The Role Of Taste, Season, Element, Organ System, Direction, And Color Of Herbs And Foods In Chinese Diet Therapy

In Chinese medicine, herbal and diet therapies are subject to change based on the seasons of the year. In the cold season, for example, we need to consume warming herbs and foods as this helps maintain the thermal equilibrium of our bodies; conversely, we need take in cold herbs and foods in summer, to keep ourselves from overheating.

Some people tend to have a problem with certain foods in the spring than at other times of the year. Springtime is the start of the allergy season and even food allergies can become more common at this time of year. This is the time when Wind is the most dominant atmospheric condition which gives rise to allergies. Furthermore, Wind can exacerbate existing allergies and may likely contribute to the rise of new allergies. If you are not careful, some harmless foods that you consume at other times of the year, in spring, may cause you allergies or other kinds of problems.

In Chinese medicine, one of the external pathological factors you need to watch out for is Dampness. Some “allergies” are actually bodily reactions from eating foods that increase Dampness in the body. Dampness in the air or environment can infiltrate the Interior and harm your Spleen. The Spleen is especially sensitive to Dampness and if you have a weak Spleen, it can be very vulnerable to Dampness infiltration. A weak Spleen may even create more internal Dampness, which worsens the infiltration of external Dampness in your body. Dampness-producing foods include oranges, wheat, dairy products, milk, etc. For people with an unhealthy Spleen, when they eat damp herbs or foods during cold periods of the year, it can create further problems in their body. The Spleen is also very sensitive to cold but not as much as it is to Dampness.

During spring, Wind is the dominant atmospheric energy (Wood – The Gallbladder & Liver are the most vulnerable), in the early summer, it is Heat (Fire – Triple Heater, Pericardium, Small Intestine, Heart), in late summer, Dampness (Earth – Spleen & Abdomen), in fall, Dryness (Metal – Large Intestine & Lungs), and in the winter, Cold (Water, Bladder & Kidneys.

Like Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Bellmore acknowledges that the body has a system of checks and balances built within it. In TCM, one of these checks and balances is the so-called Victor-Vanquished relationship. In this relationship, each Element controls another. These include:

Water (Bladder, Kidney) controlling Fire (Small Intestine, Heart), Metal (Large Intestine, Lung) controlling Wood (Gallbladder, Liver), Earth (Stomach, Spleen) controlling Water (Bladder, Kidney), Fire (Small Intestine, Stomach) controlling Metal (Large Intestine, Lungs), and Wood (Gallbladder, Liver) controlling Earth (Stomach, Spleen).

Earth will be over controlled if Wood is too “strong;” Earth will be out of control if Wood is too “weak”.

Certain individuals suffer from imbalances in the Spleen due to weakness of the Spleen. Their condition can be treated by simply supplementing their bodies with herbs and foods that strengthen the Spleen. But there are also cases when the cause of Spleen weakness is due to a strong Liver, and not because of a problem in the Spleen. In cases like these, merely providing the Spleen with strengthening foods and herbs is like continuously draining water out off a leaky rowboat. You have to keep on scooping water out until the leak is corked. The leak, in this instance, is the Liver that is too “strong”. It inhibits the Spleen, which causes it to function inefficiently. It is not enough to strengthen the Spleen you need to also calm the Liver to prevent it from being a control freak that suppresses and over controls the Spleen.

Wood over dominating Earth (which, in TCM, is the Elemental method of diagnosis) is similar to the Liver attacking the Spleen (This is the Organ Analysis method).

Each of the primary tastes in TCM is related to a specific Organ and Element. Salty taste is related to Water (Bladder, Kidney); spicy, pungent, or acrid to metal (Large Intestine, Lung); sweet to Earth (Stomach, Spleen); bitter to Fire (Small Intestine, Heart); and sour to Wood (Gallbladder, Liver). An Organ can be in trouble if it gets too little or too much of what it needs. Not consuming salt or taking too little of it may lead to a loss of significant amount of fluid passing through the urinary system. But when you load up on too much salt, and can be harmful to your heart. Fire (Heart) is controlled by Water (Kidney). Overconsumption of salt can lead to water buildup in the body that in turn, can overstress the heart.

Furthermore, each taste has its own specific qualities. The sour taste has a tendency to generate Yin and fluids, and it can also “plug leaks” (which may be helpful for diarrhea, excessive sweating, etc.). Earth (Spleen) is controlled by Wood (Liver). Spleen plays a huge role in the transport and conversion of drinks and foods. The buildup of Dampness is the symptom that’s likely to arise when the Spleen is weak. A person with Dampness should avoid drinks and foods that generate fluids.

The bitter taste has a quality that hardens, sedates and diffuses Heat. It also overcomes rebellious Qi and clears Damp Heat. Metal (Large Intestine, Lung) is controlled by Fire (Small intestine Heart). There are a wide variety of bitter herbs that bring about problems in the Lungs. While the Lungs are averse to Damp, they also have a dislike for excess dryness.

The sweet taste has a moderating, balancing, and tonifying quality. It can help halt pain and tonify deficiency. Water (Bladder, Kidney) is controlled by Earth (Stomach, Spleen). Be reminded of the urinary problems diabetics suffer when you think of this connection.
The pungent taste can eliminate pathogenic elements and has a scattering quality. Spices have a warming quality and can be hard on people who are too Hot but helpful for people who are too Cold. Metal is the Mother of Water. People become too Cold because of deficient Yin in the body, spices can be of great benefit for these people. Heat, however, has a rising or ascending quality and so when you over consume spicy herbs or foods, it can lead to a buildup of too much Heat in your Lungs. Wood (Gallbladder, Liver) is controlled by Metal (Large Intestine, Lung).

The salty taste has a descending or downward quality. It is useful for swelling and constipation and can help soften hardness. This activity can be biomedically portrayed as the osmotic slope generated when salt travels through the large intestine. This attracts fluids back into the Large Intestine (or it can hinder them from leaving) and this can benefit constipated individuals who need to pass dry and hard stools. The salty taste can help lubricate those dry stools.

In dietary therapy, one of the concepts of TCM is that in order to be in harmony with a season, one should consume foods that possess the energy of that season. Hence, in the winter, one ought to consume salty and cold foods in order to receive the energy of that season (and stave off conditions that may later develop). In the spring, Yang energy increases and so you should eat Yang foods. Still, you need to address idiosyncratic deficiencies. For example, if you are too Cold, regardless of the season, you need warming energy.

In Chinese medicine, an ideal balanced diet is one that has all the five tastes included at every meal. The percentage of the flavors may vary based on the needs of the person. For instance, although a person who is too cold needs to include all the five tastes, he may need to eat a higher proportion of salty and spicy foods to keep warm. Because of the negative viewpoint about the ill-effects of salt to health, a significant cutting back on salt for people with chronic fatigue syndrome can only aggravate their condition. Lots of people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome say that increasing their intake of salt in their foods helps them feel better. Most people with chronic fatigue syndrome also suffer from Kidney imbalance and so it’s also important for them to strengthen their Kidneys.

In Chinese dietary therapy, eating raw foods is prohibited. This is one rule that may not be appropriate at all times. Sometimes, eating a salad with raw foods can be good for the body provided that it is added with spices (like cayenne pepper). Obviously, eating raw foods should not be recommended for some people with deficient yang but the there are people who benefit from eating veggies and raw fruits in moderation.

In TCM, Directions are also related to the Elements: North is related to the Black Tortoise and the element of Water, South to the Red Phoenix and Fire, East to the Green Dragon and Wood, and West to the White Tiger and Metal. You would notice that there are also colors in diet therapy that correspondence the directions and elements. For TCM dietary therapists, this can be very helpful in determining diagnosis. More often than not, people with imbalance in the Liver have a greenish skin color. People with Kidney imbalance tend to have a dark or blackish complexion.

It is very difficult trying to explain how directions can be a helpful tool in diagnosing a condition. This is very foreign in how Western medicine diagnoses disease since it has no logical explanation. Nevertheless, it does work in Chinese medicine. For some reason or another, some individuals feel uncomfortable when they sit in a certain quarter. Some people with liver imbalance, for instance, may at times, experience discomfort when they sit “in the East” (facing West and back to the East). They may refuse to seat in a room on the West or on the West side of the table if they are given a choice of where to seat. Some people meditating in the four directions, testing sitting in the North, South, East, West, may find that some quarters feel more comfortable or uncomfortable than the others. This discomfort may at times suggest imbalance in an Element. No one can explain this phenomenon, but it nevertheless, happens.

The Various Healing Benefits of Tui Na Massage

There are incredible health benefits to be derived when combining massage with Chinese herbal medicine in Cleveland. Besides facilitating and boosting the action of herbal remedies, massage therapy can help the practitioner can determine a great deal of diagnostic information about the patient and touch adds a warm and tender dimension to the process of healing. Moreover, the lotions, oils, liniments, etc used in massage present an additional conduit for herbs to work.

Adding massage therapy, based on the holistic and energetic principles as herbal medicine, to herbal practice is highly likely to increase the healthful benefits of the patient. We need to turn to the glorious ancient civilizations of the East to find this type of healing system. Chinese massage is an ancient advanced living therapeutic tradition based on the Chinese medicine concepts of fluid-blood-chi, the five elements, and Yin-Yang. It has the power to alleviate tension, relax the body, and treat disease.

Chinese massage and acupuncture are very similar systems in that both use the meridian system. Both systems are deemed to work very well for a similar variety of health conditions. However, Chinese massage should not be considered inferior to acupuncture. Chinese massage is one of the basic therapeutic modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It a comprehensive and efficient therapy and is highly esteemed as qi gong, diet, and herbs.

Massage therapy is a very old tradition and is believed to have already been practiced by our prehistoric ancestors. It is mentioned in the Nei Jing, reputedly, the world’s oldest medical document written around (618-907 AD) during the Tang Dynasty. According to the Nei Jing, 56 massage physicians were working in the imperial hospital which was more than the number of total acupuncturists and herbalists in the hospital.

Chinese massage was brought to Japan around this time where it eventually evolved to Japanese Shiatsu. Later on, Peter Henrik Ling developed Swedish massage, the source of Western bodywork, which he learned from Chinese masters.

Traditional Chinese massage was developed from four sources:

1. Taoist and Buddhist monks who used massage to help support their spiritual yoga

2. Martial artists who complemented their ability to heal injuries with their profound knowledge of qi.

3. Ordinary people, usually blind practitioners who offered massage for relaxation and pleasure

4. Physicians who integrated the advanced medical principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to massage.

Chinese massage has from the time of Mao Tse Tung, gradually developed and has imbibed western ideas into its traditional structure. It is taught in medical schools and is now widely practiced in hospitals in China as a vital component of primary healthcare. We can partly attribute the impressive performance of the gymnasts and athletes of China to the inclusion of traditional Chinese massage in their training.

There five therapies that make up Chinese massage. These are:

1. Dian Hsue – This is similar to acupressure where the therapist utilizes basic pressure techniques. This is sometimes used by acupuncturists when needles are not appropriate. It is usually used at home.

2. Infant Tuina – This type of massage is one of the most common ways Chinese people heal babies and young children. The meridians and pressure points used are not the same as the standard ones.

3. Wai Qi Liao Fa (Healing using external qi) – In this type of treatment, the therapist does not touch the body of the client; he instead discharges qi from a certain distance. Only qi gong masters possess this healing ability and only after undergoing several years of rigorous discipline and training.

4. Tuina – This is a type of Chinese massage that utilizes a push and grasp technique. It is used to treat internal disorders, muscle and joint problems, and injuries.

5. Amno – This massage is to maintain health and rejuvenate the body. It can be used at home, for sports training, qi gong, and in martial arts.

All these techniques share the same theory but in practice they differ in their goals and procedures. Their greatest feature is that each technique not only affects the physical body but also the energy or qi (the acupoints and energy channels/meridians) and the mental aspect (spiritual faculties, thoughts, emotions) of a person. Massage can treat these three aspects since both physical health and mental health rely on an abundant and unblocked flow of Qi.

The Foundation of Chinese Massage – Jing Luo Theory

Chinese Massage, like acupuncture, works on the basis of the collateral or channels (jing luo). This theory states that within the body there a network of channels (called meridians) in which blood and qi flow. The function of this network is to connect the exterior body to the internal organs, to protect the body against pathogens, and to balance yin and yang; any obstruction to the jing luo leads to pain and to all other health problems.

Chinese Massage mainly focuses on the acupoints (hsue) and jing luo. The hsue is where qi can be accessed and manipulated. Jing luo can be influenced by Chinese massage techniques through the:

• Scooping of the meridians (eliminating external pathogens like damp and cold)
• Regulating of blood and qi (directing counterflow and diffusing stagnation)
• Stimulation of blood and qi (boosting its movement)

The jin (the connective and soft tissue associated with flexibility and movement) can also be relaxed through Chinese massage which straightens the joints, improves flexibility, and relieves spasm. Both the joint and the jin directly influence the movement of qi in the jing luo.

Since pain is basically the slow or lack of movement of blood and qi in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the effects of Chinese massage bring about movement in one form or another making this therapy a very potent remedy for pain.

Techniques Used in Chinese Massage

At the core of all bodywork systems are the techniques. They are what characterize its therapeutic qualities and feel. Chinese Massage textbooks usually list around 30 to 70 hand techniques or shou fa. Besides discussing a variety of soft tissue techniques, they also teach joint manipulation and percussion techniques including spinal adjustments. Some of these hand techniques are unique and some are similar to western massage methods. The gun fa technique, for example, rapidly rotates the back of the hand back and forth over the skin in a manner similar to a heavy rolling pin.

Shou fa are generally considered as either sedating (yin) or stimulating (yang). Each technique is further classified based on the healing effects it produces. Pushing or tui fa, for instance, regulates counterflow, while rubbing or mo fa stimulates yang qi. In the same manner an herbalist mixes a blend of herbs in a formula a skilled therapist combines these techniques to see to it that treatment is achieved with the appropriate balance of yin and yang. Hence, when a condition arises in which yin sedating techniques are mainly recommended, the therapist will adopt yang stimulation techniques to stimulate blood and qi just as an herbal therapist will include ginger to a cooling herbal remedy.

The massage therapist can apply Shou fa to specific ashi points, acupoints, or energy channels and can achieve similar results as acupuncture treatment. Shou fa can be performed in various directions. It can go with or against the movements of the meridians/channels, out from or towards the dan tien, or counter clockwise or clockwise. Each of these methods has different effects.

Equally relevant is the manner the techniques are done. Shou fa is performed in a penetrating and deep yet soft and gentle manner. The application of strokes needs to be persistent and rhythmical. One of the best features of Tuina massage is the controlled use of moving and very deep pressure. A Tuina practitioner might spend a considerable amount of time treating a frozen shoulder condition as a western massage therapist would spend on a full body treatment. “Finger meditation” is the term to describe the repetitive administration of a single technique for several hundreds of times using qi communication and deep penetration.

Chinese Massage Practice

Chinese Massage is often administered with the client sitting on a stool or lying on a couch. Treatment is usually performed through clothing in the public clinics of Chinese hospitals. Some areas in China, however maintain the ancient tradition of massaging the naked skin and using herbal treatment to help speed up qi communication.

To relax a client, an anmo massage therapist will perform a balanced full body treatment that combines yin techniques to relax and calm with yang techniques to stimulate flow and treat stagnant qi. Then a series of routines is administered based on the condition and constitution of the client. If there is strong qi communication, a session can last as long as two hours and can be a very profound experience.

For specific illnesses, Tuina massage therapy will be based on a complete Traditional Chinese Medicine medical history utilizing the four examinations to diagnose a problem and its root pattern, and then plan a treatment. This comprehensive Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic system is what gives Tuina its strength and elevates it above other forms of massage. Specified techniques are used simultaneously to address the presenting problems and the underlying pattern based on the plan of treatment.

The following is an example that demonstrates the extraordinary ability of Tuina to treat chronic pain.

A woman came to the clinic of a tuina therapist complaining of stiff shoulder pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic examination showed cold damp bi syndrome that affected the yang ming and hand tai yang meridians coupled with underlying kidney and liver deficiency. The therapist began treatment by performing firm but gentle kneading on the shoulder and along the problematic meridians to stimulate blood and qi. When the area was relaxed and warm, persistent and deep techniques were administered on acupoints and ashi points to scoop damp and cold. Next, rotating and shaking manipulation techniques were applied to increase mobility and open the joints followed by intense rubbing with an herbal ointment to warm the meridians. Lastly, to force the cold damp pathogens down and out of the meridians and to balance qi, external qi projection and soft stroking were performed.

A couple of sessions after, the symptoms of the client significantly improved. Later, treatment was started that concentrated on the stomach and back in order to strengthen the kidney and liver.

Tuina massage is a powerful treatment that works very well for a wide range of problems. According to reliable Chinese sources, there are over 140 medical conditions that respond well to this form of massage. These include several internal diseases and almost all kinds of musculoskeletal problems. For instance, in treating digestive and stomach problems associated with Liver stagnation or Spleen deficiency, we have discovered that when combined with herbs, abdominal Tuina can make a huge difference in the improvement of a client’s condition.

TCM And Neuroaid For Post-Stroke Rehabilitation And Recovery

Both physicians and patients have turned to Eastern healing methods in quest for a cure to the harm inflicted by stroke. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Ayurveda, and other ancient techniques have become highly favored options for stroke rehabilitation as outcomes have revealed their efficacy as much better than the Western approach.

Already favored among stroke patients, Traditional Chinese Medicine comes in different forms, some of which include ancient therapeutic techniques like Tong Ren therapy, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.

As fearsome as it seems, acupuncture in reality, is a painless procedure involving the insertion and manipulation of filiform needles into certain points on the body for stimulation and healing. Besides traditional Chinese acupuncture, there are other types of acupuncture. These are auricular or ear acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, and Japanese style acupuncture.

Whatever type you use, acupuncture can promote nerve regeneration and recourse extant nerve cells pass the parts of the brain damaged by stroke. This treatment also prevents the buildup and stagnation of blood cells, reduces blood viscosity, and increases blood cells. Stroke sufferers have felt relief from hypertension, dizziness, and headaches and also experienced improvement in emotions, mobility, balance, and walking.

The Tong Ren Therapy of traditional Chinese medicine is an energy healing procedure that is grounded on the TCM theory that each individual possesses energy that can be used for healing and acquired through various points on the body.

Though Tong Ren Therapy is not as famous as acupuncture, it is similar to acupuncture without the needles. It has been responsible for the healing of numerous patients suffering from issues in their nervous systems, hormones, and blood flow.

On the other hand, herbal medicine entails the intake or use of a specifically formulated mixture of herbs or a single herb for stroke recovery. Besides being used to boost blood flow, Chinese herbs also reinvigorate the internal systems that, in turn, re-establish the functioning of the brain impaired by stroke. Experience has demonstrated that periodic use or intake of Chinese herbs leads to the treatment of stroke patients with impaired speech and memory, disorientation, hemiplegia, and aphasia.

Ginseng, a very popular Chinese herb is often recommended to help tonify and restore the blood besides increasing the energy of the body. On the other hand, Gingko Biloba is believed to boost blood circulation especially the flow of blood to the brain. When used together, these two herbs can reduce the concentration of plasma cholesterol in the body although there is still debate about its effectiveness.

These days, thanks to technology, Traditional Chinese Medicine in Pembroke Pine has become more convenient and within reach of stroke patients. Neuroaid is one such wonderful example. With its origins based on TCM, this post-stroke remedial tool has proven to be extremely effective in post stroke recovery. Neurologists all over the world are now prescribing Neuroaid and it has been proven to assist stroke sufferers recover their functional skills. Respectable scientific journals have published a large number of clinical studies indicating the ability of Neuroaid to restore vision, speech, motor skills and other neurological functions of stroke patients. Intriguingly, the outcomes of additional scientific studies published on 2010, on the early part of February reveal that besides being safe, Neuroaid is also efficient for stroke rehabilitation as well as potent in lessening the severity of stroke if used as a preventive measure.

Cupping Therapy Can Be Extremely Effective For Various Illnesses And Pains

The medical industry over the last few decades has turned over a new leaf. People will usually go for alternative forms of treatment over invasive treatments and allopathic medications if they’re given a choice. I mean who wouldn’t if you’re assured of good health without the hassles of harmful and even dangerous side effects?

Cupping therapy is one alternative treatment that has caught a lot of attention quite recently. This healing method may still be a relatively novel form of treatment in the United States but it has been actually practiced for hundreds of years in European societies and thousands of years, in the Middle East, China, and especially ancient Egypt.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Heated cups are used by trained cupping practitioners and applied to targeted parts of a patient’s body, particularly muscular areas such as the legs, arms, abdomen, and back. The cups may be made of silicon, plastic, or glass.

Cupping therapy can be administered in four ways. One way is the method called “fire cupping” or “dry cupping”. In this procedure a cotton ball is immersed in a flammable substance, usually rubbing alcohol. The cotton ball is lit up and used to heat the cups. The cups are alternately heated in oil or hot water.

The cups are quickly set on the skin of the patient once they are sufficiently heated. The skin entirely seals the cup as it rises. A vacuum effect is generated by the heat causing the muscles and skin on the treatment site to develop a small puff. The practitioner allows the cup to stay in this position for some minutes prior to removing it safely. In another method known as “moving cupping”, the cups are moved slowly and gently over different parts of the skin and are left in a single position. But before setting the cups on the skin, the therapist first applies cream or oil on the skin to enable the smooth movement of the cups over the site of treatment. The treated body parts become reddened due to the dilation of the blood vessels and the suction effect.

Wet cupping is the third method and in this procedure, the practitioner makes small incisions on the skin after applying and removing the cups. The sucking procedure is repeatedly done to pull out small amounts of blood. The fourth style of cupping is a combination of acupuncture and cupping. Among the four types, this is the most effective. It entails the sticking of needles prior to the placement of the cups to the skin.

The following are some of the benefits you can receive from cupping therapy:

  • Relieves knotted and tensed muscles and relaxes the body
  • Alleviates inflammation
  • Boosts blood flood which facilitates healing
  • Eliminates toxins that have built up in the tissues
  • Improves performance by invigorating the flow of energy all over the body
  • Strengthens immune function helping combat allergies, colds, and flu

Pain Relief and Cupping Therapy

Well-known to be a versatile treatment for various maladies, cupping therapy is especially potent in the mitigation of pain. This is the reason why a great number of athletes swear by it. It is extremely efficient for various types of painful conditions.

  • For women suffering from intolerable menstrual cramping, cupping therapy can be a very helpful alternative for painkilling drugs
  • It is surprisingly effective for the relief of severe toothaches
  • It relieves pain caused by respiratory problems
  • People suffering from pain related to arthritis or rheumatism can find that cupping therapy can be a long-term answer to their problem
  • Cupping therapy lessens the severity of muscle and joint pain allowing you to experience relief from muscle stiffness and injuries, neck pain, and back pain
  • Cupping therapy helps alleviate tension headaches and migraines

As a type of alternative medicine, Cupping Therapy can do so much for your body’s general well-being and health. It can help you lose weight, promote blood circulation, relieve anxiety, alleviate stiffness and pain, and facilitate digestion. Combined with acupuncture in Reading, cupping therapy can be an extremely effective form of cure for various illnesses and pains.

Qi Gong Can Facilitate Longevity And Better States Of Youthfulness

One of the most potent means for nourishing longevity and staying young is Qi Gong. But how does it work?

Qi Gong Generate Suppleness and Internal Strength

Qi Gong is different from conventional Western exercise by the fact that it trains the body’s energy to stimulate internal organs to extend youthful appearance and facilitate balanced health.

The spleen, according to the Chinese medicinal system, is believed to control the muscles of the body. Some movements in Qi Gong activate the spleen organ system and its related meridians or energy channels. So, your muscles become more youthful helping remove wrinkles (more so in the facial muscles) and making your skin supple when you perform Qi Gong movements that focus on the spleen.

Likewise, increased amounts of oxygen enter the blood since Qi Gong movements also entail deep breathing techniques which lead to the rejuvenation of the internal organs on a cellular level.

And finally, on an energetic level, Jing or essential energy is believed to reside in the kidneys and is responsible for youthfulness. Through Qi Gong movements, the kidneys’ energy of can be nourished. This is the reason why a lot of Qi Gong masters possess very healthy kidneys that don’t seem to age with time.

Producing Juvenile Brain Cells

The University of California did a research and found a stronger pumping of blood occurred inside the brain when qi is generated by Qi Gong masters.

Brain cells are more nourished when there is a greater perfusion of blood to the brain. This helps prevent the rise of mental and cognitive issues related to aging like dementia. Thus, the brain and mind can be kept vibrant and young when you perform Qi Gong regularly.

Thwarts Issues that Age the Body Prematurely

You can experience higher levels of relaxation whenever you perform Qi Gong movements. Therefore, among people practicing Qi Gong, health conditions brought on by stress like specific forms of immunity imbalances, high blood pressure, and premature graying, rarely or sometimes never occurs.

Treats and Manages Problems that Age the Body

The circle walking movements in Qi Gong is used as a therapeutic means for people with cancer. This activity has been shown to contribute greatly to the prevention of premature aging and cellular break down. Some Qi Gong practitioners use a unique form of circle walking Qi Gong movements to help facilitate rejuvenation and enhance relaxation that help heal patients with cancer.

Nourishes the Body and Spirit

Through movement and meditation Qi Gong can enable a linkage with a higher power. A University of California research demonstrated that spiritual practices can strengthen the immune system of people.

So, as a spiritual exercise, Qi Gong has much to contribute in helping maintain the balance of the immune system that can prevent the rise of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis typically related to the aging process.

Produces Youthful Bones

There are two ways in how the bones are nourished by Qi Gong. First, it reinforces the kidneys, which in Chinese medicine, is the organ believed to govern the bones. This means that our bones can have greater protection and can heal faster from osteoporosis and degeneration. Certain Qi Gong movements can also have a positive impact on the fascia and bones.

A prime example of the benefits of Qi Gong to the bones is the case of a 75 year old woman who had ankle surgery and who had been practicing Qi Gong each for several years prior to the surgery. Two weeks ahead of schedule, she had her cast removed as her bones quickly mended compared to a patient who did not practice Qi Gong and who was half her age.

To sum up, Qi Gong can facilitate longevity and youthfulness by promoting greater spiritual and mental balance and by nourishing the bones, muscles, and internal organs of the body.

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