氣功的英文是 Qigong 有時也叫作 Chi Gong 是一種透過有節奏的呼吸、身體活動接合意識的自我控制，導引身體氣的運行，以達成強身健體和自療的運動。而樓上的大大所寫的 太極拳（T'ai Chi Ch'uan） 是中國武術的一種 其中包含的元素有氣功 但又不完全是氣功！ （上 Google 查詢就可以看見很多氣功跟太極的異同)老外對於這些中國修身想性的文化有很多不同的看法跟見解 當然也包含了極大的興趣 我把我所知道的認知用英文作個概述：Qigong, or "Energy-Cultivation", is an aspect of Chinese medicine involving the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body. Qigong is mostly taught for health maintenance purposes as well as a therapeutic intervention. Various forms of traditional qigong are also widely taught in conjunction with Chinese martial arts, and are especially prevalent in the advanced training of what are known as the Neijia, or internal martial arts.Qigong relies on the traditional Chinese belief that the body has an energy field generated and maintained by the natural respiration of the body, known as qi. Qi means breath or gas in Mandarin Chinese, by extension, the energy produced by breathing that keeps us alive; gong means work or technique. Qigong is then "breath work" or the art of managing the breath to achieve and maintain good health, and especially in the martial arts, to enhance the energy mobilization and stamina of the body in coordination with the physical process of respiration.Most Western medical practitioners, as of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the Chinese government view qigong as a set of breathing and movement exercises, with possible benefits to health through stress reduction and exercise. However, the benefits of qigong become much more controversial when it is asserted that qigong derives its benefits from qi acting as a kind of "biological plasma" that cannot be detected by scientific instruments. Many biologists and physicists are skeptical of these claims and regard them as pseudoscientific.Nevertheless, most Chinese traditional remedies have embodied the notion of Qigong to enhance people’s health. Some forms of exercises such as Tai Chi and Neigong are still popular in China and Taiwan these days.
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