Medical qigong and integrative primary care for the 21st century

Author: Aung SKH
Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, Adjunct Professor,
Faculty of Extension University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Conference/Journal: 4th World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1998
Other: Pages: 213-214 , Word Count: 147

There are many styles and schools of Qigong. The Qigong that I have taught for the past several years in Canada and various countries around the world is medical in scope and both Taoist and Buddhist in orientation. It encompasses breathing, concentration and posture/movement techniques practiced with discipline and diligence, with appreciation of nature and with an attitude of loving kindness and
compassion toward all sentient beings. It is a vitally important preventive and self care therapy, which is physically, mentally and spiritually revitalizing and empowering. It is not only for patients but also for health care practitioners who seek to heal themselves, enhance their quality of life and become genuine healers rather than mere technicians. Qigong, therefore, integrates medical practice, balancing intelligent selfcare with effective health promotion. It will undoubtedly come to assume a central, vital role in international primary care during the 21st century.