How Qi Gong can help with Fibromyalgia and CFS

by Ed

Getting enough sleep and exercise is crucial to the wellbeing of those suffering with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Qi gong can be very helpful in both areas. Qi gong is a Chinese form of therapeutic exercise and meditation. There are many different styles that have developed over the centuries.

According to Chinese Medicine, FM and CFS are due to a deficiency and a stagnation of the body’s vital energy. There may also be latent toxins (viruses, bacteria, etc.) in the body. Qi gong, which means energy work can increase our store of vital energy, improve it’s flow and strengthen the immune system, which can help expel the latent toxins.

The movements in most forms of qi gong are gentle and flowing like the movements of tai chi, making it easier for people with low energy reserves to do them. They provide the body with needed exercise while slowly building strength and stamina. Meditative forms of qi gong help to calm an agitated mind and body, improve sleep, and strengthen the immune system. Most practitioners also report an increased pain tolerance.

If you live near Berkeley California, check out Dr. Bingkun Hu. He is an excellent teacher of the Wild Goose style of Qi gong. Wild Goose includes both active and meditative qi gong forms. You might also want to check out Ken Cohen’s The Essential Qigong Training Course.

One of my favorite qi gong meditations is the inner smile meditation. If you would like to download a free mp3 of the inner smile meditation, mention it in your comment, below.


1 Sam LaTona 09.17.08 at 5:59 pm

Hi Ed-
I have adrenal fatifue from childhood trauma that played out in adulthood until I have been able to get a hold of it. bI am a psychotherapist, working part-time right now, and using only the energy therapies I am getting better. But I find patience is the key to getting well. I do qigong and have used many forms but the reason I write is I am looking for qigong that is gentle, that will open up the lower back and chest mainly holding positions over a period of time. I don’t want to bring in Universal chi but instead use internal chi to help move the energy.
I guess I am looking for a way to tailor my needs

2 Ed 09.20.08 at 4:22 pm

Hi Sam,
Given your condition, I would strongly urge you to seek out a good qi gong teacher. The style of qi gong you are talking about is taught by B. K. Frantzis. You may want to check out his book, Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Chi Gung for Lifelong Health (Tao of Energy Enhancement)

3 gilli 10.23.10 at 3:03 pm

Hi.. I was searching for an Inner Smile meditation to download and found you.. 🙂

Thanks Gilli

4 Sharon 07.08.11 at 2:08 am

Would LOVE a copy of the inner smile meditation. Thanks!

5 Debra Bailey 08.24.11 at 5:40 am

Hello Ed, please send a copy of the inner smile meditation. Thank you. I have fibromyalgia/CFS and other stuff. Could use some cheering up. I find I do well with meditation. After I meditate, ( a self-taught idea) my body tingles from my feet, up to my head.

6 Jack Anderson 08.25.11 at 6:49 am

I have devoted three months each to six different Qigongs.
The one that helped the most was from the book The Way
of Energy by Master Lam Kam Chuen. The book teaches
Zhan Zhuang and Ba Duan Jin.

7 Herman 12.29.11 at 9:34 am

I would like to download the inner smile mp3.Thank you

8 Herman 12.29.11 at 9:35 am

I would like to download the inner smile mp3

Thank you

9 Lala 02.03.12 at 1:57 pm

I have autoimmune issues, joint pain. Would love to receive the inner smile mp3. Thank you!

10 karen 04.24.12 at 12:50 am

Would love inner smile mp3 Glad to have found your great websi
te. Thank you.

11 Andy Wright 05.18.12 at 10:35 am

I would like to download the inner smile mp3

Thank you

12 RW 08.08.12 at 5:59 am

I would love a MP3 of the inner smile, thanks!

13 dageezer 01.25.13 at 3:21 pm

I would like a mp3 guided inner smile meditation. Thank you.

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