The Role Of Qigong In Classical Chinese Medicine

The basis of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is Qi or Chi. TCM is a holistic healing system that includes Qigong, massage, herbal therapy, and acupuncture in King of Prussia. Qigong, historically, is one of the foundations of Classical Chinese Medicine and is both the father and mother of the later branches of Chinese medicine. Qigong movements depicted in drawings found in Chinese tombs are 3500 years old at least, with other references dating as far back as 5000 years or more. Qigong is considered the grandparent of a lot of eastern energy-based healing methods including deep organ massage (chi nei tsang), massage, meridian therapy (tui na), acupressure, and acupuncture. It most likely nurtured the development of Ba Gua Chuan, Tai Chi Chuan, and other internal martial arts, as well as the various derivative Korean/Japanese healing therapies such as Do-in, shiatsu, and the innumerable martial spinoffs of Judo, Aikido, etc. Some researchers have theorized that Qigong even reached India where it became part of the collection of sacred temple dance training and yoga. Qigong therefore, is what ancient Chinese medicine is based on!

The Han Dynasty and the Yellow Emperor

Qigong’s most ancient written document as a healing technique is found in the Huang Di Neijing Suwen or the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, recorded on 240 B.C. during the Han Dynasty. It explains that classical Chinese medicine is a semi-religious system that heavily depended on a small number of ancient texts and ancient doctrines that espouse a philosophy of harmony and balance between the environment and human beings. It depicts the natural basic principles that result in good health, signifying that all mysteries of the world depress, subdue, tonify, or stimulate one’s natural life force, and that human beings are the children of the universe and are therefore subject to its laws:

“People practiced the Way of Life or the Tao in the past. They were aware of the principle of balance and of yin and yang signified by the changes of the energies of the universe. People systematically developed practices such as Qigong (Dao-in), which is an exercise that combined breathing, massaging, stretching, and meditation to help harmonize and maintain themselves with the universe and to bring about the flow of energy.

“At regular times, they consumed a balanced diet, woke up and retired at regular hours, avoided overstressing their minds and bodies, and abstained from overindulgence of all kinds. They maintained health and well-being of mind and body; therefore, it is no surprise that these people lived over a hundred years.”

“Well-being and health can only be attained by nourishing one’s self preventively, adapting to the changing of the seasonal and yearly macrocosmic influences, maintaining harmonious balance between yin and yang, establishing the constant flow of blood and chi, guarding against the waste of energy, and remaining centered in mind, body, and spirit. “This is the way to a happy and long life.”

Qi Gong Increases Oxygen Intake That Can Help Heal Prostate Naturally

Few people know this but qi gong is one of the most potent forms of cancer management and cancer-prevention cancer management exercises there is. It is a mild type of restorative exercise from China similar to Tai Chi and having originated in China.

While boosting the levels of oxygen to detoxify the body, the movements performed in Qi gong also specifically influence the internal organ systems of the body in a concentrated manner.

Certain qi gong movements focus on the immune system by working the large and lung intestine energy channels which are believed to be associated in the Chinese medicinal system to enhance immunity when faced with challenges such as cancer and increase that body’s capacity to recover more quickly post surgery.

Qi gong movements such as the movement of the Taoist Five Kidney focus on the reproductive organs to boost fertility and to protect against reproductive disorders including ovarian/cervical cancers, fibroids and ovarian cysts, prostate cancers, enlarged prostate.

Some qi gong movements target the abdomen and spleen and can be combined with self massage qi gong to relieve nausea (usually felt by people who are going through radiation therapy or chemotherapy).

A gentle and balanced qi gong exercise will work on the internal organs to build strength beyond muscular or cardiovascular levels and to revitalize health.

When seeking a teacher of qi gong to address reproductive organ pathologies such as prostate cancer, you can inquire whether the practitioner has a long history dealing with the clinical applications of qi gong. Such instructors are trained to tailor movements to address specifically the different forms of cancer.

To gain health benefits, thirty minutes a day of qigong exercises is recommended although even shorter exercise periods can improve health. We recommend one to three minutes of qi gong exercises gently interspersed throughout your day to get an aggregate of 30 to 45 minutes of qi gong exercises each day. In this manner, you need not have to set aside time to perform qi gong but can naturally incorporate it into your life and utilize it as a powerful healing modality.

Building Immunity Energy through Qi Gong Self Massage

This is a series of qi gong self massage to naturally treat depression.

1. Lung Pathway: When this energy channel is massaged it will help to expedite the release of disappointment, grief, or sadness. It can also stimulate the large intestine’s metal organ to help strengthen immunity.

To begin, tap the left side of the chest vigorously and continue tapping downward into the inner side of the elbow of the left arm, the inside of the thumb, wrist, and lower arm.

Do the same on the right side of your chest and downward on the inner side of your right thumb and right arm.

2. Large Intestine Channel: When this energy channel is massaged, it can help quicken the release of disappointment, grief, and sadness. It can also activate the large intestine’s metal organ to help strengthen immunity.

To start the massage, use the right hand to slap and tap energetically the top side of your left index finger from the nail bed along the finger tow the wrist and hand.

Keep on slapping and tapping along the top of your wrist to your elbow’s top side. Keep on along the top of your upper arm to the shoulder and sides of your neck. Massage with small circular motions the area near your right nostril.

Repeat the same procedure on your right arm with slaps and taps to the top of your right index finger, along the wrist to the hand then upwards to the elbow and along the top of your upper arm towards the neck. Massage with small circular motions the region near your left nostril.

Please keep in mind that with any type of exercise, you need to talk first with your medical doctor before embarking on new exercise workouts. This article is not meant intended to treat or diagnose any medical problem or intended as a replacement for Western conventional medical care.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac. is a Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist in Cleveland, OH.