Tai Chi vs Qi Gong
by Master Teresa Yeung
Qi Gong and Tai Chi are both Chinese traditional increasing our life force energyexercises which promotes circulation and personal energy
for self healing and wellbeing. You might have seen people practicing them in parks and community centres.
Tai Chi movements involve the gentle movements of extending and lifting the arms, legs and hands. Qi Gong is simpler, has less movements and is easier to practice in slow motion. There are different forms of Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercises. All these different exercises have one thing in common, they vary the load on joint surfaces increasing the flow of natural lubricant and nutrients into the joint, meaning that they move more easily and freely. The exercises train the lung to inhale more oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide effectively. The exercises have proven to help boost the immunity supporting our self-healing ability.
In recent years, Qi Gong is improving its popularity after Tai Chi as Acupuncture treatments based on Qi theory are being accepted as an effective way of treatment.
Qi Gong is sometimes being described as “acupuncture without needles” as daily exercises improve the flow of our Life Force Energy called Qi. Much clinical researches have been done on the practices of Qi Gong and Tai Chi on their healing benefits in the world.
Many people are using these practices for reducing stress. They help short of breath, fatigue, fibromyalgia, pain, digestive problems, diabetes, blood pressure, headaches, auto-immune problems etc. It is particularly important to note that there is actually a Qi Gong exercise designed for vision. In 1990, the Wu’s Eye Qi Gong™ had gone through 4,000 people medical research studies in China for 3 years with proven success rate of over 90%.
There was also a Chinese man, Li Ching- Yuen, who claimed he was age 197, before his death in 1933. Newspapers around the world reported the news of his passing on May 6, 1933. Official government records recorded his birth year as 1677, making him 256 years old at the time of his passing. It was suggested that Li might have gotten so old that he had forgotten how old he was. One of the secrets that Li claimed for his longevity was due to the fact that he performed exercises every day. Li was a herbalist, martial artist and Qi Gong practitioner. Practicing Chinese Qi Gong or Tai Chi exercises are great anti-aging and stress relievers bringing fun, peace, health and longevity.