"Qi" (pronounced chee), means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.
"Gong" (pronounced gung, as in lung) means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement.
Together, Qigong means the skill of cultivating vital energy, or the ability to work with the electromagnetic energy of the body.
Qigong is a mind-body practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating postures, movement, breathing techniques, and focused intention.
Medical Qigong therapy is the energetic foundation of Chinese medicine. It addresses the root cause of disharmony within a person, while working with them as a whole.
In a Medical Qigong session, the practitioner, having developed through dedicated study and self-cultivation the ability to sense and manipulate energy, uses qi emission to restore health and wellness to the client. The practitioner may also teach medical qigong exercises and meditations.
"Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness, they must quiet the spirit and settle the will, they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings. ”
— Sun Simiao, Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang I.2
(as translated by Sabine Wilms)