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Qigong and Seeing

Until a few years ago I always had superb eyesight. The notion of wearing corrective glasses was something I never thought of—it was something other people needed to do, but not me. I knew that my eyesight would someday diminish, but that was in a vague and distant future. About three years ago I gave in to my increasing difficulty with reading clearly. I bought a few pairs of cheap reading glasses. Reading, to me, is almost as important as eating. In fact it is my necessary nourishment, the food for my mind, memory, intellect, understanding, entertainment, and encouragement. It is my main path to learning and self-education. In that way, the use of reading glasses has sustained me for the last 3 years.

Glasses in Middle Age

Glasses are nothing unusual for someone of my age, now fully into middle age. However there is another side to this story. For many years I collected and read books and notes about methods for strengthening one’s eyesight. The eyes, like most any other part of one’s body, can be exercised, educated, improved, or maintained in health. There are many sets of exercises developed by different cultures, different physicians, different teachers. There are many examples of people who did improve their eyesight—often dramatically—with such exercises. I know people who formerly wore glasses who do not anymore. One of them wore them from boyhood on. Now about sixty years of age, he was in his thirties when someone lent him a vinyl record album of eye exercise. He listened to the album; did the exercises; and put down his glasses for good.

I’ve known about these exercises, but haven’t much applied myself with them. I rarely practiced them. There were always other priorities in my Qigong practices. Finally I have decided to bring eyesight work up a few notches. For the rest of the year (at least) I will be leading people in Eye Qigong as a part my Simple Taiji classes.

 

Brightening Your Eyesight

The following Qigong exercise can improve your vision and aid in healing any eye condition you may have. By energetically and consciously connecting to your organs of sight; by creating more Qi circulation; and by enlivening the nerves, you can speed up the healing process of your eyesight.

I first gleaned this excellent exercise from an article on Lotus Qigong by Dianna Sun and Bingkun Hu from the June/July, 1996, issue of Kung Fu magazine. I have updated and enhanced the exercise to express my own understanding of Qi and self-healing. Several people I have taught this to have had noticeable improvements in some serious eye conditions.

1. Charge Palms and Connect to the Light

Rub your palms together until they are warm and energized. Place these Qi-charged palms together in a prayer position directly above your head, with your fingers pointing up. Imagine you are connecting to heavenly light or starlight—the light of seeing. Now draw your hands down to the front of your upper face, staying connected to the light of the stars. Separate the hands and place them two or three inches in front of the eyes. Feel the center of each palm radiating Qi and Light to its respective eye (right palm to right eye, left to left).

2. Palms in Clockwise Circles

Move your palms in small clockwise circles in front of the eyes, nine times. Both palms move in the same direction at the same time; they are in synchrony. Clockwise is down to the left. The palms circle in about 6 inches of circumference.

The eyes are open and relaxed. Do not follow the palms with the eyes, rather receive the circling energies of the hands. As you circle, feel the Qi and healing warmth of the hands penetrate the eyes, eye muscles, eye fluids, ocular nerves, even to the back of your brain (occipital lobe.) These circling motions will get stagnant energy in your eyes recirculating and refreshing. Stagnation leads to disease; motion leads to healing.

 3. Palms in Counterclockwise Circles

Move your palms in nine small counterclockwise circles in front of the eyes. As you hold your hands in front of your eyes, be sure to keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows heavy—basic practices of good Qigong. Also, keep breathing with ease into your lower belly. Belly breathing helps keep the eyes, neck, head and everything relaxed and flowing.

4. Palms Forward and Back

Move your palms forward and back in front of the eyes, going out 10 to 12 inches and then back to the starting spot of a couple of inches from the eyes. Feel like you are stretching Qi from your eyes, then pressing it back in. The energy connection between your palms and your eyes continues throughout the movements. This refines and builds the Qi by a wave-like kneading of the Qi. Do this nine times also.

5. Rest and Re-center

Lower your hands to your Lower Dantian (lower abdomen) and rest for a breath or two there. Forget your eyes and feel your Lower Dantian.

Repeat

Repeat the entire sequence two more times.

Frequency of Practice

For vision health maintenance, practice this simple set once a day.

For helping with active vision problems, practice it several times a day. The biggest key is to feel the sense of movement in the eyes from the hand motions. If you feel it, you are getting benefits from it. What you feel you can heal. Your eyes will begin to self-heal because you are changing stuckness into dynamic motion.

Make a Study of It

There are many more exercises and principles for good and longstanding eyesight in Qigong and in many other bodies of knowledge. The above set is a beneficial one, but only one of many. If improving your eyesight naturally intrigues you, there are many resources available in print and on the web to learn more.

 

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Six Healing Sounds for Healthy Organs

Note: Amidst the text below is an audio recording of these Six Healing Sounds.

The Six Healing Sounds are used for clearing, releasing, and purging the internal organs and other tissues of bad, surplus or stagnant Qi. These specific tones clear out blocks and excesses, release negative emotions, and purge toxic Qi from each organ. It is important to clear your organs of excess Qi and toxic Qi, before adding in fresh Qi.

The 5 plus 1 organs of this set are the Yin organs of Chinese medical theory. Each of these organs is thought to be a master organ that controls several other organs, systems, and functions in the body. By working on each of these organs, the whole body is helped.

There are many versions of healing sounds in Qigong, including the Old Man…” exercise for healing emotional issues. The tones I include here work very well for clearing those physiological stagnations that lead to low energy and other symptoms. The most important aspect of performing healing sounds is to feel the sound affecting the target organ, to feel a vibration that is shaking loose energetic and emotional debris.

Visualize the Target Organ

It is useful to gain a visual understanding of each of the 5 main internal organs by consulting a good anatomy book, or just finding each organ on a search engine. I recommend Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank H. Netter, M.D. It is not only the clearest collection of anatomy renderings I have seen, but also a moving collection of artful paintings of the complex interior of human beings.   

As you perform each sound, lightly intend for old, stuck, icky Qi to be released from that organ. As you feel the vibrations, you might visualize a mist leaving the organ and out of your body.

Try to practice with your eyes open. If you are too inwardly focused, then the Qi has a difficult time leaving your body—it stays where your mind is focused.

Repetitions

I good way to practice this short set is to perform each healing sound and movement in order for about 5 reps: Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys, whole body. Travel through the set for a total of three rounds.

Below is the version we are currently practicing in our classes:

An MP3 Recording of the 6 Healing Sounds

To get a sense of what the various tones actually sound like, I recorded this five minute audio recording in a Qigong class.

6 healing sounds

Sound #1: Liver

Intertwine palms over the head, lean to the left to release the weight off the Liver, push the palms upward, facing upward, and make the foghorn-like descending sound “Shuuu—uuuu.” You are releasing the energy of such emotions as anger, grumpiness, and irritation, leaving you feeling at ease in your body and your life.

You are releasing excess, toxic or hot Liver Qi in three ways:

1. Gently pressing the right leg into the ground helps the old Qi flow down the outside of the right leg into the earth. This utilizes the companion pathway of the Liver meridian, the Gallbladder meridian.

2. Express old and bad Qi out of your mouth (with all of the sounds exhaling from the mouth is part of the releasing.)

3. Visualize and sense a releasing of a mist leaving out of your right side, where the Liver is located just under the ribs.

The Liver represents and oversees the Wood Elemental Energies of the body. A smooth-functioning Liver results in feelings of well-being, and the free and easy Qi flow in the body.

Sound #2: Heart

Inhale as you bring your fingers to touch your sternum. Exhale or sing a long, sighing, descending (from high to low tone) “Haaaaa” as you expand your arms outward and down. Open the fingers at the end of the movement and perform a pelvic tilt. You are releasing anxiety, heart tensions and hard-heartedness.

You are releasing Heart Qi in three simultaneous ways:

1. Opening the arms and fingers out to the sides as you lower them, allows dammed Heart Qi and emotions to travel out of the limbs. Often people tend to hold tension in the arms blocking the natural pathway of excess heart energy. Be sure to roll the fingers open at the end of the move to release the old Qi into the earth.

2. The sound vibrates excess and stuck energy and emotions in the Heart so you can release through the mouth with the toning.

3. Smoothly dropping into a pelvic tilt allows some of the excess Heart Qi to root into the lower abdominal energy center (the Lower Dantian).

The Heart represents and oversees the Fire Elemental Energies of the body. A smooth-functioning Heart results in more order in your life.

Sound #3: Spleen

(Including Pancreas/Digestive System)

Inhale as you bring your palms to face the left upper quadrant of your abdomen. Connect energetically and with your mind to the stomach, pancreas, and Spleen. Now turn the palms to face downwards. Push the old Qi of the digestive area (left upper quadrant of the abdomen) into the earth with the palms as you exhale a deep, droning, digideroo-like “Whooo.” Push down to the left/front. Try to feel the old Qi entering deep into, and being accepted by the earth.

The Spleen represents and oversees the Earth Elemental Energies of the body. A smooth-functioning Spleen energy results in better digestion, stronger immunity, strong internal organs and more trust in the course of your life.

Sound #4: Lungs

Inhale as you bring your palms to face your Lungs, opening the upper back. Unbend the elbows horizontally from the chest to the sides, stretching the thumbs (which are the ends of the lung meridians) and exhale the sound “SSSSSS….” You are breathing out excess cool dryness, smoky exhaust, sadness and grief.

With this movements connect to the Lungs and open the front of the chest. The arms extend out of the chest movement, with the fingers extending at the end. Feel like you are opening your chest like two cupboard doors. This movement is about getting a sense of the lungs opening the arms, rather than the arms just expanding out.

The Lungs represent and oversees the Metal Elemental Energies of the body. Smooth-functioning lungs result in more confidence and uprightness, as well as alleviation of sinus and breathing issues.

Sound #5: Kidneys

Inhale as you bend at the waist and place your palms on your knees; connect energetically and consciously with your Kidneys, while gently pushing the low back backward. Exhale fear, coldness, and tiredness with the sound “Chreeee.” This high, almost nasal, sound should end in an ear-tingling sensation

According to Chinese medicine, the knees are connected to the Kidneys. Palming the knees engages the Kidney energies.

Rounding the back in this pose opens the Kidneys and Gate of Life.

The Kidneys represent and oversee the Water Elemental Energies of the body. Smooth-functioning Kidneys result in more energy, warmer hands and feet, better brain function, and better sleep.

Sound #6: Whole Body Cellular Cleansing

This is a general clearer and balancer of both Qi and excess heat.

To begin, inhale as you raise arms above your head. Bring the palms to face down over the top of your head. 

Lower your arms in front of your body, cleansing your cells, tissues, organs and intercellular spaces with clear Qi and the tone “Sheeee.” This tone will start in the high range and descend smoothly to a very low base at the feet. It is like you are squegeeing the old, murky, dirty Qi from your cells, leaving them bright and shiny.

The key to this movement is to send thought and heat down, down, down, to the feet, feet, feet and into the ground, ground, ground. Send head Qi and excess risen energy down through the feet into the ground. Developing clearing and redirecting ability with your Qi is crucial in dealing with many syndromes, such as headaches, stress, neck tension, heart tension and hot flashes. I give more instruction for this exercise on this video:

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Loud, Moderate, or Quiet

With healing sounds, you can make them loud, moderately quiet or aspirated. The aspirated sounds are very quiet and good for doing the healing sounds in public spaces like parks or for keeping your family in the other room from laughing at you. The loud sounds foster the most release on a gross, physical level. The softer the sounds the more energetic and neurological the changes are, with more long-term results.

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Master List of Articles

Here is a List of the Principle Articles and Videos on this Qigong Website

Note: These listed articles come from the Blog section of this website. There is also a section of Pages, which contains much information as well. The links to the Pages can be found to the right on any page.

Fun with Qigong Homepage

How to use this site.

Welcome to Fun with Qigong

My first post.

Introduction to Qigong

A video explaining the basics of Qigong.

A Simple Explanation of Qigong

What exactly is Qigong?

Audio Interview

A 55 minute overview of Qigong, along with a sample of the Six Healing Sounds.

The First Principle of Qigong

Practice. Preferably daily.

My First DVD: Fun with Qigong

A video guide to learning the gentle, powerful, principle-based Qigong set called The Five Flows.

Moderation and Fasting

All endeavors seeking health should not be excessive. Excess kills. Moderation heals.

Healing the Heart

Simple approaches to heart health.

Reducing High Blood Pressure

Video detailing some Qigong ideas for lowering pressure.

Breast Health

Exercises and resources from a non-invasive, vitalistic, self-empowering approach. Every woman should learn about these methods.

Inexpensive Acupuncture

Social justice through heartful needles.

Sudden Inhalation Syndrome

Shock breathing is normal but not natural. Learn how to breathe with ease.

Qigong and Fibromyalgia

Decrease pain with Qigong.

Simple Taiji Video

An introductory form to practice the principles and basic movements of Taiji (Tai chi).

Insomnia

Insomnia Article

Thoughts and exercises for working on that night-stealer insomnia.

Insomnia Video 1

Overview of Qigong exercises for overcoming insomnia.

Insomnia Video 2

Charge the Kidneys and connect the Kidneys to the Lower Dantian.

Insomnia Video 3

Warm the feet.

Insomnia Video 4

Draw Qi from the Lower Dantian to the feet. 

Front-loading Qigong

Practice extra amounts of Qigong before travel, expected stressful events, or busy times to come.

Hot Hands of Qi

Qigong will warm and balance your hands.

Qigong and Warm Hands: Part 1

A second class with the heat camera shows some fascinating photos.

Relax Your Shoulders, Descend Your Qi

Sink your Qi to relax your being.

Qigong and the Upside Down Snowman

Get out of your head and center in the lower abdomen. Health and joy await you. Let go of tension and sink your Qi to feel much, much better. [with a video]

You Can Cure Hot Flashes

Make hot flashes a thing of the past with this simple, powerful technique. [with a video]

Qigong, Vitality and “Limitations”

Work within your limits, but don’t let them define you.

Four-Part Protection Process

A Meditation and Medical Qigong Method for staying sane and clear in an insane world.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 1

The overview video of the “Old Man…” exercise.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 2

The second video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Lungs and sadness.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 3

The third video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Open the heart and release armoring.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 4

The fourth video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Clear worry, excess emotions, and anger from the middle burner.

Alleviating Depression and Other Traumatic Emotions 5

The fifth video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Putting it all together.

Three Types of Qigong Practice: Singles, Sets, and Sequences

Three ways you might practice: Focused, expanded, or sophisticated ways.

Qigong Sets

Understanding what Qigong sets are and how to utilize them.

Qigong Sequences

Understanding what Qigong forms are and how to utilize them.

Five Flows in a Single Exercise

One exercise can take you through all of the flows, if  you stick with it.

Preventing Colds and Flu with Qigong

These gentle, immunity-enhancing exercises truly work.

More on Preventing Colds and Flu with Qigong

Use healing sounds and slow, gentle, movements.

Qigong Strategies for Illness

How, when, and when not to do Qigong when illness is in the picture.

Qigong Workshops

A baker’s dozen of Qigong workshops your group may want to host.

The World-Famous First 64 Form

From Wild Goose Qigong, there is much healing in the intracies of these fun movements.

Reduce Stress with the Super Powerful Method of Belly Breathing

So much of a person’s stress arises from the backward, upside down, unnatural, but entirely common practice of chest breathing.

Pay Attention to Your Feet

With so much heady focus in our world, we lose connection to the whole of our bodies and the sustenance of the earth. Become more whole and balanced by paying attention to your feet as much as to your brain.

Save Yourself from a Lightning Strike

Crouch and survive.

Simplified Exercise Set

Sometimes an entire set is too much.

Open and Move from the Gate of Life

The Gate of Life is so important and so practical and so unknown.

Can Qigong Save America (and the World?)

We desperately need inexpensive, effective healthcare. Qigong is one of the answers to this urgent need.

Slap Yourself Healthy

Gentle tapping methods for wellness.

The Three Intentional Corrections

How to reframe and refocus your experience in the moment with Qigong.

Healing Knee Pain 1

Using the wall sitting exercise.

Healing Knee Pain 2

Success with the wall sitting exercise.

Change Your Life in Two Minutes a Day

Getting a daily Qigong practice started can reward you with big health dividends later on.

Bend Your Knees for Health’s Sake

Bending your knees helps alleviate many chronic pain symptoms.

When in Doubt, Shake

Use the Shaking the Body exercise to release fear, uncertainty, and tension.

Exercise with Ease

Be gentle and moderate with your Qigong to get the most out of it.

Qigong Will Soon Be a Common Sight

“People just have to get used to it.”

Spend a Billion Dollars to Save a Trillion

Qigong could save huge amounts of money, nationally.

Qigong is a Medical Bargain

It is downright cheap. It is gold that takes put pennies on the dollar.

Three Little Words Can Change your Life

The first three principles of Qigong: Practice, Modify, and Refine.

I Healed My Smashed Toe with Qigong

Using the gentleness and gentility of Qigong for giant gains.

Stay Centered or Suffer the Consequences

Multi-tasking leads to injury.

Breathe When You Type

Qigong is cheap medicine, easily accessible.

Train Your Qigong in Calmness

Qigong practice cautions.

The Secret Practice of True Wealth

Invest in Qigong and reap the lifelong rewards.

The Half-Half Rule

At least do some Qigong. You will be happy you did.

The Baby Bowl

Healing babies instead of watching the Superbowl.

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Qigong and Warm Hands: Part 1

On December 03 of 2010 I invited a friend with a thermal imaging camera to come to my Qigong class to take heat photos of our bodies and hands. This camera is a hand held device used primarily to look for heat leaks in buildings. We previously photographed hands in a class earlier in the year.   

The thermal imaging camera works great as tool for exploring certain aspects of Qigong. The swashes of bright colors give an overview of how someone’s Qi and blood flow are. The balance of colors show how balanced the body is. The type of color shows the level of warmth in each area. Extech i5 is the camera’s designation. 

Thermal Imaging Camera

We took photographs both before and after class. Our class exercises consisted mostly of slow, whole body charging exercises with particuar focus on the hands, Kidneys, legs, Dantian and Lungs.    

Following are some of the things we learned.    

First Student

Even though cold at the begining of class, this persons’s hands were much more balanced to start with than earlier this year.    

And the hands are way hotter after this class than before it.     

Before class hands

After class hands

Notice also how the heat of her head becomes more balanced by the end of the class compared to the photo before class.  She has distributed some of the head heat down into her arms, hands, torso, and legs. 

Body shot, beginning of class

Body shot, end of class

She is learning how to use Qigong to shift the state of her body in an intentional way.     

Second Student

This person’s hands and fingers heated up a lot from the Qigong.     

Before class: warm palms, cool fingers

After class: warmer, but with an imbalance

Though the hands warmed up signifcantly, an imbalance shows between the right and left hands. There is a bright circle of warmth in the right palm that does not express in the left hand. This might have to do with blocked lymph flow in the left arm and axilla (armpit). I suggested to keep practicing  with awareness of allowing the left flow to be open and equal to the right. The way to do this is to pay attention to the various sensations in both hands, gently seeking for more similarities left and right.

Third Student

These photos show that the hands heated up very well from the Qigong, and that there is more energy in the head than is probably healthy. Too much energy in the head is a precursor to many kinds of problems. After viewing the photos, I suggested she focus on her feet more to bring more energetic, thermal and neurologic balance to her entire body.    

And focus on the Dantian when practicing Qigong.    

Hands before

Hands after

In the photos below you can see that clothes keep the heat in. But both the head and the hands were visible and comparing them was useful. A hot head and cold hands are, in general, the reverse of what you want. Seek a cool head and warm or hot hands.    

These photos show lots of energy in the head and moderate energy in the hands.     

I suggested working on learning how to send that head energy to the palms and fingers.This is actually the essence of a Qigong headache remedy: Send the excess heat in the head down the arms to warm up the hands. The pain in the head will often reduce or go away through this simple prescription.    

Before class: hot head and cool hands

After class: warmer hands

Fourth Student

This person heated her hands up significantly.    

Before class: sort of warm hands

After class: hot hands of Qi

My Hands on This Day

My hands are usually warm to hot. They tend to heat up and turn on when I do hands-on healing work with people. People who have practiced Qigong regularly for a few years usually have hands that are warm, alive, and balanced in Qi. This is a generally true even at the beginning of a practice. Warm hands become a way of life. Warm hands, balanced left and right, are usually indicative of health.    

Before class: Robert's hands

After class: Robert's hands

Fifth Student

Here is another example of the power of Qigong to energize. This student’s palm areas (Lao Gongs in Qigong lingo) are warm to begin with, but his fingers and left thumb are cold.    

Before Qigong: cold fingers
After Qigong

With Qigong practice this person’s Qi and blood began to suffuse his fingers. This student has been practicing Qigong for less than two years, and is learning well how to reorder his blood and Qi flow.    

Sixth Qigong Student

This student’s hands show a cold and imbalanced profile to start. Notice the marked purpleness on the right hand. The left hand is more lavender. Both are cold.   

Cold and Imbalanced to Start

     

So much better after Qigong
Wow! Warm and very close to being balanced. This person has been studying Qigong for more than two years. He is making great progress in learning how to shift his energies.

Seventh Qigong Student

Cold fingers with some brightness of  heat in the central palms to start.

Cold at the beginning

Warmer at the end of practice

Notice how much improvement there is here. A little imbalance shows in the fingerpads, but overall, the photos show a marked improvement in less than an hour of Qigong practice. This student has been practicing Qigong for a little more than a year.

     

 

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A Very Simple Exercise to Heal the Heart

In a short video that I have included below is a simple Qigong-like exercise to help a heart with any excess condition. Excess conditions are those of too much Yang in the heart, (or too little Yin elsewhere). High blood pressure, angina, tachycardia, and other physical heart issues can be the result. This exercise can also be helpful for such issues as anxiety, insomnia, over-excitement, night sweats, mental and emotional problems and dizziness.

In a two minute video clip, Stephen Sinatra, a cardiologist, talks about how the arms are extensions of the heart. Early in embryogenesis the arms came from the heart area.

Thus,

“If you want to work with someone’s heart, work with the energy of the arms.”

He makes the point that conductors, who are raising their arms in motion, live healthily into their 90’s.

The key to the video is the little exercise Stephen Sinatra shows. He recommends swinging your arms back and forth a couple hundred times a day to keep the thoracic duct open.

The thoracic duct is the major pathway in the center of the chest where lymph flows from the abdomen and legs back to the heart

The video style is intense (itself a stress on the heart), but short.

The Heart/Arm Connection

I’ve often noticed this heart and arm connection with my healing clients and Qigong students. Symptoms in the chest can often be relieved by opening the shoulders and guiding attention, sensation and Qi down the arms, and off the fingers. In Medical Qigong training we are taught to take a patient’s excess heart Qi out of the heart, down three of the meridians of the arm (Small Intestine, Pericardium and Heart). Dredging down the entire arm, not just the meridians, works quite well also.

The arms and hands can be thought of the external manifestations of the heart. It is with the arms that we create, or hug ,or hold tight, or push away, or fight for our space. A post and video I made for lowering high blood pressure prominently uses the arms to release heart tension.

I almost included arm swinging in my Five Flows Qigong Set, and even made a preliminary video of it. (I put it into Five Flows Qigong Set 2). Here it is:

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The swinging exercise has other benefits to the heart. It opens the thoracic outlet, relaxes the shoulders, sends blood to to the hands to relieve excess, and improves lymph flow from the arms via the axillary nodes and clavicular pathways.

This exercise—like just about everything else in life—works even better with lower abdominal breathing.

Note: Just about any Kidney strengthening exercises can help with excess heart issues. The fiery heart needs to be supported, nourished and controlled some by the water energy of the Kidneys. This is according to the useful (and quite functional) pattern of the Five Elemental Energies.

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Breast Health Month (and Lifetime)

Natural, Empowering Health Options

Here’s a positive and proactive way to look at breast health. There are so many healthful, non-traumatic ways to work with breast health. Below are exercises, videos, a book, some links and some simple philosophy. The first information I share is from the Qigong tradition.  

One of the main points is to keep the tissues, fluids, and energies flowing. Stagnation is the breeding ground of disease. Movement is the keeper of health and progenitor of healing.

Keep in Mind and Practice

  • Keep the Qi moving.
  • Keep the blood flowing.
  • Keep the lymph flowing.

Here are three Qigong exercises that help with breast health.

Note: The Five Flows DVD includes Exercises # 1 and # 2 listed below as well as additional immune-boosting, easy-to-learn, Qigong exercises.

Exercise #1. Shaking the Body

Shaking the Body is basically just gently shaking up and own. Shaking will stimulate circulation, increase lymph flow, and release stagnation at the cellular and tissue levels. Shaking with intent offers many benefits. One of them can be to release a stuck, stagnant or hot Liver. In Chinese Medicine thought, such Liver conditions are usually a part of the toxic stagnancies like cancers.

Exercise #2: Streaming the Fountains

One of the great benefit of Streaming the Fountains is that the arms are repetitively, rhythmically, slowly raised above the head and then lowered. Raising the arms in this way opens the lymphatic pathways through the armpit. The greatest part of breast lymph is drained through the lymph nodes in the armpit (the axillary nodes.) By slowly and smoothly practicing Streaming the Fountains, the axillary lymph nodes are gently stretched and opened; then lightly compressed. A lymph pulsation then ensues, releasing tenderness, decreasing tension, and increasing flow through your breasts.

Axillary Lymph Nodes

Axillary Lymph Nodes

Exercise #3: Press Heaven and Earth

Press Heaven and Earth is a similar exercise to Streaming the Fountains in that you are raising the arms and drawing energy up and down the body vertically. It comes from the ancient 8 Silken Brocades Set. Once learned well, it is even more effective in moving stuck Qi in the chest and opening the armpit nodes than Streaming the Fountains.

Press Heaven and Earth Instructions

Slowly, over 3 to 5 seconds, press and stretch one hand high and one low. The high hand is over the head and the lower hand at the outer thigh. The upper palm is bent on the stretches, with fingers facing inward. The lower palm stretches down at the side of the thigh. Exhale as hands go away from each other. Inhale as they come toward each other, crossing at the chest. This also is done slowly over 3 to 5 seconds. The slowness allows a smoothness of movement and empowered lymph flow to take place. The hands also twist as they rise or sink, especially the rising hand.

Raise and Lower Simultaneously

Open the lymph nodes

Open the Armpit/Push Down

Relax Arms Down and Up

Twist the Palm as it Rises

Now the Opposite Armpits are Open or Closed

Medical Qigong for Breast Health

The International Institute of Medical Qigong has a DVD on using Qigong exercises for breast health and breast cancer prescriptions. These exercises use circular movements of the hands to increase breast Qi flow and special healing sounds. The teacher on the video is Jerry Alan Johnson, my own Medical Qigong instructor.

Lymphatic Self-Massage

Here is a short video of a lymphatic pumping breast massage, basic but powerful and important. Some 70 percent of the lymph of the breasts flows to and through the axillary nodes. It is very, very important to keep these pathways open and always flowing. Flowing lymph clears stagnations that might otherwise lead to disease.

Dressed to Kill

The book Dressed to Kill makes the argument that tight bras lead to an increase in breast cancer. Some authorities pooh pah this assertion. It makes clear sense to me, however. A tight bra will compress the skin and lymph flow of the breast, especially in the most important channel along the upper, outside ribs toward the armpit. Many women, after learning about this, rethink their bra choices and bra-wearing patterns. Basically, wearing bras less often; wearing bras more loosely; and keeping the flows a going. 

Dressed to Kill with Cancer

 

Those that might dismiss this book as pseudoscience are missing the point: That marketing undergarments is a science, one based on profit, not truth. And from my extensive studies in Qigong, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy—I think the authors of the book have a strong message that needs to be listened to and explored further. 

Chinese Medicine for Breast Health

Here is a site devoted to the natural, Chinese Medicine thinking about breast health and approaching breast cancer through Qigong, acupressure and other proven natural methods.

Lymph Drainage Therapy

The superb system of Lymph Drainage Therapy has even more sophisticated approaches to working on the breasts. Anyone who has taken the second course in LDT from the Chikly Health Institute (formerly with the Upledger Institute) has learned the Breast Drainage approach. You might want to find a qualified therapist to help with this. Note: Different states, regions or countries have different laws for which licensed therapists can work on breasts.

Daily Breast Massage

Here is a video that is more of a teaser; it doesn’t show the breast massage techniques, just some women talking about the process. The video looks like it might be worth exploring, worth getting the DVD if it speaks to you.

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Tai Chi (aka Qigong) Decreases Pain

In August of 2010 an article was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine citing a study of Tai Chi for the painful, baffling syndrome of Fibromyalgia. It turns out that there were significant mental and physical improvements for the Tai Chi group after only 12 weeks of supervised practice. The practices were one hour long, two times a week. Even more telling, the improvements remained 6 months later.

 http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa0912611

 http://www.medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/Fibromyalgia/21749

Science Continues to Support Qigong

Many scientific studies have been done to investigate the healing benefits of practicing Qigong and Tai Chi. “Tai Chi,” in most of these studies, is essentially another type of Qigong: A short movement form done slowly with attention to posture, movement, the body, mind, and breath. Though these short forms are taught to people unfamiliar with Qigong or Tai Chi, they still have quick, predictable, good results.

The Science of Centuries

Qigong, in all of it’s facets has been used as a health practice for thousands of years, undergoing advancement and refinement through all of those centuries. It has been proven over and over again to be a super source of health. Modern scientific studies are coming to the same conclusion.

Low-Priced Health Treasure for the Taking

Qigong and Tai Chi are not just relatively inexpensive way’s to feeling better, they are natural ways to healing that are super-duper cheap compared to modern medicine.

Qigong Methods for Fibromyalgia

Just about any slow moving, body-focused, energy-feeling type of Qigong would help ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia. These self-healing exercises can be the basis for creating a healing lifestyle.

Doing the Five Flows set twice a day would make someone feel better and begin a river of healing. The Five Flows is an introductory set of special movements, similar to a basic Tai chi form. There a several primary healing mechanisms in the set. Shaking and tapping release physical stagnations. Breathing practices revitalize the blood and relax the nervous system. Qi charging exercises build up the internal organ strength and lymph flow. My thesis is that such results–even at the introductory level–will help the healing process for fibromyalgia and a host of other syndromes.

Medical Qigong Prescriptions

Medical Qigong is the subset of Qigong where very specific movements, meditations, sounds and breath-practices are given for medical conditions. Medical Qigong has prescription exercises that can help with fibromyalgia. My Medical Qigong teacher recommends purging blocked energy from the Liver; and charging the Kidneys and Spleen. Please note the terms “Liver,” “Spleen,” and Kidneys” have different meanings than the strictly anatomical and physiological meanings used in Western medicine. They have a more functional, systems-approach according to the tenets of Chinese Medicine. And Medical Qigong.

Liver, Kidneys, and Spleen

The Liver blockage impairs Qi flow throughout the body and creates too much toxic heat.

The low Kidney energy means fatigue, poor memory, and an inability to control a too-hot Liver.

The low Spleen energy (meaning the digestion is sluggish) also is overwhelmed by the Liver excess. Doing specific exercises daily is what it takes.

Some tutoring might be necessary. Doing these kinds of processes is much like tuning an instrument. The closer you get it to just right, the better it works.

Clear Liver Stagnation

For Liver stagnation, the “guo” sound is a good Qigong prescription. This is a deep, droning, “Gwwwoooo.” Guo is pronounced like cartoon character Elmer Fudd would saw “grow.” Healing Sound Qigong is used to put focus and vibration into target organs, thus leading to the release of stagnation. Always feel healing sounds vibrate in the target organ or area.

Charge the Kidneys

For the Kidneys, the Charging the Kidneys exercise from the Five Flows set is a good choice. You can do it while imagining blue energy filling the Kidneys, like warm ocean water.

Charge the Spleen

For the Spleen, put both hands on the Spleen and stomach area (on the left side of the upper belly ) and breathe yellow into it. Feel it fill up, warm up, and get cozy and happy.

Each of these exercises would need many repetitions, 50 to 100 or so.

Of course, this is just a beginning idea. Everyone has different needs. Fibromyalgia is a kind of a messy attic space diagnoses, and it is not just one thing.

Qigong Can and Will and Does Help

Whatever is going on with someone with fibromyalgia—depression, uncertainty in life, internal Qi stagnation, too much head-thinking, too many years of push, push, push, or whatever—Qigong can help move the Qi along and out and bring back natural, fresh internal flows.

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Sleeping Through Insomnia 4

In the fourth of four videos, to slip into a deep and pleasant and wonderful repose, draw your Qi down to your feet.

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Sleeping Through Insomnia 3

Here I present the third (of four) videos on using Qigong methods to reduce, repel, repulse and remove insomnia.

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Sleeping Through Insomnia 2

This is the second of four videos, detailing a Qigong method for alleviating insomnia, that aggravating sucker of energy.  

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