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 exercises must be practiced step by step. One's work, study, and life activities should be arranged properly so as to avoid distracting thoughts and anxiety during practice. It is best to practice Qigong in a quiet place where fresh air is readily available. Avoid practicing the exercises in a draft, near a fan or air conditioner. In order to avoid any possible disturbance to the functional activities of Qi and the circulation of blood, one should first set his mind at rest, relieve oneself, loosen the belt and remove the watch and spectacles. If practicing Daoyin, the areas of the body that need to be manipulated should be exposed. It is advisable to practice according to the established time requirements associated with each exercise. The overall time for Qigong exercise is flexible and should be set in accordance with the practitioner's constitution and the severity of one's illness. One should not force oneself to prolong the exercise time or to increase the frequency. An optimum frequency and duration will always leave one with energy and interest and not tiredness. Qigong practice should be avoided after eating too much or when hungry. Practicing one hour after eating is desirable. For the purpose of curing diseases comprehensive measures should be taken, and Qigong may be performed in combination with medication or other therapies. If practicing during menstruation, the time for exercise should not be too long and excessive and concentration on the lower part of the body should be avoided. During Qigong practice, some sensations such as heat, distention, aching, tingling or numbness, itching, coolness, muscle twitch, or a sensation of bugs crawling on the body may occur. These are the normal manifestations of the functional activities of Qi. One should neither be nervous or frightened, nor attempt to feel them. Just let things take their own course. When Qigong is practiced, sexual intercourse, smoking, drinking, and intake of tea and hot or acid food should be moderate. Try to give up smoking gradually.
If you are suddenly panic-stricken during exercise by a loud sound, unexpected interruption, or peculiar phenomena, do not be nervous. Try to find out the cause of the panic, set the mind at ease, and then continue the exercises. Qigong exercise needs a steady start, steady performance, and steady ending. Carelessness may result in failure to conduct Qi back to its origin or cause disorder of the functional activities of the body. Treatment of patients by emitting Qi should only be performed by those who have sufficient training and experience.
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