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CODE OF ETHICS
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
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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