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 fit for the exercise of intrinsic circulation but force themselves to do it anyway
• Hoping to experience quick results and thereby failing to respond to the effects of Qi in the correct way
• Failing to master the principle and methods of the Three Regulations leading to mental and physical confusion
• Becoming frightened or irritated during the course of Qigong practice
• Blindly or unnaturally guiding intrinsic Qi to circulate or force Qi to go out
• Becoming confused or suspicious concerning the normal phenomena occurring in the course of Qigong exercise
• Receiving treatment from an unqualified practitioner which can lead to deranged circulation of Qi
Symptoms. Dizziness, vertigo, panic, chest distress, short breath, uncontrolled movement of the extremities, tremors of the body, continuous, uncomfortable flow of Qi along a particular channel or area. Treatment
1. Self-Treatment with Qigong Exercise. Terminate the
Qigong exercises that caused the symptoms mentioned above.
Do not panic, and calm down the mind. Pat the areas where the signs and symptoms are occurring and carry out self-massage along the proper route and in the correct direction. Massage the following channels: The Three Yin Channels of the Hand, The Three Yin Channels of the Foot, The Three Yang Channels of the Hand, and The Three Yang Channels of the Foot. If the symptoms are severe, see an experienced Qigong doctor.
2. Treatment with Outgoing Qi. Select points, in the locations and along the channels, where functional activities of have been in a state of disorder. Flat Palm or Sword Thrust hand gestures, as well as pushing, pulling and quivering manipulations, should be used to help normalize the functional activities of Qi along the disordered or related channels. To finish, use the pushing manipulation to regulate the Yin and Yang and to guide Qi to a certain channel, viscera, or Dantian.
Symptoms. Pain, heaviness, sore and distending sensation, and sensation of compression. These symptoms will not disappear automatically and may become worse if not treated.
1. Self-Treatment with Qigong Exercise. Terminate the Qigong exercises that have caused the symptoms. If you feel a compressing sensation on the head and a severe headache, you may massage the acupuncture points Baibui (Du 20), Fengfu (GB 20), Tianrmn, Kangong, and Tajyang (Extra 2) and then pat and massage along the route and direction of the Du and Ren Channels. When you have finished, concentrate the mind on Yongquan (K 1) and Dadun(Liv 1) and carry out Head and Face Exercise.
If you feel tight and compressed on the forehead, you may first massage the points Tianmen, Kangong, and Taiyang (Extra 2) and then pat from Baihui (Du 20) down to the Dantian along the Ren Channel. This should be done several times. Next, conduct pushing-massage several times along the same route. Carry out this procedure in cooperation with Head and Face Exercise and Neck Exercise.
If you feel distending pain around the point Dazhui (Du 14), you may apply pushing manipulation on Dazhui (Du 14) and Jizhong (Du 6) and pat downward along the Du Channel several times. This therapeutic method may be used for the treatment of stagnation and blood stasis in any location. Administration of drugs dispersing in nature, treatment by outgoing Qi, and acupuncture is prohibited.
2. Treatment with Outgoing Qi. In accordance with Corresponding Channel Point Selection Theory, select the points in and around the location where stagnation and blood stasis exist. Digitally tap and knead the points and push and stroke along the channel. Use the Flat Palm hand gesture and the manipulative procedures of pushing, pulling and quivering to emit Qi so that channel movement is induced. Outgoing Qi is applied along the channel route to guide and normalize the functional activities of Qi and to dredge the channels.
5.1.3 Leaking of Genuine (Vital) Qi
Symptoms. During or after Qigong practice one may experience the sensation of Qi leaking of from the external genitals, anus, or other points. This leaking may not be controlled by the mind or simple breathing practice. Leaking of genuine Qi may lead to wasting and weakness of the extremities, a pale grayish and dark complexion, vexation, failure of mind concentration, spontaneous perspiration, night sweat, seminal emission, insomnia, and reluctance to speak or move.
1. Self-Treatment with Qigong Exercise. Terminate the Qigong exercises that caused the symptoms. Anus contracting, teeth tapping, and saliva swallowing are among other techniques that can often help alleviate symptoms. Another recourse is to pat the Ren, Du, and twelve regular channels along the direction of their course to ensure a smoother flow of Qi. The following herbal prescription may be given to bring Qi back to its origin:
Rhizoma Rebmanniae Praeparada (Sbudi) 30 grams
Fructus Comi (Shanyurvu) 30 grams
Radix Ginseng (Rensben) 9 grams
Magnetitum iCisbi) 30 grams
Radix Acbyranthis Bidenlatae (Niuxi) 18 grams
Cortex Cinnamomi (Rougui) 6 grams
Os Draconis Fossilia (Sbenghnggu) 30 grams
Concha Ostreae (Sbengmuli) 30 grams
Cinnabaris (Zbusba) 1 gram taken following its infusion
The above herbs, except Cinnabaris, which is infused separately, are prepared as one decoction and given by oral administration, 5-10 doses altogether.
2. Treatment with Outgoing Qi. Press and knead the following points: Shenshu (U.B. 23), Mingmen (Du 4), the Dantian and Guanyuan (Ren 4). Using the Flat Palm hand gesture along with pushing-locating manipulation, emit Qi towards the point Mingmen (Du 4). Then use pushing-guiding manipulation to break through the channels and guide Qi to its origin. If Qi leaks from the external genitals, anus, or Huiyin (Ren 1), guide it to flow upward to the Middle Dantian. If Qi leaks from the sweat pores, close the pores and guide it to flow back to the Urinary Bladder Channel and the Lung Channel. If Qi leaks from the nasal cavity, treatment with outgoing Qi should focus on dredging the Lung and the Ren Channels.
Symptoms: During Qigong exercises, a phenomenon of mental derangement (also called being infatuated (Ru Mo)), may appear in some practitioners who have regarded the illusion emerging during or after Qigong exercise as true. This condition often leads to mental derangement such as uncommunicative and eccentric disposition, a withered and dull expression, apathy, and trance. Some even lose their confidence of living and want to commit suicide. Others suffer from continuous auditory and visual hallucinations, which are similar to that seen in psychotics. These symptoms are known as the ten devils and are described in Works of Zhong and Lu's Taoist Doctrine (Zhong Lu Chuan Dao Ji). The ten devils include: the devil of six thieves, the devil of animals, the devil of aristocracy, the devil of six passions, the devil of love, the devil of adversity, the devil of saints, the devil of fight, the devil of amusement with women, and the devil of sexuality.
1. Self-Treatment with Qigong Exercise. Terminate the Qigong exercises that have caused the symptoms. Turn a deaf ear to the auditory hallucination and a blind eye to the visual hallucination, and pay no heed to any illusion. Allow such illusions to emerge and disappear spontaneously. If the symptoms are severe, go and see a doctor for comprehensive treatment. The following prescription, Baihe Dibuang Tang, may be used for treatment:
Bulbus Libi (Baibe) 30 grams
Radix Rebmanniae (Sbengdibuang) 30 grams
Concha Ostreac (Sbengmuti) 30 grams
Magnetitum (Cisbi) 30 grams
Radix Acbyrantbis Bidentatae (Niuxi) 15 grams
Radix Potygalae (Yuambi) 12 grams Semen Zizipbi Spinosae (Cbaozaoren) Cinnabaris (Zbusba)
1 gram taken following its infusion
These drugs, except Cinnabaris, which is infused separately, are decocted for oral administration.
2. Treatment with Outgoing Qi. Open the points of the Eight Extra Channels in accordance with the theory of point selection called The Eight Methods of Intelligent Turtle (Ling Gui Ba Fa ) and with the principle of opening the points at a definite time. Press and knead the acupuncture points Baihui (Du 20), Dazhui (Du 14), Lingiai (Du 10), and Feishu (U.B. 13). Use Flat Palm or Sword Thrust hand gestures and the pushing-pulling-quivering manipulations to emit Qi and guide it to flow along the channels. Pinch the points Baihui (Du 20), Yintang (Extra 1), Shangen, Renzhong (Du 26), Tinggong (S.I. 19), Jiache (St 6), Quchi (L.I. 11), Hegu (L.I.4), Weizhong (U.B.40), and Chengshan (U.B.57). Use the Middle Finger Propping hand gesture and the vibrating method to emit Qi towards the points Jiuwei (Ren 15) and Zhongwan (Ren 12) for a period of 18 normal respirations. Next, guide Qi to flow along the Ren Channel back to Dantian.
5.1.5 Management of Temporary Symptoms Emerging during Qigong Exercise.
Some mild symptoms may emerge during the course of initial practice. These symptoms, usually resulting from incorrect exercise, should not be regarded as deviations and are not difficult to treat. Following, are some common symptoms and their management methods: Fullness of the Head and Headache. Qigong beginners who have not mastered the practicing methods are often nervous mentally. They may hold their facial muscles too tightly or exert too much mind control. Such situations often cause headaches. Treatment methods include relaxation of the mind and muscles in the head during Qigong practice, Head Daoyin Exercise, Psychosomatic Relaxation Exercise, and the exercise of saying "Xu" from the Liver Regulation Exercise.
Choking Sensation in the Chest. This symptom usually stems from breath-holding and breath-prolonging. Massaging the Chest and Saying "He", Massaging the Chest and Saying "Si", Chest Exercise, or concentrating the mind on the point Zusanli (St. 36) may relieve this symptom.
Abdominal Distention and Soreness. These two symptoms usually occur in beginners who perform the exercise Abdominal Respiration too strenuously. To alleviate the symptom, pay attention to proper movement of the abdominal muscles, use a reasonable time duration for each exercise session, and practice Abdominal Exercise.
Coldness of the Extremities. This symptom is usually due to excess of Yin and deficiency of Yang or by incorrect Qigong practice in terms of time, posture, and breathing methods. If the symptom is caused by excess of Yin and deficiency of Yang and if the methods of the practitioner are correct, the Yang Qi will recover gradually and the symptoms will disappear. If the symptom is caused merely by incorrect practice methods, you should make the proper corrections and practice the exercise, Taking Essence From the Sun for supplementation.
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