Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Practicing true Qigong – learned from our online Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome course, can have a big impact on people who are suffering with this ailment. As part of my Shiatsu practice I usually teach/prescribe appropriate Qigong for CFS to patients who are suffering from this ailment. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis [ME] or Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease [SEID]) is extremely debilitating and care has to be taken during treatment so that energy is not drained any further. Qigong, when practiced properly, increases energy, vitality and stamina.

The feedback that I have received about the efficacy of these Qigong has led me to create an online course for people who are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Not everyone has access to a Shiatsu practitioner but most people have access to the internet and this course should be of real benefit to them.

Recent reviews

Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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  • “Excellent course. Well suited for someone with CFS. With the seated instructions I feel I can do the movements, it does not feel above my ability. I really enjoyed the way Des teaches – calm, clear and encouraging. Highly recommended.” D.A.
  • “I am completely new to Qigong. I was interested in giving it a try, but didn’t know where to start. I am so pleased I found this course, which is specially tailored for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Des is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable, and is an excellent teacher. His instructions are very clear and easy to understand, and it is great that he has an understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and really cares about the health and wellbeing of his students. The course is divided into small bite-sized sections, which makes it easy to take in all the detailed instruction without ever feeling overwhelmed. I have now finished the course and will be practicing these exercises daily, while coming back to the instructions regularly to refresh my learning. I am looking forward to discovering the benefits to my health over the coming weeks and months.” E.O.
  • “The course is excellently communicated and the instructor obviously has a wide breadth of experience and a passion to share it. Useful to anyone who wishes to feel the potential benefits of practicing Qigong daily, it is not overly demanding but IS powerful. You DO NOT need to be suffering CFS to take benefit from this information. A small enhancement could be the inclusion of a pdf for each stage, just showing a still photograph of each transition point. This would negate the need to re-watch the full length video and would serve as a quick reminder for those who just want to jog their memory and get on and practice. Overall though, I am addicted to the presenters passion for the subject, and I am feeling the benefits of the practice.” S.H.
  • “It works. Love his courses. Wonderful human being.” A.K.
  • “This was a wonderful course. I can already feel the difference and I can see that I’ll be going back to this course repeatedly thank you for this pleasant and practical course.” C.K.
  • “This is my first qigong course. I hesitated to sign up because I didn’t know whether the several exercises would be accompanied by enough basic information. This course exceeded my expectations with providing a solid foundation and much to think about with practice. (Previously, I watched several internet videos, but never gained a comprehension of what was involved or felt a difference from daily practice.) The combination of fundamentals, careful instruction and PDF leaves nothing out. The instructor is calm, caring and gives hope for improving stamina, focus and the issues of CFS.” – D.K.
  • “I’m not affected by CFS but bought this course and practice these exercises because I find them really powerful. Mr Lawton’s courses are hands down the best I’ve been able to find anywhere.” – Sebastian
  • Very well detailed, easy to follow and fascinating.” – R.M.
  • ” Clear and detailed.” – K.L.

Price: £19.99 (Was £34.99).
The course is hosted on the Udemy learning website and is covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee.
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– Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“Qigong does not produce quick fixes but, through time and practice, it has a cumulative effect on health and well being. How long it takes is dependent on many factors, the biggest two being frequency and quality of practice.
If you follow Des’s guidelines in this course I feel sure that you will notice a difference……… but try to be patient with yourself and give the Qigong (and yourself) a chance.”

In this course, each Qigong exercise will be broken down into three lessons: The instructions, including movement, breathing and focus in the standing position. The instructions, including movement, breathing and focus in the seated position. Finally, a follow me video that can be used whether you are standing or sitting.

These three exercises have been chosen as examples of the Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that I prescribe. However, they are not the only exercises that I use for this condition as treatment is tailored to suit the needs of the individual. That said, they are among the commonest ones that I use.

Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – the Benefits

  • The first exercise works with the Stomach and Spleen meridians. When the energy in these meridians is low your entire physical energy is also low. The benefits of bringing Stomach and Spleen back into harmony are: Better flexibility in the muscles, better muscle tone, increased physical energy and increased ability to exercise (increased stamina).
  • The second exercise is a Lung meridian exercise that also works on the Large Intestine meridian. Enhancing Lung Qi increases energy levels and reduces fatigue in the upper body. It increases vitality, reduces melancholy and low mood. Enhancing Large Intestine Qi reduces fatigue in the lower body and increases determination, it also allows you to let go of negative thoughts and patterns.
  • The third exercise is a Five Elements exercise that brings balance to the entire energy system and then goes on to maintain that balance. The first two exercises will lift your energy levels and this one is effective at maintaining them.

We also provide online tuition, via Skype. For details and availability please use our Contact page and leave your details.

Further reading

Booking on to the course

Further details can be found in the free previews

Price: £19.99 (Was £34.99).
The course is hosted on the Udemy learning website and is covered by the Udemy lifetime access guarantee.
Book here
– Qigong for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Questions asked about these Qigong exercises

  • Q: Recommended sequence
    Dear Des,
    Thank you very much for this course. What is the suggested sequence? About 10-15 repetitions of each exercise?

    Thank you,

    A: I will answer your second question first. None of these Qigong should be done to the point of fatigue (that includes stances and breathing). You must remain focused on the movement of the Qi for Qigong to work and focus wanes if you start tiring. It is vital that you build up your strength and stamina in small steps and pushing yourself too much will cause setbacks.

    What I recommend is that you practice the abdominal breathing and Wuji stance, or seated posture, to begin with.

    The sequence of practice is flexible and you may find that practicing Lung meridian, then Harmonizing Stomach & Spleen works better for you than the other way around. These two Qigong can help raise your energy levels.

    Change the Sinews is a Five Element Qigong that will help you maintain the gains from the first two Qigong.

    I hope that this is of assistance.

  • Q: Mixing this set with Qigong for Stress & Anxiety
    Hi Des,
    I have been practicing the CFS exercises every morning, and I am really enjoying them. I know it is very early days and it will take time to see the full benefits, but already I feel they are having a positive effect.
    I wanted to ask you please about your Stress & Anxiety course. I am wondering if that course may also help me as stress, anxiety and worry are things I have quite a problem with…and I’m sure it must exacerbate my CFS symptoms. I found a demonstration video on your website and I tried out the exercises, and I am thinking about booking the course. But before I do I wanted to ask if you think the Stress & Anxiety exercises are suitable to do along with the CFS exercises? (I’m wondering if they might counteract eachother – the CFS ones building energy and the stress ones relaxing and taking the energy away again?!) If they can be done together, can they all be practiced together in the same session, or should they be done separately? If I do them all together, is it important what order I do them in?
    Or is it better to continue with the CFS exercises on their own for a longer period of time before adding any more?

    Also, I know you said in the CFS course to practice in the morning, which I am doing…but I wonder is it ok to practice at other times of the day – either as well as or instead of the morning?

    I am sorry for asking so many questions! Please only reply when you have the time…there is no hurry.  In the meantime, I will continue enjoying my daily qigong practice!  🙂

    Kind regards, E.O.

    A: Hello E,
    Questions are not a problem so feel free to ask. I will always answer as soon as possible. Let’s take your questions one at a time.
    Stress and anxiety are both huge burners of energy and will always have a detrimental effect that will slow down your recovery from CFS. They may well be a major contributor to it.
    The Qigong used in these courses are complementary, in fact synergistic, and will not deplete your energy.
    They can be practiced as part of the same session, or each have their own session (the work of the Qigong continues well after each session finishes).
    Listen to what your body and mind is telling you. In the morning, if you feel that increasing your energy is more important, do the CFS exercises. If you feel anxious, do those for S&A. Later in the day, if you feel up to it, do the other set (ie CFS in the morning and S&A in the afternoon).
    Listen to your body and mind when choosing what exercises you will be doing and in what order. Don’t rationalise………….. go with your gut feeling.
    Remember to work within your current, physical, ability. Small steps mean continuous gains.

    Kind regards, Des

  • Q: Number of repetitions
    Hello Des,
    Thank you for your reply to the review I left for the CFS course. It really is a brilliant course – I’m so happy I’ve done it.
    I have a question please about timings/repetitions of the exercises…
    I have only just started a daily practice after completing the course a few days ago (I’m sorry, I forgot you said to wait a month before reviewing…I was just excited and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it!). I’ve started by doing 10-15 minutes every morning, but I’m not sure how to split the time between the 3 exercises. I’ve been trying to divide the time equally and doing about 8 repetitions of each (you gave this number in the course). But it’s hard to get the timing right without counting (I found on your website your answer to one of your student’s questions where you advised against counting). I have a timer app which I can set to various intervals, but that’s tricky as each exercise is a different length and I don’t know how to time it for a certain number of repetitions.

    So what should I do? I’m sure I’m over-thinking it! Should I just set the timer for, say, 15 minutes and just do whatever feels right each day? (and I know I should do less than that if it feels too much any day). But does it matter if I don’t spend equal time on each exercise? or if I find I spend longer on one and I don’t have time to complete all three, is that ok?
    What would you recommend? E.O.

    A: Do whatever feels right on the day. This is a question that is often asked and the answer is always the same. Concentrate on the Qi rather than the counting and when dealing with CFS this is of even more importance.
    To begin with, as you are learning the exercises and becoming more familiar with them, counting is OK. Once you are happy with them your body/mind will let you know when to change, when to stop. It becomes a non-thinking decision.
    The number of repetitions will change constantly but if you feel that exercise (a) is always repeated more that exercise (c) it may be fatigue, that you might not have consciously noticed, that is creating this pattern. In that case you can reverse the order.
    There may be some days when you only do one of the exercises, or two of them. This is absolutely fine. Once again, your body/mind will guide you to what is needed.

    Kind regards, Des

The therapies provided by Pro Holistic are of a Complementary nature. You are advised, in the first instance, to consult a medical practitioner in order that you receive a medical diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is not recommended and internet-based advice is no substitute for a face-to-face visit with a medical practitioner.

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