MEDICAL APPLICATION (MEDICAL QIGONG)
Medical Qigong course is divided into 9 Levels:
The certificate course in Medical Qi Gong is a long term course ideally suited to those who wish to make traditional healing a full time occupation.Certificate Course
Certificate Course in Medical Qi GongThe certificate course in Medical Qi Gong is a long term course ideally suited to those who wish to make traditional healing a full time occupation. The course gives you an in-depth understanding of the human body from the point of view of traditional healing. It teaches the lesser known concept of internal energy and its role in connecting the physical body, the mind and emotions and the spirit. You will also learn about external factors like weather and the seasons as well as dietary factors. The course will cover detailed theory coupled with practical exercises to build and control internal energy to help you understand your own body and how to keep it healthy. The latter part of the course will deal with techniques to diagnose various illnesses and their causes. The last part of the course will be actual techniques for treatment and healing. The course will cover a many areas some of which are: the theory of yin and yang and the 5 elements, meridians & pathways, the theory of development of energy from birth, 6 healing sounds, insight meditation, healing through energy points, diagnosis through sight, smell and hearing, pulse diagnoses, Qi emission therapy, internal-organ self massage, and ailment based healing. All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of participation from Sevangee. Sevangee is the only professional Medical Qi Gong training organisation in India and one of just a few in the world. During the course, the level of practice and participation of each student will be tracked and graded. All students who complete the entire course will receive a Certificate of Participation.For those who wish to practice traditional healing with Sevangee on a full-time/regular basis, Sevangee offers the option to attend an additional 24 sessions of hands-on training under the guidance of a senior Sevangee healer with real patients in actual healing sessions. The performance of the practitioners will be strictly evaluated and graded. Successful participants will receive a "Sevangee Traditional Healer" certification and will have a chance to practice healing on a regular basis with Sevangee. Course details: 2 hour sessions - 52 sessions - classes once a week
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1st three levels deals with Theory and Training.
2nd three levels deals with Diagnostic
- Level IV
- Level V
- Level VI
3rd three levels deals with Healing.
- Level VII
- Level VIII
- Level IX
Hi everyone, Don’t Worry! Don’t Panic! Knowledge is Power! Initiate your Potentiality!
- Its SARS COV 2 also called as COVID-19 or Corona virus diseases 19.
- As per John Hopkins University, this virus is a protein molecule covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat),
- When this virus is absorbed by human cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa cavity, then it changes their genetic code (mutation) and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
- Being a protein molecule, it decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies
- The virus is extremely fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat, hence any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (if you rub for 20 seconds or more). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own
- HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful
- Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
- The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
How does it spread?
- It’s Respiratory illness.
- Dealing with Lung and the breathing apparatus.
- This virus is airborne.
- It’s transmitted by the carrier:
- 1. When he/she sneezes, or breathes over your shoulder & you inhale it
- 2. Or you touch things, where the virus is already transmitted and then you touch your face, or
- 3. If you kiss, hug, shake hands, snore or breathe on you by the transmitter, you can get it.
- 4. Trim your nails.
- Hence maintain distance of 36 to 48 inches or 1 metre.
- Virus is very stable in cold and dark conditions, hence, avoid air conditioners.
- It’s better to dehumidified, keep dry, warm and bright environments, so that the virus degrade faster.
- Confined space, virus concentration is more, hence keep doors, windows open and keep your living space more ventilated.
Who are affected the most?
- Anyone having any respiratory disorder will be at high risk, such as:
- Lung resuscitation,
- Sleep Apnea,
- High blood pressure, Hypertension
- Old people,
- Low immune system, etc….
Human Energetic Field
- Human body is covered by electro-magnetic field to a distance of 36 to 48 inches from all sides.
- As long as the immune system is in excellent condition – then no external pathogen can enter the human body. If it enters too, then the strong immune system will take care of it.
- If the Wei Qi field or Protective field is weak, then any external pathogens, bacteria, virus can enter.
- In this case with the immune system, one needs to be Mindfulness – not to touch the mouth, nose or facial region, without sanitizing or washing hands with soap or in running water.
Areas it affects:
- It affect the nasal passage such as:
- Nose or mouth
- Sinuses areas
- Neck region (Throat area)
- Food & Air passage &
- Finally the Lungs
If the virus stays in the sinus cavity which is cooler than the other parts of the body, then they can mutate and multiply. As per laboratory test, these viruses cannot sustain more than 560 C or 1330 F. Hence by simply breathing in hot air, 90% of the virus can die, and with such repeated activity it will kill the rest of the virus. Steaming is the best example or, do the following breathing from the link given below:
Lungs as the Organ
- In the lung there are two types of cells:
- 1. Type I lungs cells helps in exchange of gas, taking in Oxygen and releasing Carbon dioxide.
- 2. Type II lungs cells – also called as caretaker, since it produces SURFACTANT like glue (learned in MQ Level II – Embryology). Helps to collapse and expand the cell and maintain exchange level of Oxygen & Carbon dioxide (normal breathing).
Corona affecting Lungs:
- When the Corona virus comes in contact with type II cell, it starts changing its genetic code (mutation) and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells, in the process they die.
- Since the Corona cell dies it causes inflammatory response, and the immune system gets triggered. When there is excess of immune activity, the immune system gets out of hand, instead of saving your life it in turns kills you, if it is too erratic.
- In the process alveoli gets filled with liquid like pus, debris of immune system battles, which is called as pneumonia.
- This pneumonia settles in the lower part of the lungs, because it’s heavy, and slowly it consolidates itself.
- Excessive of consolidation leads to ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (meaning you can’t take in Oxygen, literally the lungs are dying – it’s filled with fluid from alveoli and the interstitial space is also cramped with fluid, and finally one feels he/she is suffocating), in return affecting the surfactant movement, or there is no exchange of gas.
- This is the area when we require ventilator, since the body is not in position to breathe, also, your body will move into “tire out zone” and this is the time, the doctors will need to put you on an external breathing apparatus – ventilator.
- Even after been put on ventilator, 50% don’t succeed, they have with Lungs failure, other organ failures –
- 1. If the heart does not get enough Oxygen, you get cardiac arrest,
- 2. If the liver does not get enough oxygen, then the liver can’t do it normal function and liver fails,
- 3. Spleen and pancreas are not able to absorb nutrients from the body, hence doctors puts you on to intravenous….
- 4. If Kidneys don’t get enough oxygen and proper blood doesn’t flow, then the dew and mist formation (learned in MQ III – Organs functions) will not happen, followed by renal failure, slowly the body start collapsing.
- Since it’s difficult to have so many ventilators and dialysis machines, to keep on sustaining, this can be chaotic and dangerous state.
Simple Rule to follow:
- Make a religious habit, and be mindfulness of washing hands with soap or sanitizing it after touching any objects, around you while moving around.
- Keep nails shorts, they tend to reside underneath.
- Use tissues while coughing, please don’t be near your partner while coughing, speaking or training or meeting. Keep a distance of one metre.
- Avoid touching your face, this is the most import rule.
- Avoid public or crowded places; see that there is a distance of more than a metre between you and your partner, friend, colleagues, etc.
- Eat well cooked meal, with Indian masala (those on medical diet, please take care), avoid raw and stir fry food.
- void heavy duty training, focus more on relaxing workout and exercises dealing with increase of oxygen intake.
- Pranyama, Qigong, Taichi, & Neigong, are excellent form of exercises.
Breathing exercises to build the immune system (check the play list for total 8 videos):
- Try to do the below mentioned breathing exercises to build a strong immune system.
Basic exercise for building the 3 human battery (check the play list for total 5 videos):
- With so much load on your body, breath, mind, emotion, and spirit, there will be heavy toll on your batteries or the 3 Granthis. Practise the following to recharge your battery.
To heal negative emotions (Healing Sounds) (check the play list for total 7 videos):
- Also it’s not about the virus; it will be more of our emotions going berserk, due to economic shut down, financial losses, human emotions going uphill, constraint of spaces, mind becoming frustrated because of so many days of lockdown, and hardly any movement.
- Remember every generation has gone through this cycle, we are not the only one, and we are reaping the fruit of our past generations who had worked hard, especially after independence or 2nd world war, so also our fruit of labour will be enjoyed by the coming generation. Need to give back to society.
- Due to lockdown, the planet Earth is getting a chance to heal for the coming generation, hence maintain your composer and release all the human emotion negativity, through these exercises.
- To detox of negative emotions (Tonal Sounds) (check the play list for total 7 videos):
- 1. Practise these exercise to detox your organs.
Antibiotic or Swallowing the Cosmos (2 videos):
- During the change of seasons our body becomes more vulnerable, so we need go back to the basics of our immunity – diet, sleep and exercise – these are the pillars of health. Pay attention to the food you’re eating, avoid snacking and make sure you’re getting enough exercise and sleep. Even more important is your emotional health and wellbeing.
- Fill your life with love, compassion and gratitude – this is what’s needed to boost the global immunity!
- Do the below shown exercises, it helps to build antibiotics or build an excellent immune system.
The principle of Yin and Yang is the foundation of the entire universe. It brings about the development of parenthood; it is the root and source of life and death.
- Heaven was created by the concentration of Yang, the force of light; earth was created by the concentration of Yin, the forces of darkness.
- Yang stands for destruction; Yin stands for conservation.
- Yang brings about disintegration; Yin gives shape to things….
- The pure and lucid element of light is manifested in the upper orifices and the turbid element of darkness is manifested in the lower orifices.
- Yang, the element of light, originates in the pores. Yin, the element of darkness, moves within the five viscera.
- Water is an embodiment of Yin, as fire is an embodiment of Yang.
Yang creates the air, while Yin creates the senses, which belong to the physical body. When the physical body dies, the spirit is restored to the air, its natural environment. The spirit receives its nourishment through the air, and the body receives its nourishment through the senses.
Human beings are inextricably part of the whole of nature and as such are themselves an expression of the interplay of forces, of Yin and Yang. Our bodies, our breath, the way we work, the way we play, and think all originate from and manifest the interaction of these two forces. Accepting this, the principles of Yin/Yang theory encourage a holistic view of life and suggest it can be lived as a work of art. By understanding the applications of Yin/Yang theory to all aspects of life, a person can achieve the balance so essential to a sense of well being. Life’s activities are never isolated from each other; by contemplating the interaction of Yin/Yang forces within us, we can learn to express ourselves, take care of our bodies, and nourish ourselves in a well-balanced manner.
The ancients observed 2 phases of constant cyclical change. Yin constantly changes into Yang& back into Yin again. This can be seen in the changes of four seasons, and the changes throughout a single day (24 Hour Cycle), as seen below.
|Yin and Yang in Human Body||Yin and Yang in Pathology|
|Front part of the body||Back part of the body||Deficiency||Excess|
|Interior (organs)||Exterior (skin, muscles)||Hypo-activity||Hyper-activity|
|Below waist||Above waist||Chronic disease/gradual onset||Acute disease/rapid onset|
|Anterior-medial||Posterior-lateral||Slowly changing symptoms||Rapid pathological changes|
|Structure||Function||Quiet, lethargy, sleepiness||Restlessness, insomnia|
|Blood/Body Fluids||Qi||Wants to be covered||Throws off bedclothes|
|Conservation/storage||Transformation/change||Lies curled up||Lies stretched out|
|Yin Organs: Heart, Lung,||Small Intestine, Large Intestine||Cold limbs and body||Hot limbs and body|
|Liver, Spleen, Kidney,||Gall Bladder, Stomach, Urinary Bladder||Pale face||Red face|
|Pericardium/Fasciae||Triple Warmer||Weak voice, no desire to talk||Loud voice, talkative|
|Solid Organs||Hollow Organs||Shallow, weak breathing||Coarse breathing|
|No thirst/wants warm drinks||Thirst especially for cold drinks|
|Copious, clear urine||Scanty, dark urine|
|Loose stools (fluids not transformed)||Constipation (damage to fluids by heat)|
|Clear, copious secretions||Thick, sticky white/yellow secretions|
|Excessive moisture||Excessive dryness (throat, skin, eyes etc.)|
|Degenerative disease||Inflammatory disease|
|Pale tongue, white coat||Red tongue, yellow coat|
|Empty pulse||Full pulse|
Change in nature, weather pattern, 4 seasons, dawn & dark, location & environment, & so on…, exert direct or indirect influences on man, & man has the ability to adapt himself to these changes.Conversely, when the 5 ELEMENTS are balanced, we can live in difficult situations, with little material wealth with few friends & still remains stable, centered & flexible. We may not like – but we are comfortable…
The Yin-Yang is segmented into five parts, with each segment assigned an element, season, atmospheric condition, time and so on… understanding the effects of these 5 elements, and their relation to the 5 main internal organs, the 5 senses, and the 5 tastes, helps us to balance and harmonious ourselves with nature. e.g.
- Wood is positioned where the circle begins to move upward and represents growth or spring time, it also a period of windy, and denoted by colour green.
- Fire is located where the portion of the circle reaches its peak, symbolizing summer, and the atmosphere turns very hot, and denoted by colour red.
- Earth is positioned in the center, where harvesting takes place, and represents Indian summer, which could be muggy & moist, and denoted by colour yellow.
- Metal represents turning inward or contraction, & represents autumn, dryness in atmosphere, and denoted by colour steel Gray and
- Water is where the circle turns completely inward to regenerate, representing winter or severe cold. Water also portrays preparation for a new spring, wood or growth cycle, and denoted by colour blue.
According to Eastern energetic physiology, humans have three important energy centers, located in the center core of the body that store & collects energy in much the same way as a battery does. These three centers are called the “Three Dantians”. In terms of Medical Qigong Dantian is referred to as a “field of energy” or as “cinnabar field” or “field of elixir”.
The Three Dantians,act like an alchemist’s crucible, or cauldrons in the role of gathering and transforming vital substances, energies, and various elements of awareness.The ingredients of the inner elixir are Jing, Qi & Shen. The goal of the inner alchemists is immortality,a complete transformation of Jing, Qi & Shen, since they are the three fundamental energies necessary for human life, and to accomplish this transformation, alchemist’s first gather and transform Jing into Qi in the Lower Dantian. They then gather and transform Qi into Shen in the Middle Dantian. Next, they transform Shen into Wuji (the absolute openness of infinite space) in the Upper Dantian. Finally, they merge Wuji into Dao (divine energy). These transformations can be compared to the changes of water (the consistencies and not the temperature), which when heated, can change from solid ice, to a liquid, and then to vapor.
Tai Chi/Ji Pole:The Three Dantians are connected to each other through the, the Taiji Pole which acts asa passage way for communication between theThree Dantians, and as a highway for the movement of the various life-force energies. The Eternal Soul is drawn into the body at the moment of conception through the Taiji Pole, and departs through it at death. The Taiji Pole of the body is comparable to the central axis of the Earth, North Pole and the South Pole. The North Pole is similar to the center off the head and the South Pole is similar to the perineum. Inside the human body the Taiji Pole acts as the “still point of man”.
A great stillness is experienced when a Qigong practitioner gathers Qi into the Taiji Pole.Extending from the body’s Taiji Pole are the 3 Dantians, 5 Jing-Shen (5 Element Emotion), and the 8 Extraordinary Vessels. These vital energetic systems feed all the major organs and the body’s 12 Primary Channels. As the 3 Dantians absorb energy from the body’s Taiji Pole, they also extend,or “feed,” and energize the body’s Yin and Yang organs, 12 Primary Channels, and 8 Extra ordinary Vessels.
THE TWELVE GATES OF THE CHAKRA SYSTEM: the Three Dantians also connect to the body’s major energy doors,known as the Twelve Gates of the Chakras. These Chakra gates are superficial, on the surface of the skin, and are not as deep as the Chakra Cores and Three Dantians which are all connected to the Taiji Pole.The word Chakra in Sanskrit is called the “wheel or disc” which is the size of a ten rupee coin. Energetically the Chakra gates look like funnels or vortices of Qi. Each funnel extends and expands its energetic vortex out into the body’s Wei Qi field. As energy travels up and down the Taiji Pole it creates an energetic pulse. This energetic pulse resonates out from the body through the Twelve Chakra Gates, and can be felt several feet from the body. The bottom Chakra is located at the perineum and only has one gate, as does the top Chakra located at the top of the head; the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth Chakras have two gates each, one on the front of the body and the other on the back of the body. The Twelve Chakra Gates serve as subtle energy distributors,which help absorb and distribute environmental Qi to the patient’s organs, tissues, and major nerve plexus areas closest to each gate. Each Chakra gate is connected to its own potential of psychic perception, interfaces with the body’s nervous system, and is associated with a different endocring land.
Each opening of a Chakra gate may result in a spontaneous emotional release. Some of these releases can involve painful memories that have been dislodged from the energetic filter (or veil)that envelops the Chakra gates. This energetic filter prevents external emotional traumas from entering into the body’s center core.A Chakra gate can become stuck open, closed,or may also tilt out of alignment with the TaijiPole,causing Qi Deviations that may result in a distortedor obstructed flow of energy. This obstruction may cause physical, as well as psychological,stress or trauma. The release of these emotional traumas can be overwhelming and painful if the patient has not prepared for, or does not understand the nature of, these transitional energetic malfunctions.
The study of ancient eastern medicine rests on the circulation of Qi,prana, ki, pneuma, mana, energy, etc.The energy flow in certain pathway called the channels/meridians/energetic pathways, etc. These channels are also known as jing-Iuo. Jing means “to move through,” while luo means “a net” (the body’s inner fascia). Along these channels are major trunks and lesser branches that connect internally with the vital organs and externally with the major channels, limbs, sensory organs, and orifices.The smaller branches are known as collaterals, and also there are tiny areas along these channels and collaterals where Qi meet and disperse which are called points. These points are the spots where the patient’s spirit and energy enter and leave the body. When stimulated,these channel points (sometimes also called”acupuncture points”), cause an energetic response from within the internal organs and channels, resulting in internal Qi flowing from organ to channel,from channel to channel, or from point to point along the same channel.Qi travels throughout the physical body along the channels and collaterals much as water flows through rivers and streams.
As many diseases follow a predictable course of development.The pathology in an internal organ will often manifest itself in certain external or systemic symptoms.Therefore, understanding the circulation of Qi flow, allows the doctor to control each organ’s energetic function. By stimulating specific sites on the body’s surface, diseases in both the superficial tissues and internal organs can be treated.The understanding of the channels and their energetic function and interactions provides the Qigong doctor with the basis for understanding the relationships among the various physiological, pathological, diagnostic, and the rapeutic relationships in Medical Qigong.
Classification of Channels: The channels are classified into four main categories:Jing, Luo, Muscle Tendon, and SkinZones.
- 1) The Jing Channels are the Primary Channels. These channels include the 8 Extraordinary Vessels, the 12 Primary Channels, and the 12 Divergent/Connecting Channels.
- 2) The Luo Channels are the Collaterals. These collaterals include the 15 Major Collaterals, the Minute Collaterals, and the Superficial Collaterals.
- 3) The Muscle/Tendon Channels consist of 12 channels that serve as external connections to the major channels, flowing through the body’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
- 4) The Cutaneous Regions are skin zone areas where the channels surface on the external tissues.
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Combat Arthritis Through Tai ChiBy Christopher Fernandes Arthritis has plagued man from the beginning of time. Many of the most famous men and women of history have suffered the discomforts of arthritis. It is a chronic illness to which millions of people can testify throughout the world. It can be combated in many a ways; there is medication, which a physician will prescribe, depending on the state of condition. There are recommended rest periods, self-help devices to feel one comfortable, exercises, etc. Arthritis may start at early stages, with minor aches and pains, but left untreated or ignored it can lead to serious illness, with extreme pain and it may even lead to permanent deformities of the hands, wrists, knees, feet or hips. Without proper treatment, arthritis can become so severe that the sufferer may be bedridden for life or dependent on a wheel chair. Think what this would mean to a family, emotionally and economically.
What is Arthritis? The Western method of diagnoses is diseases-oriented. Whereas the eastern concept, such as the Indian and Chinese method, is more on balancing of internal energies, with the external energies i.e. the three bodily senses of humour. According to Western medicine arthritis is also known as inflammation of the joints, common in the middle-aged and old, and is a common complaint in temperate climates. It can be mild or severe, affecting one joint or several joints. There are many types of arthritis; some are affected during illness, e.g. German measles, Rheumatic fever, which is also associated with acute inflammation of the joints. The usual types of arthritis, however, is chronic arthritis and develops slowly, and may last for years. The most common forms are Osteo-arthritis, Rheumatoid-arthritis, Spondylitis, etc.
Osteo-arthritis is a disease, which results from the alteration in the structure of the cartilage of the two joints. When the cartilage caps on the bone ends begin to wear thin until finally there is no cartilage left and the bone ends bear directly onto one another. Then there is the considerable destruction of the bone, as the movements of joints, and also a thickening of the capsule of the synovial membrane that surrounds the joints wears it away. Hence, the cause of osteo-arthritis is the continual stress on the joints. People who are fitness freaks or who are excellent players in football, athletics, hockey, martial arts, etc. during the prime of youth, and for some reasons they cannot continue their training, they are most affected. Even people who are mostly on their feet especially struggles in life are the ones to bear the brunt of this disease when one’s struggles are over or one’s life takes a leisurely turn, then this diseases steps in. The symptoms can be from dull ache to excruciating pain especially while in motion. There may be the pain of a duller character when the joint is at rest. This pain is thought to result from the disorganisation of the way that the veins drain blood from the joint, when the body is in rest the pain may well be due to the joint being congested with blood. This disease causes stiffness. This is usually worse in the morning but tends to get better within a few minutes. The affected joints may also swell in some cases.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: This disease affects younger people, more often women. It starts in the small joints of the hands and wrists and may be associated with general ill health. The cause is uncertain although it may be due to altered response to an infection or it occurs when the defense mechanisms (the immune system) react to the presence of the initiating agent and try to eliminate it. This response causes an accumulation of inflamed cells within the synovial membrane that lines the synovial joints. Enzymes that are released from the inflamed cells lead to the breakdown of bone and cartilage within the joint, causing characteristic symptoms. Unless treatment is given fairly promptly, the joint will eventually become deformed. Usually, the stiffness that occurs in the joints is most pronounced first thing in the morning on rising, and it may last for varying lengths of time – from a few minutes to a few hours. This is often accompanied by a general feeling of malaise and tiredness which reflects the fact that the disease affects the whole body and is not confined to a particular area.
Spondylitis: it denotes any diseases which gives rise to inflammation of the joints between spinal vertebrae as well as the associated ligaments. The joints usually involved are those at the bottom of the spine, between the sacral vertebrae and the pelvic bones. This disease results from an abnormal response by the body’s defense or immune system. By which the inflammatory white blood cells get accumulated in the lining of the spinal joints. This leads to loss of mobility, and in severe cases, the spine may become rigid along its whole length so that one is not able to bend their backs at all. This process whereby the spinal joints become fused is known as ankylosis. The most common and earliest symptoms are aching and stiffness in the cervical and lower back region, which are most acute in the morning and wear off during the day. In some advanced cases, some may notice restriction of spinal movement and chest pain as the joints between the ribs and the thoracic vertebrae are involved. In addition, iritis – red, painful eyes – sometimes develops, and may recur. Prompt treatment is needed to prevent this eye damage.
The Chinese concept of Arthritis: In traditional Chinese medicine, arthritis and rheumatism come under one category – the “blockage syndrome”. The Chinese understanding of this range of afflictions is that at some point in the system, the flow of blood and energy is blocked, like a river that has silted up. Such a blockage can develop from a number of sources – old injuries that never properly healed, over-use of a particular joint or limb, or an inappropriate diet leading to poisons polluting the flow in the body. Too hot, too cold, or damp living conditions, or a diet that is unsuitable for the individual – all these factors can lead to a jamming of the flow, with its painful consequences. The Chinese physician’s prescription will depend on the answers to a number of questions. Does arthritis get worse with cold weather? Then perhaps it would benefit from a hotter diet. If things get worse in damp weather then it may well be that an accumulation of foods that produce dampness is part of the problem – i.e. sugary diet, and dairy products. Changing the diet to enhance the flow of blood and energy is often an important part of the healing process. As always with Chinese medicine there is no one answer for all conditions. Each person is a different individual and the problems and solutions require that the physician looks at each person in the context of his or her own lifestyle.
Herbal method: Quite often, arthritis pains can be provoked by an isolated exposure to excessively cold or damp conditions. A good first-aid treatment for pain in the hands or feet is a foot-bath or hand-bath to which add a large (golf-ball sized) lump of fresh ginger that has been chopped up small. Ginger warms and moves the body’s energy, and is very useful for clearing cold from the joints. If one feels that the cold has entered one’s bones then one can even take a bath with a couple of pints of hot ginger infusion added to the water (make the infusion by steeping the chopped ginger in hot water for a few minutes). In general, anything that helps to get the Chi flowing will be helpful for arthritis and rheumatism. Gentle progressive exercise and massage can also be very beneficial.
The aim of Tai Chi: is to have a well-balanced bone structure, the practice of Tai Chi can in some measure help the afflicted people to be able to stand better, walk better, move better, run better, etc. Hence, it will correct and help one to position oneself during acute stages, by which deformity will not develop. One may thus develop the free movement of the joints resulting in free motion and function, of the joints that were affected by this disease. Alternatively the joint which was unstable owing to the destruction of the ligaments will recuperate. Care should be taken while doing the exercises, that the joints should remain as mobile as possible and should not be exposed to chill and damp weather. Many practitioners of Tai Chi notice benefits in terms of correcting poor postural, alignment or movement patterns, which could have contributed to tension or injury. Keeping a part of, or the entire body in a stretched or relaxed state alternatively is a good means of conserving energy and a way of letting the workload be shared evenly by the different parts of the body.
There are 4 sets of exercises that are and an excellent way to combat arthritis. They are the Tai Chi Walk, Tai Chi Kick, Pushing the Kun Lun Mountain and Golden Rooster on one leg. Let us look at each of these exercises and their benefits:
Tai Chi Walk:
Stand with the feet apart, shoulder-width. Toes and heels curved inwards as though standing on a circle. Bend the knees till the knees are in line with the toes when looking from above. Do not bend beyond that or your knees will begin to pain. Straighten the spine from the tailbone till the 7th vertebrae (base of the neck). Pull the navel backwards and down towards the tailbone. This action will cause the lower back to straighten out completely. Pull the chest in slightly and feel the whole body sinking down to the Tan Tien region (3 inches below the navel and 3 inches inside). Pull the chin to the hollow of the throat but without tilting the head forward. This straightens out the neck muscles. Keep the shoulders at the side loosely. Do not drop them forward or pull them back and keep the arms relaxed. Now shift weight to the left leg and lift the right leg till the ankle reaches the knee and the thigh is parallel to the ground. Then gently place the right heel down in front and slowly shift weight onto the right leg till the knee is in line with the toes. Continue with the other leg. Do not allow the body to move up and down, and maintain the same height. Walk as slowly as possible. Try to coordinate your breath if you can, inhaling as you lift your leg and exhaling as you place it down.
Tai Chi Kick:
Pushing the Kun Lun Mountain: Shift the body weight towards the left side, with left leg in front followed by right leg. Bring both palms together at chest level, palm facing outward, as though one is ready to push something strong and firm, (fig. 1). Now transfer the body weight on the left leg, with 70% body weight, and 30% body weight on right leg and simultaneously push with both palms to the extreme left side from down and up, with palm facing outward, (fig. 2). After the push relax or recoil the body by transferring the body weight on right leg i.e. 70% weight on right leg and 30% weight on left leg. Simultaneously pull the hands from up and towards the chest. It looks the hand is forming an imaginary circle while pushing and recoiling the hands. Repeat these movements 18 times to the left side and then repeat the same movement to the right for another 18 times. Relax your body and stay calm, don’t strain or overexert yourself. Exhale while pushing the palm outward, and inhale while recoiling or bringing the palm towards the chest level. Relax the arms, shoulder, neck, back and leg muscles. Inhaling from nose and exhaling from nose.
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Cancer – an update from SevangeeEvery person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size. Cancer cells occur from 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours. A strong immune system is important to fight and to destroy cancer as well as to avoid complications produced by the side effects of anti-cancer drugs and radiation. Frequently, the qi system of cancer patients are weak, there is not enough core qi energy to stimulate the immune cells for peak performance. As a result, the immune function of cancer patients is down. Medical Qigong practices will enhance qi energies from the patient’s core qi reserve which will in turn stimulate and boost the immune system. Medical Qigong should be practiced to prevent diseases and cancer, and it should even be used for early cancer patients to complement conventional treatment. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors. But in the view of medical Qigong, the root cause of cancer comes from certain subtle qi energies. They can be from food, environment, or in the genes, since everything, whether animate or inanimate, is filled with different qualities of subtle qi energies. Lifestyle, emotional and stressful situations can transmute the core-stimulating vital qi energies into toxic cancer-stimulating energies. Because there is now less core qi energy in the body for the immune system, the patient’s immunity will be lowered and their ability to fight and prevent cancer will be compromised. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells but also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc., and can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs and other vital organs. Similarly, radiation, while destroying cancer cells, also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumour size. But, in medical qi gong’s point of view, once the cancer cells are destroyed, the highly toxic cancerous energies contained in these cells will be liberated and dissipated throughout the patient’s body. Frequently, the qi system of advanced cancer patients and old cancer patients is very weak and therefore unable to expel the cancerous energies out of their bodies. As a result, normal cells are stimulated and transformed into cancer cells by these energies in a relatively short period of time to start new cancer tumour, some in new sites, and for these patients, the prognosis is poor. For young adults or early cancer patients, they still have plenty of qi core reserve to expel cancerous energies completely or partially, so these patients will have a much more favourable prognosis and longer survival. Medical Qigong practices will help cancer patients to bring in fresh qi energy from the universe to expel cancerous and sick qi out of the body and to avoid secondary cancer from occurring. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites. If you introduce incompatible energies into the cells, it will change the normal cellular energies into a new and different form that will affect normal cellular function and integrity. It would be like introducing untrained farm-workers to build cars in a car factory – you should expect the product and the quality turned out to be quite different and inferior. It is no wonder that the effects of chemotherapy and radiation will cause cancer cells to mutate making them more difficult to destroy. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply. Starving cancer cells of nutritional energies and destroying cancer cells with strong qi energies and then expelling abnormal cancerous qi energies from the body have been an essential component of medical Qigong healing strategy on cancer. Using this method, thousands of advanced cancer patients have been brought into remission as shown in research studies. What Cancer Cells Feed On:
- Sugar and salt . By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners are made with Aspartame whose safety as an ingredient in food is still being debated and should be avoided. A better natural substitute would be honey or molasses but only in very small amounts.Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. A better alternative is sea salt.
- Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and by substituting with unsweetened soya milk, cancer cells are starved.
- Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment. A meat-based diet is acidic in nature. It is best to eat white meat like fish, and small quantities of chicken rather than red meat like beef, mutton or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
- Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic build-up.
- Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
- A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells, try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 40 degrees C (104 degrees F).
- Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, with high amounts of caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties.
- Water – it is better to drink purified or filtered water in order to avoid known toxins and heavy metals that can be found in tap water. Distilled water is acidic – avoid it.
- Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, and bitterness and being unforgiving put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
- As mentioned before, negative emotional and stressful situations will deplete one’s core qi energy reserve, so less qi energy will stimulate the immune cells. Positive thoughts, loving, forgiving and relaxation will bring in high vibration qi energy into the body that will further stimulate and boost the immune system. Medical Qigong will achieve this and for this we recommend patients to practice 5-animal medical Qigong.
- Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
- It is true cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Medical Qigong exercises and healing will bring in fresh qi from outside into the qi circulation system. It has been the view in traditional Chinese medicine that when qi is moving strongly, blood will also move strongly. More movement of blood will bring more oxygen to the cells, including cancer cells. It is a common practice that Qigong practitioners and patients feel increased body warmth and improved facial colour after practicing medical Qigong or receiving qi therapeutic treatment.
- Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, a Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital in Hawaii, USA, on a TV program spoke about the possibility of dioxins entering food when the food is microwaved in plastic containers or when covered with plastic wrap. While this has not been proved to be either true or false, the explanation provided by Dr. Fujimoto that heated plastics release dioxins that mix with food and hence enter the body cells, seems on the surface to be plausible. Therefore, to be safe you may want to microwave your food in a glass dish rather than a plastic based one and also make sure to use a paper towel instead of plastic wrap.
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