Qi Gong, pronounced as Chi Kung, is an ancient Chinese medical, martial and spiritual practice that entails the use of postures, breathing techniques and mental focus. The name of this ancient practice is derived from two words: Qi which means “life force” and Gong which means “accomplishment” or “skill.”
Qi Gong can be used to achieve a number of benefits. Some practices can be used in order to increase the energy in a body while others are used to aid in the circulation of energy. Still, there are practices that are used to heal and cleanse the body while others can aid in improving a person’s emotional and mental well-being.
In various countries around the world, experts are recognizing Qi Gong as a form of alternative/complementary medicine which can be used to aid conventional treatments. One of the conditions wherein Qi Gong can help is asthma.
By practicing Qi Gong, asthma sufferers can minimize the number of attacks as well as the severity of these. Qi Gong can help asthma sufferers in three ways: boosting the immune system, relaxation, and effective breathing.
If you want to reap these benefits, there are two Qi Gong exercises that you can perform: Green Dragon Separating Water, and the Bow and Arrow Stance.