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In the last fifty years an exercise based on the principles of the Yi Jin Jing (>b ¡55 M.) has become popular. Although the exercise is very simple, the results in strengthening the body and curing illnesses are significant. Theoretically, when you repeatedly swing your arms, the nerves and Qi channels in the shoulder joints are stimulated to a higher state, and this Qi will flow to the areas of lower potential to complete the circulation. Because a number of the Qi channels connected with the different organs terminate in the hands, swinging the arms increases the circulation in these channels. Arm swinging will not only increase the Qi circulation, but the relaxed up and down motion will also increase the flow of blood. This is the same principle of Wai Dan as described in chapter 2.

From the last fifty years of experience, we know that a number of illnesses can be cured simply by frequent practice of swinging the arms. For some cancers, the increase in Qi circulation will help the degenerated cells to function

Swingin Arms China Cure
Figure 4-43 Figure 4-44

normally and may help the cancer. According to Qi theory, cancers are caused by the stagnation of Qi and blood, which results in changes to the structure of the cell. Several types of cancer that may be cured by swinging the arms are cancers of the lungs, esophagus, and lymph. Other kinds of disorders that can be helped by swinging the arms are: hardening of the liver, paralysis caused by high blood pressure, high blood pressure itself, heart trouble, and nervous disorders.

The method is very simple. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, with the tip of your tongue touching the roof of your mouth. Swing your arms forward until they are horizontal with the palms facing down (Figure 4-43), then swing them backwards as far as possible with the palms facing up (Figure 4-44). Keep your entire body relaxed. Start with two hundred to three hundred repetitions, then gradually increase to one or two thousand, or up to half an hour.

Walking in Place

Many Qi channels terminate in the feet and pass through the hip joints. Walking in place has many of the benefits of swinging the arms for similar reasons. As a matter of fact, you can do both at the same time.

Treading Bamboo

Stepping on bamboo rods will stimulate your feet where several channel endings are located. This practice is almost like massage, and the principle is the same. Many health stores sell small wooden rollers that are designed for this purpose. Experiments have even shown that this exercise can help some people grow taller.

Exercise Taiji Balls

In China, you can see people holding two metal Taiji balls, the size of ping pong balls, in one hand and rolling them around. This has the same effect as a hand massage. It stimulates and develops the finger and palm muscles and stimulates the reflexology zones (Figure 4-45) of the palms. The balls are especially good for people who are bedridden and cannot do other exercises.

The Six Sounds

Certain sounds can affect the circulation of Qi. People have always made sounds when ill or distressed. The sounds are the same for all people around the world. Basically, the function of these sounds is to relieve the internal organs of distress through the lungs. Chinese physicians have investigated the matter scientifically, and found that different sounds will affect different organ systems, and high and low tones of a sound will affect the same system differently. Buddhist and Daoist publications describe how different sounds, with varying pitch, are used to relieve or cure several illnesses.

The Daoist documents consulted are: Tai Shang Yu Zhou Zhen Jing ( k X i *fc A ) by Huang, Ting-Shan (t 4 dt ), and the Qian Ji Fang (+ * a ) by Sun, Si-Miao from the Sui and Tang dynasties (589-907 A.D.). The

Buddhist texts are the Xiao Zhi Guan (<]• jt St) by a Buddhist named Zhi Zhe Da Shi ( * * k If ) of Tian Tai Zong (* £ $ ) and the Shan Po Luo Mi (# * ft *) passed down from Fo Shan (Buddha Mountain, <fj <U ).

The following table (Table 4-4) lists the six sounds, their corresponding organ, season, element, external body part, and kind of disorder helped. The six

Xiangcai Medical Qigong
Figure 4-45

sounds should be done in one continuous breath. This will cause a chain relaxation of the corresponding organs. The sounds should not be loud. When a loud sound is made, the corresponding organ will become tight and this will stagnate the Qi circulation. The sounds should be soft, barely audible, and relaxed.

Table 4-4

Sound

He IT)

Hu 1°*)

Sil'*)

Xi 1*)

Xu C&)

Chui f*)

Organ Season

Four Seasons

Lung Autumn

Triple Burner Internal Fire

Liver Spring

Kidney Winter

Element

Fire

Earth

Metal

Mutual Fire

Wood

Water

Body Part Tongue

Stomach

Skin

Chest

Eyes

Ear

Disorders

Heart Burn Dry mouth Thirst

Indigestion Diarrhea

Cold Cough

Chest Pain

Burning Liver Red Eyes

Waist Pain Joint Pain

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