Functions: Regulates the blood of the Spleen Channel, strengthens the spleen to replenish Qi, and regulates the stomach to promote digestion. Methods
1. Taking Yellow Qi. Assume a standing or sitting posture, and relax the body all over. Breathe naturally, and expel any distracting thoughts. Tap the upper and lower teeth together 36 times, and stir the resulting saliva with the tongue. Swallow the saliva three times after the tapping, and imagine that you are sending it down to the point Zhongwan (Ren 12) (the middle part of the gastric cavity). Imagine that there is yellow in front of your face. Breathe in the yellow, and fill your mouth with it. During expiration, send it slowly down to Zhongwan (Ren 12) and then disperse it to the extremities, skin, and hair. Repeat this procedure 5—10 times. Resume starting posture to complete exercise.
2. Rubbing Zhongwan Area and "Hu." Assume a standing or sitting posture. Place the right palm gently against the upper abdomen Zhongwan (Ren 12) and exhale slowly. During expiration, rub the upper abdomen in a clockwise direction with the right palm (Fig. 31) and utter "Hu" at the same time. Do this for 10-20 respiratory cycles.
3. Dredging the Spleen and Stomach. Assume the standing posture, relax, and breathe naturally. Swing the arms left and right using the waist as the axle (Fig. 32), allow the eyesight to follow the same direction of the swinging arms, and concentrate the mind on the heels. Next sit on heels, rest the palms
on the head and remain quiet for a while. Prostrate the upper part of the body with the hips raised and look back over the left shoulder like a tiger eyeing the distance (Fig. 33). Then turn the head and look over the right shoulder in the same fashion. Repeat the procedures 5 times.
This exercise is beneficial to health preservation and prevention of abdominal distention, diarrhea, and constipation. It is indicated for chronic gastritis, duodenal ulcer, colitis, and gastric and intestinal neurosis. For increased effects this exercise can be practiced in combination with Abdominal Exercise. It is preferable, that patients with hypo-function of the spleen and cold stomach conditions practice Taking Yellow Qi, which has the function of strengthening the spleen and replenishing Qi. Those with excess heat syndromes should practice Rubbing Zhongwan and "Hu," which promotes digestion by invigorating the stomach and eliminating pathogenic factors. Patients with syndromes of either deficiency or excess type can practice Dredging the Spleen and Stomach as well as Inner Health Cultivation Exercise.
Points for Attention
Practice this exercise 1-4 times a day. Lead a normal life. Do not eat or drink too much at one meal. Avoid doing the exercise when you are too full or too hungry. This exercise should not be practiced by those with bleeding and perforation in the stomach or duodenum.
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