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taoist-arts.com News:
Qigong and Taoism
(Posted 11/29/2001)

Used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in preventative and therapeutic health care, Qigong can help one fight virtually any disease. Qigong exercises, all of which are based on Qi, vital life energy, can train one to work with and control this energy.

In Chinese medicine, human beings are considered miniature versions of the universe, and like the universe are thought to be made up of the constant interaction of 5 elements (metal, water, fire, wood and earth). These 5 elements which are seen as the 5 phases of the Universal Qi, flow in an interrelated manner throughout all the organs of the body. Health is achieved when the interactions between these elements are smooth and balanced.

Qigong is a part of TCM that is based on Taoism. After 5,000 years there are more than 3,000 varieties of Qigong and 5 major traditions, Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian, martial arts and medical. Qigong has two types "soft" and "hard". "Soft" Qigong is called inner Qigong. An example of "soft" or inner Qigong is Tai Chi.

For the complete article see Qigong and Taoism at China.com

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