Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Tai Chi and Qi Gong
Browse and register for related classes.
Tai chi and qi gong
(say "chee goong") are traditional Chinese movement exercises. They are based
on two ideas:
Tai chi is a series of movements done either very slowly
or quickly to help move the body's chi. People use tai chi as a way to combine
meditation and movement and to improve and maintain health.
gong involves different movements that may be done in different orders. Some
common qi gong movements include raising and lowering the arms, moving the head
from side to side, and gently rubbing the ears, feet, and hands.
use tai chi and qi gong to improve posture, balance, coordination, endurance,
and flexibility and to maintain good health and quality of life.
As with any
physical activity, people who perform tai chi or qi gong may experience muscle
strains or sprains. Gentle stretching before a tai chi or qi gong session can
prevent most injuries.
In most cases, you can safely use tai chi
or qi gong alongside conventional medical treatments.
your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking
about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical
treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and
rely only on an alternative therapy.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Contact Concord Hospital
View Quality Data
© 2016 Concord Hospital