Benefits of Practicing Qigong

There are many wonderful benefits derived from practising Qigong, and they may be generalized into the following five categories:

1. Curing illness and promoting health.
2. Enhancing vitality and developing internal force.
3. Promoting youthfulness and longevity.
4. Expanding the mind and the intellect.
5. Spiritual cultivation.

Experimental evidence suggests the following healing effects of qigong exercises and meditations.

Cardiovascular
Lower resting heart rate; normalized EKG, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

Respiratory
Slower respiratory rate, improves gaseous exchange, significant benefits for asthma & bronchitis.

Immune System
Better targeting of antigens, significant anti-cancer effect.

Circulation
Improves microcirculation, prevents vascular spasms, very helpful for angina, migraine, and Reynaud's Syndrome (cold hands & feet).

Brain
Improves cerebral blood flow, less incidence of stroke; reduction in frequency and intensity of seizure disorders; slow, high amplitude brainwaves suggest relaxed and integrated state of consciousness.

Musculoskeletal
Improves posture, balance, strength, stamina, flexibility.

Chronic Pain
Significant pain reduction from all causes, including injury, surgery, arthritis, fibromyalgia.

Mental Health
Decreases: stress response, Type A, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, depression. Improves memory and interpersonal sensitivity.

Longevity
Improves: blood pressure, vital capacity, cholesterol and hormone levels, kidney function, mental acuity, vision and hearing, skin elasticity, bone density, immune function, digestion, balance, flexibility, strength, libido. Destroys free radicals (major cause of tissue degeneration) by stimulating activity of superoxide dismutase.

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