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The Concept of Wholism The concept of wholism, by taking the universe and the human being as one, is one aspect of the basic theory of traditional Chinese medicine and qigong. Zang Fu Tu Dian Xue Fa (Digital Acupoint Pressing Based on Chart of the Viscera)states, Qi of Heaven is that of man. The Heaven is a large circle of qi and man a small circle of qi . The ancient qigong masters took not only the cosmos and nature as one whole and the human being as one whole, but also the human being and the nature as an organic whole in unity. Thus the theory taking the universe and the human being as one has been established as a system and used to guide qigong exercise and medical practice.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), or Oriental Medicine as it is sometimes called, evolved in China over a 5000-year period of consistent use, making it the oldest system of medicine still in use today. It also forms the traditional medicine of countries such as Korea and Japan and is widely practiced throughout the Western world in America, the United Kingdom, and parts of Europe and Australia.
Chinese medicine is completely different from that of the West. As a system it has its own integrity and internal coherence. Its parts are so interrelated and dependent upon each other that there is almost no point in trying to find correspondences or parallels between the Western and Chinese systems. Techniques lifted from Chinese medicine often do not work well outside the context of their own system and culture. This Ls not to say that the techniques are ineffective but that Chinese medicine works best I believe that this stems from the ways in which the two traditions developed. Traditional Chinese medicine developed from the careful study of the body by extremely perceptive and sensitive monks and doctors who listened to the flow of energy and fluids in their own bodies, and observed how imbalances manifested themselves. Ch er a long period of time this diligent study developed into a corpus of knowledge which, around 100 B.C.F , was gathered together into the organs. Within...
When you are searching for a Chinese medicine doctor, the most important factors to consider are the depth of the doctor's training and experience, and your own goals. Remember that Chinese medicine is a participatory process both you and the practitioner are a team, striving to return you to health. In order to gain the full benefit of Chinese medicine therapy, the practitioner who administers the treatment(s) should have certifiable training and a good sense of the philosophical basis of Chinese medicine. The Taoist system of belief is not some Johnny Come Lately that can be cast aside. It is an integral part of Chinese medicine treatments. No Chinese medical therapy can deliver its full healing potential if it is divorced from the philosophical basis of the Tao. In addition, you want to find a practitioner who is trained in the specific Chinese medicine therapies that you want. Some practitioners are licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) but do not offer herbal therapy there are others...
Although at present there are therapeutic treatment methods being used, a cure is by no means guaranteed. In recent years, this disease has been treated with an integration of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. When Qigong is introduced as an accessory, the therapeutic effect is often enhanced. In some cases, the symptoms are relieved, and the development of the disease is controlled so that the survival time is prolonged. In other cases, the patients are cured. This shows the heartening trend of treating cancer with Qigong. Qigong therapy does not kill normal cells, as does chemotherapy and radiotherapy which are used to kill the cancer cells, and enhance the autoimmune system, it can also help patients to regulate themselves and create an optimum external and internal environment for recovery from the disease.
Xu had suffered from virus pneumonia and occasionally allergic rhinitis, accompanied with weakness, anorexia, headache, coughing and palpitation, and did not recover after treatment with Western and traditional Chinese medicine. Then he turned to Qigong treatment, practising the Relaxed and Quiescent Recumbent Exercise. Half a month later, the sharp pain in his chest disappeared, his appetite increased and his general health got better. A month later, his condition improved
Master Lam Kam Chuen has continued to work closely with Professor Yu. It is a professional collaboration that spans the Western medical system - in which Professor Yu trained as dental surgeon -and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which Master Lam practices. Their extensive yet distinct medical experience is unified by their common practice of Chi Kung.
The basis of T'ai Chi and Qigong, in addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is the Taoist philosophy. By gaining an understanding, however rudimentary, of the principles of Taoist thought, we can better appreciate why we do what we do when we practice our T'ai Chi. You could practice Wave Hands Like Clouds for your entire life without studying Taoism, true but how much better it becomes when you know why the imagery of clouds is used in this exercise, why we use both hands at the same time, and why each exercise has a little psychological significance involved.
Effects Five Weaknesses in Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to illnesses of the five yin organs heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. The Seven Injuries refers to injuries caused by emotions happiness, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, and desire. According to TCM, you can become ill when your internal organs are weak, and emotional disturbance upsets them. For example, excessive sorrow can cause the Qi in your heart to stagnate, which will affect the functioning of the organ. But your organs are not the only things affected Strong emotions also cause Qi to accumulate in your head. When you turn your head from side to side, you loosen up the muscles, blood vessels, and Qi channels in your neck, and allow the Qi in your head to smooth out. In addition, there is a physical release of tension and stress that is carried there.
There are a number of practical steps you can take in everyday life to help keep your energy system balanced and healthy. It is important to prevent disease, not merely to wait until you have an ailment and then try to cure it. The traditional approach of Chinese medicine was to pay the doctor to keep you healthy and if you became ill the payments would cease until you were well again The fundamental reason for doing the exercises in this book is to strengthen your internal power, immunity, and stamina so that you live a life of health as long as possible.
In Chinese, the number twelve is Shier + H. It is a symbol for the universal clock, Shier Chen HUM, representing time and space. In Chinese cosmology, we certainly recognize the number twelve as contained in the twelve ChenJg (1 Chen equals 2 hours) in the day or the twelve months of the year. In Chinese medicine, the number twelve corresponds to the twelve meridian systems in the human body, or microcosm, which in turn correspond to the twelve months in the year and the twelve spiritual animals related to the zodiac. Twelve represents the energetic changes our bodies experience in a twelve-Chen day and in the twelve months of the year.
But, I also learned a lot about traditional Chinese medicine during those years. I learned more about how to use herbal medicine and acupuncture. This was the only kind of medical care the peasant farmers had. It served them well. That and my Qigong and the poisonous snakes I sold for food are what kept me alive.
Wang used acupuncture to cure the emperor Ren Tzong. With the support of the emperor, acupuncture flourished. In order to encourage acupuncture medical research, the emperor built a temple to Bian Chiueh, who wrote the Nan Ching, and worshiped him as the ancestor of acupuncture. Acupuncture technology developed so much that even the Gin race in the North requested the brass man and other acupuncture technology as a condition for peace. Between 1102 to 1106 A.D. Dr. Wang dissected the bodies of prisoners and added more information to the Nan Ching. His work contributed greatly to the advancement of Chi Kung and Chinese medicine by giving a clear and systematic idea of the circulation of Chi in the human body.
I was already open to Chinese healing because I had also seen a Chinese herbalist who told me that my history of ailments in my life were easily explained by the philosophy of Chinese medicine. What I had been through and was dealing with currently made sense. I was not a mystery case or a lost cause, but rather a pretty classic case through the eyes of Chinese medicine. I responded well to the medicinal herbs and recommendations. I avoided gall bladder surgery, and I wasn't quite so exhausted all the time. I was still in a pretty big mess though, when I attended my first class with Master Lin in August of 1997, but I had actually made a long, exhausting advancement in my health to get there. He gave me hope and I was so utterly needy. My heart ached my soul ached. I wanted a better quality of life. When I was in high school, my friends use to tease me about the fact that I smiled all the time. I had a bubbly, positive attitude, and I loved to hand out hugs. This part of me had...
The canons of traditional Chinese medicine teach that life and health are a result of the harmonious flow of ample Qi throughout the body. When Qigong movements are said to cultivate Qi, it is this internal Qi that Dr. Joan Barice, a medical doctor with degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities, points out that Chinese medicine's concept of inseparability of mind and body is compatible with our modern scientific research findings. She explained, We know, for instance, that movement and acupuncture stimulate the production of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters with morphine-like activity that give us a feeling of well being and relieve pain. We know that receptor cells are in a constant state of transformation from energy to particle and back again. Western science can identify the receptors and transmitters, but cannot identify or quantify the system interfacing with the one that transforms energy into patterned information. From the Chinese perspective, this...
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Qigong is the grandfather of Chinese medicine, Tai-chi, acupuncture, Shiatsu, and Reiki. The Qigong exercises look similar to the meditative movements of Tai-chi. Many try to cloak Qigong in mystery. A Master often teaches just a little at a time, giving the student, the grasshopper, only what the Master feels he should learn.
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), infant eczema may be caused by the parents. If the father suffers from excess heat energy in his body, it can pass to the foetus, the foetus is inside the mother from conception. The mother's body constitution affects the foetus during the pregnancy. The foetus can be affected if the mother eats too much hot, spicy food, takes too much alcohol, chocolate, lamb etc. or if the mother is under a lot of stress. These factors can all be causes of baby eczema.
A good Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor will look at the appearance and mannerisms of a person and then make a diagnosis of their problem. This is called observation and is one of four methods of diagnosis in TCM. The others are smelling (each organ has its own smell in both health and sickness), asking and testing the pulse. However, even as you walk into the room, a good doctor will already be able to see your problem.
Some people see qi as a kind of magic power. They think that this is some specific kind of energy or subtle, ethereal matter with unusual properties, and if they will be able to master controlling it (thanks to learning qigong), many miraculous abilities and skills will become available for them. This is quite naive view. Actually the concept of qi is not very precise, and it has very wide range of use, like modern concept of energy. We should not see it too simply. As we can discuss various kinds of energy, the classical Chinese theories say about various kinds of qi. The concept of qi is used not only by doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, qigong masters and martial arts experts, but it is also used in traditional arts theory and actually in any branch of classical Chinese science and culture. Of course it has a bit different meaning in each of those contexts. For example there is the concept of qi developed in the context of traditional Chinese medicine. This is a whole...
According to the present results of our research, we believe that Zhan zhuang can and will contribute for the further progress of many scientific disciplines such as medicine, sport physiology, systems biology dynamics, biological chemistry, etc. but all possible domains where Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Conventional Medicine can combine their advantages to provide better method of health care for the mankind.
Dim Mak uses the theoretical principles of traditional Chinese medicine to calculate and explain the outcome and severity of injury. Time of death is also calculated with this method. Cause of death is also explained with this ancient medical theory. 10. Ways to improve health are also taught. Dim Mak pressure points are closely related to traditional Chinese medicine. As you progress through your study you will be introduced to a number of these medical theories. They are important not only in their pressure point context but also for their health benefits. Martial arts are not about violence but self-development and maintaining peak physical and mental health. Pay
When you concentrate on the Chi-chung (adrenal gland), you also activate or stimulate the pancreas. Like the adrenal glands, the pancreas is involved in blood sugar level and concentration on this point may have a normalizing effect. Whether this can help those who have diabetes would have to be born out by extended tests with many subjects under controlled conditions for a considerable period of time. However, without doubt, there would be improvement in the condition. As you continue concentrating on this point the power will collect and gradually push its way up to your head. The power of this point is the mixture of that found at the navel (point no. 3), the coccyx body (point no. 4) and the harmony of the kidney power (point no. 5).
The adrenals stimulate the inner part of the medulla in the brain, which prepares the organism for fight or flight. The outer part, the cortex, governs sodium balance and is involved in blood sugar level. Those who have diabetes may find that concentration on this point will help them to lower their blood sugar level. Allergy sufferers may also find relief by concentrating here.
I do not know much about science, but I do know my culture Chinese culture, which has survived for thousands of years. The principles of Yin and Yang, the Wu Xing, Five Elements, and Bagua tell us the principles of the universe. I call it 'Chinese Science' and, like Chinese medicine, it is totally different from that of the West. We use herbs which come from the earth, which is where we all Every acupuncture point belongs to a channel. Each channel has its own function in relation to the internal organs, nourishing and strengthening them. The acupuncture points keep the channels smooth and ensure that they are working well, bringing in the energy from outside to the body and releasing negative energy out through the skin. In Chinese medicine we say, 'Pain means it is not smooth. Smooth means there is no pain.' This is to do with the channels and acupuncture points working in the body. If you experience pain it means there is a problem. If you don't clear it up, you may become ill.
About two thousand years ago, one of the great texts of Chinese medicine, the Nan Ching was written. This classical text describes the twelve ordinary channels as rivers and the eight extraordinary channels as reservoirs of Chi. When the ordinary channels become low in energy, they can draw from the reservoirs of energy in the extraordinary channels. On the other hand, if the ordinary channels become too full, the excess can be taken up by the extraordinary channels. In this way the extraordinary channels help us to maintain a balance in our energy body. In the first chapter of the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine (Huang Di Nei Ching Su Wen), another of the classical texts of Chinese medicine, the life changes of women and men are described in 7 and 8 year cycles respectively. The Functional Channel and the Thrusting Channel govern these cycles.
We should note at the outset that smiling is energetically very different from laughing. Laughter is the best medicine the saying goes, and laughing certainly releases tension and is good for the body in a number of different ways. According to Chinese medicine, if someone laughs too frequently or too loudly they may have excess heart chi and are unconsciously trying to release it. Laughter is more of belly centered emotional release than smiling.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic system for promoting health through the use of several therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure massage, and Medical Qigong. These therapies are often used in various combinations. Qigong exercises affect the actions of the five Elements in the body through Qi flow. Thus, a person who is diagnosed as being Water deficient may have exercises prescribed to improve that Element, thus aiding kidney function. An expert in Medical Qigong is often also a Chinese medicine practitioner, as the ability to diagnose the five Element signs is vital to both fields. A more detailed account of Traditional Chinese Medicine can be found in Chap-ter12.
Historical records from before the Han dynasty (4W ) are very fragmented and much of the history of the period is conjecture. Traditionally, the history of Qi theory begins with the birth of Chinese medicine in the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Di (2697-2597 B.C., * * ). The book that is the theoretical foundation for Chinese medicine to the present day, the Nei Jing Su Wen, (Classic on Internal Medicine, TfrW), is attributed to Huang Di, but modern scholars now believe it to be a work of the Han dynasty.
About 14.7 PSI (pounds per square inch). Sick people cannot take so much pressure from outside any more they will become irritated very quickly and tired by people around them, etc. Life becomes a burden. A lack of Chi pressure also slows down all circulation (Chi, blood, lymph and spinal fluid). It is a downward spiraling movement of the whole life force.
About eight years ago walking through the streets of London I came across a board advertising a Qigong demonstration by Sifu Michael Tse. The demonstration totally captivated me and knew I had to learn Qigong. This for me was the missing link in my training. Having studied martial arts as a youth, and later training in Chinese medicine, and running my own clinic for overfifteen years Qigong forme brought everything together, it transformed me in many ways, I cannot speak highly enough what it has brought to my life.
In Western medicine, if the cancer is discovered at an early stage, operation can be pe remove it. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy is also used at most stages. While Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not claim to cure cancer, it has a good effect on it. TCM can help to relieve the symptoms, while prolonging and improving This gentleman was a very strong person, and despite the bad news, decided to stay positive and make the best of what treatment he could get from Western and Chinese medicine. He started to have metastron injections, which have been developed to relieve the pain caused by cancer. These were given every6 months.Atthesametime, his case was sent to me from China by fax, and after talking to him on the phone, I made up a prescription of powdered herbs which was s ent to him. From the symptoms described above, t he diagnosis was Kidney Qi and Yang I have used these three cases as a contrast. Although no conclusive decision can be reached, they seem to show that a combination of...
The meridians and collaterals and strengthen the immunological and disease-resisting abilities of the body. It can also regulate qi and blood, balance yin and yang, enhance the body resistance to eliminate the pathogenetic factors, mobilize the potential energy of the body to achieve the goal of fighting against diseases and prolonging life. However manipulation and a correct selection of points according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine is essential.
For these reasons, many Chi Kung practices start out with movements that stretch the trunk muscles. For example, in the Standing Eight Pieces of Brocade, the first piece stretches the trunk to loosen up the chest, stomach, and lower abdomen (which are the triple burners in Chinese medicine). In fact, this exercise is adapted from the Standing Eight Pieces of Brocade exercises.
Qigong is a study of the energy ot the whole universe, which includes physics, chemistry, psychology, biology, astrology, electricity, and medicine. We focus on medical Qigong, the cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine. Qigong has been practiced in China for over five thousand years and has been shown effective in the prevention and cure of many diseases. Today tens of millions of people in China practice Qigong because of its great power of healing. Yet unlike acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, or tai chi, Qigong remains a mystery to most Americans. This ancient discipline combines mental concentration, breathing technique, and body movements to activate and cultivate our vital energy as it flows through the invisible channels of the body. Diabetes problems
Move the power and the qi from the upper to the middle warmer* while walking the Circle (lower hands, palms down, as you continue to walk the circle). Energy awareness represents the point where traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbology) meets Taoist yoga and the internal martial arts. According to traditional medicine, it is essential that the energy of the three warmers (sanjiao) be balanced. Out of balance warmer activity is viewed as the root of many diseases.
Please shift down from your face, and start tuning into your heart. I don't mean the physical heart. In Chinese medicine they sometimes say we have five hearts. Each one of the body spirits, these inner vital organ intelligences - sometimes called internal gods because they are so powerful - if you get all five of these smiling, you begin to touch the inner heart, the Original Spirit. It is what is smiling through each one of five vital organ gods.
Harmonising yin and yang of stomach and spleen This exercise works upon the stomach and spleen, which are linked in Chinese medicine. Lift the palms as before with the fingers almost touching and the palms in close to the chest as you breathe in. Now push one palm up over your head, palm up, and one down to your side, palm down. Hold this position for about 5 seconds while holding the breath and then breathe out as the upper palm comes down to the same level as the other. Repeat this on both sides.
In healing, the qi of the bright full moon is equivalent to Xi (Chinese saline land) in Chinese medicine, which can be used for calming overexcitement or lowering a high fever. On the other hand, the golden morning sunlight is Bu (Chinese repair), and is generally used for treating various malfunctions. The qi of the morning sun is extremely effective in improving health, and not only as a training for external qi.
In Chinese medicine, Fang stands for formula as well. Making a formula is Zufang ft , which originally meant to organize different directions of the universal Q or different location or time energies in the formula through the herbs to heal the body. It hints that the ancient Wu understood through their bodies (the center) that different herbal formulas had different Universal Q associated with different directions and different place and time periods. A Wu doctor prepared a formula to reorganize the patient's body (microcosm).
Zhou Qianchuan, the eminent qigong master and scholar of traditional Chinese medicine, says in his Diet Therapy and Deviation-rescue Techniques in qigong, Definitely speaking, all the well-known masters and seniors of acupuncture, bone-setting and massage of various generations have consummate attainments in qigong, or at least know qigong . He repeatedly explains the relationship between qigong and traditional Chinese medicine, especially the close link between qigong and massage, bone-setting and acupuncture. These wise remarks are conclusions made on the basis of his rich experience and No doubt, outgoing-qi therapy, massotherapy and acupuncture treatment are all important means of prevention and treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.
All this radiation, carbon monoxide and other 'artificial elements' around us damages our bodies. But this is the air or energy that we inhale into our lungs and which is stored in our kidneys. In Chinese medicine we say that the lungs inhale the energy, while the kidneys store the energy. Those elements from the air we breathe which enter our bloodstream stay in our liver, because the liver stores blood and helps to transfer it, with its nutritional contents, to the other organs and the brain as well. So the bad air we breathe damages the entire body, not just one part. This is a different concept from that of Western medicine. In Chinese medicine the whole body is interconnected and everything must be balanced.
By combining with favorable psychological conditions such as higher combative willingness, optimism, self involvement in learning process, daily work out all these parameters integrated in a comprehensive physical training program are offering to your body extremely favorable conditions to strengthen it, preventing it from diseases while increasing its efficiency in working environment and certainly prolongs its life. Scientific experts have clearly demonstrated that it is the lack of physical exercises which is the origin of various diseases such as those related to overweight, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, high blood pressure, gastric ulcer, etc all belonging to the category of modern diseases. Because of this lack of physical exercise, cardiac, pulmonary and digestive functions, but also the whole body's metabolism function will gradually decline faster than the natural course, vascular elasticity weakening this will decrease the resistance against many diseases. So if any...
In this chapter I would like to consider the cause of disease and the role of qigong in medical treatment. Through my study of Huang-Di Nei-Jing Su-Wen ( The Yellow Emperor's classic of internal medicine referred to as Su-Wen from this point), I learned that classical Chinese medicine explains the cause of disease in this way disease is generated when external conditions (a trigger) and internal conditions (a promoting state) coincide. According to Su-Wen, there are six external negative factors wind, cold, dryness, humidity, heat, and fire that act as triggers. Today, modern medicine would include in this list viruses and all manner of stress. Of course, these external conditions do not necessarily have the effect of making everyone ill. For instance, not everyone catches a cold when it is cold outside, and not everyone gets a stomachache from eating something rotten. But the homeostasis of an entire body is more likely to be compromised when adverse external conditions are present....
Qi as used in this formula refers to meridian qi. It is the qi of daily life, of organ qi and blood. It is manipulated through postures and breathing and is the domain of traditional Chinese medicine. Taoist yogis developed multifarious approaches concerning the regulation, development, storage, and manifestation of the qi flow. This knowledge became the basis of traditional Chinese medicine. This qi is nurtured by correct, balanced exercise and retained by quiet reflection. Practice of die art of not talking too much is important to safeguard meridian qi.
It should be noted that traditional Chinese medicine does not ascribe to the same views on anatomy, Organ or Heart Organ in Chinese medicine have functions and attributes of a different nature than these concepts please read the book The Web That Has No Weaver Understanding Chinese Medicine,
One of my patients, Sophie D., was suffering from breast cancer. She came to see me because she has more faith in Chinese medicine than in Western medicine also she had seen my Qigong demonstrations and attended some of my seminars. After five treatments her condition had improved considerably -not just because my Qi cured her, but because she followed my instructions and every day did the exercises I had given her. Then one of the lumps disappeared. I believe that one day she will totally recover just by keeping up with the exercises.
Many Qigong friends have told me that their minds always wander from the present at the beginning of their Qigong training. Some friends have given up their Qigong practice because they could not calm down during Qigong. Actually, an uneven feeling is a normal phenomenon of Qigong processing. It is not necessary to try to force yourself to calm down during your practice. The ancient shamans designed different Qigong techniques to help people become tranquil. The feelings of stillness, peacefulness, and tranquility are the results of Qigong practice. Holding the tranquility state is a way to awaken your Shen (spirit). For instance, in classical Chinese medicine, practitioners in a deep state of tranquility may feel or see how the meridian systems are working in their bodies or may be able to tell how an herb is connecting with the different organ systems.
The qi part (or ch'i) of Qigong means air or inner vital energy. Translated into western medical terms it means resistance to disease, adaptability to the external environment and the ability to overcome internal troubles and regain health. In Chinese medicine for thousands of years great importance has been placed upon exercises that strengthen the vital energy.
T'ai Chi cultivates health benefits beyond those studied by Western medicine. T'ai Chi conditions the sleeves between muscles and nerves (the films that separate and support the organs) known as the fascia. The acupuncture meridians (energy pathways) of Chinese medicine run through the fascia. By conditioning these boundary layers between tissues, T'ai Chi reduces chemical cross-linking, or cellular rust. Move it or lose it, the Taoists say. The turning of the trunk flexes the spine, producing some of the same benefits as twists in yoga (improved spinal flexibility, release of tension on the perispinal muscles, alleviating imbalances that can lead to back pain while improving blood flow to the discs). And similar to yoga, T'ai Chi conditions the psoas, that deep muscle of balance that underlies the lower abdominal organs and mediates the relationship of the spine to the pelvis and legs. Proper T'ai Chi practice places certain demands on the body The sinking of the weight, over time,...
Another way to illustrate the bond between TCM and T'ai Chi is to look at the five Elements of Chinese medicine. Water, Earth, Wood, Fire, and Metal make up what is seen as the five primary Elements of all material in the universe. In TCM, an entire school of diagnosis and treatment is devoted to the Five Element style, wherein a balance of the five Elements is sought to alleviate sickness. Too much Water Add some Fire. Too Woody Add Metal. There is a complete cycle of creating and extinguishing among the five Elements, and to treat your patient using this principle, you need to know and use that cycle. The actual theory is beyond the scope of this book it's only important that you get an idea of what is involved. As we saw in the Qigong exercises, each movement has a relationship to an organ, an organ system, or to general Qi flow in the body. When you perform Qigong or T'ai Chi, you are practicing Chinese medicine You are moving your body in a way that influences your health through...
Add emission of qi with flat-palm hand gesture and vibrating and quivering manipulations to Tanzhong (Ren 17), Zhongfu (Lu 1) and Yunmen (Lu 2) for diabetes involving the Upper-jiao to Weishu (UB 21) and Sanjiaoshu (UB 22) for diabetes involving the Middle-jiao and to Pangguangshu (UB 28) and Zhongji (Ren 3) for diabetes in volving the Lower jiao.
The Five Element theory is actually very simple, but in the beginning it is difficult for many people as they do not understand the relationships of the elements. When you understand this theory well, you will understand everything in life. You will understand Chinese medicine, and you will understand why people act the way they do. Even each hour, day, month and year has its own element so you can understand why some days go smoothly (based on your element and the element of the day) and some go not so smoothly. When we understand this, then we can let go and accept this is nature and not be upset by so many small things.
Adjust your body's Yin and Yang, and how to coordinate your Chi with the Yin and Yang energy of heaven and earth. The study of Yin and Yang in the human body is the root of Chinese medicine and Chi Kung. Practitioners of Chinese medicine and Chi Kung believe that they must seek to understand the Yin and Yang of nature and the human body before they can adjust and regulate the body's energy balance into a more harmonious state. Only then can health be maintained and the causes of sickness be corrected. When we look at the Yin and Yang of Chi within and in regard to the human body, however, we must redefine our point of reference. For example, when a person is dead, his residual Human Chi (Goe Chi or ghost Chi) is weak compared to a living person's. Therefore, the ghost's Chi is Yin while the living person's is Yang. When discussing Chi within the body, in the Lung channel for example, the reference point is the normal, healthy status of the Chi there. If the Chi is stronger than it is...
Chinese wisdom holds that the hours of the day are divided into two separate times the energizing hours and the relaxing hours. This division has much to do with Traditional Chinese Medicine, which says that your Qi is more active in certain body areas at certain times than at others. Even the quality of the energy varies according to the time of day, so it might be important to take these facts into account in planning your T'ai Chi practice times.
The vision and theory which inspires Tan Tien Chi Kung lies at the very root of Chinese medicine, in which health is seen as the natural outcome of self-reliance the assumption of responsibility for one's own life, attitudes and conduct. In Taoist tradition and in Chinese medicine, the physical body and its activities are viewed as Yang while the energy body or Chi body is considered Yin, and the spiritual body is the unity and marriage of the two. This also explains the unique emphasis in Chi Kung on Chi and the subtle inner structure of the energetic process in human development.
Chinese Medicine is the traditional medical science in our country. It is inseparable from the supernormal abilities developed through cultivation of the human body. Ancient people paid special attention to cultivation of the human body. The Confucian School, the Dao School, the Buddha School and even the students of Confucianism have all attached importance to meditation. Sitting in meditation used to be considered a skill. Even though they didn't perform exercises, over the course of time they still developed their gong and supernormal abilities. Why was Chinese acupuncture able to detect the human body's meridians so clearly Why aren't the acupuncture points connected horizontally Why aren't they crossed, and why are they connected vertically Why were they able to be mapped out with such accuracy Modern people with supernormal abilities can see with their own eyes the same things that those Chinese doctors portrayed. This is because the famous ancient Chinese doctors generally had...
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a doctor will try to find out what has caused the blockage in the joints, creating stiffness or pain. Joint pain is related to circulation and the correct function of the liver. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that every illness can be treated and that there is no incurable disease. It is the same for Qigong. If both Yin and Yang are balanced in the body, then we will have harmony and health. By contrast, the Western concept of medicine is concerned only with how to cure an illness or treat the symptoms of pain. However, in so many cases, it is the medicine or the treatment that will kill the patient, not the disease. My own father was given so many different kinds of medication and treatments for his heart problem that, in the end, they made his condition worse and caused his kidneys to fail. Chinese medicine knows that for the heart to be healthy, then the kidneys need to be healthy and so they will try to make the kidneys stronger to help the...
The quest to compound the mysterious elixir within their bodies became the impetus that led to unique and varied methods used by Taoist yogis in the search for immortality. Among the nei tan adepts who sought the answer to their quest within the microcosm of their own body, the ching-ch 'i-shen model was a fundamental means with which to understand yogic practice. This model, the classical Taoist internal alchemy formula, defines internal energy as a spectrum with three densities, ranging from coarse to insubstantial. This internal energy spectrum is basic to traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist yogas, and internal martial arts. It holds that pure essence, ching, transmutes to the working energy in the body, qi, and further to auric or spiritual qi, shen.
After the treatment with both western and traditional Chinese medicine, his illness could not be controlled or relieved. Then he turned to Qigong treatment and began to practise Qigong. Relaxation, quiescence and breathing naturally were emphasized in his practice. A month later he experienced fewer asthma attacks. After 4 months, the symptoms had almost disappeared, and his appetite and condition of his health had improved. There have been no severe attacks in the past three years and he can now walk in the yard instead of lying in bed in winter.
Chi Kung, the study of the energy in the universe, is one of the greatest cultural achievements which China has contributed to the human race. It was through the study of Chi that the balance between the Yin and Yang forces in the universe was understood. This understanding led to the formulation of the Tao (the natural way, prgnounced Dow ), which became one of the guiding principles of Chinese philosophy. Naturally, this Tao has been used to explain not only nature, but also mankind. The Chinese have hoped that the study of the Tao could show the way to improve one's health or even to extend one's life. This led to the development of Chinese medicine. The circulation of Chi in the body was studied, which became the field of human Chi Kung. According to Chinese medical theory, the Chi or energy body is considered Yin, while the physical body is considered Yang. Chi cannot be seen, but it can be felt. The Yin aspect of your body is related to your thinking, soul, and spirit, while the...
Diplomatic ties were extended to the mainland government about the same time that researchers such as Dr. David Bressler at the University of California at Los Angeles supervised the operation of a pain-control clinic. There he researched the efficacy of acupuncture and postulated explanations of qi. Other milestones in exploring the validity of acupuncture, qi, and traditional Chinese medicine since Bressler's work include the work of Robert Becker, who was able to chart the field surrounding an acupuncture point and brought respectability to the investigation of traditional Chinese medicine and qi. Dr. Becker reported his findings More recently a Harvard professor of medicine, Dr. David Eisenberg, published Encounters with Qi Exploring Chinese Medicine in 19 8 5.36 A PBS television special followed.37
The result a huge split between deity-worshipping religion and matter-manipulating science. I believe that the Daoist cosmology-as-process offers a true middle way to cultivate both spirit, body, and free will. It does not deny the body or the spirit, but integrates them into a functional continuum. Daoist energy science could become the foundation for an emerging global sacred science, just as its stepchild, Chinese medicine, is one of the most powerful forces in alternative medicine.
Mr.Chen, 55 years old, had suffered from dizzy, headaches, and insomnia for many years, and had suffered from short breath, palpitation, failing memory and had a low work efficiency for more than ten years. He was diagnosed as having neurasthenia and treated with a combination of Western and tradtional Chinese medicine, but there was no obvious and stable effect. Then he turned to Qigong treatment. After practising for two weeks, the insomnia and headaches were relieved. Two months later, the above symptoms disappeared and he gained weight, experienced an increase in appetite, and his mental and physical condition and memory were also improved. Now he can perform his normal responsibilities well.
When the energy is moved into the heart region, the hands and posture become relaxed. Never use tension with any exercise that directly applies to the heart. In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is considered the Emperor organ and is rarely directly treated. The ideal way to perform this exercise is with the feeling that the back and chest cavity is stretching and relaxing tension around the heart. To do otherwise creates pressure in the upper chest cavity, which does not allow ideal expansion or contraction of the cardiac muscle.
Angiitis is termed Tuoju (gangrene of toe) in traditional Chinese medicine. It is often caused by accumulation of virulent fire-evil and stagnation of qi and blood in the channels and blood vessels, which may result from invasion of cold dampness preventing the vital energy from going downward, over-intake of fatty and pungent food leading to internal generation of purulent fire, or from deficiency of the kidney-yin that fails to suppress the evil fire.
Corn Silk called Yu Mi Xu in Chinese translates as Jade Rice Whiskers. It is used in both Chinese medicine and Western herbal medicine alike for ailments relating to bladder heat and infection. It has even been used in combination with Japanese Fern (Jin Sha Teng, also called Hai Jin Sha) to reduce and help dissolve kidney stones. It can sometimes be difficult to find Yu Mi Xu so I usually make my own by collecting and drying the corn silk from corn when in season. When it is fully dried, it can be stored in a glass jar and used when needed.
In old times, people could come to the temple to study Daoism but of course they had to have permission from the Chief monk. Back then the temple was like a school. People could go there to study Daoist skills such as Dao De Jing, Yijing, Chinese Astrology, Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts, Qigong, Catching Spirits, Male and Female Qi Cultivation etc. Everyone who worked in the Palace was sent home and so Wu Baolin's grandfather was returned to his family in Beijing. When he saw how ill little Wu Baolin was, he tried to cure him and used so many different herbs on him, but none of them worked. The western doctors in the hospital also began to give up. Suddenly Wu Xi Zhi remembered that when he was in the Forbidden City he had heard other Chinese doctors talking about a famous Daoist monk who was the Chief of the White Cloud Temple. He used Daoist Qigong and had healed many people, even those that Chinese medicine could not help.
In Chinese medicine, the five element theory* is important to diagnosis and therapy but it is always secondary to yin yang diagnosis. If we look at ageing in these terms we see that, as a person gets older, their Qigong is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As s it has been used very successfully in China for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions. m Michael Tse offers private consultations at his. clinics in both London (Harley Street) and Manchester (St. John Street), T a Xing Quan (Great Success Fist) was created by the famous master Wong Xian Chai. During his later life he combined martial arts, Chinese Medicine, Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist methods to develop a method of internal training that concentrated on the use of 'Standing Postures'.
The first in a series of articles describing the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Shulang Tang the author appears for the first time in Qi Magazine. Qigong is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As such it has been used very successfully in China for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions. Michael Tse offers private consultations at his clinics in both London (Harley Street) and Manchester (St. John Street). This concept is central to the Chinese system of medicine. It not only embodies the understanding of the human body itself and its relation with nature, but also provides the method of thinking in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. For example, in Chinese medicine, the heart has its specific opening in the tongue proper, so the physiological and pathological functions and changes of the heart can be known by observing the tongue. A pale tongue indicates a blood deficiency of the heart purple tongue with petechiae, the blood...
People ate people, fathers sold their daughters and sons, husbands sold their wives and this continued until the Qing dynasty began. Chen Wang Ting had defeated over one thousand bandits with his martial art skill. His famous weapon was the Spring and Autumn Big Sword also known as the Guan Dao. Today people in Chen village still practise this weapon. When the whole of China was in chaos, Chen Wang Ting went back his home village in Wen county, Henan Province. There he began to compile his martial skill with his Daoist knowledge and Chinese Medicine theory.
Four years ago I wrote an article for Qi Magazine called 'Healthy Hair & Traditional Chinese Medicine'. It elicited a lot of response from readers, confirming that many people suffer from alopecia, falling hair or dry hair conditions. People of all ages are affected from as young as four years old.
Acupuncture charts were added and a numbered list that corresponds to the charts are provided. The acupuncture points are also listed alphabetically for easy location. Mr. Yaron Seidman provided advice on points of Chinese medicine and the acupuncture charts. Mr. Shawn Christenson and Mr. Dragan Marjanovic of Mediashaker Inc. provided the graphic designs for this book.
Power' appeared still earlier, in which the discussions about Qigong have been regarded as its guiding principles up until today. The Bk of Changes' has a longer history still, both as an important document for traditional Chinese medicine and for Qigong. Thus Qigong has an origin that may be traced back at least three thousand yeans, despite its later close relatioas with Buddhism and Taoism. compelled to perform religious rites. Traditional Chinese medicine is said to have a historical association with shamanism. The two began to separate during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) as a result of scientific progress. Bian Que. a physician and Qigong master in the fifth century BC, refused to treat those who 'believed in shamanism but not in medicine . If he could despise 'dart ' practices in those ancient times, we should not feel obliged today to perform religious rites in practising Qigong today. Chinese Medicine For Qigong Students This article marks the first in a series of...
Obviously, Chinese medicine takes a somewhat different approach to diagnosis than Western medicine. Chinese doctors treat the body as a whole, analyzing the cause of the illness from the patient's appearance and behavior. Often what the Chinese physician considers important clues or causes are viewed by the Western doctor as symptomatic or irrelevant, and vice versa. There are three major forms of palpation (touching or feeling) in Chinese medicine This section serves only as a brief introduction to Chinese medical diagnosis. Interested readers should refer to books about Chinese medicine for more information.
After centuries of elitism where qigong secrets were closely guarded and passed down to select few, and brutal suppression of traditional Chinese medicine, taiji and qigong during the Cultural Revolution, qigong is being learned and taught everywhere throughout China today. Extensive scientific research is being conducted, and certain hospitals overflow with reports of cures attributed to qigong. Estimates are that 200 million people practice some form of qigong regularly, making qigong far and away the most popular approach to exercise in the world. Dan Tao Qigong derives its principles from the meridian system found in Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with the Theory of the Five Elements. By holding the body gently in various positions, one can enhance the flow of Qi and blood to the different areas of the body. Since the lungs have the protective function in TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, the martial-like postures suggest to the brain a fighting spirit of the lungs as a...
Laohu Gong (Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong) is from the Emei Zhengong (Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong) school. Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong combines the traditions of ancient shamanism, Confucianism, Daoism, classical Chinese medicine, and the martial arts. The elements of this style are rooted in the ancient world of Chinese shamanism, which is the source of all the classical Chinese traditions. In ancient China, shamans were respected as sages, and sages were shamans. The theoretical foundation of the Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong is rooted in Yijing science and the principles of classical Chinese medicine. Generally, we can classify this style as a type of Confucian Qigong since all of the forms contain the rational and moral meanings of the Confucian perspective. This style can also be categorized as belonging to the Fulu fff School because it holds to some rituals and methods that are similar to those in the Daoist Fulu tradition. The Chinese character Fu means symbol, omen, in alignment...
At the time there were two famous people in Beijing. They were both excellent representatives of the neijia (internal) martial arts. One of them was Grand Master Hu Yaozhen who came from Shanxi Province and was famous for his practice and combination of Taoism, martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine. He was known as Single Finger Conquering the World26 . The other famous person came from Chenjiagou of Henan Province. He was Grand Master Chen Fake (pronounced Chen Fa-Ke), 17th generation Grand Master of Chen Style Taiji. He was known as No Equal27 . There were many, colorful legends about the superb martial arts of Grand Master Hu Yaozhen and Grand Master Chen Fake.
Discussion Five weaknesses refers to illnesses of the five Yin organs heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. The seven injuries refers to injuries caused by the seven emotions happiness, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, and desire. According to Chinese medicine, you can become ill when your internal organs are weak, and emotional disturbance upsets them. For example, anger can cause the Qi in your liver to stagnate, which will affect the functioning of the organ. But your organs are not the only thing affected strong emotions also cause Qi to accumulate in your head. When
Since the human being is part of the universe, understanding the Five Element principle is a way to understand our bodies. With this principle, a Chinese medicine doctor may discern what sort of disease a patient may have. Further, the doctor will apply this principle to help the patient find a proper way to avoid disease or recover from an existing disease.
When I was a child in China, I was curious about the way that local Wu (Chinese shaman) gave treatments to patients. How could an acupuncture needle release the pain when the Wu put it in a suffering patient's body How could the Wu's chanting help patients recover from sickness I came to understand more about Chinese medicine when I grew up, of course, but I did get answers to my questions in childhood. Still, I had more questions such as What are meridians What is an acupuncture point Where did this knowledge come from How did it come to us Through years and years of Qigong practice, I got the answers to all of these questions. I understood that ancient Wu (Chinese Shamanism) is the root of Chinese culture, which includes Qigong and classical Chinese medicine. I felt that learning Wu could help me better understand Chinese medicine because Wu is more of a practical or experiential knowledge than learning through words alone. Words, however, may inspire and guide us to deepen our...
Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung emphasizes balancing and strengthening the body so that it can heal itself. The meditations, internal exercises and martial arts of the Universal Tao are basic approaches to this end. Follow the instructions for each exercise carefully and do not neglect the foundations, i.e, the Microcosmic Orbit and any other supplemental exercises. Also pay special attention to the warnings and suggestions. People who have high blood pressure, heart disease or a generally weak condition should proceed cautiously, having prior consent from a qualified medical practitioner. People with venereal disease should not attempt any practices involving sexual energy until they are free of the condition.
Qigong (or Chi Kung) is a general term that refers to various methods of Chinese exercise. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of qigong methods, but each is broadly based on the same philosophical and medical theories. These include the principles of yin and yang, Five Element theory, traditional Chinese medicine, Buddhism, Taoism and so on.
According to Chinese Medicine, what would be the likely cause of such mental and physical symptoms I have in a book on Chinese Medicine by Tim Williams that fear and insecurity is caused by deficiency in Jing which nourishes the kidney Qi which governs the Qi of the entire body which would explain the general weakness that I feel.
Meaning of Jing was the best quality rice. in ancient Chinese tradition, rice holds the best Universal Qi. The radical for green is also symbolic of life energy. Ancient shamans used rice as an important remedy to treat patients. When a patient was very weak, the shaman would use rice soup to tonify the patient's vital energy and help the patient recover. As i mentioned before, the first of the Chinese Medicine Classics, Huangdi Neijing, has only thirteen formulas and rice soup is the first formula.
He had suffered from hemorrhoids and difficulty in defecating for more than 20 years. Whenever defecating, he would sweat all over and hemorrhage, spending 30 to 40 minutes. He went to see doctors, but all the injections, physiotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, and acupuncture had no effect on him. He declined surgery out of fear of complications. So he turned to Qigong
Chinese Medicine The way people look at things largely dictates the way they act and behave. Eastern and Western cultures see things in entirely different ways. To understand Chinese Medicine, you need to understand the Chinese way of 'looking'. by Glenn Gossling Basic Traditional Chinese Medicine for Qigong Students
We cannot say that it is because blood has nowhere else to go after leaving the heart. If we do, it would be like saying the earth revolves around the sun because it has nowhere else to go. Western medicine explains that it is the pressure created by the heartbeat and the valves in the veins that prevent back flow of blood. So what allows the heart to beat or the valves to close Chinese medicine explains the return of blood to the heart by a theory concerning the energisation of blood by Chi, which in this case acts as a powerful biological life force. Dim Mak being of Chinese origin, uses Chinese medicine rather than western medicine to explain how and why it works. There are of course some fundamental rules concerning this as not all the theories used in acupuncture apply to Dim Mak.
Master Chia estimates that it will take thirty five books to convey the full Universal Tao System. In June 1990, at a dinner in San Francisco, Master Chia was honored by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong (Chi Kung), who named him the Qi gong Master of the Year. He is the first recipient of this annual award.
Presently qigong exercises are practiced mainly with goal of cultivating and improving health. They can be used not only to prevent health problems, to keep well being and cultivate vital energy, but also as means of therapy used against many illnesses. Both traditional methods and new methods based on traditional ones are used. In therapy exercises created in medical circles, based on theories of traditional Chinese medicine are most often used (yijia qigong - medical qigong). But methods developed in other circles (e.g. by martial artists) also demonstrate very good effects in therapy and as health cultivating practices suitable for most people. Apart from such methods for everybody, there are some special exercises to use for patients with specific illnesses. Such exercises should be chosen and supervised by an experienced doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. The choice of exercises depends on situation of specific patient - his body condition, kind of illness (according to...
Instead we walked into a building that was both Wu Shu school and Chinese Medicine Clinic. In the yard young students were doing their ji ben gong and in the clinic the student's uncle was talking to a patient. Being British I was all for waiting outside until the doctor had finished with his patient but I was ushered in and we all said hello and did our introductions while the patient had to be just that - patient. We then sat and watched the rest of the treatment. Fortunately this was not entirely surprising to me. Since our trip to Yunnan I had had some problems with my digestion and had decided to get it checked out in case it was something serious. At the Western Hospital the consultation room was full of people, with, apparently, several people talking to the doctor at the same time. My interpreter joined in, finally extracted himself from the melee a few minutes later holding a piece of paper that had been signed by the doctor. I was to go to...
Nearly all the important energy centers are arranged along the back and front channels. As a result, a blockage in the heart energy center could cause not only heart problems but problems in the lungs, breasts, chest or even mental problems. A blockage in the tailbone could cause reproductive organ problems, low sexual energy, or even headaches. A blockage in the cervical bone 7 of the spinal cord could cause headaches, fever, diabetes or even lung or heart problems.
My own paradigm shift in medicine occurred when I began to study Chinese medicine and to experience qi for myself. I ascertained then that the basic functioning of the human body and the onset of disease cannot be fully explained by Western medicine alone, with its focus on the functioning of the organs, and that the concept of qi basic to Chinese medical traditions is absolutely essential to understanding human health and disease (Figure 5-3). This is because a computer is a totally different machine from any that has existed before. Information is processed by software, which is unseen. Mind, qi, or consciousness is like the software of a computer (Figure 5-4). Chinese medicine including the qigong method could be considered a system of techniques for utilizing the software or information essential to human beings.
The practice of Qigong in China has a history which stretches into the mists of antiquity along with its' companions, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. These arts have been practised so long and wide by the people that they have become entwined as a golden thread in the fabric of the culture. From the very beginning of their civilisation the Chinese have believed that all things arc comprised of a living energy (Qi) and that this energy can be influenced. Over hundreds of generations Qigong developed in China until today, at least 10,000 separate types arc recognised. Today in China between 4 AM - 9 AM every park is packed with people practising, almost every hospital throughout the country has a Qigong consultant. Pharmaceutical companies, scientific research associations, sports associations and many commercial interests embrace and study Qigong as a method of disease prevention, energy invigoration, and harmonising mental concentration. As the gates to the mysteries of...
To Dr Zhao Shili, professor and director of Shandong Provincial Anti-epidemic Station, who has been an unfailing source of constructive advice throughout the years when the translation of this book and many of my other translations and compilations concerning Qigong, massage, preventive medicine and health education and promotion were taking shape, I express my gratitude especially. For much immediate help and suggestions in my mastery of the theory of traditional Chinese medicine and in the preparation of the translation of the text of this book, I thank Dr Yu Changzheng, professor and director of Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Institute of Shandong Province. Diabetes
There are three main kinds of treatments for diabetes mellitus. They are dietotherapy, chemotherapy, and exercise treatment. Adequate exercise is helpful to improve glucose metabolism, and prevent complications and expanding of diabetes mellitus. Qigong exercise is not only simple and convenient, but an
When sick Qi comes into your body, it will make you feel uncomfortable or even ill. It could be polluted air from car fumes, rotten waste or a refuse tip, or somewhere with poor ventilation, too much heat, sick animals or sick people. You should avoid these whenever possible. For example, when you are walking down the street, you may suddenly notice a strange smell that makes you feel sick. This is sick or negative Qi, so you should move away and keep your distance from it to avoid taking it in.
This is a typical scenario for a person visiting a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner for the first time. Many Western people try acupuncture, for instance, as a last resort after they've been virtually everywhere else. Sometimes their conventional doctor will even suggest it, saying, Well, at the very least it'll do nothing at all. Or a friend may talk you into it because he or someone he knows had acupuncture and it worked. Desperate for a solution, you find yourself in the waiting room of an acupuncture clinic, contemplating or even fearing what's about to happen.
The qigong contained in this book is based on the martial arts, which I have practiced for a long time Chinese medicine, which I have spent many years studying in my work as a physician Xian-Dao, one of the original sources of Chinese medicine psychosomatics, which I have studied with great interest since I was in medical school the ascetic exercises of esoteric Buddhism and the theories of transper-sonal psychology and parapsychology. I borrowed elements from all these traditions, and used all that I have learned in my studies and practice with patients and friends, in creating my system of qi healing.
The description of the benefits that each of the following exercises brings may seem odd. For example, it is not obvious how stretching your hands upward to the sky affects your heart and kidneys. The answer lies in the network of Chi channels (meridians) identified by Chinese medicine in the human body (see pp. 18). These are connected to your vital organs but they also run through your body as far as your fingertips and toes. Each of the Ba Duan Jin exercises intensifies the flow of energy along the full length of specific meridians and thus the complete set of exercises benefits the whole network, including the internal organs through which that energy passes. Regular practice is the ideal preparation you need to carry the awakened dragon of your Chi.
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