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Qigong and Tai-Chi: Holistic exercises for more well-being

The aim of Qigong is to get the life energy flowing again.

Qigong is a field of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Body, mind and soul are not considered separately here, but as a unit. TCM is based on the assumption that the life energy ("Qi") of every person runs along certain paths in the body and connects all organs with one another. If these pathways are blocked, illnesses and pain occur. The different exercises of Qigong (translated as "working with life energy") aim to release such blockages, to get the life energy to flow again and thus to contribute to the improvement of wellbeing.

Under the umbrella term Qigong there are a variety of breathing and movement exercises that can be emphasized physically or performed meditatively. They basically have a preventive effect, but there are also special medical-therapeutic variants for people who already have health problems. Studies have shown, for example, that Qigong can relieve chronic pain such as back, neck and headaches, significantly lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure and thus minimize the risk of stroke or coronary artery disease.1 The variety of exercises makes it possible to practice Qigong at any age. For example, those who cannot stand for long can simply train sitting or lying down.