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 it first to the chest and then to the Dantian. Imagine that there is white in front of the face. Inhale the white and fill the mouth with it. During expiration, send it slowly down to the lungs, then to the Dantian, and to the skin and hair of the whole body. Do this 9 or 18 times. Resume starting posture to complete exercise.
2. Rubbing the Chest and "Si." Assume a standing or sitting posture. Place the palms flat on each side of the chest. Inhale slowly. Say "Si" during expiration, and rub the chest with both hands in a circular manner (Fig. 34). Repeat the procedures for 6-12 respiratory cycles.
3- Regulating the Lung and Guiding Qi. Sit cross-legged, breathe naturally, and press the palms against the ground at the sides of the body. Square the chest to get a deep inspiration. Hold the breath for a second (Fig. 35), then arch the back and pull in the chest, and expire simultaneously (Fig. 36). Do this 4-9 times.
4. Regulating the Lung with Knee Movement. Stand with legs close together, put the palms on both kneecaps, and slowly rub the knee joints clockwise and counterclockwise four times in each direction (Fig. 37). Inhale when rubbing the knees counterclockwise and exhale when rubbing clockwise. Application
This exercise is suitable for keeping the lungs healthy and for the prevention and treatment of chest stuffiness, chest pain, shortness of breath, and profuse expectoration. It is also indicated for chronic bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, and bronchial asthma. The exercise Taking White Qi invigorates the lungs and is effective for deficiency syndromes. The exercise Rubbing The Chest and "Si" is effective for excess syndromes. The Lung Regulation exercise will be more effective if it is done in combination with the Chest Exercise. Points for Attention
Practice this exercise 2-4 times a day, 10-40 minutes each time. Smoking, drinking, and consuming raw, cold, or irritating food should be avoided during practice. For people with mild lung problems practicing in the park or woods where the air is fresh is recommended. Those with infection of the lung should lie on the diseased side when resting. If you cannot hold back coughing during practice, stop the movement to cough up the phlegm, and then continue the exercise.
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