alongside conventional medical treatments.
Always tell your
doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about
combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It
may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on
an alternative therapy.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.