Health Benefits

Research shows that the practice of Qigong and other mindful movement practices enjoy a variety of both physical and mental health benefits:

‘Health is like water in a well: the importance of the water can never be realised until the well is dry’

Physical benefits:

  • Improves heart and lung function
  • Improves bone density and health
  • Improves balance and increased strength and flexibility
  • Improves digestion
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Reduces stress through lowering cortisol in the blood – even through short term practice
  • Increases immune function
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves the function of the lymphatic system
  • Reduces impacts of sickness

There is also evidence that qigong practice experience relief of chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back and neck problems.

Mental & emotional benefits:

  • Increased self efficacy
  • Increased ability to handle stress
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Improvement in depression
  • Improvement in general measures of mood
  • Improved self esteem

People also report an improvement in quality of life (QOL) and overall wellbeing. Studies indicate that Qigong and Tai Chi hold great potential for improving QOL in both healthy and chronically ill patients.

Some studies indicate the following positive health benefits:

  • Lowers cortisol in the blood
  • Increases heart and lung function
  • Positive effect on bone health
  • Significant improvement in physical function in relation to balance, improved strength and flexibility
  • Positively impacts nutritive function
  • Effective in reducing hypertension
  • Relief from chronic pain and chronic conditions
  • Effective in treatment of stress, anxiety and depression
  • Increased immune function and reduction in inflammation
  • Proven in treatment of PTSD
  • Improves immunity response
  • Increasing self healing abilities
  • Improves concentration and focus
  • Increases energy, productivity and creativity