The Importance of Grounding in Tai Chi and Chi Kung(Qigong)

What is Grounding?

Grounding or earthing is simply connecting your body with the earth’s surface; the land or water of our planet. You probably think this is very natural, but how many people actually walk barefoot or touch their skin to earth on a daily basis? With the advent of rubber or synthetic soled shoes, tires, and non-conductive building materials; most people in developed countries have lost this vital connection with the earth’s energy!


We are bio-electric beings. All body systems (organ, immune, nervous, etc.), all movement with and within the body (even thinking) involve energy. Each of our over 3 trillion cells receives and transmits electrical signals. Some interactions produce free radicals which carry a positive charge and create inflammation. Many scientists consider chronic inflammation the root cause of numerous diseases. The earth is like a giant battery charged by the sun, atmosphere, and internal processes. Its surface carries a negative charge so contact with it can neutralize the damaging free radicals. Walking barefoot, sitting on the ground, lying on the beach and swimming in the ocean release the earth’s negative ions into the body.


Scientists have been researching the intricate bio-electric interactions within the body to understand how the body is affected by the earth’s electric fields. A published study in the Journal of Environmental Health reviews the therapeutic advantages of grounding (Earthing/Health) and reports

Several studies document the following benefits:
  • Reduces inflammation and provides a healing treatment of asthma, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, and cancer.
  • Reduces stress by regulating cortisol, the primary stress hormone
  • Facilitates relaxation and promotes better and deeper sleep
  • Relieves muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improves blood pressure and circulation
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Normalize body rhythms

The importance of grounding is well known to tai chi and chi kung practitioners and one of the key principals in our teaching, but it is very interesting that there is now more scientific research and evidence of the benefits.

This information is provided by:

Tai Chi, Qigong & Feng Shui Institute
12, Tai Fung Bldg. 7/F., Cosmopolitan Est.,
Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong