Qigong Fortreating Common Ailments

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Regulation of the Body Adjustment of Posture

Regulation of the body is also called posturization or adjustment of posture. It is especially important for the beginners of Daoyin or static Qigong to have a good command of this skill. In Qigong exercise, four basic postures may be assumed they are sitting, lying, standing and walking. Static Qigong usually requires a sitting, lying or standing posture, while Daoyin can be practiced using all four. There are two sitting postures addressed in this text upright sitting and sitting...

Points for Attention in Qigong Exercise

If Qigong exercises are to be practiced successfully, it is essential for beginners to clearly understand the movements, breathing methods, mental activities, and main theories of the exercises. Manipulation methods should be selected properly and the acupuncture points should be spotted correctly. Practicing Qigong with maximum effort should only occur after one is well acquainted with all of the basics. One must have clear goals, be confident and determined, and persevere. The Qigong...

Inner Health Cultivation Exercise Ne jyang Gong

Functions Combines silent recitation of words with breathing and also invigorates the functions of the digestive and respiratory systems. Methods This exercise utilizes either nasal respiration or oral-nasal breathing techniques. 1. Nasal Respiration. Assume a lying or sitting posture, and select either abdominal or reverse breathing. During nasal inspiration, put the tip of the tongue against the palate and direct Qi down to the Dantian 1.3 cm inferior to the navel , thinking the word I. Hold...

Constipation

Constipation may be regarded as a single disease or as a complication of other diseases. There are six common causes of constipation deficiency, excess, wind, cold, Qi stagnation, and heat. Deficiency implies a Yang or Yin deficiency of the lower Jiao Xia Jiao . If deficiency of Yang occurs, Yin-Qi may stagnate and fail to circulate. If deficiency of Yin occurs, secretion of the body fluid may become unbalanced giving rise to dryness in the intestines. Excess refers to excess syndrome of the...

Regulation of Mental Activities

Regulation of mental activities is also known as will control or thinking method. The training of the will is the most important link in Qigong exercise. The Three Gists of Regime Sheng San Yao says, Preservation of the essence of life rests with cultivation of vital energy, which in turn rests with mental faculties. Mental faculty to vital energy is as mother is to child. Thus, concentration of the mind would have vital energy consolidated while distraction of the mind would have it dispersed....

Basic Principles of Qigong

1.3.1 Being Both Dynamic and Static Dynamic and static are two general terms used in Qigong to differentiate Qigong practices. Methods that require limb and body movements are referred to as dynamic Qigong. Qigong methods that require little or no physical movement are referred to as static Qigong. Qigong exercises are selected to suit the health status of the individual practitioner. The practice of static Qigong is aimed at accumulating Qi in the Diantian, and with further practice, to...

Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea is a disease characterized by lower abdominal pain during menstruation. It is often related to mental stress during the menstrual period, cold invasion, or cold diet. TCM holds that dysmenorrhea is caused by cold invasion, cold diet, anxiety, anger, emotional depression, and insufficiency of Qi and blood. Dysmenorrhea is classified into two types, excess and deficiency. Symptoms. Patients with dysmenorrhea of excess type have the symptoms of lower abdominal pain prior to...

Regulation of Breathing

Regulation of breathing, also called inhaling and exhaling, breathing method, venting or taking in, is an important link in Qigong exercise. The ancients attached great importance to breathing exercises and described a great number of methods including inhaling Fu-Qi , eating Shi-Qi , entering Jin-Qi , swallowing Yan-Qt , circulating Xing-Qi , taking in Cai-Qi , upper breathing Shang-Xi , lower breathing Xia-Xi , full breathing Mun-Xi , blurted breathing Chong-Xi , lasted breathing Chi-Xi ,...

Hiccup

Hiccup, called Da E Te belch , is usually caused by spasm of the diaphragm due to excessive intake of raw, cold, or pungent food. It may also be caused by an adverse rise of stomach Qi, that results from the liver Qi attacking the stomach. Symptoms The hiccup is continuous, usually lasting several minutes or hours and then ceasing without treatment in the mild cases. In severe cases, it may last for days and seriously interfere with eating and sleeping. If hiccup occurs at a time when the...

Heart Regulation Exercise [Lixin Gong

Functions Regulates the Qi and blood of the Heart channel, invigorates the heart, relaxes the mind, promotes blood circulation, and dredges the channels. Methods 1. Taking Red Qi. Assume the standing, sitting or lying posture and breathe naturally. Remove any distractions. Tap the upper and lower teeth together 36 times and use the tongue to stir the resulting saliva. Swallow the saliva 3 times, after the tapping is finished, and send it mentally down to the point Zhongwan Ren 12 the middle...

Pain in the Waist and Lower Extremities

Pain in the waist and lower extremities is often caused by invasion of wind-coldness and wind-dampness into the channels and collaterals due to sitting or lying on damp ground. Internal injury caused by overstrains, deficiency, weakness of kidney Qi, insufficiency of vital essence, and trauma are also causes of this disorder. It is a syndrome similar to the symptoms of protrusion of intervertebral disc, sciatica and others. Symptoms. Those with pain in the waist and lower extremities of the...

Common Cold

The common cold, known as URI upper respiratory infection refers to inflammation of the respiratory tract caused by viruses or bacteria. The disease often occurs during climate changes or decline of the body resistance. TCM regards the common cold as an invasion of wind-cold, wind-heat, or seasonal pathogenic factors. Symptoms. Symptoms of the wind-cold are headache, nasal obstruction with watery discharge, sneezing, chilliness, anhidrosis, cough with thin phlegm, soreness of the joints, a...

Diarrhea

Diarrhea refers to frequent defecation and loose or watery stool. Improper diet and exo-pathogenic factors may cause gastrointestinal dysfunction that results in diarrhea. The disease is most prevalent in summer and autumn when dampness and heat, the two most common exo-pathogenic factors, are rampant. Deficiency of the spleen or kidney Yang may also cause chronic diarrhea. Symptoms. Symptoms of diarrhea may in accordance with its causes and characteristics be classified into three types...

Bronchial Asthma

Bronchial asthma is an allergic disease usually characterized by repeated attacks and paroxysmal dyspnea with wheeze. TCM holds that this disease is caused by, invasion of wind-cold, improper diet, mental depression, deficiency of the spleen and lung due to fatigue, accumula tion of phlegm-dampness in the lung, impairment of the ventilating and dispersing functions of the lung, slipperiness of primordial Qi in the lower part of the body, and failure of the kidneys in receiving lung Qi...

The Guiding of Qi

Guiding or directing Qi means to guide intrinsic Qi to a certain part of the body where outgoing Qi is emitted. This ability is usually possible only when one has undergone serious, long-term training. When guiding Qi, one should have the Qi follow the mind and should be able to control and feel the direction, pattern, nature, and amount of intrinsic Qi. The following exercise is aimed at laying solid foundations for emitting Qi through the hands. 4.2.1 Standing Vibrating with Palms Closed to...

Hypochondriac Pain

The cause of hypochondriac pain was clearly explained in The Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine Huang Di Nei Jing which says, Pain occurs below the hypochondrium when pathogenic factors invade the liver. Though hypochondriac pain may also be caused by Qi stagnation, accumulation, channel blockage, phlegm stasis, deficiency and excess, it is always related to the liver and is commonly seen among patients with hyperactivity of liver Yang or stagnation of the liver Qi. Symptoms....

Head and Face Exercise Toumian Gong

Pushing Forehead

Functions Promotes a clear complexion, prevents and treats diseases by adjusting the channels and acupuncture points on the head, and increases blood circulation. Methods 1. Preparation. Take the upright sitting or standing posture. Relax the entire body, applying the tongue against the palate. Close the eyes slightly and get rid of distractions. 2. Pushing the Forehead. Put the index, middle, and ring fingers of each hand together. Push the forehead with the fingertips from the midpoint of the...

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a disease of the respiratory tract with cough as its main symptom. Acute bronchitis is caused by bacterial or viral infection or by irritation from protracted smoking. Chronic bronchitis is caused by frequent attacks of acute bronchitis or other diseases. TCM holds that bronchitis is classified into cough, cough with dyspnea, and phlegm retention, and is often caused by the pathogenic factors of wind-cold, wind-heat, or excess of phlegm-dampness. Symptoms. Acute bronchitis is...

Eye Exercise Yan Gong

Eyes Exercises Fingers Massage

Functions Regulates the blood of the Liver Channel, soothes the liver, and improves vision. Methods 1. Preparation Sit or stand, relax, look straight ahead, and expel any distracting thoughts. 2. Moving the Eyeballs in an Infinity Pattern. Move the eyeballs and imagine that there is a flow of Qi inside their orbits. Start the eye movements from slightly above the inner corner the acupuncture point Jingming U.B. 1 of the left eye. Move the eyeballs along the upper side left orbit toward the...

Epigastralgia

According to TCM theory, pain in the epigastrium is the main symptom of epigastralgia and is caused by one of three syndromes hyperactive liver Qi attacking the stomach, insufficiency of the spleen Yang, stagnation of Qi, and stasis of blood. Improper diet, climate change, and mental factors may also give rise to epigastralgia. Symptoms. When this condition is caused by hyperactive liver Qi attacking the stomach, there will be pain and fullness in the gastric region, vomiting and sour...

Palpitation

Palpitation refers to the abnormal heartbeat cardiac impulse that can be felt by patients. It is a common symptom of neurosis and heart diseases of various kinds. TCM holds that palpitation is actually irritability caused by fright or insufficiency of Qi and blood that fails to nourish the heart. Symptoms. Palmus is the main symptom, sometimes accompanied by chest distress, nausea, and vomiting. Palpitation is paroxysmal, usually induced by mental irritation, overstrain and excessive drinking...

Descending Yin and Yang Shengjiang Yin Yang Daoyin Gong

Functions Regulates circulation within the Three Yin and Three Yang Channels of the Foot and Three Yin and Three Yang Channels of the Hand, establishing equilibrium of the Yin and Yang. Method Stand erect with feet shoulder-width apart and allow the hands to fall naturally at the sides of the body. Place the tongue against the palate with the eyes looking straight ahead and the neck straightened as if supporting an object on the head. The shoulders should be relaxed and the elbows dropped....

Nose and Teeth Exercise CBichi Gong

Functions Clears the nasal passages, prevents cavities by reinforcing the teeth. 1. Preparation. Assume a sitting or standing posture. Get rid of nasal discharge and become relaxed and quiet. Breathe naturally. 2. Bathing the Nose. Rub the dorsal back sides of the thumbs against each other until they are hot. Use them to rub the sides of the nose gently up and down. Rub the nose 5 times during each inspiration and expiration. Perform 6 respiratory cycles Fig. 15 . 3. Kneading the Nose Apex. Put...

The Development of Qigong

Qigong, as an art of healing and health preservation, is thought to have originated as early as four thousand years ago in the Tang Yao times as a form of dancing. Lu's Spring and Autumn Annals or Lu's History Lu Shi Chun Qiu records, In the beginning of the Tao Tang Tribes, the sun was often shut off by heavy clouds and it rained all the time turbulent waters overflowed the rivers' banks. People lived a gloomy and dull life and suffered from rigidity of their joints. As a remedy dancing was...

Exercise for Soothing the Liver and Improving Acuity of Vision Shugan Mingmu Gong

Functions Dredges the Liver Channel to nourish the liver, improves eyesight, relaxes the neck and back muscles, relieves muscular spasms of the eyes, and promotes recovery from fatigue. Methods 1. Preparation. Stand relaxed and quiet, place the feet apart as wide as the shoulders, drop the hands naturally at the sides of the body, picture supporting an object on the head, pull in the chest and straighten the back, relax the loins and knees, look straight forward, and breathe naturally. 2....

Circulation Exercise Zhoutian Gong

This exercise is also known as Large Circulation of Qi Da Zhou Tian , Small Circulation of Qi Xiao Zhou Tian , and Exercise for Formation of Active Substance in the Body Net Dan Shu . Only Small Circulation of Qi is described in this section. Functions Strengthens the immune and circulatory systems and preserves health. Method Sit cross-legged on a bed or upright on a stool. Pull in the chest and keep the spinal column straightened. Keep your neck straight by picturing a light object on the...

Daoyin Exercise for Dredging Ren and Du Channels Jong Ren Du Daoyin Gong

Function Promotes free circulation of Qi within the Ren and Du channels and promotes proper circulation within all other channels. Methods 1. Preparation. Stand erect with feet close together, with hands hanging naturally at the sides and the chin tucked in as if supporting an object on the head. Keep your eyes looking straight ahead, breathe evenly, and focus your mind on the Dantian. Stand this way for a short while. 2. Activating the Coccyx Weiluguatt . Bend forward at waist to form an angle...

Training of Qi

Thenar Eminence Minor

Training Qi is the first step in developing the ability to emit Qi. A Qigong doctor usually has to undergo long-term physical dynamic and internal static exercises before his Qi can be voluntarily regulated, replenished, and circulated down to the Diantian, and then circulated throughout the body and its channels. Wherever a Qigong doctor's mind is concentrated, there is Qi, and wherever there is Qi, there is strength. This is the foundation from which Qigong doctors emit outgoing Qi. Training...

Filth Elimination Exercise Dihui Gong

Functions Eliminates intestinal pathogenic factors. Method Assume the sitting or lying postures. Relax and press the tongue against the palate. Close the eyes slightly, and breathe evenly. Imagine Qi whirling from left to right from the mouth to the stomach and carrying the genuine Qi to the large intestines, where it drives pathogenic factors from the intestines and out of the anus. Then inhale and contract the anus gently to close it. Conduct the genuine Qi whirling from right to left, upward...

Waist Exercise Yaobu GongJ

Functions Improves circulation in the lumbar region, strengthens the muscles and bones, reinforces the loins, and replenishes the kidneys. Methods 1. Preparation. Stand erect with feet shoulder-width apart, relax, and breathe naturally. 2. Moving the Waist to Strengthen the Muscles. Stand with hands on the waist, and move the waist clockwise and counterclockwise 36 times in each direction Fig.21 . 3. Pounding the Waist. Turn hands into hollow fists and pound them against renal regions and the...

Abdominal Exercise Fubu Gong

Functions Prevents and treats disorders of the digestive system, strengthens the spleen, replenishes and regulates the stomach, invigorates the middle Jiao. Methods 1. Preparation. Lie supine, relax the whole body, apply tongue against palate, and breathe naturally. 2. Kneading the Abdomen to Reinforce Qi. Place the right hand to the area of the point Zhongwan Ren 12 , and move it clockwise in circles to knead the abdomen 36 times. Then, place the same hand on the navel region, and move it...

Shoulder Arm Exercise Jianhi Gong

Functions Prevents and treats disorders of the shoulders and arms, facilitates circulation of the blood in the Three Yang and Three Yin Channels of the hand, reduces swelling, allays pain, and lubricates the joints. Methods 1. Preparation. Assume either standing or sitting posture, remove any distractions, relax, and breathe naturally. 2. Pounding the Shoulders and Arms. Make the left hand into a hollow fist and pound the external, internal, and anterior sides of the right arm from the shoulder...

Exercise for Nourishing the Kidney for Rejuvenation Yangshen Huichun Gongj

Functions Dredges the channels, reinforces the kidneys, tonifies and prolongs life. This exercise is a superior Qigong regime for nourishing the kidney and building up the health in the old and middle-aged. Methods 1. Preparation. Stand quietly with feet shoulder-width apart. Allow the hands to hang naturally, and keep the neck and spine straightened as if supporting an object on the head. Your knees should be relaxed and slightly bent, while the toes clutch the ground. Keep your tongue against...

Automatic Circulation Exercise Zhoutian

Zizhuan Gong also Fu Lun Zi Zhuan, or Xing Ting Functions Increases circulation and mental activities. Method Sit or lie supine. Relax all over, breathe naturally, apply the tongue against the palate, and concentrate the mind on the navel. Concentrate on the navel as the center of a circle and imagine moving the abdominal muscles during inspiration. During inspiration imaging moving the abdominal muscles from the center point clockwise to a point above the navel. During this part of the...

Headache

Headaches are subjective symptoms that can be found in many acute or chronic diseases. TCM holds that headaches can be caused by the following internal injury or exopathy i.e. invasion, of exo-patho-genic wind-cold into the vertex and then into the brain via channels , adverse rising of accumulated stomach-heat, insufficiency of Qi and blood, improper preservation of the reservoir of marrow referring to the brain , stagnation of phlegm-dampness, lucid Yang failing to rise, or excessive fire of...

Lung Regulation Exercise Lifei Gong

Functions Regulates the Qi and blood of the Lung Channel, replenishes the lung, promotes the dispersing function of the lung, sends down abnormally ascending Qi, relieves cough and resolves phlegm. Methods 1. Taking White Qi. Assume a standing, sitting or lying posture, relax, breathe naturally, and dispel any distractions. Tap the upper and lower teeth together 36 times, and stir the resulting saliva with the tongue. Swallow the saliva in three segments after the tapping, and imagine sending...

Emission of Qi

Emission of Qi is also called the emitting method Fa Gong , emitting of outgoing Qi Fafang Wai Qi , and in ancient times, distributing Qi Bu . It is a method practiced by those experienced in the training and guiding of Qi who can direct their intrinsic Qi to the palms, fingertips, or through other hand gestures and emit the Qi into the channels or points of another person. 4.3.1 Hand Gestures for Emitting Qi. 1. Single Finger Meditation Yi Zbi Chan Shi . In this gesture, the index finger is...

Deviation of Qigong

Deviation of Qigong refers to the adverse reactions that can occur during the course of Qigong exercise. The practitioner may feel uncomfortable and may not be able to regain balance. Such reactions can be physically and mentally harmful. Common causes of deviation include Exercising or practicing under the guidance of an inexperienced instructor or one who has no understanding of TCM theories Failing to obey the principle of exercising in light of concrete conditions such as those who are not...