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qi gong

(che´ kung´) [Chinese] qi cultivation, a broad range of practices, incorporating meditation, movement exercises, and breath control, whose purpose is to manipulate and develop qi, and ranging in application from the meditative systems of spiritual practitioners to medical practice to the martial arts.

Qi Gong



(chē′gông′, -gŏng′)
A Chinese system of prescribed physical exercises or movements performed in a meditative state.

Qi Gong

a form of Chinese exercise stimulation therapy that proposes to improve health by redirecting mental focus, breathing, coordination, and relaxation. The goal is to rebalance the body's own healing capacities by activating proposed electric or energetic currents that flow along meridians located throughout the body. These meridians do not follow conventional nerve or muscle pathways. Qi Gong has been effective in the management of chronic illness (e.g., hypertension, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, arthritis), wellness promotion, stress management, terminal illness (as palliation), GI conditions, musculoskeletal pains and sports injuries, tension headaches, colds and flu, and tinnitus.


(1) A Chinese form of self-healing said to stimulate and balance the flow of qi (chi; vital energy) through meridians (energy pathways), which involves contemplation, visualisation (imagery), assumption of postures, and stylised breathing and body movements. Gong is Mandarin for breathing (kung in Cantonese); qigong/chikung variously translates as breathing exercise, to work the vital force, practising with breath, or working with the energy of life. It consists of energy mastering exercises. 
(2) The body of ancient Chinese and 20th-century thought which encompasses qigong/chikung therapy/exercise. The exercise is analogous to yoga, and combines movement, meditation and breath regulation as a means of enhancing the flow of qi (chi; the vital life energy) along acupuncture meridians. Qigong has two major components: internal (soft) qigong, in which the qi is manipulated within one’s own body through exercise, and external (hard) qigong, in which the qi is projected to another person. Qigong is believed by its advocates to improve circulation, decrease pulse, respiration rate and oxygen consumption, and enhance immune function; it is believed to be effective in treating hypertension and gastrointestinal complaints (e.g., ulcers, constipation).

qi gong (chē gng),

n cultivation of qi. The general term for all Chinese techniques of breathing, visualization, and (often) movement, the purpose of which is the promotion of balanced qi flow. Hundreds of forms exist, many of which overlap with martial arts practices, such as taijiquan or spiritual/meditative disciplines. qi gong can be divided into internal qi gong, in which the practitioner uses these techniques for self-care, and external qi gong, wherein a master practitioner identifies and releases the energetic blockages of another. Also called
Chinese energy medicine, chi gong, chi gung, qigong, qi gung, qigung, or
traditional Chinese qigong (TCQ). See also qi and taijiquan.
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