Article: Tai Chi and Qigong

Tai Chi and Qigong
by Dr. Robert Kienitz, D.Ac., DTCM

Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan are branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine as are Acupuncture, Chinese Dietary Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Qigong and Tai Chi relate to the larger body of Chinese Medicine in much the same way that physical therapy relates to conventional medicine.

Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan are forms of exercise that utilizes visualization, breath control and posture or movement to systematically organize and orchestrate the various functions of tissues and organs in the human body.

Qigong as a form of exercise has been documented as being in continuous practice from the beginning of the Zhou Dynasty (1028 – 221 B.C.E.), to the present day. In China, Qigong has been used therapeutically in modern hospitals and sanatoriums since 1955 and in 1956 Qigong was introduced as part of the regular curriculum at the four top Colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Research studies have been conducted at the Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou Colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1986 the China Research Society for Qigong Science was founded to oversee research protocols at the colleges and universities. Qigong research has also been conducted by colleges and scientific institutions in Japan, Korea, Europe and America. This is a sampling of some of the findings of that research.

  • Cardiovascular
    Lowers resting heart rate, less abnormal EKG, greater cardiac efficiency, stabilized blood pressure, less LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, more HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
  • Circulation
    Improves microcirculation, peripheral circulation, prevents vascular spasm, very helpful in Reynaud’s syndrome, angina, migraine.
  • Digestive
    Improves peristalsis and digestive absorption, fewer pathogenic digestive bacteria (Candida), positive effects on ulcers and constipation.
  • Brain
    Increases slow, high amplitude brain waves, improves cerebral blood flow, less incidences of stroke, helpful for paralysis and seizure disorders.
  • Mental Health
    Decreases in; stress response, Type A behavior, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder. Improvements in memory, concentration, interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Respiratory
    Slower respiratory rate, improved gaseous exchange, significant positive effects on asthma and bronchitis.
  • Immune System
    Greater count and more active T cells, better targeting of antigens, deactivates harmful free radicals causing significant anti cancer effect.
  • Musculo-skeletal
    Increases strength, flexibility and bone density, improves coordination, beneficial for arthritis and osteoporosis.
  • Longevity
    Improvements in blood pressure, vital capacity, cholesterol and hormone levels, kidney functions, mental acuity, vision, hearing, skin elasticity, bone density, immune function, physical strength, libido all move one toward a longer, healthier life span. Research in China shows that daily Qigong practiced by geriatric persons significantly increases life span and quality of life.

Eight Treasures Qigong

The Eight Treasures is an ancient system of Qigong or energy practice that is based on the natural motions of the heavenly bodies. The primary function of the Eight Treasures is to establish a balance of yin and yang energies and an activation of all twelve of the main energy meridians in the body.

At the physical level, the Eight Treasures can help restore the body to a normal degree of health and beyond. It can provide you with the ability to directly affect and improve your health, and eliminate disease. At the mental level, this practice will help you experience sharpened mental capacity, a clearer mind, balanced emotions and a re-activation of the central nervous system.

At the spiritual level, it can allow you to embrace the meaning of oneness with the universe and experience the unity of body, mind and spirit.

Master Instructor Cindy Kienitz has trained in Chinese Internal Arts including Shaolin Kung Fu, Qigong, Chinese Yoga, and Tai Chi Chuan for over forty years. She has trained directly with Master Hua Ching Ni, Dr. Maoshing Ni and Master Kany Chin.

For seven years Cindy was the Director for The Center for Taoist Arts which she co founded in Atlanta, Georgia. The Center was one of the largest schools of its type on the East Coast and was chosen the best Tai Chi School in the Atlanta area. Cindy was also the head instructor of the Qigong/Yoga and Senior Tai Chi Program at the Sandestin Resort Health Club in Destin, Florida for five years.

Cindy has presented numerous classes and seminars on Chinese internal arts, meditation, stress reduction and wellness, Taoist nutrition and natural cooking. For information on classes or workshops Cindy can be contacted at: (772)-217-0929

Jade Dragon Qigong Instructional DVD

Jade Dragon (Yu long), Qigong is a Five Element Qigong that specifically benefits the lungs, spleen, heart, liver and kidneys. It clears the meridians associated with these organs and brings them into dynamic harmony to provide health and vitality.

Our system of Tai Chi Chuan is a Yang style taught from the lineage of Professor Cheng Man Ching. This style of Tai Chi is congruent with and can be interpreted as a dynamic expansion of the Jade Dragon Qigong.

Dr. Robert is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a martial artist with forty years experience in the Japanese arts of Aikido, Judo and Iado (Japanese sword), Korean Se Jong Tai Kwon Do and the Chinese arts of Yu Long Kung Fu, Chuan Fa, Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong.

Dr. Robert studied Tai Chi Chuan and Yu Long Kung Fu/Qigong with Master Dr. Hui Chen, a direct student of Grand Master, Professor Cheng Man Ching. Robert also received Qigong training from the lineages of various Taoist Masters, Buddhist Priests & Lamas and Dr. Kong Hai, a direct descendent of Kong Fu Tzu (Confucius).

Qigong (chee gong), is a combined form of breath regulation, postural discipline and mental concentration that is used to enhance the equilibrium of your mind and body. In this DVD Dr. Robert teaches Qigong from a four thousand year old tradition that he personally has practiced for over forty years. Qi is a Chinese term that means energy or life force and Gong means skill or quality of work. Thus one translation of Qigong is energy skills.

Students of Qigong are taught to combine breathing exercises with physical movement to strengthen over all health, flexibility of the muscles and joints and to insure peace of mind. This tape is presented to patients, martial arts students, and oriental medical students and practitioners as an introduction to the ancient Chinese health regime that has been practiced for over 4,000 years. By practicing the art of Qigong, we learn to master our bodies and more importantly, our minds for the ultimate success of our physical, mental and spiritual health.

Since the 1980’s China has been and continues to conduct rigorous scientific investigations into the practice of Qigong at both conventional medical institutes and Qigong rehabilitation hospitals. There are over thirty separate colleges, hospitals and institutes in China doing Qigong research today on a variety of subjects ranging from cancer research and Qigong to the types of energy patterns emitted by master level Qigong practitioners. The Jade Dragon video is a professionally produced instructional video that takes the viewer through an in depth explanation of Chinese medical philosophy and step by step through the practice of Jade Dragon Qigong. Once learned, this Qigong takes only about fifteen minutes a day to practice and has been proven to benefit a wide range of specific medical conditions as well as improve general health, vigor, sexuality and longevity.

Jade Dragon Qigong is a professionally produced Qigong DVD in the English language presented and directed by a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, a forty year veteran martial artist and the Dean of a nationally accredited Oriental Medical college. This instructional DVD is available for only $35.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling (within the U.S.) Order your DVD today by visiting the Atlantic-acupuncture store.