For thousands of years, millions of people have benefited from medical qigong practices and believed that improving the function of Qi (qi = energy) maintains health and heals disease. It is believed that the regular practice of medical qigong helps to cleanse the body of toxins, restore energy, reduce anxiety and stress, and help individuals maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Most Western medical practitioners, many practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the Chinese government, view medical qigong as a set of breathing and movement exercises, with possible benefits to health through stress reduction and exercise.
Medical qigong treatment has been officially recognized as a standard medical technique in Chinese hospitals since 1989. Qigong has been included in the curriculum of major universities in China. After years of debate, the Chinese government decided to officially manage Qigong through government regulation in 1996 and has also listed Qigong as part of their National Health Plan.
Dr. Yan Xin, a doctor of both Western and Chinese medicine as well as the founder of Yan Xin Qigong School, suggests that in order for Qigong to be accepted by the modern world it must pass the test of scientific study. Without such studies, Yan maintains that Qigong will be dismissed as "superstition". In the mid-1980s he and others began a systematic study of Qigong in research institutions in China and the U.S. Qigong appears to be a potent intervention to prevent falls in the elderly, maintain joint mobility and improve balance.
The Qigong presented here is developed through years of cooperation between the most experienced physiotherapists and well-established Qigong masters from around the world. It is medical qigong that focuses on the western way of explanations and is said to be the most powerful and healing method.