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Qigong (also spelled "chi gong," and "chi gung"; originally called daoyin)

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1. (Chi Kung, Chinese Energetic healing, Chinese Qigong therapy, Chinese yoga, internal Qigong, Kiko, Qi Gong, Qigong healing) Chinese form of self-healing whose purported aim is to "stimulate" and "balance" the flow of qi (chi, "vital energy") through meridians ("energy pathways"). It involves contemplation, visualization (imagery), assumption of postures, and stylized breathing and body movements. "Gong" (or "kung," as in "kung fu") is a Chinese word that pertains to skill. The word "qigong" literally means "breathing exercise," "to work the vital force," "practicing with the breath," or "working with the energy of life." Interpretations of the word include "energy skill" and "energy mastering exercise." 2. A vast group of systems and methods of ancient Chinese and twentieth-century origin that encompasses Qigong therapy.

 

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