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Qigong Courses

There are two main types of Qigong course run by the College - Health-promoting Qigong and Medical Qigong. Health-promoting Qigong workshops enable you to improve and maintain your own health and are open to everyone. Medical Qigong is a speciality within Chinese medicine in which the ICTCM runs both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Health Promoting Qigong

Health Promoting Qigong

Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient system of health promotion and health maintenance which has been in existence for thousands of years. It is at once one of the most ancient and wonderful forms of meditative exercise known to man. Its origins in China spread back to the beginnings of history before written records were invented.

Qigong in its original form helps to get rid of stress, tension, anxiety and fearfulness. It replaces these with a sense of ease, relaxation, confidence and self assurance.

The College offers short weekend courses in Health-promoting Qigong 2 or 3 times each year. These are open to all adult members of the public.

Weekend Workshops


Weekend Workshops

Introductory Qigong weekend

For those who have not yet done any Qigong training with the ICTCM.

This weekend is an essential pre-requisite for anyone wishing to take part in one of our Health-promoting or Medical Qigong courses. No previous experience of Qigong, TCM, meditation, Chinese exercises or Martial Arts is required.

Adults of all ages, and levels of health and fitness, can benefit from and enjoy this weekend of gentle exercise and relaxation.

These weekends are normally held in Dublin.

Further Qigong Skills Weekend

For those who have already done some Qigong training with the ICTCM and who wish to revise the exercises they learned before and learn some new ones, perhaps in preparation for joining a longer Certificate course in Qigong or Medical Qigong.

These weekends are usually held in Dublin.

Next Qigong Workshop - information and fees

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Course Content


Course Content

Health-promoting Qigong, also known as Qigong for Health and Wellbeing, is part of Chinese therapeutic exercises. It is a harmonious blend of meditative and movement-based practice.

The ICTCM's Weekend Workshops in Health-promoting Qigong provide a set of simple movements, breathing exercises and relaxation/meditation techniques which people can practice on their own at home.

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What are the benefits of learning and doing Qigong?


What are the benefits of learning and doing Qigong?

Qigong is uniquely empowering on all levels and provides benefits

  • physically, by strengthening and toning the body
  • psychologically, by stabilising and calming the emotions
  • mentally, by clearing and sharpening the mind and
  • on a higher plain, by expanding one's deeper insights and capabilities, bringing one, step by step closer in awareness to one's original, primordial state.

It enables you to be more relaxed, calm and integrated and more fulfilled on all levels. With regular practice the body becomes stronger, more supple and better balanced and the mind and emotions are calmer yet more "switched-on". In this way, one is better able to resist illness and to fight disease. Moreover, it is safe. It is effective. It is easy to learn and easy to do. And most of all, it is enjoyable.

In a word, Qigong is a remarkable treasure from ancient China that is now made available to modern people who wish to expand their health, increase their sense of purpose and boost their inner resources to more effectively, calmly and enjoyably meet the many challenges of everyday living in the contemporary world.

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Who can apply?


Who can apply?

The weekend courses are suitable for all adults. This includes those who are

  • physically fit and in prime health
  • generally healthy but under stress
  • hoping and wishing to improve their health, fitness and mental/emotional well-being.

No prior knowledge of Qigong, Chinese Medicine, Fitness Exercise, Martial Arts or meditation is required. Everyone can gain benefit from Qigong practice and can progress to a stage that is suitable for them.

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Medical Qigong

Medical Qigong

Traditional Chinese Medicine is made up of a number of different specialisms, such as Acupuncture-Moxibustion, Chinese Herbology, Medical dietetics, Therapeutic exercise, and Medical Qigong. Of these various branches of TCM, Medical Qigong is at once the most ancient and most sophisticated.

Unlike all of the others, it dispenses with the "middle man" - for example acupuncture needles, herbal prescriptions, different food types, various exercises, and the like - and, instead, immediately and directly connects the Qi of the practitioner with therapeutic intent to that of the person being treated. The focused, refined and potentised Qi of the practitioner is transmitted, without intermediary, to the diseased aspect of the client to initiate cure. The practitioner sends out his or her Qi, without touching the patient, to perform the treatment.

While Medical Qigong is undoubtedly one of the most effective forms of medical intervention known to man, it is also, not surprisingly, one of the most intriguing and challenging to embark upon. It is the most demanding in terms of the time and effort needed to master it. Such seemingly "miraculous" potency could not be otherwise.

Objectives of Medical Qigong Training


Objectives of Medical Qigong Training

The main objectives of Medical Qigong training are to cleanse, purify, refine, sensitise, increase and potentise one's Qi to thereby enhance one's treatment capabilities, and effectiveness.

The Qi transmitted (especially if "directly" i.e. without intermediary instruments or other intervening factors) to the client/patient must be the cleanest, purest and most potent possible.

Since MQG "Emitting External Qi Treatment" means that the practitioner is, effectively, sending his/her own Qi to the patient, the quality of the practitioner's Qi has direct bearing upon the treatment's effectiveness. The healthier the Qi the better the treatment.

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Development of Medical Qigong Training in Europe


Development of Medical Qigong Training in Europe

Since 1999 the ICTCM has been organising professional training in Medical Qigong for fully qualified and trained practitioners of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and was thus the first TCM College in Ireland to enable its practitioners to study and practice Medical Qigong (MQG). Prior to 2006, this full professional training took place in China.

Introductory Workshops in Qigong, and Modules in Medical Qigong, have been run by the ICTCM in Ireland since 2002 and the College launched full professional MQG training in Ireland in 2005-6.

The Qigong and MQG Certificate and postgraduate programmes are run under the auspices of Professor Song Xinhong and the late Professor Xia Shuangquan. The latter was the first Honorary President of the Qigong Department of the ICTCM. In addition to being a renowned Master of Medical Qigong he also held the post of Professor of Medical Qigong at Guangzhou University of TCM, Guangzhou, China - one of the leading TCM Universities in China.

The training programme for all the ICTCM's courses in Medical Qigong are based on Qigong Master Professor Xia Shuangquan's many years of experience of Qigong practice and his systematic development of "Science of Potential State" Qigong.

This Science of Potential State Qigong was created and compiled, in co-operation with Professor Song Xinhong, in response to a request for specialist Medical Qigong training from the Director of the ICTCM, Tom Shanahan, in 1999. During the following 6 or more consecutive years, a comprehensive system of teaching materials of Qigong theory and practice was created.

It is a unique teaching system with its own distinctive characteristics which are found nowhere else in the world.

Professor Xia Shuangquan and Professor Song Xinhong taught this system of Qigong to selected graduates and Faculty Members of the ICTCM from 2000 to 2006, in China, and in 2005 signed a Teaching Authorisation Agreement allowing the ICTCM to teach Qigong according to the systematic programme, in Ireland. It was on the basis of this programme that the MQG Certificate and Diploma Courses were designed and developed.

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Undergraduate-level training in MQG

Undergraduate-level training in MQG

Full professional training in Medical Qigong in Ireland, to enable students to learn MQG as it is taught in China is available from the ICTCM.

Anyone interesting in training in this field is encouraged to attend one of the ICTCM's introductory Qigong workshops (see above) and discuss the options with a member of the MQG faculty.

As Professor Shanahan explains - "In purely practical, everyday terms, MQG is a discipline - with all that that notion implies. Medical Qigong (like Martial Arts Qigong) demands seriousness, dedication, pains-taking practise, patience and perseverance to achieve proficiency. The Chinese term "Gong" embraces application, hard-work, constancy, and the promise of gradual attainment. Since its achievements are so hugely beneficial, the work involved in realizing its potential are truly worthwhile. I know of no Qigong practitioner who has ever regretted embarking upon this precious and privileged pursuit".

Those wishing to practice Acupuncture and TCM as well as Medical Qigong are advised to complete the Lic.TCM Course and then do a postgraduate qualification in Medical Qigong. It may be possible to start Qigong studies during the three years of the Lic.TCM. We now have some Lic.TCM graduates who have completed their Postgraduate Cert.MQG clinic within 6 months of graduating as an Acupuncture TCM specialist and who are thus qualified to treat clients with MQG as well as Acupuncture Moxibustion.

On successful completion of such MQG qualifications, graduates are automatically eligible to apply for entry to the Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Medical Qigong section - and thus to take up a profession as a practitioner of Medical Qigong.

They are also then eligible to take part in Postgraduate Degree training with the ICTCM and its affiliated colleges. The Licentiate in TCM is deemed to be a Batchelor-level equivalent course by our TCM partner University in China and qualifies graduates to apply for a Masters Degree Programme. Indeed, as one of the first TCM specialisms in the Master of Medicine Degree is Medical Qigong, those with a Cert.MQG (in addition to a Lic.TCM) are pre-eminently suited for entry to the Masters Degree programme.

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Postgraduate courses in Medical Qigong

Postgraduate courses in Medical Qigong

We successfully launched full professional postgraduate training in Medical Qigong in Ireland, in 2006, to serve the needs of TCM practitioners based in Europe who wish to learn Medical Qigong (as taught in China) without the burden and expense of leaving one's own TCM practice for a length of time (up to four or five weeks each year) to study MQG in China. A further intake for these courses will begin later this year.

There are a number of options:

  • Master of Chinese Medicine Degree (specialising in Medical Qigong)
  • Doctor of Chinese Medicine Degree (specialising in Medical Qigong)
  • Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Medical Qigong - Dip.MQG
  • Postgraduate Professional Certificate in Medical Qigong - Cert.MQG
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Medical Qigong

You can find more information on the Postgraduate Degrees page.

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Additional benefits of studying and practising Qigong

Additional benefits of studying and practising Qigong

In addition to the stated medical benefits to one's patients/clients of undertaking training in Medical Qigong, course participants will keep a Qigong journal to monitor and evaluate their own personal progress and benefits of regular Qigong practice.

Medical Qigong stresses the importance of the health of the practitioner, so, improvements in the practitioner's own health is a prerequisite for the treatment of serious illnesses with MQG. Refining, cleansing and purifying one's own Qi (and at a later stage one's own Shen and Dao De), and activating and potentising one's own Potential Energy has wonderful health benefits not only for one's patients but also for oneself.

The hidden treasures of Qigong are said to include not only improvement in health, vitality and recuperative power but also in happiness, longevity, beauty, refinement and spiritual development.

As Qigong Master Professor Xia noted, "Your experience will tell you if this is true".

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