There are two ways of using Chinese methods of healing. The first and least common way makes use of the ch'i by putting it into the patient, using acupuncture needles to reduce the skin's resistance, point massage, etc. The second, more common way is to simply manipulate the various acupuncture points to cause them to activate. To heal ourselves we can either build up our ch'i using Qigong, and cause the ch'i to flow with T'ai chi or we can manipulate our own points. In self-massage we manipulate our points and stimulate the ch'i we already have.
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