Western medicine has certainly developed amazing ways of dealing with epidemic and acute diseases but is short of experience when it comes to methods for maintaining good health. Doctors may give some general advice about keeping mentally and socially active, eating sensibly, walking, going to the gym and having physiotherapy. Some of these involve considerable expense when what is needed are methods that can be used by anyone at any time.
In China Dayan Qigong has been practised for nearly two thousand years to cultivate health and long life, so a lot of experience has been accumulated about its use. We can be grateful that this system has survived thanks to the dedication of over 27 generations of practitioners, who have passed down their knowledge.
They have refined an understanding of how to move, how to relax and how to align the body correctly. By practising regularly we can recover from illness more quickly, correct many postural bad habits and keep our circulation strong. Even the function of our internal organs can be regulated: movement massages them and helps them to work properly; the skin is also kept healthy and well nourished. All if this helps keep us free of pain, limber and supple as well as helping our mental state, we are less likely to become depressed and to "feel our age". Qigong is not just exercise for the body, it also involves specific methods of meditation in order to cultivate emotional and mental health and to develop our capacity for wisdom. It is truly an expert system of health care and maintainance.