QIGONG MEDICAL THERAPY
An Ancient Science
The International Medical Institute of Medical Qigong explains that Medical Qigong is an ancient form of Chinese energetic medicine that is over 5,000 years old and is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other forms of TCM include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and tui na massage therapy. Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, suppression of emotions, and aging. The goal of qigong is to correct these imbalances and blockages to enable the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and release deep-seated emotions and stress. Medical qigong therapy consists of treatment by a practitioner to purge, tonify and regulate the client's qi. The client will be given qigong exercise and meditation prescriptions to assist in their ongoing healing. Medical qigong exercises and meditations use movement, breathing methods and mental intention to correct and restore the function in the body. Medical qigong is a complete system of health care that recognizes the root causes of symptoms of disease, and treats the client as a whole.
Practiced as an excellent adjunct to Western medicine, Chinese medicine may successfully treat people with conditions which Western medicine finds resistant or ambiguous. In China and more recently in the United States and Canada, doctors have applied qigong in hospitals and clinics to treat individuals suffering from a variety of ailments. Medical qigong therapy and prescriptions can be used to treat people with cancer and help reduce or eliminate side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. It will help in treating cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, parkinson disease and post-stroke syndrome. It is especially useful in treating any kind of chronic pain, and chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Like any other system of health care, qigong is not a panacea but a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend qigong as an important form of complementary and alternative medicine. In practicing complementary and alternative medicine, we seek to support the care of your existing physician, therapist, or acupuncturist.
TUI NA (CHINESE MASSAGE) THERAPY
Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy which can be used in conjunction with acupressure or acupuncture, moxibustion, scraping, cupping, qigong, tai chi, and herbalism. Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses various techniques such as brushing, kneading, rolling, pressing, and rubbing the areas between each of the joints to attempt to open the body's defensive qi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles and the techniques may be gentle or quite firm. Tui means "to push" and na means "to lift and squeeze." Other strokes include shaking and tapotement. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques are claimed to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.