by Jeff Primack
I am often asked, “What is qigong (pronounced chee-gung)?” I have been introducing and teaching qigong to people for many years, and this is how I introduce it:
Qigong is the art of harnessing “qi,” which directly affects the blood flow; it is an exercise that makes your blood pulse. This pulsing occurs by moving qi using specific breathing techniques along with postures and slow graceful movements. Qigong also encompasses the use of healing foods, herbs, acupressure and yogic stretches, all of which energize the body, increase vitality and accelerate metabolism.
Qigong is circulation; the phrase “blood flow” is synonymous with “moving qi.” Studies show that qigong boosts the immune system and is beneficial for those fighting cancer. Dr. Oz was quoted by saying that if you want to live to be 100, practice qigong. Most acupuncturists are strong believers in qigong, and some actually prescribe exercises for their patients to practice between treatments.
Qigong is different than yoga, primarily because it requires slower more gracious movements to harness your electromagnetic field. Some qigong exercises build muscle or speed, but most are a pulsation of qi through the body. Qigong is the “sensation of energy” and is highly tangible. A few advanced systems of yoga, like Kriya Yoga, have striking similarities to qigong, but in general qigong places a greater emphasis on precise breathing techniques. Qigong deals with smaller movements of the abdomen to circulate qi and more precise movements of the hands, rooting into the earth and opening up pathways of energy. Yoga works with energy, but to a lesser degree. We train many thousands of yoga teachers, and they are always blown away by the tangibility of qi that they experience.
Within 10 minutes of Qi-Breathing, many feel electricity in their hands. “The Buzz,” as we call it in the qigong family, is a reaction caused by increased levels of oxygen and ions, which I believe accelerates the vibration of our mitochondria. Many describe the inner buzzing or vibrational feeling as a natural high, and it has the obvious effect of stimulating endorphins. Many people describe “Perma-Grin” where the gratitude is so overwhelming and the joy so potent that they can’t stop smiling for a short time.
Qigong is best practiced in the morning to extend life and beauty. On days when you have little time, I recommend cleansing your body with oxygen and energy first thing in the morning. My practice is to wake up, brush my teeth and hair, drink some hot tea outside and do the 9-Breath Method five times, absorbing and retaining large amounts of oxygen in my bloodstream. Gentle power breathing awakens the cellular vibration and stimulates metabolism. As I wake up slowly for 10 minutes, my senses become heightened and I watch the birds in my garden. This is a quick and powerful method, which we spend hours thoroughly teaching at the Qi Revolution conference.
Qigong uses food, herbs and mushrooms to reverse many types of illness. A big part of what we teach is how specific foods reverse specific diseases. Many foods like kiwi have helped hundreds of our qigong students reverse asthma. Our food protocols, included in “Conquering Any Disease,” have been tested with tens of thousands of people all over the country. I have seen dozens of people I’ve met who had cancer and reversed it within a few months following strict dietary and qigong practice guidelines. For example, adding in the avocado seed to a delicious fruit and vegetable smoothie is a great way to maximize your phytochemical intake along with blending the seeds and skins of the apple. Sunlight, breathing techniques and high-vibration foods are God’s natural medicine.
Jeff Primack is the founder of the Supreme Science Qigong Center in Florida. For the past 15 years, Primack has shared Qigong Healing with tens of thousands of people at workshops across the country. Primack is bringing his Qi Revolution four-day workshop to the Austin Convention Center June 14-17. For information or to reserve tickets, call 800-298-8970 or visit QiRevolution.com. See display ad on page 5.