“An excellent physician guides [qi and essence] with medicinals and [lancing] stones and rescues with needles and prescriptions. A sage[ly ruler] harmonizes [qi and essence] in order to perfect his power and uses them for support in order to manage the affairs of humanity. Thus, the human body has illnesses that can be cured, and Heaven and Earth have calamities that can be dispersed.” Sun Simiao 孫思邈, 652 CE, Essential Prescriptions for Every Emergency worth a Thousand in Gold (Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方.)”
How is your Qi (Chi)? Are you looking for health and healing? The above quote comes from Sun Simaio who is credited with being the author of the earliest Chinese Encyclopedia for clinical practice.
Where the mind goes qi follows. This is another way of phrasing the “new age” philosophy of focusing your intention where you want changes to happen. So how does this equate to Qigong and qigong teachings? It is totally in alignment with the teachings of the founder of Zhineng Qigong. He tells us to input good information where we want changes to happen and transform energy so that everything can flow as normal. The well-known (well-known to Zhineng Qigong practitioners) Hun Yuan Ling Tong phrase means in a nutshell, everything flowing well.
As Sun Simiao advocates one can move qi and blood with medicine, with (lances) to bleed, and rescues with needles and prescriptions, but a wise doctor harmonizes qi and blood. According to Sun Simiao with this knowledge, one can cure all illnesses and all diseases in the world.
This is the basic element of both Qigong and Acupuncture. As an acupuncturist, I find that my training in Qigong has helped me to command Qi more effectively in the treatment room. I often create a qi field whilst treating my patients and the calmness and tranquillity will help my patients to heal more effectively. As well as that, I will prescribe specific qigong movements for whatever ails my patient. It might be Crane Neck or bow body to treat the spine and neck problems.
To learn Qigong principles more deeply, I encourage my patients to attend the qigong workshops I run from time to time. I encourage all Acupuncturists and indeed all practitioners or for that matter anybody from all walks of life to learn and master the techniques of Qigong, in order to gain mastery over their own lives.