Cindy Collins, PhD, RD
The ancient Chinese art of Chi Kung (Qi Gong) has been realized worldwide as a calm way to mindfully exercise your awareness. Cancer patients everywhere are incorporating this into their battle, and have reported a better quality of life, with a sense of serenity and calmness of mind.
There are quite a few stories which demonstrate how Chi Kung has benefited the ailing population. The word “Chi” means life force and the Chinese believe that it brings balance of energy internally for optimal physiological function. The word “Kung” means practice, which in turn creates a practice of balancing your energy. The main idea is to maintain a rhythmic series of motions and breathe to fuel the biological processes strategically. The principle is to stimulate inner function by being mindful of the body, using the mind and spirit.
The health benefits of Chi Kung include:
• Bone density improvement (osteoclast/osteoblast function)
• Boosts immune system and lessens inflammation
• Reduces anxiety and mood disturbances
• Cardiopulmonary support
• Chronic pain reduction
• Balance and mobility enhanced
• Digestion promotion
Bob Eial shared his story of how he overcame stage four cancer enduring high doses of chemotherapy, multiple stem cell transplants and growth hormone to rebuild the immune system. He combined oncology treatments with the regular training of Chi Kung and found it to be a perfect blend for him. He has now been cancer free for 15 years and still performs Chi Hung daily. He reports, “I don’t even catch colds”.
SFRO offers Chi Kung at their Boca, Wellington and Jupiter clinics. For more information, call Cindy Collins, Ph.D., R.D. at (561) 512-0065