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Qigong Basics, getting the most from Qigong

Qigong Basics

Qigong Basics - Qigong for health being practiced at sunset.

Qigong (pronounced Chi-Kung) is an ancient Chinese art for the promotion of health and, when written in Chinese, the word Qigong is comprised of two characters: Qi (anima, vital energy) and Gong (work, cultivation)…………… Qigong literally means energy work, or energy cultivation.  Before this work can be carried out effectively, the Qigong basics must be understood.

There are four main divisions of Qigong, and two methods.

Firstly, let us deal with the divisions of Qigong

  • Spiritual
  • Medical
  • Martial
  • Athletic

The choice of which method that is used is dependent on the goal of the practitioner. However, there is some overlap between the each of the methods.

 

Secondly, the two methods

  • Active qigong – Where physical movement is used to help the practitioner to guide the Qi.
  • Passive Qigong – Where there is no physical movement and it is purely the Yi (cognitive mind) that is used to guide the Qi.

The division of Qigong that we are dealing with here is Medical Qigong. This is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and according to TCM, Qi is life energy and the health of the body is reliant upon smooth, harmonious, flow of Qi within the body and disease is the result of poor Qi circulation and through Qigong it is possible to balance the flow of Qi allowing the body to heal itself.

The Qi is the intrinsic energy, the life force that we share with the rest of the natural world. Qi also refers to energy in the largest sense, it is the stuff of the universe, it is both matter and energy and link that bonds them together. Qi transcends and is not bounded by time or space.

Qigong works by using specific postures and movements of the body whilst combining them with focus (using directed breath) and intention. Through the use of these exercises, the Qi can be cultivated and replenished.

As previously stated, in the precept of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that all diseases are a result of blockage in the meridians (energy channels), causing obstructions and sluggishness in the flow of Qi. A person is healthy only when the Qi freely circulates through the meridians, nourishing all vital organs and tissues. The “Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine” (circa 250BC) states: “When the Qi is blocked, there is sickness. No blockage – no sickness”.

Literally thousands of styles of Qi Gong exist so it is a matter of finding the one that is suitable for your needs. Some styles are designed for general health and wellbeing and require daily practice. Other styles/exercises have specific therapeutic qualities and have been developed to treat specific ailments.

Qi Gong can be practiced by just about anyone, whether they are young or old, active, sedentary, or disabled.

Although there are many styles, they are founded on similar principles

  • A relaxed, grounded posture
  • A straight, supple spine
  • Breathing that uses the diaphragm
  • Fluid movement
  • Tranquil awareness

The quality of the Qi Gong practice is far more important than how often the practice is undertaken. Any aerobic exercise can be slowed down to the point where it appears, superficially, to resemble Qigong but as there is no intent, no focus and no guidance of the Qi, it is NOT Qigong.

It is far more beneficial to concentrate one or two styles, learning through experiential awareness than to learn many exercises superficially. It is vitally important to find a good Qigong teacher who has experience of Qi rather than experience of books.

 

Qigong Teachers

Qigong Basics - Painting rainbows,qigong style.

 

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Healing Qigong at Pro Holistic, Lanarkshire

San Bao Martial Arts School

 

Resources

Further information on Qigong including case studies, etc.

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Acupuncture and Acupoints

Acupuncture and Acupoints

Acupuncture - insertion of acupuncture needlesAcupuncture treats patients using the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and utilises methods that include needle acupuncture, the heating of acupuncture points (moxibustion), and tuina (a form of massage).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes pathways (meridians) of energy (Qi) carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. These reflect the state of health of the body systems. The acupuncturist adjusts and rebalances these via certain points of the body. There is now considerable scientific documentation to show that these point, the acupoints, have distinct electrical resistance compared to other areas of the body’s surface.

The acupuncturist will ask not only details of the immediate problem, but also take a case history of past illnesses, familial tendencies, and aim to determine a complete picture of the patient’s health. Each treatment is tailored to deal with the individual needs of the patient. Needles are retained usually between 15 to 20 minutes while the patient is lying comfortably on the treatment table, after which some dietary and or exercise advice may be given. The whole process lasts about 45 minutes.

It is impossible to guarantee how many sessions will be needed to complete a treatment for any given problem (in the same way that a doctor cannot make guarantees). During the first appointment an indicator of how many sessions required will be discussed, as the general state of health of the patient and the seriousness of the problem is ascertained.

The efficacy of Acupuncture is well known for treating muscle and joint pain, back pain, necks, shoulders, elbows, knees, sciatica etc. But its field of treatment is far larger than this. The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture treatment for a wide variety of illnesses.

The list includes:-

  • Heart problems.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Women’s health issues, PMT, period pain, menopause.
  •  Insomnia, anxiety.
  • Sports performance enhancement.
  •  Male health.
  • General maintenance of health and immunity.

Most new patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture is. However certain stimulus will give a feeling of heaviness, distension or slight tingling around the needle. The practitioner assesses the patient and uses more or less stimulus depending on the sensitivity of the individual.

 

Therapist info

Acupuncture  - Large-Intestine

 

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One Space Acupuncture, Bethnal Green, East London, E2.

Dr. Ruihong’s Chinese Clinic, Belfast

Soma Osteopathy, Edinburgh

Pagoda Acupuncture, Leeds

 

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Crystal Therapy

Crystal Therapy

Crystal Therapy is rapidly gaining recognition as a major player in the field of complementary medicine.  Because of their regular structure, crystals can carry and amplify energy and it is this similarity to the crystalline structures in our own bodies that makes them an excellent tool for healing.

 

Historical Context of Crystal Therapy

For thousands of years crystals have been used for adornment, protection and healing. Jet and amber have been found in Stone Age deposits and the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were accompanied to the next world by gemstones. Breastplates, talismans and amulets of stones such as turquoise, lapis lazuli, ruby and carnelian were worn by High Priests to protect them from harm. In the Middle Ages, healer-nuns prepared gem elixirs and used crystals as healing stones to aid recovery from physical conditions. Traditional Chinese medicine has long recognised and still uses the healing power of crystals in its prescriptions and formulas. Today, crystals are still used throughout industry to store and focus energy. Quartz crystals control computers, emit radio waves, power watches and lighters and are used in space technology.

Crystal formation

Crystals are formed from minerals, which occur in different types of rock – igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. The type of rock in which a crystal is formed will influence its shape and structure, and also its physical and vibrational healing properties.

Working with crystals

Crystals work by acting on the energy fields that surround the body – the aura. Their energy interacts with these fields of energy to correct any imbalances and restore a state of harmony and balance. They also work through the chakras – the main energy points that link the physical body with the energy fields surrounding it.

Crystal Healing – a holistic approach

Crystals have the power to heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually by rebalancing energy to correct dis-ease. They act on the subtle electromagnetic bodies that surround our physical body, and also on our energy centres – the chakras.

Crystals deal with causes not symptoms. They are holistic because they work on all levels simultaneously to create balance and wholeness.

Dis-ease occurs when our state of balance reaches extremes which our physical body is unable to correct. Our dis-ease or illness serves as a messenger to tell us that our body is out of balance, and we need to take action to restore balance and become ‘at ease’ again.

A trained crystal therapist is able to detect energy imbalances in the human energy field, then select and use appropriate crystals to re-align the energy of the human body, gently restoring balance, harmony and well-being.

Qigong as a Healing Art

Qigong as a Healing Art

Qigong  (pronounced chee gung) is the art or science of using, working with and cultivating Qi (Chi) “life energy” to enrich ones life by controlling and strengthening the flow of qi throughout the body.

This information is written from the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Please do not be put off by the terminology of Water/Metal imbalances, as these are only ways of describing the illness from a TCM perspective.

Qigong is an art, which is steeped in history, legend and myth, has its roots in ancient China, growing as a healing art over thousands of years. It is the forerunner of, and is therefore based on the same principles as, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Tuina, and Shiatsu.  At present it is still being developed and researched as a cure, and preventative of illness by Qigong masters and by medical establishments and universities in China, America, Russia and Japan. In China, Qigong is often used in conjunction with Traditional Chinese and Allopathic Medicine to increase the healing power/rate – This wonderful system can also be utilised to enhance any of the Complimentary Healing systems as well as being used as a self-development and self-healing system.

Often after giving a treatment we ask ourselves if we could have done more.  We often see people who need frequent/regular treatment but who cannot afford the cost.  One way we can deal with this dilemma is to recommend some form of self-help such as diet, exercise etc.  However one of the most powerful self-help systems is often overlooked, primarily because of lack of experience – Qigong.

It is my intention to outline two Qigong exercises which can be used to treat imbalances in Metal, but which also treat other chronic ailments.  My intention is to show the basic exercise listing pathogenic factors it may be used to treat, then show a modification to the exercise that will enhance it, making it more potent in treating Metal disorders/imbalances.  The beauty of these exercises lies in their simplicity and strength.

Qigong promotes the smooth flow of Qi within the meridian system, bringing harmony and balance to the Whole (Body/Mind/Spirit).  Each exercise has both a tonifying and sedating quality (i.e. It can either increase or decrease the amount of qi within the meridian) and can be prescribed using Five Element Theory or Kyo/Jitsu, as would be done in Shiatsu, etc.

The stances for both exercises are the same; feet are shoulder width apart with the weight evenly distributed, the knees are slightly bent, the coccyx is tucked in slightly, and the head is held upright as though suspended from above.

The breathing should be natural and it is important that the movement follows the breathing and not vice versa.  Breathing should be through the nose and concentrated on the Tan Tien (a point 2 – 3 inches below the navel).  Throughout the exercise, the tongue should touch the palate just behind the front teeth.

BROADENING THE CHEST:

a)      Inhalation – Turn the palms to face each other as though holding a balloon, raise them to chest height while simultaneously raising the stance, then move them laterally/horizontally as though the balloon was expanding.

b)      Exhalation – Move the arms medially/horizontally to the original distance apart, lower the stance/arms while turning the palms obliquely downward.

N.B.  Make sure that the shoulders are relaxed and that the elbows are pointed down so that the arms are not “locked”. There should be a harmonious co-ordination between the raising and lowering of the arms/stance and the breathing.  Repeat six times.

This is good for dealing with insomnia, hypertension, relieving mental fatigue, and when used in conjunction with “Commencement” it can be used to treat asthma.

The exercise can be enhanced to focus more on Metal by adopting the alternative hand position shown, and turning the palms outward as the arms are moved laterally/horizontally.

PRESSING PALMS IN CALMNESS:

Following on from the last exhalation:

a)      Inhalation – Turn the palms upward with the fingers pointing at each other, and lift the hands to eye level.

b)      Exhalation – Turn the palms down, again with the fingers pointing at each other, and press down until the hands are level with the hips. Repeat six times.

This is good for regulating the breathing and balancing the blood pressure.  It strengthens the function of the Kidney, calms the nerves, can alleviate tinnitus and dizziness, and also has an effect on arthritis of the knee.

The basic exercise is primarily used to treat Water imbalances, however by forming a triangle between the index fingers and thumbs as you press down; it then becomes more potent for treating Water.

As stated, each exercise should be repeated six times and should be carried out twice a day – morning and early evening.

Excellent results are achievable but are entirely dependent on the client practising diligently.  One example of how potent Qigong is, is that of a 13-year-old boy with severe asthma.  When he first came for treatment (Shiatsu) he was dependent on daily medication involving three different inhalers.  His treatment consisted of three Shiatsu sessions, which started to stabilise his condition, and he was then prescribed two qigong exercises.  Eight months later, his mother telephoned me with the news that he had been off medication completely for the previous five months and that he had only had one asthmatic attack in this time.  He had remained calm during this incident and used qigong to overcome it in a controlled manner.

His mother had viewed this as almost miraculous, but the real miracle was that her son had the discipline to practice his qigong each and every day – he had been empowered with the ability to heal himself.