Qigong Strategies for Illness

Flowing Lymph Leads to Glowing Health

Recently I was re-attending a seminar on the powerful healing art of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy from the Chikly Institute. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a method of helping someone’s lymph flow better. This results in many, many, many benefits; I won’t go into them here, except to say that you want good, strong, regular lymph flow. You really want this. One of the best way to help your lymph flow is through the practice of Qigong.

I’ll talk more about the specifics of how lymph and Qigong are related in a later post.

Don’t Work on the Acute Illness

One of the many great ideas I came away with from the seminar was about the rhythm of working with the arc of acute illness. Basically it is this: Don’t do LDT on someone who is in the throes of an illness–someone on the top end of the bell curve of being sick. Let the illness take its course. [By the way, I always have to look up the proper use of its and it’s. Why won’t that rule stick in my head?]

Heal First and Avoid Getting Sick

As a general rule don’t work on a fully sick person with energetic or body work. However, if you perform the healing work just as the sickness is taking off, you may lessen the severity of the illness, or even thwart it entirely. You are giving the body a leg up on fighting the oncoming illness.

Recover Faster

If you do the LDT on someone as they are coming down from the illness, you can increase how quickly and thoroughly they heal.

When Not to Do Qigong: When You are Sick

Here’s my point with Qigong: It is exactly the same as receiving hands’-on bodywork. Don’t do Qigong if you are full-on sick. Rest, sleep, let your body find a way for you to recover.

When to do Extra Qigong: When You Feel Run Down

But if you feel yourself beginning to get sick–if you feel extra fatigued, tired, run-down–do a bunch of Qigong pronto. It is likely you can stave off the illness. Thirty or sixty minutes of slow, energizing Qigong is a much more fun experience than a day or week or fortnight of feeling like a smashed, twisted and upended car, spilling its fluids.

When to do Qigong: When You are Recovering

If you do get a cold or the flu or some other uncertain collection of sick yuckiness; wait until you start to come out of it. Then restart your Qigong practice. You’ll get better faster, and more completely.

With preventing sickness that seems to be threatening, there is a particular approach to Qigong that works well. Do slow, smooth, rhythmic, gentle movements over and over and over. Build the sense of magnetic power, of pulsing Qi, or whole body pulsing.

More on this soon.

1 Comment »

  1. tania bedford said,

    April 6, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    L O V E LOVE L O V E attention to “it’s”/”its”, being a member of the Qigong grammar police, it’s a pleasure to see someone taking special care. also love your qi commentary. best tania

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