Acupuncture and Qigong: What’s the Deal?

How are the slow and graceful movements of qigong exercise similar to an acupuncture treatment?

Next Tuesday, February 13, at the Guilford Free Library from 12-1 p.m., I will be explaining how acupuncture works.

A few simple qigong exercises will be demonstrated to help understand this ancient medicine that is one of the most widely used forms in the world today.

Both qigong and acupuncture are rooted in one of the theories that lie at the foundation of Chinese Medicine: the theory of the meridians. There are 12 major meridians (pathways) that connect all organs to each other. Qi (vital life energy) flows along these pathways. Strategically placed acupuncture needles work toward the same end as the movements of qigong do. They both get the circulation of qi, lymph and blood flowing more freely throughout the body.

Qigong is not like yoga, cardio, or weight training, although all of these can be good in their unique way. This ‘healing martial art’ depends not just on movement but also on breath awareness and mental focus. This cleverly designed exercise allows every organ, tissue, and cell of the body to be fed by a free flow of circulation. Injury, chronic illness, or any kind of disease can interrupt the flow. During qigong, these stagnations are challenged to move. When these blockages are removed, there is less pain and dysfunction. The mind clears, and stress levels are reduced.

Come to the library on the 13th if you are curious about how you can improve your health. Bring an open mind and perhaps a snack. Be ready to listen, observe, or perhaps partake as I describe how acupuncture works through my experience, knowledge, and some simple exercise.

Hope to see you there.

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