Functions: Treats disorders of the chest and hypochondrium (area of the abdomen beneath the lower ribs), relieves stuffiness of the chest, regulates and soothes the liver, relieves cough and reduces sputum. Methods
1. Preparation. Stand or sit, breathe evenly, and relax.
2. Pushing and Regulating Tanzhong. Perform pushing massage with the index, middle, ring and small fingers, from the suprasternal notch (the notch at the top of the sternum) down to the xiphoid process 36 times. The fingers should point up while the hand moves down. Breathe naturally, and concentrate the mind on the activities under the fingers.
3. Pushing the Chest to Regulate Qi. With the right palm, perform pushing massage starting from the middle line of the chest outward to the left 5—10 times during expiration. Do not push during inspiration. Repeat this procedure for 10 respiratory cycles. With the left palm, massage the chest from the middle line outward to the right. The mind should follow the hand manipulations.
4. Rubbing the Hypochondrium to Descend Qi. This is done during expiration with the two palms doing pushing massage from the armpit to the sides of the abdomen. The left hand should be on the left, the right on the right.
Chapter 3: Various Qigong Exercises Application
This exercise relieves chest stuffiness, regulates the flow of Qi, disperses liver depression, descends the deranged Qi, and reduces cough and sputum. It is indicated for chest pain, breathing disorders, profuse expectoration, dyspnea. For the treatment of asthma and bronchitis, it is advisable to do this exercise in combination with Lung Regulating Exercise or the method of uttering "Si." Points for Attention
Practice the exercise once or twice a day. It can also be done following other Qigong exercising methods or as a closing or auxiliary practice. Be sure to keep fine, slow, even, and natural breathing during practice. Never forcefully hold the breath. Keep the muscles relaxed. This exercise should be practiced in an area that has fresh air, and the three steps of the exercise must be practiced in order.
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