The qigong treatment is an energy therapy based on the meridian (healing energy channel) system of Chinese medicine in diagnosis and treatment. “Qigong” is sometimes spelled “chi kung” or “chi gong.” We begin with an in-depth medical history spanning your birth to your present condition. Next is the physical exam which includes the assessment of your energy channels through Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis, plus energetic scanning of the body. The exam may also include direct palpation of the affected area, your organs, or energy channels.
During the Treatment
You will be asked to relax in a sitting or lying position while the practitioner performs qigong therapy. Most of the treatment is performed over the body without physical touch, though energetic touch massage may also be included where appropriate for the deepest healing. Throughout the session, the skilled qigong (energy) healer moves, builds, releases or calms areas of the internal (energy) body that have been adversely affecting your health and wellbeing. Your treatment will work primarily on your physical, mental, emotional or spiritual healing (or any combination of the aforementioned) depending on what is most vital for you at the time. While you may sense profound physical and emotional shifts during a session, it is not uncommon for a person to feel nothing in particular except a relaxing of the mind and body.
Your qigong therapist may offer to teach you a daily practice of prescription self-healing exercises, specific to your condition, to help you achieve the best possible results.
After Your Session
You will be asked to note the changes in your condition over several days to a week. Though some people notice an immediate improvement of the issue for which they sought qigong, in many cases the healing may start simply with a deepening of sleep, a lessoning of emotional strife, a clearing of the mind or a feeling of increased vitality. As is true with any healing method, regular treatments are necessary to render effective results.
Even more so than for acupuncture, it is best to schedule your qigong appointment when you have time to rest or at least to work in a relaxed manner for the rest of the day. Drinking ample water for two days following the session is important to facilitate healing changes. You may receive qigong treatments as you primary healing therapy or as an adjunct to: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, psychotherapy, homeopathy, herbal medicine or Western medicine and treatments.