Qi Gong - Healing Exercises


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Qigong Chinese Healing Art


Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese healing system that uses exercise, visualization, massage and breathing in order to control ones personal Qi and move it throughout the body to re-energize the organs and strengthen the immune system. Breathing exercises are for respiration and oxygen enrichment of the blood. Physical exercises are for cardio health, fitness and circulation of the fluids through both the blood vessel and lymphatic systems. Mind concentration (visualization) is important so that one can be in a tranquil state and so control the seven emotions which can disturb the heart and lead to irregular flow of the Qi.

Many of the healing benefits while quite apparent, especially to the practitioner, cannot be proved or disproved by Modern Western Medicine. Consequently, many people will try to dismiss it as a fad or as some kind of airy fairy made up nonsense. Too often however the end results speak for themselves and common sense will prevail. However the existence of Qi and the path that it takes through the human body is quite well documented by Western Medicine as well as by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some versions of Qi Gong are hard to learn as they can take many years of practice, and require quite a bit of instruction from a qualified practitioner. Others can be learned in just a few sessions and can be performed reasonably well by the new practitioner by themselves in their own home.

One of the easiest and most simple to learn is a system that was created by Professor Martin Liu, a TCM practitioner, now living and practicing in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Professor Liu is the last of the Chinese Imperial physicians. He was the doctor for the last of the Chinese Imperial family as well as some of China's leading military officials and prominent Beijing Opera stars, before moving to Melbourne. Martin studied for more than seven years at three of Chinas top medical institutes he is currently a research Professor at the center for Acupuncture & Meridian Research in Beijing, a visiting Professor at Jin Lin Army Medical Institute, and runs his own TCM Osteotraumatology and Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic and has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 30 years. In the 1990s Martins work led him to discover 120 new meridian points for the treatment of diseases for which he received an award and recognition from the Chinese government. He has since trained over 4,000 acupuncture practitioners. His ongoing research into the relationship between meridians, health and disease has led him to publish several books and papers and have won him numerous awards.

The system that Martin created is called 423 Meridian Qi Gong. The very first person to be treated with this system was Martins mother. In 1989 at the age of 67 she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, told that surgery was futile and given six months to live. After practicing 423 Meridian Qi Gong for two hours a day, within three months, Martins mother was visibly better and able to walk to a local park to practice. Month after month she continued to practice. Now some 20 years on and aged 87 she still continues to practice 423 Meridian Qi Gong which she firmly believes saved her life.

This method is called "Meridian Qi Gong" because it is a Qi Gong therapy and emphasizes Qi exercises, namely deep and abdominal breathing based on mind concentration. It is also a method of medical health care in which 4 acupressure points are selected as the main points for health protection and strengthening of the immune system. When stimulated regularly by massage or percussion and combined with deep breathing and abdominal breathing, plus appropriate exercises of both upper and lower limbs, its principle of action follows that of traditional Chinese Qi Gong and aims at promoting the bodys' immune system, activating meridian Qi, invigorating Qi and blood circulation for the prevention of diseases, as well as keeping fit and longevity.

The basic contents of Professor Lius' system are as follows:

4 equates to the 4 selected acupressure points.

2 equates to the 2 ways of Qi breathing, deep and abdominal breathing.

3 equates to the balanced exercises on three parts of the body

The primary aim of this system is to prevent disease and illness. It can also be used in conjunction with conventional medicine and fitness/weight loss training.

If you practice 423 Meridian Qi Gong for around 15 minutes twice a day, within two months you will feel stronger and more energetic. In many cases people feel an improvement in their vitality and libido. After 3 months of regular practice most people feel a significant improvement in their health status. There are currently over 100,000 people using this method and over 95% have experienced significant health benefits. 423 Meridian Qi Gong has been used to successfully treat diseases as diverse as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Angina, Coronary Heart Disease, Asthma, Insomnia, Headache, Stress, Cancer, Hepatitis, Dyspepsia, Irregular Menstruation, Mental Disorder, Menopause and many more.