Traditional Chinese Medicine
When you are searching for a Chinese medicine doctor, the most important factors to consider are the depth of the doctor's training and experience, and your own goals. Remember that Chinese medicine is a participatory process both you and the practitioner are a team, striving to return you to health. In order to gain the full benefit of Chinese medicine therapy, the practitioner who administers the treatment(s) should have certifiable training and a good sense of the philosophical basis of Chinese medicine. The Taoist system of belief is not some Johnny Come Lately that can be cast aside. It is an integral part of Chinese medicine treatments. No Chinese medical therapy can deliver its full healing potential if it is divorced from the philosophical basis of the Tao. In addition, you want to find a practitioner who is trained in the specific Chinese medicine therapies that you want. Some practitioners are licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac.) but do not offer herbal therapy there are others...
The Concept of Wholism The concept of wholism, by taking the universe and the human being as one, is one aspect of the basic theory of traditional Chinese medicine and qigong. Zang Fu Tu Dian Xue Fa (Digital Acupoint Pressing Based on Chart of the Viscera)states, Qi of Heaven is that of man. The Heaven is a large circle of qi and man a small circle of qi . The ancient qigong masters took not only the cosmos and nature as one whole and the human being as one whole, but also the human being and the nature as an organic whole in unity. Thus the theory taking the universe and the human being as one has been established as a system and used to guide qigong exercise and medical practice.
In Western medicine, if the cancer is discovered at an early stage, operation can be pe remove it. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy is also used at most stages. While Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not claim to cure cancer, it has a good effect on it. TCM can help to relieve the symptoms, while prolonging and improving If Western rnedicin and TCM are used toget the quality of life. If Western medicine and TCM are used together in treatment, there may be an even better result. The second gentleman was 66 years old, and had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 1999. He-had an operation to remove the ca ncer, after which he had mostly Western medicine, withChinese medicine to help keep the cancer at bay. He continued this treatment until unfortunately, he'died eighteen months later. However, he This gentleman was a very strong person, and despite the bad news, decided to stay positive and make the best of what treatment he could get from Western and Chinese medicine. He started to have...
I have received a letter from a Qi magazine reader in Singapore. He asked some questions that other readers may find of interest so I will take this opportunity to share my opinions about healthy hair and TCM. In the TCM classic book Huang Di Neijing it says that kidney, determining the condition of bone and marrow, has its manifestations in the hair of the head. When I was little, my grandmother used to put 2 tablespoons of Sang Ma San into my mouth every evening when I was doing my homework. I liked it because the taste was nice but it was not until I grew up and studied TCM that I began to understand Answer Yes. In terms of TCM there may be different causes for hair to fall out. Most common types are Answer Yes. There arc some patients who came to me for treatment of baldness, for example A 36 year old lady came to me in October 1991. She had gold hair. Five years ago she had a kidney infection and 2 years ago she got married and had a baby. Her hair started falling out 18 months...
Having already explored T'ai Chi and Qigong in earlier chapters, we will now look at the four other constituents of TCM acupuncture, massage, herbs, and medical Qigong therapy. In some cases, a practitioner of Chinese medicine will design a specific formulation for an individual patient, which might be changed frequently over a course of treatment. In other cases, one or more formulas already prepared for ingestion without modification are selected for use. The outcome is monitored, and the determination of whether to continue the current formula, change to another, or discontinue use is made on the basis of actual versus desired outcomes and the obvious or subtle effects of using the herbs. medicine, research institutes, and teaching hospitals, where thousands of practitioners each year gain training in the use of herbs. The written heritage of Chinese medicine is quite rich. Ancient books are retained, with increasing numbers of commentaries. New books are written by practitioners...
All of the principles of Taoism that we examined in the last chapter, as well as some that we did not, apply to both TCM and T'ai Chi. Based on the yin-yang principle, TCM seeks to balance the body. Take, for example, a fever. Often, the methods of TCM will induce yet a higher fever, albeit temporarily, in order to lead it into a balanced state. This is explained by the principle of lead an unbalanced condition into yet a more unbalanced state, and it will seek to gain equilibrium. In other words, start with a fever, make it even more feverish, and it will, by its own nature, want to return to a normal, healthy state. T'ai Chi seeks to portray and practice the same principle. When you are performing Set the Waves Rolling in the 18-Movement Qigong Form, you are trying to determine how far forward you can push before you lose your balance. In experimenting with this movement, you Another way to illustrate the bond between TCM and T'ai Chi is to look at the five Elements of Chinese...
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), or Oriental Medicine as it is sometimes called, evolved in China over a 5000-year period of consistent use, making it the oldest system of medicine still in use today. It also forms the traditional medicine of countries such as Korea and Japan and is widely practiced throughout the Western world in America, the United Kingdom, and parts of Europe and Australia. TCM incorporates acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, dietary therapy, and exercise systems such as T'ai Chi and Qigong to prevent and treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. We've already explored T'ai Chi and Qigong in the earlier chapters of this book, and in the third section of this chapter we'll explore each of the segments of TCM in more detail. The underlying principle of TCM is that all living plants and animals contain a life force or energy that circulates continuously through them until they die. In humans, our life force (called Qi) circulates throughout channels or...
Chinese medicine is completely different from that of the West. As a system it has its own integrity and internal coherence. Its parts are so interrelated and dependent upon each other that there is almost no point in trying to find correspondences or parallels between the Western and Chinese systems. Techniques lifted from Chinese medicine often do not work well outside the context of their own system and culture. This Ls not to say that the techniques are ineffective but that Chinese medicine works best I believe that this stems from the ways in which the two traditions developed. Traditional Chinese medicine developed from the careful study of the body by extremely perceptive and sensitive monks and doctors who listened to the flow of energy and fluids in their own bodies, and observed how imbalances manifested themselves. Ch er a long period of time this diligent study developed into a corpus of knowledge which, around 100 B.C.F , was gathered together into The Western tradition,...
This is a typical scenario for a person visiting a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner for the first time. Many Western people try acupuncture, for instance, as a last resort after they've been virtually everywhere else. Sometimes their conventional doctor will even suggest it, saying, Well, at the very least it'll do nothing at all. Or a friend may talk you into it because he or someone he knows had acupuncture and it worked. Desperate for a solution, you find yourself in the waiting room of an acupuncture clinic, contemplating or even fearing what's about to happen. Although certainly not a cure-all, acupuncture has been used in the Orient for centuries to treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. So, what happens from the time you sit down at your initial TCM consultation to when your first treatment is over As with your first visit to any healthcare practitioner, the TCM practitioner starts by inquiring about your current complaint. How long have you had it...
Diplomatic ties were extended to the mainland government about the same time that researchers such as Dr. David Bressler at the University of California at Los Angeles supervised the operation of a pain-control clinic. There he researched the efficacy of acupuncture and postulated explanations of qi. Other milestones in exploring the validity of acupuncture, qi, and traditional Chinese medicine since Bressler's work include the work of Robert Becker, who was able to chart the field surrounding an acupuncture point and brought respectability to the investigation of traditional Chinese medicine and qi. Dr. Becker reported his findings More recently a Harvard professor of medicine, Dr. David Eisenberg, published Encounters with Qi Exploring Chinese Medicine in 19 8 5.36 A PBS television special followed.37
Although at present there are therapeutic treatment methods being used, a cure is by no means guaranteed. In recent years, this disease has been treated with an integration of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine. When Qigong is introduced as an accessory, the therapeutic effect is often enhanced. In some cases, the symptoms are relieved, and the development of the disease is controlled so that the survival time is prolonged. In other cases, the patients are cured. This shows the heartening trend of treating cancer with Qigong. Qigong therapy does not kill normal cells, as does chemotherapy and radiotherapy which are used to kill the cancer cells, and enhance the autoimmune system, it can also help patients to regulate themselves and create an optimum external and internal environment for recovery from the disease.
Xu had suffered from virus pneumonia and occasionally allergic rhinitis, accompanied with weakness, anorexia, headache, coughing and palpitation, and did not recover after treatment with Western and traditional Chinese medicine. Then he turned to Qigong treatment, practising the Relaxed and Quiescent Recumbent Exercise. Half a month later, the sharp pain in his chest disappeared, his appetite increased and his general health got better. A month later, his condition improved
Master Lam Kam Chuen has continued to work closely with Professor Yu. It is a professional collaboration that spans the Western medical system - in which Professor Yu trained as dental surgeon -and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which Master Lam practices. Their extensive yet distinct medical experience is unified by their common practice of Chi Kung.
The basis of T'ai Chi and Qigong, in addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is the Taoist philosophy. By gaining an understanding, however rudimentary, of the principles of Taoist thought, we can better appreciate why we do what we do when we practice our T'ai Chi. You could practice Wave Hands Like Clouds for your entire life without studying Taoism, true but how much better it becomes when you know why the imagery of clouds is used in this exercise, why we use both hands at the same time, and why each exercise has a little psychological significance involved.
Effects Five Weaknesses in Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to illnesses of the five yin organs heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. The Seven Injuries refers to injuries caused by emotions happiness, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, and desire. According to TCM, you can become ill when your internal organs are weak, and emotional disturbance upsets them. For example, excessive sorrow can cause the Qi in your heart to stagnate, which will affect the functioning of the organ. But your organs are not the only things affected Strong emotions also cause Qi to accumulate in your head. When you turn your head from side to side, you loosen up the muscles, blood vessels, and Qi channels in your neck, and allow the Qi in your head to smooth out. In addition, there is a physical release of tension and stress that is carried there.
There are a number of practical steps you can take in everyday life to help keep your energy system balanced and healthy. It is important to prevent disease, not merely to wait until you have an ailment and then try to cure it. The traditional approach of Chinese medicine was to pay the doctor to keep you healthy and if you became ill the payments would cease until you were well again The fundamental reason for doing the exercises in this book is to strengthen your internal power, immunity, and stamina so that you live a life of health as long as possible.
In Chinese, the number twelve is Shier + H. It is a symbol for the universal clock, Shier Chen HUM, representing time and space. In Chinese cosmology, we certainly recognize the number twelve as contained in the twelve ChenJg (1 Chen equals 2 hours) in the day or the twelve months of the year. In Chinese medicine, the number twelve corresponds to the twelve meridian systems in the human body, or microcosm, which in turn correspond to the twelve months in the year and the twelve spiritual animals related to the zodiac. Twelve represents the energetic changes our bodies experience in a twelve-Chen day and in the twelve months of the year.
The result a huge split between deity-worshipping religion and matter-manipulating science. I believe that the Daoist cosmology-as-process offers a true middle way to cultivate both spirit, body, and free will. It does not deny the body or the spirit, but integrates them into a functional continuum. Daoist energy science could become the foundation for an emerging global sacred science, just as its stepchild, Chinese medicine, is one of the most powerful forces in alternative medicine.
But, I also learned a lot about traditional Chinese medicine during those years. I learned more about how to use herbal medicine and acupuncture. This was the only kind of medical care the peasant farmers had. It served them well. That and my Qigong and the poisonous snakes I sold for food are what kept me alive.
The principle of treatment in TCM is different from the method of treatment. It refers to the principle with universal instructive significance laid down for clinical cases in line with the basic TCM theory and the philosophy of Yiyi (Application of the Book oi Changes to Medicine) and Qigong. Any one of Treatment must aim at the cause of the disease . This is one of the most fundamental principles of TCM in terms of differential diagnosis and treatment. Searching for the primary cause means to understand the nature of the disease and treatment is aimed at the most important etiological and pathological aspects of the diseases.In clinical treatment with outgoing qi, the phrase means outgoing qi treatment with certain qi guiding methods, hand gestures and manipulations aimed at the most important aspect determined by overall and comprehensive analysis of all the data of the disease, which are sorted out from complex clinical symptoms and signs with the four diagnostic methods . the...
In outgoing-qi therapy, the diagnosis is confirmed based on the comprehensive analysis of the data gained with the four TCM diagnostic methods (inspection, auscultation, interrogation and palpation) and the eight principles (yin and yang, exterior and interior, cold and heat and deficiency and excess) and based on the detection of diseases by outgoing-qi which usually reveals the intensity, density and circulating direction of the healthy qi as well as the intensity and nature of the pathogenic qi. Then curative measures can be taken in terms of determination of the channels and points to emit qi toward, the qi guiding methods, hand gestures and manipulations and treatment procedures.
Wang used acupuncture to cure the emperor Ren Tzong. With the support of the emperor, acupuncture flourished. In order to encourage acupuncture medical research, the emperor built a temple to Bian Chiueh, who wrote the Nan Ching, and worshiped him as the ancestor of acupuncture. Acupuncture technology developed so much that even the Gin race in the North requested the brass man and other acupuncture technology as a condition for peace. Between 1102 to 1106 A.D. Dr. Wang dissected the bodies of prisoners and added more information to the Nan Ching. His work contributed greatly to the advancement of Chi Kung and Chinese medicine by giving a clear and systematic idea of the circulation of Chi in the human body.
Finally, I was prescribed a very scary, highly addictive drug. I took the maximum dosage I could take without any relief. When this did not succeed, I had my last appointment with my neurologist where she informed me that I had received all the help that could be offered in the field of traditional western medicine. She could continue looking for a drug that would mask my pain, but the cause of my headaches was unknown. I was unhelpa-ble. Fortunately, I became angry about this diagnosis of futility. I knew I was not going to live such an unbearable life of pain. I had already decided exactly what I would do if I ran out of hope, but until then, I would pursue every avenue of possibility out there. Since traditional western medicine could not help me, I would find help elsewhere. I began my journey into the field of alternative health. I was already open to Chinese healing because I had also seen a Chinese herbalist who told me that my history of ailments in my life were easily...
The canons of traditional Chinese medicine teach that life and health are a result of the harmonious flow of ample Qi throughout the body. When Qigong movements are said to cultivate Qi, it is this internal Qi that Dr. Joan Barice, a medical doctor with degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities, points out that Chinese medicine's concept of inseparability of mind and body is compatible with our modern scientific research findings. She explained, We know, for instance, that movement and acupuncture stimulate the production of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters with morphine-like activity that give us a feeling of well being and relieve pain. We know that receptor cells are in a constant state of transformation from energy to particle and back again. Western science can identify the receptors and transmitters, but cannot identify or quantify the system interfacing with the one that transforms energy into patterned information. From the Chinese perspective, this...
Qigong is the grandfather of Chinese medicine, Tai-chi, acupuncture, Shiatsu, and Reiki. The Qigong exercises look similar to the meditative movements of Tai-chi. Many try to cloak Qigong in mystery. A Master often teaches just a little at a time, giving the student, the grasshopper, only what the Master feels he should learn.
Treating with TCM In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), infant eczema may be caused by the parents. If the father suffers from excess heat energy in his body, it can pass to the foetus, the foetus is inside the mother from conception. The mother's body constitution affects the foetus during the pregnancy. The foetus can be affected if the mother eats too much hot, spicy food, takes too much alcohol, chocolate, lamb etc. or if the mother is under a lot of stress. These factors can all be causes of baby eczema. When a baby is born with eczema, he she is usually treated by conventional medicine, mainly with steroid cream. This, however, does not treat the root of the problem and can often thin the skin. Cool property herbs are used to treat eczema in TCM. They are used as a drink to clean the blood and to moisten the skin. There are no side effects but usually taste bitter, so how can we get the baby to drink it
A good Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor will look at the appearance and mannerisms of a person and then make a diagnosis of their problem. This is called observation and is one of four methods of diagnosis in TCM. The others are smelling (each organ has its own smell in both health and sickness), asking and testing the pulse. However, even as you walk into the room, a good doctor will already be able to see your problem. In this way, TCM is similar to Chinese palm and face telling. A face and palm reader will not just look at your face and palm. They will also look at your attitude to prove their predictions correct. For instance, a person may have a lucky face, but if their posture is crooked and their breathing poor, then it means their luck will not last. So you have to consider the whole attitude of a person. I remember my father saying to me, 'Head dropped and no eye spirit, then even if there is money on the street, you will miss it.' This means if someone's energy is...
Some people see qi as a kind of magic power. They think that this is some specific kind of energy or subtle, ethereal matter with unusual properties, and if they will be able to master controlling it (thanks to learning qigong), many miraculous abilities and skills will become available for them. This is quite naive view. Actually the concept of qi is not very precise, and it has very wide range of use, like modern concept of energy. We should not see it too simply. As we can discuss various kinds of energy, the classical Chinese theories say about various kinds of qi. The concept of qi is used not only by doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, qigong masters and martial arts experts, but it is also used in traditional arts theory and actually in any branch of classical Chinese science and culture. Of course it has a bit different meaning in each of those contexts. For example there is the concept of qi developed in the context of traditional Chinese medicine. This is a whole...
According to the present results of our research, we believe that Zhan zhuang can and will contribute for the further progress of many scientific disciplines such as medicine, sport physiology, systems biology dynamics, biological chemistry, etc. but all possible domains where Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Conventional Medicine can combine their advantages to provide better method of health care for the mankind.
Dim Mak uses the theoretical principles of traditional Chinese medicine to calculate and explain the outcome and severity of injury. Time of death is also calculated with this method. Cause of death is also explained with this ancient medical theory. 10. Ways to improve health are also taught. Dim Mak pressure points are closely related to traditional Chinese medicine. As you progress through your study you will be introduced to a number of these medical theories. They are important not only in their pressure point context but also for their health benefits. Martial arts are not about violence but self-development and maintaining peak physical and mental health. Pay
I do not know much about science, but I do know my culture Chinese culture, which has survived for thousands of years. The principles of Yin and Yang, the Wu Xing, Five Elements, and Bagua tell us the principles of the universe. I call it 'Chinese Science' and, like Chinese medicine, it is totally different from that of the West. We use herbs which come from the earth, which is where we all Every acupuncture point belongs to a channel. Each channel has its own function in relation to the internal organs, nourishing and strengthening them. The acupuncture points keep the channels smooth and ensure that they are working well, bringing in the energy from outside to the body and releasing negative energy out through the skin. In Chinese medicine we say, 'Pain means it is not smooth. Smooth means there is no pain.' This is to do with the channels and acupuncture points working in the body. If you experience pain it means there is a problem. If you don't clear it up, you may become ill.
About two thousand years ago, one of the great texts of Chinese medicine, the Nan Ching was written. This classical text describes the twelve ordinary channels as rivers and the eight extraordinary channels as reservoirs of Chi. When the ordinary channels become low in energy, they can draw from the reservoirs of energy in the extraordinary channels. On the other hand, if the ordinary channels become too full, the excess can be taken up by the extraordinary channels. In this way the extraordinary channels help us to maintain a balance in our energy body. In the first chapter of the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine (Huang Di Nei Ching Su Wen), another of the classical texts of Chinese medicine, the life changes of women and men are described in 7 and 8 year cycles respectively. The Functional Channel and the Thrusting Channel govern these cycles.
3) Take sunbath, waterbath and airbath as the auxiliary means to the Qigong treatment. Properly coordinate with oral medicine, Chinese herbal medicine for external application, magnetoelectric treatment, and so on. The patient should stop smoking and drinking, have a balanced diet, eat food which is rich in calcium, copper and iron and foods rich in melanin, such as black soya beans and black
We should note at the outset that smiling is energetically very different from laughing. Laughter is the best medicine the saying goes, and laughing certainly releases tension and is good for the body in a number of different ways. According to Chinese medicine, if someone laughs too frequently or too loudly they may have excess heart chi and are unconsciously trying to release it. Laughter is more of belly centered emotional release than smiling.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic system for promoting health through the use of several therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, acupressure massage, and Medical Qigong. These therapies are often used in various combinations. The central theory of TCM is to balance the Qi (the vital energy in the body) according to several theories such as Yin-Yang, Five Element, and Six Stages. These theories are used in TCM in general as well as in Medical Qigong in particular. Qigong exercises affect the actions of the five Elements in the body through Qi flow. Thus, a person who is diagnosed as being Water deficient may have exercises prescribed to improve that Element, thus aiding kidney function. An expert in Medical Qigong is often also a Chinese medicine practitioner, as the ability to diagnose the five Element signs is vital to both fields. A more detailed account of Traditional Chinese Medicine can be found in Chap-ter12.
Historical records from before the Han dynasty (4W ) are very fragmented and much of the history of the period is conjecture. Traditionally, the history of Qi theory begins with the birth of Chinese medicine in the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huang Di (2697-2597 B.C., * * ). The book that is the theoretical foundation for Chinese medicine to the present day, the Nei Jing Su Wen, (Classic on Internal Medicine, TfrW), is attributed to Huang Di, but modern scholars now believe it to be a work of the Han dynasty.
About eight years ago walking through the streets of London I came across a board advertising a Qigong demonstration by Sifu Michael Tse. The demonstration totally captivated me and knew I had to learn Qigong. This for me was the missing link in my training. Having studied martial arts as a youth, and later training in Chinese medicine, and running my own clinic for overfifteen years Qigong forme brought everything together, it transformed me in many ways, I cannot speak highly enough what it has brought to my life.
My husband and I both try to be very proactive about our health. We exercise and take nutritional supplements. Initially, my pro-active approach to health stemmed from my having some problems with western medicine. I am terribly allergic to antibiotics and most prescription drugs. Taking medication often prolonged my recovery. Some years ago, I had what was referred to as a simple operation to remove veins in my legs. I was supposed to be in-and-out of day surgery in a couple of hours. But, I went from the operating room to the coronary unit. My do that because of my past experience with western medicine and drugs. I didn't want to risk making the incident worse. After all, it was such a little spider. I thought it would turn out like a bee sting and be okay in a day or two. Master Lin advised me that I might have to incorporate western medicine along with the Qigong because the poison had spread and the brown spider is extremely poisonous. I said no. I'm confidant Qigong will work...
The meridians and collaterals and strengthen the immunological and disease-resisting abilities of the body. It can also regulate qi and blood, balance yin and yang, enhance the body resistance to eliminate the pathogenetic factors, mobilize the potential energy of the body to achieve the goal of fighting against diseases and prolonging life. However manipulation and a correct selection of points according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine is essential. Several therapeutic methods of point massage According to the TCM theory, therapeutic methods include both the principles of the treatment and the specific method of the treatment. The principles of point massage are reinforcing the deficiency and reducing excess, strengthening the body's resistance to eliminate pathogenic factors and regulating ying and wei. Following are some basic methods
Master Chia When I first came to the U.S. I practiced acupuncture. In time I discovered that many of my patients had been referred to me by a doctor who was interested in Chi Kung. Whenever he had problem patients who didn't respond to conventional western medicine, he sent them to me. Many of them responded quite well to what I had to offer. Now I've been in this country for about four years and it was at least two years before I met the good doctor. He was excited about the way many of his referrals had responded. He asked to interview my students, half of which were his patients. I agreed and in time he published a book called Reports of the National Clearinghouse for Meditation, Relaxation and Related Therapies , his aim being, to interest the American Medical Community in what he called, Investigative Reports regarding meditation in relation to physical and mental health. (This report can be obtained by writing to National Clearinghouse for Meditation, Relaxation and Related...
For these reasons, many Chi Kung practices start out with movements that stretch the trunk muscles. For example, in the Standing Eight Pieces of Brocade, the first piece stretches the trunk to loosen up the chest, stomach, and lower abdomen (which are the triple burners in Chinese medicine). In fact, this exercise is adapted from the Standing Eight Pieces of Brocade exercises.
Qigong is a study of the energy ot the whole universe, which includes physics, chemistry, psychology, biology, astrology, electricity, and medicine. We focus on medical Qigong, the cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine. Qigong has been practiced in China for over five thousand years and has been shown effective in the prevention and cure of many diseases. Today tens of millions of people in China practice Qigong because of its great power of healing. Yet unlike acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, or tai chi, Qigong remains a mystery to most Americans. This ancient discipline combines mental concentration, breathing technique, and body movements to activate and cultivate our vital energy as it flows through the invisible channels of the body. Western medicine is a good medicine. It has helped hundreds of millions of people with their sufferings, hut it has its weak points
Mikhail Kuzmich Gaikin, a Leningrad scientist, confirmed the existence of bioplasmic channels and centers that correspond to the meridians and the acupuncture points described in the ancient Chinese medicine (Chap. 18, pp. 226-229). With the aid of the tobiscope, he accurately pinpointed the location of the acupuncture points. Later, a young physicist, Victor Adamenko, invented an improved version of the tobiscope and called it the CCAP Conductivity of the Channels of Acupuncture Points which not only locates acupuncture points but also numerically graphs reactions and changes in the bioplasmic body (Chap. 18, p. 232).
When I examine patients, using my fingers as a qi sensor, I can sense when their cervical vertebrae are abnormally curved. But curvature of this sort can be treated with the qigong method, by releasing external qi. With this treatment, these various complaints begin to disappear. From a qigong point of view, it means that the blockage of qi at the Du Channel has been removed. In the language of Western medicine, the sympathetic trunk (stellate ganglion), which works as a relay station for the autonomic nerves of the cervix, has been normalized.
Shuji Inomata, M.D., chief researcher of the Electric Technical Research Institute and president of the Japan Consciousness Engineering Organization, reports on qi from the viewpoint of New Age Science. He maintains that qi spirals clockwise. His basic proposition is Consciousness mind and mass matter do not reciprocate directly. But when consciousness controls the current of physical time, positive and negative Shadow Energy flow in. There are two kinds of Shadow Energy yin and yang. These are called qi, or prana, in Oriental philosophy. We have recently begun to consider possible practical uses of such energy. This suggests that the Oriental world view of the unity of consciousness and body is being put to practical use, despite the viewpoint taken by much of Western medicine that maintains that mind and body function independently. As the Heart Sutra notes, Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness is no other than form (for more on the Heart Sutra, see also page 145).
Move the power and the qi from the upper to the middle warmer* while walking the Circle (lower hands, palms down, as you continue to walk the circle). Energy awareness represents the point where traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbology) meets Taoist yoga and the internal martial arts. According to traditional medicine, it is essential that the energy of the three warmers (sanjiao) be balanced. Out of balance warmer activity is viewed as the root of many diseases.
Please shift down from your face, and start tuning into your heart. I don't mean the physical heart. In Chinese medicine they sometimes say we have five hearts. Each one of the body spirits, these inner vital organ intelligences - sometimes called internal gods because they are so powerful - if you get all five of these smiling, you begin to touch the inner heart, the Original Spirit. It is what is smiling through each one of five vital organ gods.
Harmonising yin and yang of stomach and spleen This exercise works upon the stomach and spleen, which are linked in Chinese medicine. Lift the palms as before with the fingers almost touching and the palms in close to the chest as you breathe in. Now push one palm up over your head, palm up, and one down to your side, palm down. Hold this position for about 5 seconds while holding the breath and then breathe out as the upper palm comes down to the same level as the other. Repeat this on both sides.
In healing, the qi of the bright full moon is equivalent to Xi (Chinese saline land) in Chinese medicine, which can be used for calming overexcitement or lowering a high fever. On the other hand, the golden morning sunlight is Bu (Chinese repair), and is generally used for treating various malfunctions. The qi of the morning sun is extremely effective in improving health, and not only as a training for external qi.
In Chinese medicine, Fang stands for formula as well. Making a formula is Zufang ft , which originally meant to organize different directions of the universal Q or different location or time energies in the formula through the herbs to heal the body. It hints that the ancient Wu understood through their bodies (the center) that different herbal formulas had different Universal Q associated with different directions and different place and time periods. A Wu doctor prepared a formula to reorganize the patient's body (microcosm).
Zhou Qianchuan, the eminent qigong master and scholar of traditional Chinese medicine, says in his Diet Therapy and Deviation-rescue Techniques in qigong, Definitely speaking, all the well-known masters and seniors of acupuncture, bone-setting and massage of various generations have consummate attainments in qigong, or at least know qigong . He repeatedly explains the relationship between qigong and traditional Chinese medicine, especially the close link between qigong and massage, bone-setting and acupuncture. These wise remarks are conclusions made on the basis of his rich experience and No doubt, outgoing-qi therapy, massotherapy and acupuncture treatment are all important means of prevention and treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.
All this radiation, carbon monoxide and other 'artificial elements' around us damages our bodies. But this is the air or energy that we inhale into our lungs and which is stored in our kidneys. In Chinese medicine we say that the lungs inhale the energy, while the kidneys store the energy. Those elements from the air we breathe which enter our bloodstream stay in our liver, because the liver stores blood and helps to transfer it, with its nutritional contents, to the other organs and the brain as well. So the bad air we breathe damages the entire body, not just one part. This is a different concept from that of Western medicine. In Chinese medicine the whole body is interconnected and everything must be balanced.
Often in the west, a martial an only seems to offer half of the equation. A so called hard or external manial art in the west does not seem to offer health benefits. They will exercise your cardiovascular system and muscles but there is a lot more to do with health than that. After all according to TCM there are five major internal organs which all need to be kept in a state of balance. Pumping up the heart and the lungs will only cause problems with the other organs.
Within the last 20 years there have been many studies made by medical professionals with the assistance of T'ai Chi instructors in the use of T'ai Chi movement principles in restoring nominal levels of health. In addition to the physical therapy provided by the movements themselves, a large part of the healing ability of T'ai Chi lies in the internal aspects of the art the visualizations, imagery, and energy flow considerations. These internal aspects help bring forth a holistic, mind body healing modality that can be used effectively in conjunction with Western medicine or, in some cases, by itself. There is a tremendous wave of interest in this aspect of Qigong in the Western world and a number of very respectable research organizations are currently expending substantial budgets on Qigong-related projects. There is a tremendous amount of research attempting to explain this phenomenon. The American Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Zheng Rong, and Stanford physicist...
In this chapter I would like to consider the cause of disease and the role of qigong in medical treatment. Through my study of Huang-Di Nei-Jing Su-Wen ( The Yellow Emperor's classic of internal medicine referred to as Su-Wen from this point), I learned that classical Chinese medicine explains the cause of disease in this way disease is generated when external conditions (a trigger) and internal conditions (a promoting state) coincide. According to Su-Wen, there are six external negative factors wind, cold, dryness, humidity, heat, and fire that act as triggers. Today, modern medicine would include in this list viruses and all manner of stress. Of course, these external conditions do not necessarily have the effect of making everyone ill. For instance, not everyone catches a cold when it is cold outside, and not everyone gets a stomachache from eating something rotten. But the homeostasis of an entire body is more likely to be compromised when adverse external conditions are present....
Qi as used in this formula refers to meridian qi. It is the qi of daily life, of organ qi and blood. It is manipulated through postures and breathing and is the domain of traditional Chinese medicine. Taoist yogis developed multifarious approaches concerning the regulation, development, storage, and manifestation of the qi flow. This knowledge became the basis of traditional Chinese medicine. This qi is nurtured by correct, balanced exercise and retained by quiet reflection. Practice of die art of not talking too much is important to safeguard meridian qi.
It should be noted that traditional Chinese medicine does not ascribe to the same views on anatomy, Organ or Heart Organ in Chinese medicine have functions and attributes of a different nature than these concepts please read the book The Web That Has No Weaver Understanding Chinese Medicine,
One of my patients, Sophie D., was suffering from breast cancer. She came to see me because she has more faith in Chinese medicine than in Western medicine also she had seen my Qigong demonstrations and attended some of my seminars. After five treatments her condition had improved considerably -not just because my Qi cured her, but because she followed my instructions and every day did the exercises I had given her. Then one of the lumps disappeared. I believe that one day she will totally recover just by keeping up with the exercises.
Many Qigong friends have told me that their minds always wander from the present at the beginning of their Qigong training. Some friends have given up their Qigong practice because they could not calm down during Qigong. Actually, an uneven feeling is a normal phenomenon of Qigong processing. It is not necessary to try to force yourself to calm down during your practice. The ancient shamans designed different Qigong techniques to help people become tranquil. The feelings of stillness, peacefulness, and tranquility are the results of Qigong practice. Holding the tranquility state is a way to awaken your Shen (spirit). For instance, in classical Chinese medicine, practitioners in a deep state of tranquility may feel or see how the meridian systems are working in their bodies or may be able to tell how an herb is connecting with the different organ systems.
The qi part (or ch'i) of Qigong means air or inner vital energy. Translated into western medical terms it means resistance to disease, adaptability to the external environment and the ability to overcome internal troubles and regain health. In Chinese medicine for thousands of years great importance has been placed upon exercises that strengthen the vital energy.
T'ai Chi cultivates health benefits beyond those studied by Western medicine. T'ai Chi conditions the sleeves between muscles and nerves (the films that separate and support the organs) known as the fascia. The acupuncture meridians (energy pathways) of Chinese medicine run through the fascia. By conditioning these boundary layers between tissues, T'ai Chi reduces chemical cross-linking, or cellular rust. Move it or lose it, the Taoists say. The turning of the trunk flexes the spine, producing some of the same benefits as twists in yoga (improved spinal flexibility, release of tension on the perispinal muscles, alleviating imbalances that can lead to back pain while improving blood flow to the discs). And similar to yoga, T'ai Chi conditions the psoas, that deep muscle of balance that underlies the lower abdominal organs and mediates the relationship of the spine to the pelvis and legs. Proper T'ai Chi practice places certain demands on the body The sinking of the weight, over time,...
In TCM theory, the liver is seen as creating and governing the blood, so if someone has poor circulation, this means their liver is weak. In Five Element theory, the liver is related to wood and in the creation cycle we know that water nourishes wood. We also know that The Five Element theory is actually very simple, but in the beginning it is difficult for many people as they do not understand the relationships of the elements. When you understand this theory well, you will understand everything in life. You will understand Chinese medicine, and you will understand why people act the way they do. Even each hour, day, month and year has its own element so you can understand why some days go smoothly (based on your element and the element of the day) and some go not so smoothly. When we understand this, then we can let go and accept this is nature and not be upset by so many small things.
Adjust your body's Yin and Yang, and how to coordinate your Chi with the Yin and Yang energy of heaven and earth. The study of Yin and Yang in the human body is the root of Chinese medicine and Chi Kung. Practitioners of Chinese medicine and Chi Kung believe that they must seek to understand the Yin and Yang of nature and the human body before they can adjust and regulate the body's energy balance into a more harmonious state. Only then can health be maintained and the causes of sickness be corrected. When we look at the Yin and Yang of Chi within and in regard to the human body, however, we must redefine our point of reference. For example, when a person is dead, his residual Human Chi (Goe Chi or ghost Chi) is weak compared to a living person's. Therefore, the ghost's Chi is Yin while the living person's is Yang. When discussing Chi within the body, in the Lung channel for example, the reference point is the normal, healthy status of the Chi there. If the Chi is stronger than it is...
Chinese wisdom holds that the hours of the day are divided into two separate times the energizing hours and the relaxing hours. This division has much to do with Traditional Chinese Medicine, which says that your Qi is more active in certain body areas at certain times than at others. Even the quality of the energy varies according to the time of day, so it might be important to take these facts into account in planning your T'ai Chi practice times.
The vision and theory which inspires Tan Tien Chi Kung lies at the very root of Chinese medicine, in which health is seen as the natural outcome of self-reliance the assumption of responsibility for one's own life, attitudes and conduct. In Taoist tradition and in Chinese medicine, the physical body and its activities are viewed as Yang while the energy body or Chi body is considered Yin, and the spiritual body is the unity and marriage of the two. This also explains the unique emphasis in Chi Kung on Chi and the subtle inner structure of the energetic process in human development.
Chinese Medicine is the traditional medical science in our country. It is inseparable from the supernormal abilities developed through cultivation of the human body. Ancient people paid special attention to cultivation of the human body. The Confucian School, the Dao School, the Buddha School and even the students of Confucianism have all attached importance to meditation. Sitting in meditation used to be considered a skill. Even though they didn't perform exercises, over the course of time they still developed their gong and supernormal abilities. Why was Chinese acupuncture able to detect the human body's meridians so clearly Why aren't the acupuncture points connected horizontally Why aren't they crossed, and why are they connected vertically Why were they able to be mapped out with such accuracy Modern people with supernormal abilities can see with their own eyes the same things that those Chinese doctors portrayed. This is because the famous ancient Chinese doctors generally had...
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a doctor will try to find out what has caused the blockage in the joints, creating stiffness or pain. Joint pain is related to circulation and the correct function of the liver. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that every illness can be treated and that there is no incurable disease. It is the same for Qigong. If both Yin and Yang are balanced in the body, then we will have harmony and health. By contrast, the Western concept of medicine is concerned only with how to cure an illness or treat the symptoms of pain. However, in so many cases, it is the medicine or the treatment that will kill the patient, not the disease. My own father was given so many different kinds of medication and treatments for his heart problem that, in the end, they made his condition worse and caused his kidneys to fail. Chinese medicine knows that for the heart to be healthy, then the kidneys need to be healthy and so they will try to make the kidneys stronger to help the...
Qigong and Western medicine are not meant to be contradictory or mutually exclusive. When the power of qi rises in your body, medicines are able to work better, operations can proceed more smoothly, and recovery time can be shortened. I refer to this inclusive, catholic attitude as mandala thinking. To my mind, every existence has its special significance.
This is a very alchemical process that is totally missed by western medicine and psychology. But it is one of the keys to balancing the yin (blood) and yang (chi) systems of the body. Blood becomes chi flowing into the meridians through the spinal pathway, chi becomes blood by the reverse process. We will go deeper into this mystery with the microcosmic orbit.
To reinforce the deficiency and reduce the excess is a radical' curative measure used in every field of TCM. In outgoing qi therapy, satisfactory effect can be anticipated only when the doctor adheres to the principle of treating asthenia-syndrome with tonification, sthenia-syndrome with purgation and non asthenia-non sthenia syndrome with regulation along the channels . Introduced here are the major methods of tonification and purgation adopted in outgoing-qi therapy. Zhen Jiu Da Cheng(A Complete Works in Acupuncture and Moxibustion) states, The classics say that puncturing along the direction of the channels yields tonifying effect,while going against it induces purgation . This is also a principle of outgo-ing-qi therapy, i.e., emitting and guiding qi along the course of the Fourteen Channels means tonifying, and against them, reducing. In TCM, the Three Yang Channels of Hand run from the hands to the head, the Three Yin Channels of Hand from the chest to the hands, the Three Yang...
The quest to compound the mysterious elixir within their bodies became the impetus that led to unique and varied methods used by Taoist yogis in the search for immortality. Among the nei tan adepts who sought the answer to their quest within the microcosm of their own body, the ching-ch 'i-shen model was a fundamental means with which to understand yogic practice. This model, the classical Taoist internal alchemy formula, defines internal energy as a spectrum with three densities, ranging from coarse to insubstantial. This internal energy spectrum is basic to traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist yogas, and internal martial arts. It holds that pure essence, ching, transmutes to the working energy in the body, qi, and further to auric or spiritual qi, shen.
Qigong cultivates intrinsic energy (genuine Qi) which is found naturally within all people. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) holds that genuine Qi is a dynamic force, which powers all the vital functions in the human body. who is already sick, it is desirable to pick a Qigong exercise optimal to aid in the treatment of the specific disease. For example, people having palpitations and shortness of breath due to insufficiency of the heart Qi may practice Heart Regulation Exercise (Lixin Gong) to achieve rapid therapeutic effects. In TCM, the selection and practice of Qigong according to the constitution of individuals and the nature of their illnesses is called Differential Diagnosis and Treatment.
Chi Kung, the study of the energy in the universe, is one of the greatest cultural achievements which China has contributed to the human race. It was through the study of Chi that the balance between the Yin and Yang forces in the universe was understood. This understanding led to the formulation of the Tao (the natural way, prgnounced Dow ), which became one of the guiding principles of Chinese philosophy. Naturally, this Tao has been used to explain not only nature, but also mankind. The Chinese have hoped that the study of the Tao could show the way to improve one's health or even to extend one's life. This led to the development of Chinese medicine. The circulation of Chi in the body was studied, which became the field of human Chi Kung. According to Chinese medical theory, the Chi or energy body is considered Yin, while the physical body is considered Yang. Chi cannot be seen, but it can be felt. The Yin aspect of your body is related to your thinking, soul, and spirit, while the...
Mr.Chen, 55 years old, had suffered from dizzy, headaches, and insomnia for many years, and had suffered from short breath, palpitation, failing memory and had a low work efficiency for more than ten years. He was diagnosed as having neurasthenia and treated with a combination of Western and tradtional Chinese medicine, but there was no obvious and stable effect. Then he turned to Qigong treatment. After practising for two weeks, the insomnia and headaches were relieved. Two months later, the above symptoms disappeared and he gained weight, experienced an increase in appetite, and his mental and physical condition and memory were also improved. Now he can perform his normal responsibilities well.
When the energy is moved into the heart region, the hands and posture become relaxed. Never use tension with any exercise that directly applies to the heart. In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is considered the Emperor organ and is rarely directly treated. The ideal way to perform this exercise is with the feeling that the back and chest cavity is stretching and relaxing tension around the heart. To do otherwise creates pressure in the upper chest cavity, which does not allow ideal expansion or contraction of the cardiac muscle.
Angiitis is termed Tuoju (gangrene of toe) in traditional Chinese medicine. It is often caused by accumulation of virulent fire-evil and stagnation of qi and blood in the channels and blood vessels, which may result from invasion of cold dampness preventing the vital energy from going downward, over-intake of fatty and pungent food leading to internal generation of purulent fire, or from deficiency of the kidney-yin that fails to suppress the evil fire.
Corn Silk called Yu Mi Xu in Chinese translates as Jade Rice Whiskers. It is used in both Chinese medicine and Western herbal medicine alike for ailments relating to bladder heat and infection. It has even been used in combination with Japanese Fern (Jin Sha Teng, also called Hai Jin Sha) to reduce and help dissolve kidney stones. It can sometimes be difficult to find Yu Mi Xu so I usually make my own by collecting and drying the corn silk from corn when in season. When it is fully dried, it can be stored in a glass jar and used when needed.
Fuxi, the original ancestor of the human being according to a Chinese creation myth, holds the Gong as shown in an ancient scroll. In the Huangdi Neijing (Classic of Medicine), Gong X means doctor. Ancient Chinese medicine doctors were no different from the Wu. They had the ability to help
Present-day China is witnessing an upsurge of interest in qi gong. According to one account reported in the Los Angeles Times it is estimated that sixty million people now practice the art form compared to a few hundred thousand a decade ago. In the report, qi gong is defined as a blend of Chinese medicine, Buddhist and Taoist philosophy, magicians' tricks and traditional exercises that is quickly expanding to fill a deep spiritual void in Chinese life. 61 The problem is the same in China as everywhere qi gong is demonstrated. How can one make sense of such mixed claims where serious practitioners of traditional medicine use the identical term as the kung fu show artists, magicians, and practitioners of yogic meditation The skills demonstrated by these various professions, although often sharing common themes, are not the same. A brief discussion of the variant models of qi and qi gong is useful.
Liu, 38 years old, had suffered from abdominal pain for 4 years, getting no relief from Western medicine. She was hospitalized twice. The iodized oil roentgenograph of the gallbladder showed the image of stones of various sizes, as big as a fist altogether. Because she was afraid of operation, she turned to Qigong treatment. She practised the Longevity, Heaven and Earth, Sail-pulling and Crane-flying exercises every morning, keeping a proper diet at the same time. The symptoms disappeared after six months, and she had recovered completely one year later, with no stone images being found in the X-ray examination. She has persisted in practising the exercises for eight years and has not had a relapse since.
In old times, people could come to the temple to study Daoism but of course they had to have permission from the Chief monk. Back then the temple was like a school. People could go there to study Daoist skills such as Dao De Jing, Yijing, Chinese Astrology, Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts, Qigong, Catching Spirits, Male and Female Qi Cultivation etc. Everyone who worked in the Palace was sent home and so Wu Baolin's grandfather was returned to his family in Beijing. When he saw how ill little Wu Baolin was, he tried to cure him and used so many different herbs on him, but none of them worked. The western doctors in the hospital also began to give up. Suddenly Wu Xi Zhi remembered that when he was in the Forbidden City he had heard other Chinese doctors talking about a famous Daoist monk who was the Chief of the White Cloud Temple. He used Daoist Qigong and had healed many people, even those that Chinese medicine could not help.
In Chinese medicine, the five element theory* is important to diagnosis and therapy but it is always secondary to yin yang diagnosis. If we look at ageing in these terms we see that, as a person gets older, their Qigong is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As s it has been used very successfully in China for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions. m Michael Tse offers private consultations at his. clinics in both London (Harley Street) and Manchester (St. John Street), T a Xing Quan (Great Success Fist) was created by the famous master Wong Xian Chai. During his later life he combined martial arts, Chinese Medicine, Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist methods to develop a method of internal training that concentrated on the use of 'Standing Postures'. Western medicine cannot offer much help as it relies on chemical reactions (from the use of medicines), which sometimes make the condition worse. Massage is also of little help, all because the problem comes from the...
The first in a series of articles describing the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Shulang Tang the author appears for the first time in Qi Magazine. Qigong is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As such it has been used very successfully in China for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions. Michael Tse offers private consultations at his clinics in both London (Harley Street) and Manchester (St. John Street). What is the Chinese system of medicine and why do tue still need it in spite of the swift advance in conventional western medicine The Chinese system of medicine and western medicine were developed based on entirely different philosophies and under very different his torical conditi6ns. Unlike western medicine which describes physiological processes in great detail, the Chinese envisage the patient as a whole person, and describe how the life essence, Qi, blood and bodily fluids inhabit the human body. The Chinese system characterises...
People ate people, fathers sold their daughters and sons, husbands sold their wives and this continued until the Qing dynasty began. Chen Wang Ting had defeated over one thousand bandits with his martial art skill. His famous weapon was the Spring and Autumn Big Sword also known as the Guan Dao. Today people in Chen village still practise this weapon. When the whole of China was in chaos, Chen Wang Ting went back his home village in Wen county, Henan Province. There he began to compile his martial skill with his Daoist knowledge and Chinese Medicine theory.
Four years ago I wrote an article for Qi Magazine called 'Healthy Hair & Traditional Chinese Medicine'. It elicited a lot of response from readers, confirming that many people suffer from alopecia, falling hair or dry hair conditions. People of all ages are affected from as young as four years old. The classical TCM book 'Yellow Emperor' says 'The kidney determines the condition of bone ad marrow, and has its manifestation in the hair of the head'. Literally, the function of the kidney is reflected in the glossiness of the hair.
Acupuncture charts were added and a numbered list that corresponds to the charts are provided. The acupuncture points are also listed alphabetically for easy location. Mr. Yaron Seidman provided advice on points of Chinese medicine and the acupuncture charts. Mr. Shawn Christenson and Mr. Dragan Marjanovic of Mediashaker Inc. provided the graphic designs for this book.
Power' appeared still earlier, in which the discussions about Qigong have been regarded as its guiding principles up until today. The Bk of Changes' has a longer history still, both as an important document for traditional Chinese medicine and for Qigong. Thus Qigong has an origin that may be traced back at least three thousand yeans, despite its later close relatioas with Buddhism and Taoism. compelled to perform religious rites. Traditional Chinese medicine is said to have a historical association with shamanism. The two began to separate during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) as a result of scientific progress. Bian Que. a physician and Qigong master in the fifth century BC, refused to treat those who 'believed in shamanism but not in medicine . If he could despise 'dart ' practices in those ancient times, we should not feel obliged today to perform religious rites in practising Qigong today. Chinese Medicine For Qigong Students This article marks the first in a series of...
Obviously, Chinese medicine takes a somewhat different approach to diagnosis than Western medicine. Chinese doctors treat the body as a whole, analyzing the cause of the illness from the patient's appearance and behavior. Often what the Chinese physician considers important clues or causes are viewed by the Western doctor as symptomatic or irrelevant, and vice versa. There are three major forms of palpation (touching or feeling) in Chinese medicine This section serves only as a brief introduction to Chinese medical diagnosis. Interested readers should refer to books about Chinese medicine for more information.
After centuries of elitism where qigong secrets were closely guarded and passed down to select few, and brutal suppression of traditional Chinese medicine, taiji and qigong during the Cultural Revolution, qigong is being learned and taught everywhere throughout China today. Extensive scientific research is being conducted, and certain hospitals overflow with reports of cures attributed to qigong. Estimates are that 200 million people practice some form of qigong regularly, making qigong far and away the most popular approach to exercise in the world. Dan Tao Qigong derives its principles from the meridian system found in Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with the Theory of the Five Elements. By holding the body gently in various positions, one can enhance the flow of Qi and blood to the different areas of the body. Since the lungs have the protective function in TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, the martial-like postures suggest to the brain a fighting spirit of the lungs as a...
Laohu Gong (Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong) is from the Emei Zhengong (Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong) school. Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong combines the traditions of ancient shamanism, Confucianism, Daoism, classical Chinese medicine, and the martial arts. The elements of this style are rooted in the ancient world of Chinese shamanism, which is the source of all the classical Chinese traditions. In ancient China, shamans were respected as sages, and sages were shamans. The theoretical foundation of the Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong is rooted in Yijing science and the principles of classical Chinese medicine. Generally, we can classify this style as a type of Confucian Qigong since all of the forms contain the rational and moral meanings of the Confucian perspective. This style can also be categorized as belonging to the Fulu fff School because it holds to some rituals and methods that are similar to those in the Daoist Fulu tradition. The Chinese character Fu means symbol, omen, in alignment...
At the time there were two famous people in Beijing. They were both excellent representatives of the neijia (internal) martial arts. One of them was Grand Master Hu Yaozhen who came from Shanxi Province and was famous for his practice and combination of Taoism, martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine. He was known as Single Finger Conquering the World26 . The other famous person came from Chenjiagou of Henan Province. He was Grand Master Chen Fake (pronounced Chen Fa-Ke), 17th generation Grand Master of Chen Style Taiji. He was known as No Equal27 . There were many, colorful legends about the superb martial arts of Grand Master Hu Yaozhen and Grand Master Chen Fake.
Discussion Five weaknesses refers to illnesses of the five Yin organs heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. The seven injuries refers to injuries caused by the seven emotions happiness, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, and desire. According to Chinese medicine, you can become ill when your internal organs are weak, and emotional disturbance upsets them. For example, anger can cause the Qi in your liver to stagnate, which will affect the functioning of the organ. But your organs are not the only thing affected strong emotions also cause Qi to accumulate in your head. When
Since the human being is part of the universe, understanding the Five Element principle is a way to understand our bodies. With this principle, a Chinese medicine doctor may discern what sort of disease a patient may have. Further, the doctor will apply this principle to help the patient find a proper way to avoid disease or recover from an existing disease.
When I was a child in China, I was curious about the way that local Wu (Chinese shaman) gave treatments to patients. How could an acupuncture needle release the pain when the Wu put it in a suffering patient's body How could the Wu's chanting help patients recover from sickness I came to understand more about Chinese medicine when I grew up, of course, but I did get answers to my questions in childhood. Still, I had more questions such as What are meridians What is an acupuncture point Where did this knowledge come from How did it come to us Through years and years of Qigong practice, I got the answers to all of these questions. I understood that ancient Wu (Chinese Shamanism) is the root of Chinese culture, which includes Qigong and classical Chinese medicine. I felt that learning Wu could help me better understand Chinese medicine because Wu is more of a practical or experiential knowledge than learning through words alone. Words, however, may inspire and guide us to deepen our...
Headaches are subjective symptoms that can be found in many acute or chronic diseases. TCM holds that headaches can be caused by the following internal injury or exopathy (i.e. invasion, of exo-patho-genic wind-cold into the vertex and then into the brain via channels), adverse rising of accumulated stomach-heat, insufficiency of Qi and blood, improper preservation of the reservoir of marrow (referring to the brain), stagnation of phlegm-dampness, lucid Yang failing to rise, or excessive fire of the liver and gallbladder.
PROFESSOR YU YONG NIAN Most mornings in Beijing, you can find Professor Yu Yong Nian in his favourite park teaching Zhan Zhuang. He was born in February 1920 and after completing a training in contemporary Western medicine, and qualifying as a dentist in Japan, he returned to China in 1940. Four years later he started to practise Zhan Zhuang under the personal guidance of Master Wang Xiang Zhai (see p. 58).
Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung emphasizes balancing and strengthening the body so that it can heal itself. The meditations, internal exercises and martial arts of the Universal Tao are basic approaches to this end. Follow the instructions for each exercise carefully and do not neglect the foundations, i.e, the Microcosmic Orbit and any other supplemental exercises. Also pay special attention to the warnings and suggestions. People who have high blood pressure, heart disease or a generally weak condition should proceed cautiously, having prior consent from a qualified medical practitioner. People with venereal disease should not attempt any practices involving sexual energy until they are free of the condition.
I have had an interest in Chinese culture and philosophy for many years and I became interested in Qigong practice in the early 1990s. In my work as a physiotherapist I had been looking for ways to integrate western medicine with eastern health practices. Qigong seemed to be a very good method for relaxation and health improvement. I had the opportunity to attend one of Sifu's courses in Goteborg some seven years ago. His method of teaching was refreshingly natural and skilful at the same time and I understood at once that this was something for me. The first time that I saw Sifu demonstrating Wild Goose Qigong it brought tears to my eyes. At that time it seemed impossible to imagine myself going through those beautiful flowing movements but I was deeply inspired to try. That inspiration has continued and I hope to continue learning, practising and polishing for many years to come.
Qigong (or Chi Kung) is a general term that refers to various methods of Chinese exercise. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of qigong methods, but each is broadly based on the same philosophical and medical theories. These include the principles of yin and yang, Five Element theory, traditional Chinese medicine, Buddhism, Taoism and so on.
According to Chinese Medicine, what would be the likely cause of such mental and physical symptoms I have in a book on Chinese Medicine by Tim Williams that fear and insecurity is caused by deficiency in Jing which nourishes the kidney Qi which governs the Qi of the entire body which would explain the general weakness that I feel.
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