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Common Mistakes Newbies Make When Practicing Qi Gong

1. Failing to Institute a Daily Practice: A very common mistake for qi gong beginners. Some students just practice once or a few times a week when they come to class. Expect sporadic results if you practice sporadically. If you practice for two days and then take two days off or take a day off after practicing for three straight days, it’s like one keeping on turning off the heat of a kettle of water before it has the chance to boil. If you are a new student and have difficulty establishing up a daily or regular qigong practice, do not fret, you are not alone.

2. Failure to Follow Instructions: This is really a big but common mistake new students tend to make. An example would be a practitioner instructing students to breathe though their noses, not their mouths. Most beginners would often dismiss or ignore this instruction. In qi gong or any endeavor, the three prerequisites for success are – a) The technique, b) The instructor, c) The student.

3. Unable to Truly Relax: You simply cannot practice qi gong if you’re unable to relax. Relaxing is the most fundamental requirement in qi gong. Most people practice this activity because it helps them to relax. The first thing a student should do is relax when practicing qigong. But aside from learning to relax physically, one must also learn to relax spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. If you are able to do this, you’ll be able to accomplish one of the central skills of qigong which is to bring yourself in a qi gong State of Mind.

4. Not Establishing Set Goals & Objectives: In order to attain optimal results out of your qigong exercises, you need to answer a couple of basic questions. Also, when it comes to establishing goals and objectives, there is usually an ingredient missing that make most people fail in their endeavors. This ingredient is Clarity. This means you clearly know what you want and more importantly why you absolutely need to have it.

5. Being Content Learning from DVDs and Books: Qigong is a Chinese martial and healing art, and as with all arts, it needs to be mastered. And how can you master it from merely watching DVDs and reading books? If you are really serious about qi gong, you need to learn it from an expert or one who is master himself. Learning qi gong from a master or expert face-to-face is the best, fastest, and easiest way to learn. It is very difficult to learn qi gong from a book.

6. Giving Up Too Soon: A lot of people are quitters. They quit the moment they feel their undertaking becomes harder and harder. This happens a lot in qi gong exercises. The reason beginners usually quit is because they set unrealistic goals that they base on exaggerated claims they usually hear from uninformed or poorly informed people. You need to know right now that qi gong isn’t going to give you super magical powers like you see in Hollywood movies and films.

7. Square Holes, Round Pegs: What this means is that a lot of students have certain preconceptions, usually wrong, of what they should expect when they practice qi gong in a certain manner. Most of them think that the exercise adage of no pain, no gain also applies to qi gong and because of this some of them practice qi gong long and until their whole body aches. Well, that is not what qi gong is all about. Qi gong is not the same as ordinary exercise.

If you’re making any of these mistakes, whether you’re a novice, intermediate, or advanced practitioner of qi gong, they can significantly affect the outcomes of your practice.

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Qi Gong And Food Therapy For Good Health And The Prevention Of Disease

The 5000 year old energy boosting technique known as Qi Gong combines slow body movement and powerful breathing techniques. It is one of the most potent natural healing exercises for reversing cancer. Qi Gong exercises literally have thousands of forms and the other more well-known Chinese medicine techniques of Feng Shui, Acupuncture, and Tai Chi of Qi Gong, were derived from the concepts of Qi Gong. Qi is the Chinese word for life force of vital energy while Gong connotes “skill”, which makes Qi Gong the practice of working with your vital energy.

Qi Gong is a very popular form of exercises and there are about 250 million people all over the world practicing it mainly due to its health benefits. These benefits include enhanced energy, better mental focus and acuity, more efficient metabolic function, better digestion and sexual function, healthy appetite, and improved microcirculation and blood flow in the forehead. Several published clinical researches have revealed Qi Gong’s healing power for health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis, among many others.

Why is Qi Gong unlike any other exercise? What is behind its healing power?

A person practicing Qi Gong even by just standing perfectly can still increase his blood circulation as he would if he had jogged for two miles. Jogging and other ordinary exercises release cortisol, a stress hormone, which tightens blood vessels. On the other hand, Qi Gong exercises relax the body, calm the mind, and enable blood to circulate much better in the body. When a person performs the slow exercises he can boost the pulsation of blood in his hands and since these exercises eliminate stress, blood can flow to parts of the body that have been obstructed for years, which is why Qi Gong is extremely effective in relieving bodily pain. Digestive function is greatly enhanced and microcirculation to the forehead is strengthened. This increased blood flow to the glands and organs can never be duplicated or surpassed by any other exercise.

One vital aspect of our health and Qi Gong practice is breathing. The breath is utilized by the best forms of Qi Gong, specifically synchronizing it with the movements. Those forms often entail deep stomach breathing exercises that enable the practitioner to inhale more oxygen, reducing the levels of cortisol in the blood, and at the same time helping relax the mind. The Nine-Breath Technique and other advanced breathing techniques make use of Tibetan techniques and can promote oxygenation of the blood. These techniques have been scientifically validated to enhance one’s blood quality. Most practitioners report a soft humming in their stomach or a full-body vibration. Several psychologists and counselors have been able to successfully help drug addicted patients substitute their addiction with a “natural high” that can be experienced when performing these breathing exercises.

Aside from movement and breath, genuine holistic Qi Gong practices also include the intake of proper herbs and foods. In our modern world filled with pollution and toxic chemicals and radiation, this is a very important thing to consider.

For thousands of years, physicians have been using foods to reverse various health problems. Kiwi fruit, for example, has been used by the ancient Maoris to cure asthma. Kiwi fruit contains phytochemicals that have been proven to significantly improve the breathing of asthma sufferers. Food therapy is an essential part of Qi Gong therapy.

The world we live in today is highly toxic. The levels of toxins and heavy metals in our air and environment is staggeringly high, tainting our soil, water, and air, and alarming amounts are found in the household products we use every day and even in the food we eat. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, autism, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder), are growing at an alarming rate.

The beneficial phytochemicals we need for good health can be found in medicinal mushrooms, tonic herbs, vegetables, and fruits that hone the function of our endocrine system and help jumpstart our immune system. A lot of people unfortunately, lack these vital chemicals. Phytochemicals are concentrated mostly in the parts of the food we usually discard; the rinds, skins, stems, and seeds of the vegetable and fruits we eat. People eating the appropriate food often discard the parts that can provide the greatest benefits to their health. The avocado fruit, for example, is usually blended with the seed thrown away. The seed of the avocado has no taste but it contains an amazing amount of fiber and qi that can help scrub plaque out of your arteries.

In order to avail of the phytochemicals, the cellulose fibers of the vegetables and fruits need to be broken down. Thus, compared to blending, “juicing” your fruits or veggies may not really give you the optimal amount of nutrients you can possibly derive from certain foods. This is the reason smoothies are becoming the drink of choice for more and more people as they are able to treat or slow down diseases such as cancer and boost overall health and well being.

So, now we can see that many health conditions can be potentially resolved by eating the right kinds of food. However, it is not enough to merely practice healthy eating. You need to also know how to use certain foods for certain diseases. Bitter melon, for example contains a phytochemical that is constitutionally the same as insulin and can help reverse diabetes by promoting the natural balance of blood sugar in the body. Of course, we also need to follow the proper treatment protocols, but the idea here is that all the medicine that is in our disposal is not being utilized. The grapefruit is known to help treat cancer, but the pith of this fruit which is rich in D-Glucarate is thrown away. One should always utilize the parts of the food that contains medicinal value. And if you are still unaware, this wisdom is derived from Qi Gong.

When we attain a healthy body, we elevate our Qi and create a stronger receptacle in which to house it at the same. A real holistic treatment focuses on the healing and balancing of all aspects of our being: Our spirit, mind, and body. Qi Gong accomplishes these by enabling us to take charge of our health and by increasing the vibrational energy of our body.

Nelya de Brun is a licensed acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, FL., practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western medical pathology. She is also the founder of Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC.

Building Immune Energy with Qi Gong Self Massage

You may be interested to know that the gentle Chinese healing technique known as qi gong is one of the most powerful forms of cancer management and cancer-prevention exercises that is quite the same as Tai Chi.

The movements in Qi gong not only help boost the levels of oxygen in our body to detoxify the body also provide certain health benefits to the internal organ systems in a focused way.

Certain movements in qi gong benefit our immune system by stimulating the large intestine and lung energy pathways or meridians, which are known to strengthen immune function and give the body the ability to heal much faster after surgery or when confronted with deadly diseases such as cancer.

One important qi gong movement called the Taoist Five Kidney movement influences the reproductive organs to shield us against reproductive disorders such as ovarian/cervical cancers, ovarian cysts, prostate cancers, and enlarged prostate, as well as improve fertility.

Some other qi gong movements affect the abdomen and spleen and can be used simultaneously with qi gong self massage to alleviate nausea (usually experienced by individuals are undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy).

A qi gong well-balanced exercise gently works the internal organs to generate strength and rejuvenate health that go beyond muscular and cardiovascular levels.

To treat reproductive organ diseases such as prostate cancer, seek a qi gong therapist/practitioner who has a background in clinical applications of this therapy. Such therapist has been trained to construct movements to address specifically cancer of different forms.

To attain the best health benefits. Perform qi gong exercises for 30 minutes although it has been shown that even shorter exercise periods can improve health. A lot of practitioners recommend one to three minutes of qi gong mildly interjected throughout the day to attain a cumulative total of 30 – 45 minutes of exercise each day. This allows people to select the best time of day to perform qi gong. It can be naturally incorporated into people’s lives and can be used as a powerful healing tool.

Building Immune Energy with Qi Gong Self Massage

The following is series of qi gong self massage that can be to treat depression naturally:

Lung Meridian: When this meridian is massaged and stimulated, it helps to promote the freeing of disappointment, grief, or sadness. Qi gong massage exercise of this meridian also helps build immunity by activating the metal organ of the large intestine.

Tap the chest forcefully on the left side and continue tapping down the left arm’s inner side of the left arm toward the thumbs inside and the inner side of the wrist, lower arm, and elbow.

Repeat this activity the chest’s right side and down the right thumb and right arm’s inner side.

Large Intestine Meridian: When this energy pathway is massaged it leads to the healing of disappointment, grief, or sadness, grief. Messaging this meridian also helps build immunity by stimulating the metal organ of the large intestine.

To start the massage, using your right hand, vigorously slap and tap the left index finger’s top from the nail bed along the finger towards the wrist and hand.

Along the wrist’s to the elbow‘s top side continue with the slapping and tapping. Keep on tapping along the upper arm’s top to the sides of the neck and shoulder. Near the right nostril, massage the area with circular small motions.

Repeat this massage with taps and slaps on the right arm of the person to the right index finger’s top, through the hand to wrist. Keep on massaging along the top of the upper arm to the elbow of the neck. Massage the body part near your left nostril using circular but small motions.

It is important to remember as with any form of exercise, one must consult their medical physicians before implementing applying new exercise regimens. It also important to remember that this work is not meant as a substitute for conventional Western medical health care diagnose or meant to address any medical condition.

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The Need To Integrate Qi Gong And Tai Chi Into Conventional Treatment

Although it is known in China that Tai Chi has certain benefits for people with diabetes, searching for articles about the topic online is quite hard to come by. Tai Chi practitioners believe they have the ability boost microcirculation and that Tai Chi is an extremely effective technique to manage stress. Furthermore, it burns very gently a considerable amount of calories and has been proven to actually aid the body to attain levels of chemical homeostasis. A Tai Chi study dealing with sex hormones, for example, was shown to create a “balancing effect” on the chemistry of the hormones of the test subjects, reducing the high levels of abnormal estrogen in older men, while increasing low levels of abnormal estrogen in older women.

Other studies have also yielded the same outcomes that led me to assume that significant research has probably done on the benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi’s for people suffering from diabetes, proven that at least these outcomes initially indicate Qigong and Tai Chi may present much to a person with diabetes. But from Western medical studies, there doesn’t appear much out there in terms of qigong and tai chi as a complement therapy for diabetes.

However, there are two Chinese medical establishment researches had extremely thrilling results. A study conducted by the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology discovered that blood sugar can be successfully reduced by performing Qi Gong exercises. In the study, almost 43 percent of the participants were able to take reduce their medication intake while consuming more staple foods. Another study by the Nanjing University showed that metabolic condition of type II diabetes mellitus with geriatric obesity could be regulated by Tai Chi exercise through the stabilization of the endocrine¬-nervous system of the body. The question is why is there very little Western medicine research done on this?

Regrettably, less that 0.5 percent of funding from NIH goes to study all complementary or alternative health modalities. This implies that this very small slice of NIH budget pie is all shared by homeopathy, herbal medicine, meditation, yoga, etc. A lot of the benefits sufferers of various diseases have gained from Qigong and Tai Chi will not benefit the millions of others with such conditions until the NIH allocates adequate funding/attention for Qigong and Tai Chi research. Until adequate research is conducted, doctors will not have the necessary knowledge to provide their patients with enough information about Qigong and Tai Chi as potential viable treatment options.

Nonetheless, you can request your physician to do a bit of research on this for you. In the meantime, let’s look at recommendations for diabetes therapy that are currently available, and then systematically compare the benefits of Tai Chi benefits to determine if it can be a viable therapeutic complement for diabetes. It is important to note that you should not treat yourself. This article meant to encourage a dialogue between your doctor and you which hopefully can sway him to campaign on your behalf to get very effective natural health modalities such as Tai Chi fully studied so that you have the utmost potential choices for your health plan.

Exercise, diet and the achievement of the appropriate body weight are the key components of any therapeutic plan for type 2 diabetes. Tai Chi has been shown to be an ideal exercise that besides have benefits to the cardiovascular system (approximately similar to moderate impact aerobics), also can help burn a significant amount of calories more than the burning of calories from surfing, and downhill skiing. To people with diabetes, gentle exercise as Tai Chi may be important to attain such cardiovascular benefits and caloric burning benefits.

According to Top5plus5.com, an internet health site, the form of exercise a patient performs is essential to his well being. The site states “People suffering from active diabetic retinopathy are not advised to do exercises involving heavy lifting or straining since these exertions can bring about eye damage. They need to realize that nerve damage due to high levels of blood sugar levels can result in sensation loss in the feet, with a consequential elevated likelihood of ulceration and blistering. People suffering from increasing heart damage due to high blood sugar need to be aware about the danger of sudden heart failure and death. Tai Chi may be promising for the health of the heart with is extremely important to diabetes sufferers. The BBC News 2004, October 9 reported that Tai Chi is able to treat heart failure. The study, according to the British Heart Foundation, was “very good news” and in the UK, Tai Chi can be integrated into treatment programmes in the future.”

We need to repeat once more that you should never treat yourself and all potential treatments should be considered in conjunction with your doctor. Talking about Qi Gong and Tai Chi with your doctor will hopefully result in a more reasonable allocation funding of medical research towards other natural health therapies such as Qigong and Tai. It is with sincere hope that medical researchers will study Qigong and Tai Chi with an effort desire to discover “why it helps a lot of people” rather than following a sinister ulterior motive to prove that it doesn’t work. It’s also is just as important the way studies are conducted as the studies are done.

It is for the benefit of doctors and their patients to find for themselves what Qigong and Tai Chi health techniques have to offer as these two therapies are more and more offered by medical universities to would be doctors and nurses. The prospect of healthcare need not be a war between conventional allopathic therapies and alternative therapies, but a growth of conventional therapies to cover whatever works best for the patient. A lot of people in the medical profession are great supporters of such a vision.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
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Cleveland, OH 44143
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