Medical Qi Gong
It¡¯s a way to improve your health through the practice of medical Qi Gong. Qi (life energy¡±) and Gong (benefits from persistent efforts) are combined with slow, easy-to-perform breathing exercises to assist a wide variety of health concerns. Medical Qi Gong can be prescribed by your acu-pro for helping specific conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and many muscular or joint pains.
Qi Gong helps to circulate Qi through channels by easy-to-perform slow movements (which often mimic the movements of animals the originators may have observed in nature) such as the tiger, deer, crane, or monkey) and breathing techniques. Qi Gong is very versatile, and people of every age and in any them, since Qi Gong can be practiced while standing up, seated, or lying down.
Wei Dan. Moves your body¡¯s Qi through physical activity such as moving your arms or walking. Many beginners start off with this method because its movements create the Qi flow. You can add more advanced breathing and visualizations once you learn the sequence and your mind is calmer.
Nei Dan. Moves your body¡¯s Qi through mental activity and imagery alone. This form can be as simple as breathing in and out while remembering a peaceful moment, or a highly intricate system of breathing techniques and sensing that enables you to circulate your Qi through every channel and organ in your body.
If you are using Qi Gong, let your conventional physician know because Qi Gong training can affect the dosage requirements of insulin, chemotherapy, or medications for high blood pressure.
You¡¯ve probably figured out by now that keeping your Qi moving plays a big part in healing illnesses and staying healthy. Oriental Medicine incorporates massage (Tui-Na) and numerous exercises (medical Qi Going) into the training of health professionals.
Tui-Na: Push me, pull you
This oriental massage technique, safe for both children and adults, uses pressing, rubbing, kneading, and pinching to bring your body back into balance. In fact, Tui-Na means push (too-ee) and grasp (nah). The practitioner massages acu-points and energy channels to promote healthy Qi flow and organ function, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CTM) hospitals have Tui-Na departments along with acupuncture wards for combined healthcare.
As is true for most other methods, Tui-Na isn¡¯t for everyone. Practitioners will avoid using Tui-Na on:
¡¤ A pregnant woman¡¯s abdomen, low back, or other contraindicated acu-points