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 first in clockwise and then counterclockwise circles 36 times each.
3. Pushing the Abdomen to Promote Digestion. Use a pushing massage on the abdomen with the four fingers or palms of the two hands. Start from the xiphoid process and move along the abdominal midline to the pubic symphysis 36 times. Then use the same technique starting again from the xiphoid process, separating the hands and pushing them obliquely downward 36 times. Carry out the manipulation during expiration and try to feel the sensation of Qi caused by the hand movement.
4. Kneading the Abdomen to Strengthen Qi. Place the right hand over the left and use them to knead the midpoint of the lower abdomen 36 times, then close the fingers, so that they look like a beak, and tap the midpoint with the fingertips 50-100 times.
This exercise is suitable for general health. It is also used in the prevention and treatment of abdominal pain and distention, diarrhea, constipation, anorexia, colitis, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and other disorders of the digestive system. For treatment of diarrhea and constipation, Abdominal Exercise can be practiced following Circulation Exercise to get better therapeutic effects. For treatment of ulcers or colitis, it is desirable to precede the exercise with Inner Health Cultivation Exercise or Health Promotion Exercise. Points for Attention
Practice this exercise 1-2 times a day for preservation of health and 2-4 times for curing illness. Relieve bowels before practice. This exercise is should be practiced one hour after eating when you are neither full nor hungry. Hand manipulation should be coordinated with respiration and mental activities. Use proper speed and moderate strength. Never exert rough pressure.
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