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The ancient practice that will make you feel 73% less pain–naturally

qigong ehowBy Stephanie Castillo for Prevention

Last week, for the first time ever in the United States, the International Health Qigong Forum held their annual Chinese Health and Wellness tournament and exchange in different parts of New York and New Jersey. Four hundred qigong (pronounced chee-gong) practitioners from 30 different countries gathered in an effort to inspire Americans to regularly practice this 5,000 year-old healing art.

Qigong, which means “energy work,” is a meditative, relaxing technique that can calm the mind, as well as promote a healthier body, says qigong master Mei Jin Lu, president and chairman of the US Health Qigong Association. “It’s integrated by three parts—breathing, form, and the mind—so that you’re not bogged down with worry and are able to find moments of peace.”

Keep reading for more on how this ancient practice can help with pain relief…

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