Qigong (pronounced Chee Gung) is China's 3000-4000 year-old system of self-healing, which integrates simple focused movements. Qigong allows one to cultivate this energy for health maintenance or healing. Postures, breath, and mental intention balance and unify body, mind, and spirit. By strengthening the mind-body connection, Qigong can increase vitality or influence the course of chronic disease. Many people in China practice Qigong every day to help relieve health problems, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, poor circulation, internal organ problems, arthritis, nerve pain, bad backs, joint problems, hypertension, autoimmune disorders, and other physical diseases. This gentle form of exercise can be highly effective in reducing stress and increasing energy.