Peace And Tranquility Await Qi Gong Beginners

Every day without fail, we are bombarded with daily news of violence, political upheavals, natural disasters, wars, and other bad news that may prevent us from taking a positive view of our surroundings and life. The fearful and timid ones may just capitulate to their hardships and stop looking forward to a bright future.

So how can a single person like you transform the world around you? There’s actually very little you can so except for the fact that you can change the way you perceive the world with ‘a new pair of eyes,’ in a matter of speaking. To let the change begin with you, you can start with small steps. You’ll notice, in no time, that your positive outlook would have an impact on others.

But how do you start changing yourself in the first place?

You can begin by taking an archaic Chinese art known as Qigong. Qigong has a way to transform your world from within incrementally that in no time at all you are actually changing the world outside.

What is Qigong?

Also called Chikung, Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice dating about 3,000 years ago. It is an extremely effective therapeutic series of activities combining gentle physical exercises, deep breathing techniques, mental focus, relaxation, and meditation. Qigong is non-religious and anyone can practice regardless of hid political and religious affiliations.

For beginners, Qigong’s most important objective is to become conscious of the vital energy or Chi within themselves. It will be a lot easier for them to follow Chi with their mind once practitioners become more in tune to the Chi in their body, which enable them to gain better control of themselves holistically (spiritually, mentally, and physically), this is if they practice the exercises diligently.

Sooner or later and without them realizing it, beginners will espouse the philosophy and lifestyle of Qigong one they get deeper into their exercises. This is actually expected as the practitioners themselves will experience tremendous gains as they effortlessly flow deeper into their practices. As an example, Qigong meditation and exercises can help maintain tranquility and peace in the mind of a practitioner by increasing the intake of oxygen to their cells and tissues and clear up the energy channels called meridians that transport energy all over their the body.

As a practitioner performs repetitions of appropriate sets of Qigong exercises, his or her Chi gradually flows unimpeded within the body balancing their Yin and Yang energies. They will realize that besides bringing about a relaxation response, the energy of Chi can assist in the treatment of various minor and major illnesses as gleaned in clinical studies.

A Word of Caution

If you’re a newbie to Qigong and you have a restless mind, these exercises may be challenging at first. The mind more than the body, is often the part of you that is hesitant, timid and reluctant. But once you begin the practice and you feel Qi freely flowing and circulating inside of you, then your relaxation increases and the resistance emanating from your mind starts to decrease.

The perennial problem for  beginners is a restless mind. This is even true for sages who address this problem by observing their breath, focusing on certain areas of their body, counting, or visualization. These aids can also help beginners from causing their mind to jumping around, or what some refer to as ‘monkey mind.’ The mind eventually will become more relaxed, less busy and can immediately Qi Gong enter into a state of tranquility and peace. This benefits the practitioner that in turn impacts the world around him or her.

Izumi “Zoe” Schutz is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Morning Quail Acupuncture in Austin, Texas.

Tai Chi Exercises Equal Better Health For The Practitioner

According to the ancient Chinese medical text the Nei Jing, giving a person medicine after he became ill was like going to war and he only starts to make weapons or digging a well after he gets thirsty. The idea to prevent illness rather than treating it because it was much easier to do, developed early and was part of the Chinese medical system which later became an integral part of Chinese culture. This idea was adopted by the ancient Chinese physicians who advised their patients to exercise and diet. Today, this system is what we would refer to as “preventative medicine”.

The establishment of movement exercises originated out of the notion that one needed to exercise in order to prevent illness. In the improvement of health, one exercise that came out of this concept was the Tai Chi Chuan or just Tai Chi. According to Chinese legend, Tai Chi was believed to have started around 1279 to 1368 A.D. by Chang San Feng, a Taoist monk. Chang wrote the book Tai Chi Jing, which is the earliest known book portraying the qualities of the movements of Tai Chi. His book discussed fundamental Tai Chi principles and said that like a great river that unceasingly flows, the Tai Chi practitioner should be powerful, steady, flowing, and smooth.

In the late 1960’s, the United States was first introduced to the practice of Tai Chi. At the onset people didn’t know what the slow movements were all about. But over the course of time, a lot of Americans are now practicing it, many of them outdoors – in fact, it is often included in movies and seen in television commercials. But what can tai chi exactly do for you and what does this exercise do to your health and wellbeing?

A sequence of interconnected and slow movements that originated from martial art techniques is at the foundation of Tai Chi. In modern times, most people practice tai chi because of its health benefits rather than for its martial art gains. The movements of Tai Chi are generally referred to as “the form” which is very similar to a “kata,” a Japanese style of Karate. Katas or forms are basically “lexicography of movements” for styles of self-defense. They provide a student of martial art a technique to remember and then perform the various skills they have learned.

When learning Tai Chi, you’re taught simple movements that connect together. Over time, if regularly practiced, you will gain important health benefits such as better flexibility and balance and since Tai Chi, by nature, is meditative, it can also aid in stress relief. Tai Chi helps improve and complements all other activities and exercises by instructing us how to move in a relaxed way.

There are several reasons why Tai Chi has become such a widely practiced exercise. One reason is anyone can learn the exercises. It is common for practitioners to begin in their middle-age because the exercise isn’t stressful. They then are able to continue practicing it well into their senior years. Recent research has shown that people practicing Tai Chi are less likely to experience Shingles outbreaks, have a lower risk of falls, and have lower blood pressure. One other reason it is popular is it does not require special equipment and clothing. You can even practice tai chi alone by yourself naked. People may practice tai chi in minimal space and in dry, wet, uneven, rough, or smooth terrain. But the greatest reason to practice it is that you’ll feel better every time you do it and its effects accrue with time.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

Qigong For A Stable Mind and Body And Healthy Emotions

Our emotional health is one of the key factors of a successful life. If you haven’t noticed yet, your everyday interactions with people help you preserve the emotional state that you long for. A majority of people are casualties of uncontrolled emotion, and sometimes, in social situations, they are likely to embarrass themselves.

Our unstable emotions usually get the best of us and our actions can damage our personalities. For the purpose of emotional stability, several methods have been created. Some individuals have difficulty controlling their emotions and so they resort to psychological techniques to help them deal with their problem. Seeing a psychologist is usually the thing most people do when they need to cope with a huge emotional problem; unfortunately, the professional fee of a psychologist is quite expensive and many are unable to afford their services.

The ancient Chinese people have a long time ago used a technique called Qigong, a form of self relaxation and meditation that is founded on the philosophy of Yin and Yang, two naturally occurring forces in the universe. This philosophy deals with the relationship between man’s existence and nature and with the five elements of the earth. Tai chi is a method that fosters serenity to the practitioner. The principles of qigong and tai chi are very similar to each other, which is why the ancient Chinese usually refer to Tai chi as Qigong in motion. The greatest thing about these two ancient arts is that it anyone can practice it.

Knowing Qigong

The way vital energy or chi circulates in our body is important to the practice of Qigong. Today, the Chinese people still believe that chi affects almost every aspect of life including our emotions. Chinese sages cite chi as an important force that has the ability to affect everything that has life. When a person practices Qigong, he or she must follow certain steps to garner positive outcomes. The circulation of chi is impaired If a person doesn’t practice proper posture and this causes more emotional imbalances within that individual. The main objective of qigong is to make the body strong enough that it is able to defend itself against diseases.

Before the advent of Western medical science, Chinese medicine was already being practiced. As centuries went by, Western medicine achieved astonishing medical breakthroughs but still Chinese medicine was able to hold its ground. Chinese medicine simply teaches you to exploit the beneficial energy existing in nature, and to control some of that negative energy in order to balance your mind and body to achieve optimal health.

What makes Qigong work so well?

In practicing Tai Chi Qigong, the process you need to go through is a long one but no one can deny the fact that these two healing arts are extremely beneficial for the person as a whole. The biggest reason why our emotions are spinning out of control is stress. We tend to stress ourselves by working to earn money to support our families. We thought that if only we can balance our physical and mental health we would be fine; however, in order to achieve real health, we need to stabilize our emotional health as well.

Dr. Jignesh Panchal is an acupuncturist in Winter Park, FL who customizes treatment plans using Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine or Ozone Therapy.

Qigong For Self Healing And Internal Harmony

Qigong is a term derived from two Chinese words: Qi (or Chi) which means vital energy and Gong which means everyday effort.

Qigong is a wonderful way to maintain internal harmony and to heal oneself. It’s almost as old as China itself, having been practiced for mental and physical health for more than 5,000 years. Westerners are only now finding out the incredible health benefits that this practice can generate and more and more people are realizing its power to lower high blood pressure and relieve pain among many other health problems.

The healing system of Qigong emphasizes synchronizing breathing with every guided visualization and body movement. It is designed to harmonize the sprit, mind, and body which results in optimal health and wellbeing.

In addition, Qigong enhances the flow of blood to the major organs like the endocrine glands, intestines and the brain. This boost in circulation stimulates the release of hormones that enhances stamina and sexual drive. Qigong helps as well in strengthening digestion which leads to easy and healthy bowel movement that in turn promotes the detoxification of the body.

Researchers have shown through brain scans that when a person practices Qigong, he tends to be happy as proven by increased brain activities in his left prefrontal lobes. The research shows that the activities in this area of the brain shows that a person is less infuriated, less upset, and is much happier than before compared to people who don’t practice qigong.

Qigong is generally the act of using Chi or Qi for various purposes such as acquiring happiness and healing. Knowing Qigong is not a difficult task since each of us is born with Qi and each of us have the ability to utilize it as long as it is used to develop and strengthen our Qi.

Dr. Hailing Fu is a doctor or Oriental medicine and the founder of Ling’s Acupuncture, Inc., in Orlando, FL. She has also served as professor and clinic director at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Central Florida.

La-Jin, An Ancient Chinese Home Exercise

An unknown ancient Chinese exercise called La-Jin, helps adjust the body’s energy channels called meridians and bones. It involves stretching ligaments and muscles of the body. This age-old Oriental technique is simple and easy to learn and can be done at home and practically anywhere.

What can La-Jin Do?

La-Jin repairs tendons and ligaments thus helping clean the urinary systems, treat numbness, and heal swelling and pain in the feet and hands. It does all this while decreasing pain and stiffness in the lumbar and neck region; moreover, La-Jin can treat cardiovascular problems.

The best thing about this exercise is that you don’t have to drive and waste gas, time and money to seek out an instructor. You can learn La-Jin yourself and practice it within the safe and pleasant confines of your home while watching TV.

La-Jin is made up of two basic exercises which include:

The Lie down position: On a La-Jin bench, raise one leg to 90° and tightly lean against the pole. Hold that position for about ten to twenty minutes, then lower your leg; repeat the exercise with your other leg.

Standing position: Touching both sides of a door frame, raise your hands and stretch as hard as you can. Also, with your left leg slightly bended, keep it stretched forward with the right leg as straight as possible. Hold this position for three minutes then repeat the exercise for another three minutes, this time with your right leg.

If performed on a La-Jin bench, these exercises can be extremely healthy and can help you live a pain-free life without drugs. La-Jin exercises that involve concentration and stretching routines also enhance muscle tone and help improve blood flow throughout your body.

La-Jin practically enables you to lose weight by melting away fats and keeping your joints in motion.

Some Helpful Tips for Newbies

For beginners, it’s important to remember that one might be unable to do the 90° leg exercise at first. It will take a bit of time to achieve this but whatever it is, begin, regardless if you’re able to only do 60° or less. It only requires constant practice. In no time at all, 90° is a cinch.

At the start, some people will obviously feel certain degrees of pains; therefore, we suggest that you begin the exercise gradually. Stretch as hard as you can but in a comfortable way and at your own leisurely pace. When you need to rest your leg on the plank, by all means do so.

Just follow through and use your own judgment.

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Developing Your Mind, Body, And Soul Through The Practice Of Taoist Tai Chi

The Chinese internal practice of Taoist Tai Chi is a gentle form of martial art that guarantees the health and well-being of people who practice it.

Millions of people around the world are benefiting from the exercises of taoist tai chi. There are more than 500 training schools for this specific style of tai chi located in 25 countries across the world. While it has been in existence for centuries in Japan and China, taoist tai chi was brought to North America in 1970.

The basic intent of Taoist tai chi is to restore and facilitate health. It’s perhaps the gentlest form of exercise anyone can experience and is perfect for people who are recuperating and for old people. The movements are graceful, deliberate and slow and intended to help the student enhance his flexibility and strength.

When one practices taoist tai chi, painful muscles and joints can be alleviated since it relaxes the body through delicate stretches and turns. It is also a way to reinforce weak muscles and boost blood flow in the body. It can be also used to help dizzy or disoriented people regain their balance.

The delicate action of the exercises is also intended to help free anxieties and stress. Taoist tai chi is sometimes referred to as “meditation in motion” as the sequence of movements added with a feeling of mindfulness help to rejuvenate and repair both body and mind. Because the exercises are for working out and are so grounded in meditation, they can be considered as a form anti-aging exercise.

The physical aspect of Taoist Tai Chi is made up of basic principles referred to as the ‘Foundations’. The whole set of the Foundations is comprised of 108 movements. Some movements of the Foundations mimic the postures of animals or the military as is typical of all tai chi practices. But the movements are not as aggressive as the very ancient Frame styles like the Chen style.

In regard to the spiritual aspect of Taoist tai chi, the goal is to cultivate an inner sense knowing, wisdom, and peace that puts the practitioner in a spiritually strong position wherein they’re able to express generosity and compassion to others. The greatest objective of Taoist tai chi is to lose all self-centeredness and ego via the practice of this age-old technique of “meditation in motion.”

One can loosely compare Taoist tai chi to the Alexandra Technique that emphasizes on breathing, relaxation, posture, balance, correcting angles, lining up the spine, turning in spirals, watching the transfer of weight, opening and closing the limbs, and aligning and stretching the spine. The movements are performed with a relaxed but focused state of mind and are circular and gentle.

One pivotal component of Taoist Tai Chi is that it adopts the virtues of kindness, selflessness, and the annihilation of selfishness. It’s lived and not just practiced, your life changes although permanent change does not occur overnight and may be best taught through example by living a life in compassion, harmony, and in service to others.

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Jacksonville, FL 32217-4244
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Clinical Trials Prove The Efficacy Of Auricular Acupuncture In The Treatment Of Insomnia

According to a study published in the JAMA (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), ear acupuncture or auricular acupuncture can be a viable treatment for sleeping difficulties/insomnia. Researchers who conducted the study collected data from 6 controlled randomized trials, which were all done in Hong Kong or mainland China. One was in English and five were in Chinese. Four hundred two (402) out of the six hundred seventy three (673) participants were given auricular acupuncture therapy. Western medication was used in the control group in four of the trials, standard routine unit care in one trial, and fake auricular acupuncture was given in one trial also.

Results at the end of the study showed the group treated with auricular acupuncture experienced better improvement compared to the control group. In addition, auricular acupuncture generated a higher rate of recovery insomnia compared to the Western medication group that used diazepam. The choice of treatment of those researchers over the control treatments for augmenting sleep durations to 6 hours per night as well as for preventing sleep disruptions during the night, and for feeling fresh and filled with energy upon waking was auricular acupuncture.

The drug Diazepam is a commonly used intervention therapy for treating insomnia, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal and seizures. It was first sold under the name Valium.

No conclusions have been made about the efficacy of long-term insomnia treatment of auricular acupuncture because of the lack of follow-up information. The same lack of information was also cited with regard to the negative side effects and safety of administering auricular acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia.

A typical condition marked by problems staying and falling asleep, insomnia is usually associated with functional disablement while awake. Mechanical disablement during the day related to insomnia includes irritability, drowsiness, occupational impairment and depression.

Based on a WHO (World Health Organization) study, 16 percent of those surveyed said they had problems falling asleep and a quarter said they either woke up too early or had problems staying asleep. Estimates gathered by the U.S. Dep’t Health and Human Services show that about 60 million US citizens suffer from insomnia, with men accounting for 30 percent and women, 40 percent.

Izumi “Zoe” Schutz is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Morning Quail Acupuncture in Austin, Texas.

Five Important Acupressure Points To Treat Phobias And Other Emotional And Mental Problems

Mae sure therapists are trained to locate the acupressure points for phobias. Working on these acupoints can help you recover faster from the phobia and anxiety. You don’t have to utilize all of these pressure points. Whenever you have a free hand, using just one or a couple of them can be effective.

1. Shen Men Acupressure Point (Ht 7)

Whereabouts: Ulnar or medial side of the wrist’s transverse crease.

Treatments: night sweats, chest pain, stage fright, spontaneous sweating, nervousness and phobias. This point needs to be massaged before speeches, interviews, exams, wedding, flying etc. Applying acupressure therapy on the Ht 7 can reduce mental disorders, irritability, poor memory, insomnia, chest palpitations, excessive dreaming, nightmares, emotional stagnation, mending of a broken heart, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation in cancer patients, inability to cry. Acupressure promotes retention of knowledge in the brain and mental clarity (for students, massage the Ht 7 for 5 minutes before starting to study to prepare for tests, exams, chest palpitation, etc.

2. Nei Guan Acupressure Point (P 6)

Whereabouts: On the palmar side, 3 finger width above the crease of the wrist.
Treaments: vomiting, palpitation, chest pains mental disorders, physical and emotional heartache, weight gain, nausea, panic attacks, anxiety, drug, alcohol and smoking addictions, enhance yawning, weak memory, and for treatment of chemotherapy and side effects of radiation therapy.

3. Fen Chi Acupressure Point(Gb 20)

Whereabouts: under the base of the cranium, in the hollow between the two vertical and large neck muscles, two to three inches wide based on the size of the head.

Treatments: dizziness, occipital headache, pain, stiffness of the neck, shoulder pain, fever, common cold, whiplash, high blood pressure, and weakness of the whole body.

4. Wan Gu Acupressure Point (Gb 12)

Whereabouts: on the palm’s ulnar side, in the depressed area between the 5th metacarpal bone and triguetral base

Treatments: stiff neck, sweating, depression, wrist pain, phobias.

5. Lie Que Acupressure Point (Lu7)

Whereabouts: On the arm’s side.
Treatments: migraine, headache, and stiff neck.

You need to drink lots of warm water after being massaged. This helps remove any toxins in our body.

Caution: You need to talk to healthcare practitioner first before starting exercise, herbs and diet.

Beginning any diet, Chinese herbs, exercise, or other supplementation techniques.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.


The Many Applications And Benefits Of Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is the therapeutic stimulation of the outer ear without the use of needles. It’s used for evaluation of a body system and a treatment of the microsystems of the body.

Auricular acupuncture is also known as “ear seeds therapy” since tiny seeds rather than needles, are utilized to apply pressure on the acupoints.

Auricular acupuncture is an ideal therapy for acute pain conditions problems and can treat pain within a day or two or almost immediately.

One therapy session may last for half an hour without any side effects.

In several countries and especially in China, auricular acupuncture is a highly regarded medical treatment. A theory that explains how this technique works is that the stimulation of specific nerves on the auricle or outer ear conveys signals to the brain that then generates a “response” to the region of the body required for treatment.

Some familiar conditions that auricular acupuncture can help treat include:

Obesity/weight gain
Smoking addiction
Alcohol addiction
Sleeping problems
Pain management: sports injuries, headaches, etc.
High blood pressure
Cardiovascular system, genitourinary and gastrointestinal dysfunctions
Spinal stenosis and other chronic painful conditions
Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis as well as other chronic degenerative conditions
Multiple sclerosis and other chronic central nervous system disorders

Auricular acupuncture is not intended to be a replacement for acute conventional medical care in life-threatening situations.

How frequently should I get auricular acupuncture therapy?

For most chronic conditions, treatment is typically once a week

Auricular Acupuncture for Weight Loss

This technique has helped many people lose weight by:

Strengthening will power
Reducing food cravings
Helping people stick to diets more easily than they normally would
Controlling appetite

Auricular Acupuncture for Fertility Enhancement

The Gynecological Endocrinology journal published a study that concluded auricular acupuncture appears to offer meaningful positive results in treatment of female infertility related to hormone disorders.

Auricular Acupuncture for Sleeping problems and Insomnia

The Journal of Advanced Nursing published a review showing that “acupuncture to be an effective treatment for the alleviation of insomnia,” based on studies that show the use of the therapy for treatment of insomnia.

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Moderate Martial Arts Training Can Improve Your Sex Life

According to history, a Chinese emperor named Wu Di invited Bodhidharma, an Indian monk to China in 527 A.D. Bodhidharma came for the purpose of teaching Chinese monks certain exercises that could help strengthen their bodies. In the province of Henan, bandits regularly attacked the monks who were not trained on how to defend themselves.

After arriving in the Temple of Henan, Bodhidharma meditated for nine long years. After finishing his meditation, he wrote a couple of books entitled, “Xi Sui Jing” and “Yi Jin Jing.” The former was about breathing and meditating and the latter pertained to exercises that help develop external strength. After he finished these books, he again set out to write the Eighteen Hands of Lohan (Shi Bao Luo Han Shou) which described his experiences as a part of the rulers and warriors (Kshatriya) in India. This book was all about a series of defensive exercises. It was deemed by historians as the world’s first manual on defensive and offensive combat movements. This was how martial arts in China began.

This is why the postures in yoga and Chinese martial arts appear similar. Both cultures concentrated on the lower stomach area as the focus of all human energy (pneuma, qi, chi, ki). Yoga and the defense arts were both designed to increase lifespan, enhance an already healthy body, and bring about a state of bliss.

In Eastern philosophy, the esoteric power of the qi (pronounced chee) is the force responsible for self-recovery, self -healing, and self-awareness; and that, in the Universe, all life is inspired by this qi. This vital energy or “life force” that can be found in all living things is also the same energy that controls the entire universe. The Chinese word for life force is Qi; in Japanese, it is called Ki and in Greece, it is known as ‘pneuma’.

Clinical researchers have determined that martial artists utilize several features of fitness such as endurance, muscular strength, anaerobic and aerobic conditioning. Their practice also entails enhancing body composition, flexibility, coordination and motor skills. These modalities of training may provide practitioners a variety of health benefits that include improved endurance and stronger muscles, to name a few. Meditation is also included in martial arts training. Those periods of quietude may bring short moments of peace and relaxation to the practitioner. Martial art is actually considered by some as “meditation in motion.” Studies have revealed that frequent martial arts exercise can help boost your self-esteem and relieve stress.

Sexual health

The practice of the martial arts also goes beyond the system of meditation and self-defense; it’s also connected with the enhancement of general sexual performance and libido. People exercising frequently are bound to have less anxiety, more energy, higher testosterone levels and better self-esteem. Aside from improving a person’s overall health and firming his/her body, martial arts can also boost his/her sex life. Martial arts practice involves thorough bodily exertion. This doesn’t mean that you need to overdo it since Bodhidharma also taught his student monks the virtue of moderation. Even in martial arts, he instructed them to refrain from over-training and to care for their bodies first. Research shows that extremely rigorous physical training can directly lead to sterility. An examination by health scientists show that too much exercising leads to fatigue, that then decreases temporarily the quality and count of sperm. Other studies suggest that during ejaculation, people who exercised to the point of exhaustion manufactured less sperm. Experts explain during training, the body “kills” itself literally. After enhancing and building muscles, the body needs to recover in order to go back creating healthy normal cells again. Extreme physical activities may lower hormone levels in the bloodstream that can influence sperm production. Medical researchers believe that after about three days, the levels of sperm in a man return to almost normal. They also believe that drinking coffee after a few hours of training may protect the quality of the sperm due to the antioxidants contained in caffeine.

Knowing the benefits of exercise and martial arts can certainly bring about a positive impact in a person’s life. If these arts are performed properly, it can lead to better health, and an even better sex life.

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Jacksonville, FL 32217-4244
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