When a qigong therapist emits qi to treat patients, most of —278—
the patients may get some effect of qi manifested as follows.
(1) Qi-sensitive Effect
When the therapist emits qi, some patients may gradually get the feeling of qi manifested as cold, hot, depressing, towing, creeping, tingling, heavy, light, floating, sinking, distending and aching. This represents a kind of qi- sensitive effect occurring when qi circulates in the channels and acts on the affected area to reach the focus. The most commom sensation of qi is cold, hotness, depressing, towing and tingling. Our experience in clinical practice shows that 60 - 70% of the patients may get the sensation of qi after one or several times of treatment. .
(2) Photoelectric Effect
On receiving outgoing—qi, some patients may get some photoelectric effect manifested by a sensation of electric shock in the extremities. Others may see photopictures of different shapes, most of which are circular, patchy or lightening-like.
(3) Sound Effect
Some patients may hear some kinds of sound when they receive outgoing-qi, such as " la-la" , " long-long" or "zhi-zhi".
(4) Smell Effect
Some patients may smell a special odor on receiving outgoing—qi. The odor usually varies with individuals. It may be the fragrance of sandalwood or that of flowers.
(5) Dynamic Effect
When the therapist emits qi, the patient may immediately or gradually show dynamic phenomenon:--- spontaneous movement of a certain part of the extremities or of the whole body, or muscular tremers, contraction and stiffness or movements of the^extremities in large amplitude. The phenomenon is known as spontaneous moving Qigong activated and induced by outgoing-qi.
Clinical myoelectric tests on part of our patients shows that the myoelectric potential of those having dynamic effect on the muscles or muscular groups is more than double that of those who contract their muscles voluntarily.
Clinical observations on more than 400 cases have demonstrated that 2-3% of the patients developed the phenomenon of dynamic effect on the muscles and extremities.
The above-mentioned are the common phenomena of qi effect, of which phenomenon of qi—sensitive effect occurs most frequently, dynamic phenomenon occurs in a few patients and other phenomena occur rarely. Some patients may get no qi-sensitive effect at all yet can get the same curative effect.
The phenomenon of effect of qi represents a special dynamic state of the sense or other organs of the patients who have received outgoing-qi. It is rather a factor that decides the sensitivity of a certain organ or the tissues of the patient than the pure therapeutic effect produced by qi working on the diseased site. Some patients may show no apparant effect of qi but recover very quickly after several courses of treatment and gain sensation of qi gradually. Some may have no marked therapeutic effect though they show strong qi effect. This is indeed a rather complicated and mysterious problem which awaits further studies.
Annex-. The Phenomenon of Syncope Induced by Qi
A few patients may sweat all over with faster heart rate and dizziness followed by syncope as can be seen in fainting —280—
during acupuncture when they are under outgoing-qi treatment or have received qi while waiting for treatment.Some patients may get syncope as well although they may have no apparent sensation of qi and dynamic phenomenon. In this case the therapist should make the patients he supine, unbutton the collar and carry out digital pressing on Baihui (Du 20), Mingmen (Du 4), Jianjing (G B 21) and Yintang (Extra 1), and grasping manipulation on Jianjing (G B 21), Quchi (L I 11), Hegu (L I 4) Chengshan (U B 57) and Taichong (Liv 3), followed by guiding qi to flow along the Ren and Du Channels and then back to its origin (Dantian). The patients can recover quickly this way.
In some patients, illness may improve markedly after the syncope induced by activation of qi. The therapist should then take advantage of this to carry out regulatory treatment to gain better results. Discontinuation of treatment because of syncope should be avoided lest the good opportunity for regulation and treatment by outgoing—qi be missed. However he should not try to pursue such phenomenon. Close observation is required during treatment to ensure sufficient emission of qi with no induction of syncope.
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