Qigong has long history in China. But it was not called Qigong before. What is Qi Gong anyway?
Qi is vital to life. Without Qi, there will be no life. So as Qigong translates in to English, it means “Function or Power of the Life Energy.”
In broader sense, any inhale and exhale is Qigong practice already but without cultivating the Qi. So when there were mankind, there were Qigong. Without Qi, we all cannot exist. With this in mind, Qigong history actually is very long.
However, if talking about the way or systematic Qigong history, According to the TCM (traditional Chinese medical) community, the origin of qigong is commonly attributed to the legendary Yellow Emperor (2696–2598 BCE) and the classic Huangdi Neijing (黃帝內經) book of internal medicine. Some translated as the Medical Book of the Yellow Emperor. The history of systematic or functional Qigong is over 4000 years old.
The way of Qigong is to cultivate and running the Qi in our body in a correct way.
In the early days, in Qigong history, there were many terms describe such Qigong activities:
Xing qi (行氣) or “circulating qi”,
Dao yin (導引) or “guiding and pulling”,
Tui-na (吐吶) or “inhaling and exhaling”,
Jing-zuo (靜坐) or “sitting still” and …
When Liu Gui-zheng in 1953, published a paper entitled “Practice On Qigong Therapy”, that the term Qigong (Chi Kung) was adopted as the popular name for this type of exercise system today and was supported by the government at the time.
Qigong does not involve religious. However, throughout Qigong history, Qigong was practised by different religious believers, such as Buddhist monks practice Qigong, Taoists practice Qigong. Confucian’s students practice Qigong. Sick people practice Qigong. Good health people also practice Qigong. Then it becomes Buddhist Qigong, Taoist Qigong, Confucian Qigong, Medical Qigong and General wellbeing Qigong and the names go on.
There are a lot more styles of Qigong practice by people today!
Some Qigong history sources say that Qigong was originated from the Taoism. Some sources say that Qigong was originated from the Buddhism. Anyway, whoever practice or discover Qigong first in Qigong history is NOT important.
The most important issue here is that we should practice Qigong daily to our own health benefit and well-being.
To read more about history of Qigong you can visit :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong_history