Master Hong Liu, author of The Healing Art of Qi Gong, states that Qi Gong is "the art and science of using breath, movement, mind, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the blood and vital life energy."
The translation of the word "Qi" is vital life energy. The translation of the word "Gong" is work. Thus, Qi Gong is the practice and discipline of working with your body's life energy, learning how to cultivate and control its flow in order to support greater health.
Qi Gong is both a therapeutic exercise and a physical meditation. It enhances body-mind awareness. It fosters physical well-being, as well as emotional balance.
In China, Qi Gong is considered to be medicine. Thus, your treatment at Shen Dao Acupuncture may include a prescription for Qi Gong exercises to be done at home. This will assist you with the effectiveness of your treatment and will help with your condition. These exercises are simple and meant for everyone to do, even those who are restricted to a wheelchair.
Qi Gong is sometimes also understood as the practitioner's use of their own Qi to direct the movement of the patient's Qi during a session. This is very subtle energy work that is done off the body, sometimes over the acupuncture needles after they have been set, or sometimes it is a stand alone treatment when acupuncture may not be appropriate. This form of Qi Gong is often used in treating young children, infants, or the extremely frail.