What does Qigong mean?

Qigong can roughly be translated as work or practice for cultivating and guiding qi. According to Chinese thinking, Qigong increases, purifies and optimizes the flow of qi of the body. It is a millennia-old art of concentrative breathing and movement exercises.

What is Qigong?

According to the Heidelberg model of Chinese medicine, the diagnosis in Chinese Medicine consists in the establishment of a vegetative condition. This means that nerve and messenger substances create a functional picture that is specific to the patient. Chinese Medicine has developed a precise language for systematically recording these conditions and by this making them treatable. One of these forms of therapy is Qigong.

According to the Western thinking, all human functions are covered by the nervous system. This process of self-perception is called proprioception. It images, so to speak, the functional state of the body in the brain. The brain as an organ of control needs this image of functions for the regulation of organ functions by itself. This happens through a variety of mechanisms that include the nerve fibres of the vegetative system, messenger substances and cellular functions.

In Qigong you stretch the conduits and their reflex points

In Qigong you stretch the conduits and their reflex points (acupuncture points) in a precisely defined form, so that a state of functional vegetative balances (vegetative euregulation) sets in. By directing the breath and concentrating on certain breathing target points, called dantien, certain areas of the body are more consciously perceived during Qigong. The regulation of organ functions by the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are improved. When practicing Qigong, the rational-cognitive solution thinking and programmatically conflict-laden constellations of the biography completely take a back seat. For this purpose, images from nature are used for the patient’s imagination. This is how vegetative euregulation sets in and can pave the way by synapses. The term of synaptic pathway formation stems from neurology. It describes the preferred use (pathway formation) of a nervous connection which is therefore more expressed in the brain.

Qigong can be compared with the exercise of the fingers of a pianist.
In principle, every person can perform these movements. By practicing (synaptic pathway), however, they run automatically and with incredible perfection. This is also called, in the classic sense of Thomas Aquinas, the creation of a habitus by transformation: an actually “normal” process is practiced until it is stable and refined, thus becoming the habitus, the practiced inner posture, of the person. The piano becomes “part of the human being”. Likewise, the exercise with its healing effect is integrated into the person. Classic scriptures of TCM say: “the yin (here: the body in its structure) is the store of all effects and functions”.

Similarly, in Qigong synaptic pathways of vegetative functions are formed which make it possible to get into a euregulated state again and again. This consequently also liberates people’s emotionality and the associated rigid determinations that create extreme emotional states in role behaviour. People become freer. One could also call Qigong a re-modeling of the vegetative system, or a traditional bio-feedback therapy.

This means that Qigong has a regulating effect via a gentle but systematic training of the self-perception of bodily functions, and that this effect is “practiced” by the patient. Cultivation of this process of achieving an euregulated state is part of Chinese Medicine.

Qigong and Taiji are particularly effective in typical stress and civilization diseases such as nervousness, inner restlessness, high blood pressure, overwork, anxiety disorders, pain conditions, low back disorders, and functional disorders of all kinds. According to TCM, these are primarily indications in which the hepato-pulmonary balance, the flow of the energy forms qi and xue, is affected or mental-emotional problems cause internal disorders.