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This page is designed to provide information for those seeking Medical Qigong Therapy.
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Medical Qigong (Energy Skill) is defined as an ancient form of Chinese Energetic Medicine. It is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.), along with Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Medical Massage. As with the other “Branches” of T.C.M., healing occurs through balancing Qi (Life-Force Energy) that surrounds and pervades all living creatures.
Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur throughout our lifetime as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, suppression of emotions, and aging. The goal of Medical Qigong is to correct these bio-energetic imbalances and blockages. This enables the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and strengthen and release deep-seated emotions and stress.
Medical Qigong Therapy consists of treatment by a practitioner to regulate the client’s Qi. If required in the opinion of the practitioner, the client will be given Medical Qigong Prescription Exercises after the treatment to assist in their ongoing healing. Tailored by each practitioner specifically to the client, the Medical Qigong exercises use physical movement, breathing methods, and mental intention to correct and restore the function in the body.
Medical Qigong is a complete system of Health Care, that recognizes the root causes of symptoms or disease, and treats the client as a whole. Practiced as an excellent adjunct to Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine may successfully treat people with conditions that Western Medicine finds resistant or ambiguous.
In China and more recently in the United States, doctors have applied Medical Qigong in hospitals and clinics in connection with the treatment of individuals suffering from a variety of ailments (e.g., treating cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, post-stroke syndrome, chronic pain, and chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems). Medical Qigong Therapy and Medical Qigong Prescription Exercises have also been successfully used to treat people with cancer, and to help ameliorate the harmful side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
Like any other system of health care, Medical Qigong is not a panacea but can be a highly effective Health Care practice. Many Health Care Professionals recommend Medical Qigong as an important form of complementary and Alternative Medicine.
All of the individuals in the following Medical Qigong Clinical Directory have been certified in Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy as either a Master of Medical Qigong (M.M.Q.) or Doctor of Medical Qigong (D.M.Q.) through the Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Oversees Medical Qigong College, as taught by the International Institute of Medical Qigong (I.I.M.Q.). The majority of these certified graduates still use the methods of Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy as a primary or adjunct approach in their healing practices.
Originally fashioned after the Medical Qigong College at the Hai Dian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China, the International Institute of Medical Qigong is known internationally for maintaining the highest standards in Medical Qigong instruction and clinical therapy. Because of these consistent standards, the Chinese Ministry of Health and Chinese Ministry of Education honored Professor Jerry Alan Johnson and the I.I.M.Q. early in 2005 as meeting and exceeding the Chinese standards for both academic and clinical instruction.
The Institute’s achievements in providing academic and clinical instruction have also been recognized by the Medical Qigong Departments at the Xi Yuan Hospital (Beijing, China) and the Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Henan, China).
Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy can be used in conjunction with a wide variety of related fields, including bodywork, expressive therapies, pastoral and spiritual counseling, holistic and alternative healing, coaching and consulting, mediation and conflict resolution, teaching mindfulness and meditation, work with groups and organizations, and other non-clinical applications. The title “Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy” implies that the individual integrates Energetic Medicine primarily in one or more related fields, rather than psychotherapy.
Certification in the Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy confirms that at the time of graduation, the student completed an extensive training and certification process, in which they both demonstrated competence in the methods and an embodiment of the principles.
After certification, graduates may focus on the practice of Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, and/or integrate it with other modalities. All graduates in this directory are subject to the laws of their state with regard to the practice of Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy and the use of related titles (e.g. some states require Energetic Medicine Therapists to be licensed, others do not.) All are required to conform with the ethical guidelines of their profession.
Many of the therapists will provide a free interview in person or over the phone, giving you the opportunity to ask questions, and may also have websites where you can learn more about their clinical work.
In terms of what you should expect from working with a certified Master of Medical Qigong Therapy or Doctor of Medical Qigong Therapy, here are some general guidelines:
- The therapist will work to cultivate an attitude and atmosphere of peaceful presence, acceptance and safety. These factors are key to the practice of Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy.
- They will not impose their beliefs, observations, or analysis on you. Although they may offer certain insights, you will always have the opportunity to decide for yourself, disagree, and/or ultimately sense what feels right or true for you. In Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, a therapist is trained not to insist that they are right, know what’s best for you, or that their professional expertise is superior to your internal wisdom.
- In Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, because we try to discover the unconscious core beliefs that guide the patient’s conscious lives without their knowledge and contribute to the diseased patterns, the therapist is trained not to tell the patient what their core beliefs are. Instead, the patient will awaken to their experiences as they emerge safely and spontaneously in the course of the treatment, or when they are practicing the Medical Qigong Prescription Exercises.
- The therapist is also trained to help you learn to work in Mindfulness. This is an active application of the Daoist meditative practice, in which we develop a heightened awareness of our internal state, and learn to witness our thoughts, emotions, memories and bodily sensations as they arise and without judgment. In Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, Mindfulness helps to access core unconscious material quite rapidly and safely. In other contexts, Mindfulness can also help to cultivate deeper spiritual states of consciousness.
- Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy can help you to develop your understanding and experience of body-mind integration. It is a principle common to Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, that emotional stress is stored in the body and may manifest as chronic tension or illness. In Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, we use specific techniques to “access” these chronic patterns of tension, movement and posture as they can lead us to direct experience of core beliefs, and the memories and experiences that originally generated them.
Therapists can also help you to integrate the experiences, insights, and information that unfold during the Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy process so they may become useful and applicable in your daily life.
These are the guidelines and principles of Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy that are observed in our graduates at the time we certify them. However, we do not follow their work after certification, nor the other modalities that they integrate into their practices. Therefore, the International Institute of Medical Qigong and the Temple of the Celestial Cloud do not vouch that individual experiences will be exactly as described above.
Some things you may wish to consider in choosing a Medical Qigong therapist or practitioner are:
- Is Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy a central modality in their practice, or how large a role does it play? What other approaches do they integrate? Most therapists and practitioners combine a variety of modalities. It may be less important for you thatChinese Medical Qigong Therapy is their central focus than that their overall approach feels appropriate for you.
- If you have a history of traumatic incidents or are seeking treatment for a specific psychological problem or issue, (e.g. clinical depression, PTSD, eating disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, BPD, panic disorder, OCD, phobias, psychosis or other psychiatric diagnosis) please ask if the therapist has training and experience in working with these issues, as their treatment is not covered in the Medical QigongTherapy Training. However, certain Medical Qigong graduates also have extensive education in the field of psychology, in addition to their Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy training.
- If you are seeking therapy for a couple, child, adolescent, or member of a specific population or culture, please inquire of the therapist regarding their training and experience, as work in these fields usually requires specific training as well.
- People using this Clinical Directory may be seeking a therapist, or they may be seeking an experience of the Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy method, and/or a personal growth experience. Our therapists and practitioners provide a rich variety of offerings, and we recommend contacting them individually, or visiting their websites for more information.
– Terms and Conditions of Use –
1. This Clinical Directory is provided as a service to the public, and lists individuals who have demonstrated competency in Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy at the time of their certification. The International Institute of Medical Qigong and the Temple of the Celestial Cloud does not monitor therapists or practitioners after certification, nor require continuing education to maintain certification. Certification does not imply legal endorsement by the International Institute of Medical Qigong and the Temple of the Celestial Cloud of the practitioner.
2. Some of the individuals listed in this Clinical Directory may be professionals in the field of psychotherapy, counseling, medicine, or clinical social work, whereas others may be practitioners in other fields who integrate Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy into their practices and professions.
3. All of the individuals listed in this Clinical Directory are responsible for adhering to the laws of their state, province, or country with regard to the practice of psychotherapy, medicine, counseling, social work, bodywork, or other regulated profession, including education, licensing, and use of titles.
4. It is understood that the Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy training teaches a specific methodology, and does not provide an overall training in all aspects of the psychotherapeutic profession. For example, the Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy training does not train individuals to work with addictions, eating disorders, phobias, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder or other psychiatric diagnoses.
5. For clients seeking therapists with a particular specialization (e.g. trauma therapy, addictions, couples therapy, child or adolescent therapy, etc.) it is recommended that the prospective client inquire of the therapist regarding his or her specific training and experience in these areas.
6. The International Institute of Medical Qigong and the Temple of the Celestial Cloud does not warrant or otherwise assume responsibility for the services provided by these practitioners, or his/her competency to provide such services; and may not be held liable for any claim resulting from the use of this Clinical Directory, or for the activities of any individuals who are Certified by the the International Institute of Medical Qigong and the Temple of the Celestial Cloud, or students or graduates in our trainings. The individual using this Clinical Directory assumes sole responsibility for determining whether a therapist or practitioner is appropriate for his or her needs.
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