Medical Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is a form of self-healing exercise developed in China and is one part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine system.
Wild Goose Qigong is one form of Medical Qigong and is well known for its remarkable benefits:
Wild Goose Qigong is a part of the Daoist Kunlun School which has existed for over 4000 years. It imitates the movements of a wild goose which combine strength and grace. The wild goose was renowned for its longevity in China and so the Daoists carefully observed its movements and created the Wild Goose system based on those observations.
Wild Goose Qigong was passed down secretly until the 27th lineage holder Yang Meijun started to teach it publicly in 1978.She was taught it from the age of 13 by her grandfather and lived until she was 106 years old. She continued to promote Wild Goose Qigong aged over 100. The present 28th lineage holder is Master Chen, Chuan-Gang, the elder son of Yang Meijun who lives in Wuhan, China.
Wild Goose Qigong is a very comprehensive system comprising 72 forms. However, Yang Meijun only publicly taught 11 movement forms and 7 meditation techniques which are documented in her two published books. Unfortunately, only the main part of her first book has been translated into English (Wild Goose Qigong by Yang Meijun, China and Technology Press, 1991, ISBN 7-5046-0127-6). Her first book covers the first and second 64 movements of the Wild Goose Qigong Basic Training which are the most well-known forms.
One of the most well-known Wild Goose Qigong masters in the West at present is my own teacher Dr. Bingkun Hu. He was a disciple of the late Yang Meijun and is a great supporter of the current lineage holder Master Chen Chuan-Gang who teaches in China. Dr. Bingkun Hu regularly teaches in the United States where he lives and for the last few years I have organised workshops for him in the United Kingdom. We are very fortunate that he has taken the trouble to record many of the forms on DVD. Currently, he has documented nine of the Wild Goose forms. Other well known teachers in the West are Michael Tse, Wen-Mei Yu and Hong-Chao Zhang.
Wild Goose Qigong is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine system. Health is based on the free, unimpeded flow of the vital energy (Qi) along the 12 regular acupuncture channels and the 8 extra-ordinary acupuncture channels. Illness results when the channels are obstructed in some way or have become stagnant. Qi (pronounced "chee") or vital energy is not restricted to flowing in the acupuncture channels but also extends in a field beyond the body. This is called "wei-qi" or defensive qi in Chinese Medicine. It protects the body from being invaded by bacteria and viruses.
The movements of Wild Goose Qigong are designed to promote the flow of qi through the channels and to strengthen the defensive qi field. The movements of Wild Goose Qigong also have the beneficial effects of other forms of stretching and exercise: promoting the flow of lymph, enhancing flexibility and enhancing metabolic functions.The beauty of Wild Goose Qigong is that the movements are easy to learn and perform, yet have far-reaching effects for our health and well-being. Its value for health has stood the test of time in China where Wild Goose Qigong is one of the many forms that people regularly practise in the parks in the early hours of the morning.
Ken Morgan is the director of Medical Qigong Education Centre where you can find out more about medical qigong and especially about Wild Goose Qigong.
About the author:
Ken Morgan is an acupuncture practitioner in the UK and a teacher of yoga and qigong.
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