Qigong treatment has an effect on infrequent-attacking and less serious cholelithiasis, such as small or sand-like stones in intrahepatic bile duct and gallstone and choletithiasis without serious blocking and infection and small surviving calculus left after operations. It does not fit all cholelithiasis patients. So the patient should be careful to choose the Qigong exercises according to his own disease and constitution. In addition, the patient should coordinate the Qigong exercises with other medical treatment and diet.
1) Oxygen-inhaling Exercise
Take a deep breath in a place with fresh air. After exhaling the air completely, inhale the fresh air as much as possible. Take 10 to 20 deep breaths. It is better to jog about 1000 to 2000 metres before practising.
2) Boat-poling Exercise
The action of this exercise is just like poling a boat. As if the exerciser is standing on a boat, holding a pole in the hands and pushing the pole to the lower back direction with force to make the boat move forward. Practise 1 or 2 times a day, 30 minutes each time till you sweat. The exercise can make the thorax muscles move with force, the abdominal muscles contract and increase the moving range of the diaphragmatic muscles so as to massage the liver and gallbladder.
Practise 2 to 3 times a day. See the previous section on gastroptosis for details.
Stand with the feet a shoulder width apart. Raise the hands above the head, with the right hand a little higher as if holding a sail rope, lift the heels and inhale at the same time. Move the hands up and down alternately as if pulling the sail down. Having pulled the sail to the level of the navel, squat down, lower the heels and at the same time exhale, contracting the abdominal and anal sphincter. After exhaling all the air, stand up. Repeat the above movement 10 to 20 times, and
Stand with the feet apart with the width a little more than the shoulders. Stretch the arms to each side, then bend forward to make the right hand touch the left toes, keeping the left hand up (Fig. 77). Then make the left hand touch the right toes and stretch the right hand upward. The action is like a flying crane. Cooperate the breath with the exercise rate. Repeat the movement 10 times.
Stand with the feet a shoulder width apart and bend the knees slightly. Relax the whole body and breathe naturally. Clench the hands slightly. Turn the upper
body to the left and then to the right alternately with the waist as the axis. Use the inertia of the upper body's movement to strike the back and the chest with the hands alternately. The arms should be relaxed. Practise the exercise before meals
7) Three 8-shape Qi Driving Cultivation Exercise
The exercise can be done together with the exercise mentioned above. Practise 1 or 2 times a day, 30 minutes each time. See the previous sections on chronic
8) Do some other exercises, such as walking, jogging, boating, swimming,
Ms. Liu, 38 years old, had suffered from abdominal pain for 4 years, getting no relief from Western medicine. She was hospitalized twice. The iodized oil roentgenograph of the gallbladder showed the image of stones of various sizes, as big as a fist altogether. Because she was afraid of operation, she turned to Qigong treatment. She practised the Longevity, Heaven and Earth, Sail-pulling and Crane-flying exercises every morning, keeping a proper diet at the same time. The symptoms disappeared after six months, and she had recovered completely one year later, with no stone images being found in the X-ray examination. She has persisted in practising the exercises for eight years and has not had a relapse since.
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