noun, often capitalized
qi·​gong | \ ˈchē-ˈgu̇ŋ How to pronounce qigong (audio) \

Definition of qigong

: an ancient Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises

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Recent Examples on the Web Shen Yun was formed in 2006 by followers of Falun Gong, which Li Hongzhi had founded in China in 1992 and drew on the tradition of qigong, in which breathing, meditation and movement foster good health or spiritual enlightenment. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Behind the blitz: Falun Gong practitioners spend millions on Shen Yun ads. How do they do it?," 11 Jan. 2020 Asia has long been a hot spot of holistic therapies, but herbs, sound healing, reflexology, aromatherapy oils, and qigong are all tipping into the mainstream. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 Those included swimming, bicycling and stretching, as well as tai chi, qigong and Dance Dance Revolution. Los Angeles Times, "These six things can stave off weight gain, even if your genes boost your risk of obesity," 1 Aug. 2019 The property is even taking their fitness program outside, offering more qigong and yoga in the fresh air. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America," 2 Oct. 2018 Participants listened to instructors from various types of yoga including hatha, qigong and more. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Hundreds get their downward dog on at yoga day," 23 June 2018 Unlike other traditional Chinese practices such as acupuncture or massage, qigong includes minimal touching. Erin Gallagher, Daily Southtown, "Ancient Chinese practice no secret in New Lenox," 26 June 2017 The 72-year-old is a disciple of qigong, (pronounced chee-gong), a Chinese practice based on gentle movements, meditation and breathing. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Business Professor’s Fitness Secret: Qigong," 22 Apr. 2017 More than 2,000 years old, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) covers five main areas: acupuncture, massage, plants and herbs, dietary therapy and qigong exercises. Cody Abbey, CNN, "New law sparks debate over future of traditional Chinese medicine," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of qigong

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for qigong

Chinese (Beijing) qìgōng, from chi + gōng achievement, skill

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“Qigong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qigong. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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noun, often capitalized
qi·​gong | \ ˈchē-ˈgu̇ŋ How to pronounce qigong (audio) \

Medical Definition of qigong

: an ancient Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises designed to improve physical and mental well-being and prevent disease

called also chi kung, ch'i kung

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