Qigong – An Ancient Chinese Exercise

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A resident of Austin, Texas, Dr. Danielo Perez earned a medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical College before completing a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York. Outside of his professional activities in and around Austin, Danielo Perez pursues an interest in Eastern philosophy and exercise, including qigong.

Combining mental concentration, breathing, and repeated physical movements, qigong is a Chinese system of exercise that has been practiced for thousands of years. While there are many different forms of qigong, all focus on promoting mental and physical well-being by uniting the mind, body, and spirit.

Along with acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine, qigong, which is pronounced “chee-gong,” is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. When practiced regularly, the exercise can help treat a variety of physical issues, including hypertension, arthritis, poor circulation, and nerve pain. Qigong has also proved to be very helpful for reducing stress and promoting mental clarity and focus.

With its gentle movements and low impact on the body, the exercise is especially beneficial for older adults who may be unable to participate in other physical activities. People of all ages, however, use qigong to improve their overall health and relaxation.