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!

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