The Medical Benefits of Soaring Crane QiGong

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In 1982, Professor Chen Hui Xian was diagnosed with breast cancer. The prognosis was grim, until she began learning Soaring Crane Qigong from one of Master Zhao’s first students. One year later she was in excellent health.



The ancient traditions of Chinese healing, movement, and martial arts bring with them a profound and poetic ‘something’ that has enticed more than one western mind to reflect on the mysteries of Acupuncture, QiGong, T’ai Chi and Kung Fu.

While western science is still debating (or outright refuting) the existence of Qi (pronounced Chee, also spelled Chi), the concept of life force, vital energy, is paramount and fundamental to the healing and movement arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a discipline that has evolved over thousands of years.

What is QiGong?

Qi Gong utilizes visualization techniques, breath control, and repeated fluid movements to channel the flow of Qi throughout the meridians in the body to release illness and disease that cause blockages and promote wellness. Many describe it as giving yourself an acupuncture treatment without the needles.

What is Soaring Crane QiGong?

Soaring Crane QiGong is one of the top three (out of thousands) forms of QiGong. It can be used to recover from cancer. The form was originated by Master Zhao Jin-Xiang, who recovered from peurisy and tuberculosis at the age of 16 using a meditative qigong practice. Master Zhao perfected the Soaring Crane form from studying the theories of Chinese medicine and working with various QiGong masters in China.

Following the Culture Revolution in China, Master Zhao was the first to come out to teach qigong to the general public. He started with nine seriously ill students in 1979 at a park in Beijing. All nine recovered their health and Master Zhao certified them as his first teachers.

Soaring Crane comes to America (and Portland!)

In 1982, Professor Chen Hui Xian, then teaching at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The prognosis was grim, until she began learning Soaring Crane Qigong from one of Master Zhao’s first students. One year later she was in excellent health. She continued to practice and began teaching Soaring Crane Qigong in China, while also accompanying Master Zhao abroad. She became a Professor of Qigong in 1993 at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland and currently directs its Qigong program while continuing to teach Soaring Crane Qigong both at the College and throughout the world.

Currently, there are well over 20 million people practicing. The reasons are many: The Five Routines of Soaring Crane Qigong are easily learned, students begin to notice changes in mind, body, and spirit shortly after beginning practice, and it is one of the most effective forms of medical qigong practiced today.

Benefits of Qi Gong include:

  •     Enhanced health, wellness, energy and balance
  •     Augmented physical dexterity and mental acuity
  •     Assimilation of mind, body, and spirit
  •     Life perspective and transformation
  •     Increased life span and quality of life
  •     Documented cases of cancer remission
  •     Heightened spiritual awareness and healing
  •     Amplified intuition and psychic ability
  •     Enhanced focus, creativity and intellectual capacity
  •     Increased metabolism and improved digestion
  •     Emotional stability and stress management
  •     Improved balance and flexibility
  •     Bolstered immune system
  •     Regulated blood pressure
  •     Reduced body toxicity
  •     Improved ability to relax
  •     Stabilized hormone levels
  •     Reduced inflammation
  •     Sounder sleep habits
  •     Reduction of chronic pain
  •     Restored vitality
  •     Improved circulation
  •     Headache relief
  •     Improved posture