Qigong practice: a pathway to health and healing

Author: Christine E Lynn//McCaffrey R//Fowler NL.
Affiliation: College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla 33431-0991, USA. rmcaffr@fan.edu
Conference/Journal: Holist Nurs Pract. 2003
Other: Volume ID: 17 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 110-6 , Word Count: 123


Qigong is a therapeutic Chinese practice that has been used for thousands of years to optimize and restore energy (Qi) to the body, mind, and spirit. Elements of Taoist and Buddhist philosophies form the foundation of Qigong, which promotes health and vitality through gentle exercises for the breath, body, mind, and the voice. One component of Qigong is T'ai Chi, an exercise modality that uses gentle movements. Research has demonstrated that Qigong and T'ai Chi have beneficial effects on the body and that these are becoming popular holistic modalities in the United States. Nurses should understand the philosophy, concepts, and elements of Qigong and T'ai Chi so that they can guide patients to the benefits of this ancient art and science.