Qigong, the ancient Chinese practice of harnessing Qi, is receiving plenty of attention as a major part of standard Chinese medicine. Qigong has been practiced for centuries to boost health, healing, self defense, longevity, and spiritual development. One of the goals of practitioners is to elevate tension and enhance relaxation.
Chinese doctors prescribe certain sorts of Qigong to patients, dependent on their diagnosis. According to them, many diseases are cause by a blockage in the flow of energy through the meridians. Meridians are channels that allow energy to flow thru the body. The Qigong methods provide a balance of energy in the patients body to attempt to return them to health. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) attributes great importance to the homeostasis of energy in the body. Qigong consists of three different methods. These strategies are movement-oriented Qigong, meditation-oriented Qigong, and breath orientated Qigong.
Abdominal breathing is an indispensable part of Qigong. This deep breathing allows for more oxygen intake per breath. In Qigong deep breathing is a stress reduction tool. During these semi-meditative states, metabolic, autonomic, endocrine, neurological, and psychological changes can be noted. Doctors tend to prescribe drugs for raised blood pressure. Hypertension is another word for high blood pressure, and is a very common problem in our society.
The utilizing of anti-hypertensive drugs does have complications, endorsing that an alternative type of prevention could be better in the long run. Qigong practice could lower the blood pressure. Many hypertensive patients have announced that after a sustained practice of Qigong it positively affected their heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, and other vital bodily functions that help to indicate ones health. A decreased level of catecholamines is indicative of a lower level of considerate nerve system activity.
Catecholamines play important physiological roles as hormones and neurotransmitters like epinephrine and dopamine. Blood pressure is firmly related to considerate neurological activity. The nerve system is responsible for the “fight or flight” response we have when faced with a stressful situation. Therefore, Qigong is assumed to lower blood pressure by affecting sympathetic nervous system activity. Qigong can be a highly favorable art to study for those wanting to improve their health . Thru relaxation and stabilization of central nervous systems activity, Qigong can help treat and prevent mild types of high blood pressure.
Together with lower central nervous system activity comes a lower level of overall stress. With a lower stress level comes a lower level of Cortisol, an activating chemical that manages our metabolism of carbohydrates. High levels of Cortisol are that causes weight gain, determined fatigue, raise blood sugar levels, and more.
This post was written by Linda James a nurse and Qigong student.