04 Aug '11, 2am

More Studies Confirm that T'ai Chi and Qigong Heal and Prevent Disease

Centuries’ worth of anecdotal evidence attests to the medical benefits of qigong and t’ai chi , two closely related Chinese health and fitness practices. And now the clinical evidence Westerners like to see is piling up as well. What are t'ai chi and qigong? T’ai chi is better known in the U.S. than qigong is. “But t’ai chi is actually a form of qigong,” says Francesco Garripoli , president of the Qigong Institute and producer of the PBS-aired documentary Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century . “It came out of several families of qigong practice — that’s why they go together.” Both practices look sort of like karate in slow motion. They combine gentle, meditative physical movements and breathing techniques that help stimulate the flow of qi or chi (life force or vital energy), promoting better physical, mental and emotional health. For thousands of years, pe...

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