Qi Gong

Qi Gong and Prostate Cancer

Qi Gong and Prostate Cancer

Qi Gong is a  breathing focused gentle exercise combined with  meditation and was  developed in China thousands of years ago. There are many different styles and techniques of qi gong and there are qi gong wards in Chinese hospitals that have resident qi gong specialists. These practitioners ... Continue Reading >>

Tai Chi Strengthens Immune System

Aaron Church Tai Chi Instructor

It is a scientific fact that as people age, the immune system weakens. Researchers at the University of Arkansas found that T lymphocytes in older mice die sooner than in younger mice which establishes the link between ageing and a weaker immune response. Other research has shown that even ... Continue Reading >>

Tai Chi for Osteoporosis

Tai Chi Master

Osteoporosis is a process of the gradual aging process where the density and quality of bone deteriorates which can then lead to fractures.  In New Zealand alone it is estimated that at least 3000 people a year obtain hip fractures as a result of osteoporosis and sadly about a quarter of these ... Continue Reading >>

Meditation and Qi Gong for the Immune System

Meditation

Symptoms of a weakened immune system include susceptibility to colds and flu, fatigue and increased allergic reactions. Now the good news is that you can improve the immune system and it’s for free and you don’t have to take any pills! Scientists have verified that meditation can improve the immune ... Continue Reading >>

Tai Chi for Long Life

Tai Chi Elderly Man

Tai Chi has been practised for hundreds of years in China and has been steadily growing in popularity in the Western world for the last 30 years. Dr Patrick  Massey reported that Tai Chi can affect the DNA and thus can promote a longer life.  Tai Chi is actually a martial art and the practise of it ... Continue Reading >>

Tai Chi Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

Tai Chi Posture Holding the Ball

Many patients often ask if anything can be done to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion can be implemented in the treatment of Alzheimers disease but now research has demonstrated that Tai Chi can in fact prevent its onset. Qi Gong and Tai Chi are ... Continue Reading >>

Qi Gong for Fibromyalgia

Woman doing Qi Gong

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by pain and increased sensitivity and discomfort when pressure is applied to the body. There are other symptoms including tiredness, insomnia, joint stiffness, numbness and mental symptoms including depression. It affects more women than men. There can also ... Continue Reading >>

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong Healing Hands

Firstly we need to look at what the Chinese characters qi gong 气功 actually mean. Qi sometimes written as Chi,  is somewhat difficult to translate and can have a number of different meanings depending what context it is used in. It is often translated as energy when used in the context of acupuncture ... Continue Reading >>