The Eight Brocades is a form of “Qigong,” developed thousands of years ago as part of traditional Chinese medicine. Pronounced “chi gong”, Qigong involves movements designed to maximize energy in the mind, body, and spirit to improve and maintain overall health.
The Eight Brocades of Qigong are a set of exercises, with each movement focusing on a different meridian. When practiced regularly, each brocade improves the flow of “qi”, or “vital energy”, throughout the body.
What is the Meaning Behind the Eight Brocades?
One of the more popular forms of Qigong is Tai Chi, an ancient martial art that has evolved over the years to become more focused on promoting health and wellness. Like Tai Chi, the Eight Brocades also fall under the umbrella of Qigong.
This type of Qigong is practiced globally and incorporates eight Qigong movements, as the name suggests. Like Tai Chi, the Eight Brocades incorporates mindful movement, breathing techniques, and meditation. Each movement has a silken quality to it, similar to that of a piece of brocade.
This practice was developed by General Yue Fei, one of China’s most recognized generals. He implemented the technique as a type of exercise to train his soldiers and ensure they were always strong and healthy enough for battle.
In addition to helping develop and maintain a strong body and mind, the Eight Brocades aims to heal specific areas of the body. As such, it is considered to be a form of medical Qigong.
The movements also help protect the body’s energy and reduce fatigue to enhance longevity.
Benefits of the Eight Brocades
The Eight Brocades of Qigong have been associated with several physical and mental benefits, including the following: 
- Improved energy
- Stronger bones
- Increased physical strength
- Increased flexibility
- Enhanced balance and coordination
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced pain
- Balanced hormone levels
- Reduced headaches and migraines
- Better mood
Anyone looking to incorporate the Eight Brocades or any other form of Qigong into their regimen should inquire about the experience, expertise, and training of the Qigong instructor.
1. Jahnke, R., et al, “A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi“, Am J Health Promot., July 2010; 24(6): e1–e25. Times Cited: 627, Journal Impact Factor: 2.87.