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Medical ethics is an important part of all healing traditions. In China, a physician is expected to have "doctor virtue" (yi de). This document, developed by Kenneth Cohen, is the first ethical code for qigong practitioners in North America.

1. I shall seek to maintain a high standard of skill, knowledge, and professional conduct.

2. I shall offer my services without favoritism, prejudice, or discrimination with regards to race, religion, nationality, or gender.

3. I shall refrain from any form of substance abuse and seek to model healthy behavior for my students and clients.

4. I shall not make unrealistic, inaccurate, or false claims about qigong or my training or abilities as a practitioner.

5. I shall conduct my business in an ethical and courteous manner and practice honesty in advertising and promotion of services.

6. I shall seek clear, honest, and respectful communication with clients, students, colleagues, and other associates.

7. I shall practice honest disclosure of my professional background, including offering my resume for review, when requested.

8. I shall not instigate or tolerate sexual advances while interacting with students or clients.

9. I shall keep client and student information strictly confidential, in keeping with ethical and legal standards held by other health care professionals.

10. I shall exercise my best judgment to determine if qigong techniques or interventions are contraindicated, dangerous, or not in the best interests of students or clients. I acknowledge my own limitations and shall not hesitate to make referrals, when appropriate, to qualified health care professionals, including physicians and psychotherapists.

11. As a healing qigong practitioner I am committed to client/student education and personal development and to practicing methods that may offer relief from pain, suffering, and other symptoms of illness.

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