How can Qigong Cure your Sickness?

I received this “How can Qigong Cure your Sickness?” article in a newsletter from the Tai Chi, Qigong & Feng Shui Institute. It is a very interesting look at a different way of healing your body. The western way is through medicines that pinpoint symptoms of a disease. Traditional Chinese medicine looks at the whole body, the health of the meridians. My preference is not to take drugs, if not necessary. If I can save money by not going to the doctor and taking their pharmaceuticals, but I can be healthy by doing Tai Chi and Qigong, then that’s what I will do. Prevent the illness, rather than treat symptoms. Enjoy their words:

parting the wild horse's mane

Tai Chi at Mountain Park park on World Tai Chi day 2018

Qigong is very effective against many chronic and degenerative diseases. Actually, according to Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory, these are not diseases, these are only symptoms giving you signals that something is out of balance in your body. TCM uses an approach completely different from that of Western medicine. For example, according to TCM theory, diabetes arises due to a weakness in the yin qi for the liver, kidney and spleen meridians (channels of qi) which are located on your legs.

The most common Western treatments are: diet management (controlling the intake of sugar), insulin injection and oral medication. The main goal of these approaches is to keep blood sugar levels within the normal range. However, this is not the root of the problem. These treatments, especially the sugar intake control treatment, not only further weaken the yin qi in the liver, kidney and spleen meridians, but they weaken the yang qi in the long run. Weaknesses in both the yang and yin qi will result in very poor blood circulation because blood flow follows qi flow. This will cause many problems. A crippling effect will result if qi ceases to flow along the meridians in the legs. In the serious case, amputation maybe necessary. Blindness will result if qi ceases to flow to the eyes. The inability of qi to flow to the kidneys leads to kidney failures, which weakens qi overall, resulting in death because kidney is the last reserve of qi. (Chinese doctors have a definition for kidney that is different from the definition adopted by Western medicine practitioners, which I will explain further in a future newsletter).

The cause of diabetes according to Chinese medical theories is yin qi weakness. Thus, qigong and some Chinese herb medicines work by simply strengthening yin qi. Typical symptoms of diabetes such as dry mouth, frequent urination, fatigue and excessive hunger will start to disappear with qigong and Chinese medicine. However, sugar levels in the blood may still remain relatively high. This is because these approaches do not target blood sugar level. The level of sugar in the blood will return back to normal with the strengthening of yin qi. This may take a few months or a few years to achieve depending on the severity of the problem.

One may ask, how do I strengthen my yin qi then? The good thing about Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is you do not need to care whether it is yin qi or yang qi that you need. It just balances your overall yin and yang. Thus, someone who has high blood pressure and someone who has low blood pressure can both benefited by practicing the same qigong. It is the beauty of the traditional Chinese approach. Rather than treating the symptoms, it focuses on bringing the body back to balance.

Back to me writing: I teach elements of Tai Chi Qigong shibashi at my classes, and will be focusing on the second set of 18 movements this year. Come join us for a workout that feels good, and does good for you too!

Can Qi cure cancer?

Startling headline, but according to studies, including those at Harvard, YES! I was listening to an interview with Joan Borysenko who mentioned a study with Harvard and qi healers. They had separated cancer cells from healthy cells, then introduced them to the power of an external qi healer. The normal cells showed very little change. The cancer cells had a much different reaction. The pathways used by cancer cells to grow and spread were inhibited, and the cancer cells actually died. In addition, cancer in their tests were affected by the qi up to 24 hours after the qi healer had left the room. Remarkable!
Practicing Tai Chi
So, I had to research this myself, to find documentation. I mean, if this is true, why isn’t this the standard cure for cancer? Why are we instead forced into a concoction of lethal drugs and radiation? I have not found that study yet, but I did come across this article, dating back to 1980. Here the author, Paul Gong, relates personal stories of people who were listed as beyond Western medical care, healing themselves by doing a regular practice of qigong. Their recommendation was 30-45 minutes a day of moving and meditation. In this article, Helen Liang, a Wushu master in China, resolved her cancer with qigong practice, and herbs prescribed by a Traditional Medical doctor. And I’ve previously posted about the measurable effects of Tai Chi showing the increased oxygenation of blood after doing Tai Chi versus walking, running and resting.

This website has a number of different links to articles about qi curing cancer. One easy practice includes doing the Tai Chi walk, letting your arms swing from side to side, and breathing in twice for every exhale. This is called xi xi hu, or inhale, inhale, exhale. It is a fun and relaxing walk, and very easy to do. Come to one of my classes, and we’ll practice it together.

Measurable Benefits of Tai Chi

Why do we do Tai Chi – what are the benefits of Tai Chi? To an outsider, it may look like we are waving our hands around for no reason. We know that Tai Chi is based on ancient Chinese martial arts, and that each movement has an application or two, a purpose for each move. There are those who have studied the movements and say that one movement will help the energy in a particular meridian. But still, some people want scientific proof of our claims.

Part of Grasping Sparrow's Tail Sequence

Part of Grasping Sparrow’s Tail Sequence

(Running scored the lowest.)This article by Dr. Pete Gryffin talks about how Tai Chi is scientifically measurably good for you. He studied various activities, such as walking, running, resting, Yang style Tai Chi, Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail sequence in particular, and Qi walking. He looked at the blood oxygen saturation of the various activities, and found that doing the Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail sequence resulted in the highest increase in blood oxygen saturation. Qi Walking, Yang style Tai Chi scored the second and third highest increases in blood oxygen saturation.

He also states that one of the major complications in cancer treatment is hypoxia, which is an oxygen deficiency in the tissues. So it is logical to conclude that by adding Tai Chi to your life will help with cancer treatments.

According to Great Grand Master Kellen Chia, Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail also benefits the eliminative organs of the body, such as the large intestine, colon, and will also treat constipation.

Come to a class soon and learn this healthy and health-ful form!