The word Qigong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practise.
Together, Qigong means cultivating energy, it is a system practised for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina and increase vitality. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality and maintain health even into old age.
"Clinical test trials suggest that Qigong improves the well being and quality of life of people with cancer because it helps to reduce pain and anxiety. It also helps to gently improve general fitness and fatigue, and reduce inflammation".