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Secrets of Health: Sleep
Master Zhao Bichen (1862-1942):
Volume 22, No. 2 Summer 2012 $5.00
Liangong’s Elusive 3rd Series
Words About Martial Arts for Health
Departments: • The Eleventh Question: “How You Doin”? • Chinese Romanization • Qigong Face Massage • Tuina, Massage and Shiatsu • Prevent and Reverse Osteoporosis • Tidbits, News and Events
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The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness
The Dao of Longevity
Secrets of Health: Sleep ........................................ 18
One Chinese folk recipe for longevity is, “Constancy in the regular patterns of life, moderation in labor and rest.” One aspect of rest that is vital to our health is sleep. Adequate and regular sleep is essential for human health. Modern research has shown that inadequate sleep leads to a wide range of health problems including obvious ones like fatigue and irritability. However, there are more serious consequences as well. By Dr. Henry McCann
Yi Qigong: Liangong’s Elusive Third Series ............ 26
The development of Yi Qigong, Liangong’s third series of 18 exercises began in 1975 at Dongchang Hospital in the Huangpu District of Shanghai while Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming was testing the effectiveness of health exercises on patients with acute pain in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs, and feet. During the early stages of development it was referred to in Chinese as “The Eighteen Methods Continued.” By Gerald A. Sharp
Master Zhao Bichen (1862-1942): Daoist Immortal.................................................... 34
Master Zhao Bichen also known as Zhao Yizi was a much renowned practitioner of neidan—a term which literally translates into English as internal medicine, with the word dan actually referring to a red medicinal powder or ointment—or more specifically a red pill (cinnabar). Within the context it refers to the practice of ‘internal developmental medicine’ and as a consequence, is often rendered into English as Daoist alchemy or yoga. By Adrian Chan-Wyles, Ph.D
Words About Martial Arts for Health .................... 40
How does something aimed at hurting also heal? Thanks to these readings and to Professor Kenneth Cohen who includes them in his teacher training curriculum, I am able to offer here an examination of books with insights on these questions. Because these books are also a record of the entrance and growth in the United States of this Asian art, I discuss them in a roughly approximate order of their first publication dates. By Carol McFrederick
Events and News ........................................................................ 3 The Eleventh Question: “How You Doin”? ..................................... 4 Chinese Romanization Systems .................................................... 4 Qigong Face Massage .................................................................. 8 Tuina, Massage and Shiatsu ........................................................ 11 Prevent and Reverse Osteoporosis .............................................. 50 Back Issues ................................................................................ 52 Calendar of Events ...................................................................... 54 Listings of Professionals .............................................................. 57 Subscription & Order Forms ........................................................ 64
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which published their findings in the journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) ONE.cultural barriers from the 2008 Beijing Olympics/Paralympics Cultural Festory impairment. “Too often.the placebo group . They were later assessed by experts for their depression levels and the group that received genuine electroacupuncture was found to be a lot happier. who abilities. a consultant at the department of psychiatry at the Kowloon Hospital in Hong Kong. Half the patients received electroacupuncture nine times over three weeks. expression. the 13 Postures of Wheelchair current issue of Technology and InnoTai Chi transforms the wheelchair vation—Proceedings of the National from an assistive device to a tool of Academy of Inventors.” IN BEIJING OLYMPICS The 13 Posture Wheelchair Tai News Medical: An innovative Chi incorporates 13 of the 24 Tai Chi 13-postures Tai Chi designed for movements and.com/ developed by Zibin Guo.Event & Association News ELECTROACUPUNCTURE MAY BE EFFECTIVE FOR DEPRESSION: STUDY Reuters: Boosting the effect of acupuncture needles with small electric currents may be effective in treating depression. it will not only attract foreign friends to practice Kung Fu. empowerment and artistic The innovation has “Too often. depression will rival heart disease as the health disorder with the highest disease burden in the world. but has not been an ple with physical disabilities activities. from participating in fitness therapy or exercise for those with disactivities. Zhang said his group may consider moving into another trial using only electroacupuncture on patients suffering milder depression. an official from China’s Kung Fu Management Center. Led by Zhang Zhang-jin at the School of Chinese Medicine. another researcher in the group. Most duce the Tai Chi Wheelchair at the of the 83 million live in rural China 2008 Beijing Olympics/Paralympics where “social and economic develCultural Festival.participating been part of Chinese traditional medicine for thousands tural barriers discourage peoin fitness of years. while the other half .” said Cui Pei. It also plans to hold international Kung Fu competitions and stage live performances. talent cultivation.” said Roger Ng. the museum will feature Kung Fu demonstration and research.only had needles inserted superficially into their heads. ing simple. Dr. It lifts (continued on page 14) SUMMER 2012 QI—3 . information management and healthkeeping practice. but it also promotes exchanges and expands the development of Kung Fu. particularly those jing Paralympics Committee to introdisabilities that limit mobility. SHAOLIN MUSEUM’S GROUNDBREAKING he foundation of Shaolin Kung Fu Museum was laid Thursday in Shaolin Tagou Kung Fu School. dynamic flowing movements of Tai Chi. The electroacupuncture was given in addition to medication that the patients were already taking and meant to augment their treatment. When the museum is completed in 2014. brought the traditional Chisocial and A demonstration event nese martial and healing arts to people with ambula. “Wheelchair Tai Chi opment lags behind urban areas. Upon completion. ■ —Xinhuanet the spirit and give practitioners a sense WHEELCHAIR TAI CHI FEATURED of command of space. upper-body He also cites a National Health exercise by integrating wheelchair Interview Survey that suggests that motion with the gentle. some brain centres responsible for producing serotonin are stimulated. according to Dr. It will be first of its kind in the world. An imbalance in serotonin levels is believed to be linked to depression.5 million US dollars. Zhang told a news conference. With a total investment of 36.” explained Ng. Guo estimates that 83 collaborated with the China Disabled million people in China are living People’s Federation and the 2008 Beiwith disabilities. low-impact. wheelchair users is described in the Guo.” accessible form of martial arts. pictures. PhD. physical watch?v=jR0DbXlS4GI PhD. who had suffered several bouts of depression in the last 7 years.540 square meters. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020. social and cul. Depression affects about 20 percent of people at some point in their lives. three kilometers northeast away from Shaolin Temple in central China’s Henan province.” he can be practiced seated for those needsaid. thanks to discourage tive can be seen on YouTube the technology and program people with at http://www. a study in Hong Kong has found. “The drop (in depression scores) among the group receiving active treatment was more significant than the placebo group. T The museum will demonstrate the development and evolvement of Chinese Kung Fu with texts. films and other exhibits. of the University of Tendisabilities from Tai Chi (Taijiquan) has nessee Chattanooga.youtube. the privatelyfunded museum covers 135. University of Hong Kong. the researchers used electroacupuncture to stimulate seven spots on the heads of 73 participants. “When the acupoints are stimulated.” said Zibin Guo.
Qi Department: TCM
THE ELEVENTH QUESTION: “HOW YOU DOIN”?
By Lawrence Howard LAc, MSAc uring the Oriental Medical evaluation the “Ten Questions” are typically asked. Although the questions vary somewhat, they typically refer to diet, elimination, emotions, temperature sensations and preferences. The purpose is to better understand the patient’s qi dynamic through a series of correlations. Asking detailed but flexible questions based on the patient’s degree of self and qi awareness can further enhance treatment. These questions are asked before and during treatment and may be generically (and colloquially) summarized by asking “how you doin?” Determining the patient’s initial qi-awareness is simple. If the patient is able to form a “qi ball”1 they will likely experience non-physical sensations of treatment. One forms a “qiball” by holding their palms about 6 inches apart, then gently and slowly moving them towards and away from
one another... one may feel sensations as “magnetic”, tingling or temperature change. How to ask questions Begin by asking simple open-ended questions followed by opposing alternatives. For example, a patient who complains of pain is asked the exact location of their pain followed by questions regarding the quality and intensity. One type of question is if the affected region feels “heavy or weak”. The questions should become progressively detailed. After the exact location has been found the patient is asked if there are variations in the quality, intensity and heaviness/ weakness of the pain of the affected and surrounding region. These finer detailed questions help determine the “layer-cutaneous region to boneand if the imbalance is a combination of excess and deficiency conditions. Questioning continues during
the administration of treatment. If the pain is active while the treatment is being administered then ask the patient exactly how the pain is changing in terms of location, quality and intensity. Sometimes part of the pain will immediately reduce. An acupuncture point may reduce a portion of the affected region or one component such as pain but not heaviness. If the main complaint is not observable or active at the time of treatment then questioning is directed towards the subtle sensations. These include tingling, heavy or light, increasing calmness to changes of thoughts and emotional experiences. Gentle encouragement is important when inquiring about detailed and subtle experiences. Patients are sometimes uncomfortable describing details as this since they are foreign. However, as they become more aware of their own bodies and minds they become more comfortable articulat-
CHINESE ROMANIZATION SYSTEMS
sing Roman (Latin) characters to express the sound of Chinese words is a helpful tool in learning the language and pronunciation. There are several basic systems in current use within the United States and unfortunately, we tend to mix them together. One system is no better than another if it is studied, but few people study one enough to use it accurately. On page 2 of each issue, we publish a small guide to commonly used terms as a sample. Pinyin: Pinyin (meaning “spellsound”) was compiled in 1958 and is now the most recognized and popular method of romanization. The Pinyin system is the romanization of the Zhu Yin system of pronunciation commonly called “bo-po-mo-fo” that was a phonetic tool used by young children. Pinyin became a United Nations standard in 1977 and an International
Standard Organization (ISO) standard in 1982. It is the exclusive system of international media outlets and recently adopted by the U.S. Library of Congress. Wade-Giles: Officially published in 1959 by Thomas Francis Wade. Developed from R. Morrison’s 1815 romanization system, then later modified by Allen Giles in 1912. It was very popular in English-speaking countries and remains the preferred system in many countries for expressing personal names. Yale: Created in 1948 for teaching American military personnel the Chinese language. It then spread through
the U.S. and became popular in Taiwan as a method of teaching Chinese to foreigners. Chinese Post Office: While not an officially recognized romanization system, this was an old system used to express place-names. Usually used in combination with Wade-Giles for non-place names. Examples are Peking, Tsingtao, and Chungking. These spellings are still common in some English-speaking countries. Zu Yin: A system used by Chinese speaking children to learn Chinese phonetics. Sometimes referred to as the “bo-po-mo-fo” method, it uses non-latin characters to represent the various phonetics. This is a useful system for teaching Mandarin to students who speak other Chinese dialetics or Asian languages.
PIN = “Spell” YIN = “Sound”
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A patient with low back pain and Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) pain noted shallow needle insertion of SJ5 (Wai Guan) decreased her TMJ pain but deeper insertion decreased her low back pain. flowing” sensation–Qi flow along the meridian. “Dizziness light”–deficient (qi) of the head Seeing colors. Dispersing or draining technique is indicated. Sometimes additional needling may help or moving (typically extending) the nearby or affected limb. This indicates that draining/ release of excess (qi) from the body or redistribution.body part or region. “Heavy. good”–relaxed. Heat or cold–sometimes palpablethe release of Heat or Cold. Subtle Symptom Descriptions and Their Meanings “Tingling. A patient presents with knee pain aggravated by cold weather. Moving Forward Developing correlations between the patient experience and Traditional Chinese medicine terminology further develops the practitioner and profession. good”–fuller/stronger sensation of a body part or region. Tonification techniques are indicated. is attempting to unblock it and then finally passes the blockage temporarily. The SUMMER 2012 QI—5 .often associated with the chakras. This indicates draining (of qi). Patient Experiences Related to Treatment Initial needle insertion depth may cause different qi flow sensations and adjustment of the needle may change sensations. Their body tends to feel more “even” after treatment. Patients may describe the affects of acupuncture point combinations. “Uneven”–qi is not completely balanced. This suggests the treatment is still occurring or a blockage remains. The sensation may remain along the surface. Either loss of from the body. This indicates increasing (of qi) stagnation of a part or region. move from the surface to the interior or occur only at the interior of the body. Another may feel tingling along the channel at a superficial level but an organ sensation at a deeper level.) “Layered” treatment plan—Tonify Kidney Yin/Yang and Move Qi and Blood. Longer treatment time or stronger moving techniques are indicated. Alternating “heavy” and “light” sensation–the qi is flowing has reached a blockage. counterclockwise motion about the center of their body. This to avoid the patient feeling inadequate or frustrated because they don’t “feel it”. The “Four Gates” (Liv3 Tai Chong and LI4 He Gu) cause a centrifugal. The addition of qi to the body or region. The release could occur within the body or the release could occur from the body. bad”–uncomfortable with possible difficulty moving. This also may be due to “layering” of imbal- ances such as deep low back fatigue (Kidney Yin/Yang deficiency) with superficial “sharp stabbing” pain (Qi and Blood stagnation of the muscles. “Dizziness heavy”–excess (qi) of the head. Uneven feelings may be due to any combination of true and/or relative excesses or deficiencies between areas. Initial needle insertion depth may affect symptoms differently. One may either “release” the excess from the top of the head or “bring down” towards the feet. may be indicated in such a case. The practitioner should question only to the degree the patient is comfortable at the time. This indicates tonification. For example one may feel one leg “heavy uncomfortable” (excess) and the other “light weak” (deficiency). “Light bad”–weakness. or redistribution (of qi) so there is a general deficiency.Qi Department: TCM ing their sensations. Patients may enhance acupuncture needling by describing sensation and/or symptom reduction upon acupuncture point palpation prior to insertion. “Lighter.2 Typically dark muddy colors suggest disharmonies but become more clear and brilliant as the affected chakra balances. “Heavy.
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QIGONG FACE MASSAGE
By Margaret Emerson
his is a qigong exercise I’ve been doing every morning for the past twenty years. Many of my students have adopted it too. It wakes up the face and brain and generates currents of nourishing, healing qi throughout the body. Like T’ai Chi, it’s stimulating and relaxing at the same time. My sister has used it before going to bed at night in order to help her sleep. The basics were taught to me by Karen Kramer from Berkeley. I later added acupressure points on the face that I learned from Master Wen Mei Yu. John Yamas, O.M.D., L.Ac. and Rebecca Ellis, N.D., L.Ac. expanded and solidified my understanding of the exercise. The face massage takes only about five minutes. It can be done either partially or totally. Anything you’re directed to do twelve times can be done any multiple of twelve times. (According to my original teacher, Kao Ching-hua, the Chinese do many things in multiples of twelve because that’s the number of animals in their zodiac.) I do most things twenty-four times. Prior to beginning, rub your hands together vigorously while shaking your belly. The belly contains the dan tian, your qi bank and qi pump. Shaking it catalyzes the flow of qi. Rubbing the hands together draws blood and qi to the hands and opens the lao gongs—the energy centers in the middle of the palms through which you can emit and receive energy. 1. Hold the palms in front of you, little fingers touching. Starting with the fingertips at the chin, rub the palms gently upward over the center of the face until Step 1: A the heels of the hands reach the hairline. Then move out to the sides of the face and back down to the chin. Do this lightly and quickly thirty times,
Step 1: B
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breathing out through the nose on the upstroke and in through the mouth on the downstroke. Breathe shallowly to avoid hyperventilating. 2. Place the left hand on the highest point of the head—the baihui. With three fingers of the right hand, rub the back of the head from just below to just above the prominent bone—the occipital ridge—at the base of the skull. Do this lightly and quickly sixty Step 2 times. This stimulates the acupressure point known as “wind mansion” (also known as fengfu or Governor Vessel 16). Centered at the base of the skull where the neck tendons begin, wind mansion treats headache, migraines, and infections accompanied by fever. It also has a tranquilizing effect. Placing two hands on different parts of the body creates a current between them, and in this case increases qi flow through the brain. 3. Reverse your hands and repeat the above. 4. Using the middle three fingers of both hands, rub upward on either
side of the back of the neck, starting below and behind the ears and ending at the occipital ridge. After each upstroke, pull the hands away from the head and start at the bottom again—there’s no downstroke. Do this fifty times, lightly and quickly. You’re massaging the twin points known as “wind pool” (fengqi, Gall Bladder 20) located on either side of the neck at the base of the skull. Wind pool is useful for headaches, migraines, dizziness, insomnia, eye problems, tinnitus, colds, flu, fever, and high blood pressure. 5. To prepare for the eye wash, rub the outside of each thumb vigorously on the opposite palm. This warms the thumbs, filling them with blood and qi. Pull the backs of the thumbs gently over the closed eyelids, starting at the ridge of the nose and moving out to the hairline at the temples. Then do the same thing below the eye.
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This is where all the yang meridians converge. pull out to the temples twelve times. Bladder. then pull down to just under the jaw. Press in at this point. It also strengthens Step 7 the large intestine and is very effective at stimulating bowel movements—a good acupressure point to know about if you’re constipated. • Find the depression in the bone where the upper part of the ear joins the head. Do this twelve times—six across the eyelids and six just under the eye. This point (“supreme yang” or taiyang) is crossed by the Stomach. Small Intestine 19). massage the temples. insomnia. Cross the index fingers over the middle fingers and then snap the index (continued on page 10) Step 8: A Step 8: B SUMMER 2012 QI—9 . blurred vision. • Using three fingers of each hand. 7. • Place three fingers of each hand on either side of the crown of the head and circle twelve times. dizziness. • Starting where the eyebrows meet. Urinary Bladder 1). color blindness. They also have a calming effect. This is “welcome fragrance” (yingxiang. Massaging here calms the emotions. and Triple Warmer meridians (qi pathways). convulsions. 6. and cramps. pain. • Proceed upward to the place on either side of the nose where the bone ends and the cartilage begins.Qi Department: Qigong You’re working within the eye socket. press the side of the index finger of one hand just under the nose. facial pain. Called “hundreds gathering” (baihui. Rubbing this point relieves colds. place the palms over the ears to create a light suction. 8. For the nose rub. Do this twelve times. Many people rub this point instinctively to soothe a headache. then rejoining to finish with the tips of the thumbs under the chin. this point treats headaches. allergies. • Raise the fingers to either side of the bridge of the nose—to “bright eyes” (jingming. Hold the fists together so the backs of the thumbs are facing you. form the hands into fists with thumbs outstretched. high blood pressure. • Next. It can also alleviate headache. circle with both fingers at the “third eye” between the eyebrows. Governor Vessel 20). This point—“water trough” (shuigou. Do this twelve times. Known as “penetrating the nose” or bitong. and itchiness of the eye and eyelid and is good for night blindness. massage the following points with an inward. including “auditory palace” (tinggong. Triple Warmer 21). circular motion twelve times: • Start with the two symmetrical points at the corners of the mouth. Using the middle finger of each hand. This point relieves swelling. Start with the heels of the thumbs at the hairline above the forehead and rub lightly down the face. • Finally. It’s also considered an emergency point for trauma. dizziness. The next phase of the face massage is called “bang the heavenly drum. Stomach 4) can relax facial muscles and is good for facial tremors and paralysis. Governor Vessel 26) can stop a runny or bloody nose. and sinusitis. Acupressure here at “earth granary” (dicang. and paralysis. Large Intestine 20). parting the thumbs to Step 6: A go to either side Step 6: B Step 6: C of the nose. and strokes. The Chinese call this “hall of impression” or yintang. These points sharpen hearing and ameliorate tinnitus. This is “ear gate” (ermen. Hold it there for a count of twelve. and confusion as well as eye and nose ailments. This hits a number of points. • Move up and find the depressions in the bone at the outer edges of the nostrils. this point strengthens eyesight and is good for sinusitis. and blurred vision.” With the fingers pointing toward the back of the head.
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that can calm stress and restore the body’s healthy balance. there are solutions that can make a substantial difference. Eliaz discussed a variety of mind-body techniques. Eliaz has cultivated a deep understanding of the philosophies and application of mindful meditation for healing and personal growth. healing power of our brains when harnessed through meditation and mind body practice. BODY AND CANCER Medical Doctor Shares Research on the Benefits of Meditation. “The contrasts are amazing. and its associated negative effects. In addition to reducing our body’s resistance to cancer. Dr. AZ at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Fellowship.” says Dr. Eliaz shared important meditation exercises and take home tools for beginners. integrative medicine pioneer Isaac Eliaz.” says Dr. discussed how negative emotions hinder immune response and fuel cancer formation and metastasis. right down to the molecular level. The chi rope induces electromagnetic pulses with set tones to bring the mindbody connection back to a state of wholeness and balance. depression and stress. It also has been proven to increase multiple areas of cognitive function. can have a dramatic effect on all aspects of our being. Dr. Eliaz. Eliaz. how mind body therapies and emotional support can ramp up immunity and provide numerous health benefits. “Simple acts. Yoga and Qigong GlobeNewswire: When it comes to cancer. while something as simple as family support or mindful meditation can boost it just as dramatically. metastasis and early mortality. Eliaz. like breathing mindfully. The practice has also been shown to reduce the nausea associated with chemotherapy. Highlighting an array of published studies. meditation reduces cortisol levels. In particular. “Study after study shows that reducing stress.chirope. and conversely. This is a double-whammy for cancer patients. MIND. yoga and Qigong -. While these facts may be daunting. even damaging DNA. yoga and Qigong which work to counteract the negative effects of stress and boost health in numerous ways. “Through all this research. stress. systolic blood pressure. In his presentation. He followed by sharing research on mind-body therapies such as meditation. mind body therapies can be powerful tools to help us maintain optimal mental. boosts the immune system and enhances brain function. there are obvious mind-body links. including meditation. depression and isolation also increase metastasis and tumor vascularization. In one study cited by Dr. To integrate practice with theory and research. Eliaz showed how chronic stress can be deadly to lymphocytes and DNA integrity.” says Dr. patients did a standard six-minute walking test when researchers measured how far they got in that time and how much breathing trouble they had doing it. As a meditation practitioner with over 25 years of experience. For more information or to order please go to: www..D. pessimism and other emotional factors have been proven to play a role. we see one common thread--the calming. including information processing. In a recent lecture in Phoenix. Yoga fares equally well. breast cancer risk doubled for women after a divorce. helping post-operative breast cancer patients by accelerating healing. Qigong has similar benefits.. “Chronic stress significantly reduces the immune response. emotional and physical health. ovarian.” ■ The Chi Rope is a patented precision instrument that stimulates the body’s chi. When practiced regularly.com or call Dr. memory and decision making.an ancient Chinese system of mindful exercises -. stress has been shown to depress the immune system. Dr.Ac. Dr. M. who must overcome anxiety from the moment they are diagnosed. separation or the death of their spouse. increasing the risk of cancer. Eliaz.Event & Association News the end of the 12 weeks. to enable participants to experience the benefits of meditation first hand. and digestive tract. proinflammatory cytokines. L.” Negative effects of stress have been studied in a variety of cancers including breast. In particular. John Lombardozzi at 814-459-2993 SUMMER 2012 QI—17 . Stress. anxiety. reducing hospital stays and enhancing quality of life. increase inflammation and affect our bodies on the molecular level.
THE DAO OF LONGEVIT Y
SECRETS OF HEALTH:
BY DR. HENRY McCANN
ne of my teachers used to say that Chinese medicine does only one thing. It ensures the continuation of life. Thus the core issue of Chinese medicine is the securing of longevity and health. The most important text of Chinese medicine is a book known as the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, the Huang Di Nei Jing, or Nei Jing for short. Dating to at least 2000 years ago, this treatise on medicine is written in the form of question and answer sessions between the Yellow Emperor (Huang Di), one of the mythic godlike emperor’s of early China, and his physician-teacher Qi Bo. The very first question that Huang Di asks in the very first chapter of the Nei Jing discusses this core issue of Chinese medicine. Huang Di says, “I have heard that the people in high antiquity lived as long as one hundred years with no signs of weakening. However, people in modern times become weakened in less than half of that age.” Huang Di then beseeches Qi Bo to tell him why this is the case. Qi Bo’s answer is very short. He says that, “people in high antiquity knew the Dao.” (上古之人， 其知道者 shang gu zhi ren, qi zhi dao zhe). However, Qi Bo, in his wisdom, knows that this very succinct answer may go right over our heads. After all, he is
the sage and we are not! So for the benefit of those of us still striving to attain sagehood (unsuccessfully), he continues with an explanation of what ‘knowing the Dao’ means. CHINESE MEDICINE – MEDICINE OF BALANCE AND HARMONY The word for Chinese medicine in Chinese is ‘Zhong Yi’ (中醫) – zhong means center and yi means medicine. Zhong is a reference to China, since in Chinese the way to say ‘China’ is Zhong Guo (中 國), or the central/middle kingdom. Obviously, the ancient Chinese were not modest in thinking that China was the center of the civilized world! However, this word has a double meaning. In addition to zhong being a reference to China, it also means that Chinese medicine is concerned with the organism (i.e., the body) being in a state of dynamic balance neither leaning to one extreme or the other. Hence, Chinese medicine is the ‘Medicine of the Center,’ the medicine of balance and harmony. After Qi Bo states that people lived long in ancient times because of their understanding of the Dao, he begins his explanation by saying that this means they followed the patterns of Yin and Yang (法於陰 陽 fa yu yin yang). Yin and Yang are essentially a way
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such as the change of the seasons or the movement from day to night each day. and finding a balance between too little and too much physical activity.” (起居有常，勞逸適度 qi ju you chang. then the only next possible movement is to revert to its opposite. when all plants move out of a state of dormancy and animals start shaking off the cold of the previous winter. moderation in labor and rest. there is a quote that says. Spring and summer are both the seasons of Yang. Even napping during the day (i.4 The list goes on.’ What this means is that when either Yin or Yang comes to a peak. Humans are small mirrors of the larger natural world. such as the movements of spring (Wood) and summer (Fire) described here. and these words are: Spring births. lao yi shi du) One aspect of rest that is vital to our health is sleep.of describing this harmony and balance on which Chinese medicine relies. Inadequate sleep is linked to obesity.. even if people are getting adequate sleep. “Heaven and Earth are the great principle. (春生，夏長，秋收，冬藏) In this wonderfully succinct phrase we understand the core essence of Chinese medical theory. Autumn harvests.1 It is also linked with diabetes2 and insulin resistance. and man’s spirit penetrates and reflects it. if the sleep is at other times of day besides the night. Adequate and regular sleep is essential for human health.5 Not only is short sleep associated with different types of health problems. ren shen zhi tong ying ye) ‘Heaven and Earth’ refers to the patterns in the natural world. As expansion continues.” (天地之大 紀，人神之痛應也 tian di zhi da ji. the siesta) is beneficial for health and can reduce the chances of heart disease. For example. the Great Treatise on the Essentials of the Most True (至 真要大論 Zhi Zhen Yao Da Lun). then summer takes over the movement of life’s growth and brings it to its zenith. The Five Phases represent the movements of Qi in our body or in the natural environment. If that wasn’t serious enough. when summer reaches its peak SUMMER 2012 QI—19 . This is also why the translation of Wu Xing as Five Elements is a bad word choice. They do not represent something physical or substantial (i.3 a type of pre-diabetic condition. Modern research has shown that inadequate sleep leads to a wide range of health problems including obvious ones like fatigue and irritability. For example. The word xing 行 literally means a kind of movement. we enjoy health and longevity. then there can be negative health consequences. the most warm. the most expansive. these two seasons represent the Wood and the Fire phases respectively. In several sections of the Nei Jing there are a series of eight Chinese words that describe the basic essence of Yin-Yang and Five Phases. an element). which is the movement of expansion and outward growth. Summer is the most Yang. However. there are more serious consequences as well.. This movement of birth is the beginning movement of Yang. short sleep is linked with hypertension and heart disease.e. SLEEP – A PRESCRIPTION FOR LONGEVITY One Chinese folk recipe for longevity is.e. according to Qi Bo. but also poorly timed sleep is as well. Winter stores. Summer flourishes. THE SCIENCE OF TIME AND CHINESE MEDICAL THEORY Chinese medicine uses the concept of Yin and Yang as well as other theories such as the Five Phases (五行 Wu Xing) to understand change in both the body as well as the natural world.6 In other words. In terms of Five Phase theory. In the seventy fourth chapter of the Nei Jing. this means eating and drinking with moderation. Research also confirms the opposite. Spring is the beginning of life anew in the time of the year. There has been research that links working the night shift with an increased risk of cancer. “Constancy in the regular patterns of life. Chinese medicine teaches that when we successfully harmonize ourselves with the natural world. One of the basic rules of how Yin and Yang interact with each other is called the rule of ‘mutual transformation.
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the sun is beginning to make its influence stronger again. when does this shift actually take place? This question we answer by looking at the length of day (Yang) and the length of night (Yin) as it changes each year. and therefore in the course of the day. The Earth phase allows for the change to go on and on. The summer solstice. When absolutely deprived of sleep for a long period of time we would eventually die.” (是 氣之常也，人亦應之 shi qi zhi chang ye. December 21 or 22 each year. but the day does as well. This is the very opposite of what sleep represents for us. The purpose of this storage is of course to allow the birth of life activity again each new day. Without proper sleep humans simply cannot recharge their batteries. The very same chapter of the Ling Shu says that morning mimics the spring. Midnight and noon thus represent the times of the solstices. What are the ramifications of this idea to our sleep? Sleep is the way we recharge our batteries. Winter is the Water phase. The next important question to consider in terms of the times of the year is exactly when does this shift from Yin to Yang. The Qi of the natural world is active and vibrant. the beginnings are there. and human beings also match and reflect this movement. In this chapter the definitions of the four seasons as previously mentioned are given again. ren yi ying zhi) Not only do humans mimic this cycling of the Five Phases. at midnight or later. then we are out of harmony with the day. Winter is the ultimate in storage and hibernation. the way that humans move into a state of storage. but then Qi Bo goes on to say that this is the “constant of Qi. The longest period of time someone has been documented to not sleep is less than 2 weeks. contracting inward. If we go to bed too late though. sunset the autumn. we are not in harmony with the normal movement of the day and the natural world. the next season after summer is autumn. there is no continuation of life without humans moving into the storage phase of sleep. This is the very heartbeat of life that we strive to be in harmony with. Autumn is the beginning of Yin movement and in Five Phase theory it is the Metal phase. Just as there is no spring without the preceding winter. Why is this? After midnight the day is beginning to move into the phase of Yang-expansion. the day is shortest and night is longest. and Yang-expansion is returning to the planet. and autumn is the beginning of slowing down. The time of the year when the sun reaches its highest point and the earth comes to a stop before reversing its Yin-Yang movement are the solstices. Getting into bed before SUMMER 2010 QI—21 SPRING 2012 . and laboratory animals deprived of sleep long enough cannot live. Even though spring is still far off. and it is constantly in this cycling of expanding and contracting. and Yang to Yin happen? While the spring is the season that represents the birth of Yang and the autumn represents the birth of Yin. albeit ever so slightly. Yang cannot fully expand forever. Winter takes this movement of Yin contraction to its extreme. the image of stillness in the world. Therefore.” (順氣一日分 為四時 Shun Qi Yi Ri Fen Wei Si Shi). This is the image of the most Yin contraction in the time of the year. On the winter solstice. and midnight the winter. and cooling off. and the night ever so slightly shorter. Thus. high noon the summer. The very next day after the summer solstice the length of day shortens and night increases. and represents the transformation (化 hua) between all the other four. midnight and noon are the times of transition from Yin to Yang and Yang to Yin. The very next day the length of day is ever so slightly longer.as the fullest expansion of Yang in the natural world. THE SCIENCE OF TIME AND THE TIMING OF SLEEP The title of the forty-fourth chapter of the Ling Shu section of the Nei Jing is ‘The Movement of Qi in the Day Matches the Four Seasons. Scientifically this has been verified. The fifth of the phases is the Earth phase. June 20 or 21 each year. Initiating sleep after that time is inefficient in that we are trying to put our body into storage while the earth is starting to wake up. is just the opposite. then the next movement it makes is to start transitioning back to Yin. As the season gets colder and we move deeper into winter the days get shorter and shorter. Sleep is the body’s way of going into a state of storage and hibernation. The summer solstice marks therefore the beginning of Yin-contraction again each year. It is the way we go into the state of the Water phase on a daily basis. for the cycle to continue. The timing of sleep becomes important in light of this understanding of how the day breaks down to Yin and Yang. If sleep is initiated too late in the evening. and that Chinese medicine uses to diagnose and prevent disease.
even with following basic guidelines such as those described above. But the timing of sleep is also important. One of the easiest remedies to try is basic acupressure. According to the National Sleep Foundation the average adult should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep daily. This then becomes a basic prescription of Chinese medicine. All of these disrupt normal sleep patterns. and often due to of controllable reasons. is epidemic in modern times. It is also helpful to remove televisions. alcohol or caffeine just before bed midnight. A doctor of Chinese medicine uses sophisticated diagnosis to determine what acupuncture or internal herbal medicines may be useful to treat sleep disorders. it is vital that sleep be initiated earlier in the evening. Eating large meals late in the evening close to bed also negatively affects sleep. and alcohol before bed. is called shi mian 失眠. by about 9 or 10pm for example. A very useful acupuncture point for insomnia is at the bottom of the foot. allows the body to move into the state of storage while the time of day is still in a state of contraction. Developing some sort of evening ritual before bed.9 CHINESE MEDICINE FOR SLEEP PROBLEMS Sometimes. the inability to sleep. caffeinated drinks (such as coffee. Reading easy books or other material is acceptable closer to bedtime. as inadequate sleep leads to weakening of the Qi and eventually the internal organs. or computers from the bedroom. Especially for sick patients. tea or soft drinks).RECIPE FOR HEALTHY SLEEP • Get to bed early (before 10pm) • Shut off lights early • Avoid television or computers close to bedtime • Try to go to sleep at a consistent time • Take televisions or computers out of the bedroom • No heavy exercise. Chinese medicine understands that insomnia can be caused by a wide variety of internal imbalance. and then applies these as appropriate to each individual patient. such as trying to sleep at a consistent time or doing similar daily wind down activities before bed. However. Physical activity or exercise earlier in the day however helps normal sleep function. Certainly. In our grandparents’ time there were no television programs or movies available late in the evening on home entertainment systems. Excessive lighting is an impediment to normal sleep patterns. radios. and teens and younger children need more. then the recommendation is to at the very least follow this recommendation on weekends or vacations when it may be more feasible. In Chinese. and it has also been possibly linked to other more serious health problems. will help with getting consistent and restful sleep. sleep has to be adequate. Like all diseases. Light pollution. Thus sleep is in harmony with the time of the day and is more efficient. The amount of sleep that each person needs varies from person to person based on many factors including for example health and age. If patients cannot do this because of work or other life constraints. there are some very simple recommendations to improve sleep from which almost anyone can benefit. insomnia. In our clinic a basic prescription for health is adequate sleep that is initiated earlier in the evening. the presence of excessive artificial light. but backlit screens or television will adversely affect our ability to wind down in the evening. the first recommendation for patients is to simply shut off the television and computer earlier in the evening. Shut off any non-essential lights and use smaller lights (such as lamps instead of overhead lighting) to read or do other tasks later in the evening. So. Doing so puts the body in harmony with the natural environment. people have difficulty sleeping. One of the problems for sleep in modern times is the pervasive availability of electric lighting and 24 hour entertainment. Avoid heavy exercise. unfortunately over the last 30 to 40 years the amount of adults reporting sleep times of less than 6 hours per night on average has been on the increase. at least before midnight.8 That said.7 A very easy recommendation for patients who want better sleep is to simply start shutting off lights earlier in the evening. Only use the bedroom for sleep – try to avoid it as a place for work. However there are a number of easy to apply home therapies that people with sleep problems can safely try. This point is 22 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SOUNDER SLEEP Many of my patients are constantly sleep deprived. General lighting is another problem.
Poor or inadequate sleep leads to a variety of health SUMMER 2010 QI—23 SPRING 2012 . Shen Men can be pressed in addition to Yong Quan on the bottom of the foot in the same acupressure session. Please see the charts on the next page for example formulas. is located in the depression just behind the ball of the foot (see diagram). like all other remedies of Chinese medicine. This can be done several times in the hour or 2 before bedtime to help ensure good sleep. like the winter season and the evening when sleep should be happening are all represented by the Water phase). is called Chen Xiang 沈香. and herbal pillows or sachets. is a way to put us back in line with the harmony of heaven. at least once every few months. For full body baths decoct the appropriate amount of herbs in a large pot of water by boiling them for about 25 minutes. Aloeswood. and then sewed into small cloth bags. This point is found on the crease of the wrist straight down from the pinkie finger (see diagram). Since aloeswood is very expensive and is a semi-endangered plant species in the wild. This herb helps the Qi move into a state of storage internally. and ancient and modern understand that sleep is an essential ingredient for good health. In all cases similar herbs can be used. or ‘Bubbling Spring’ point (Kidney 1). Another point that can be used is Shen Men 神門. An herbal pillow or sachet is a small bag of aro- matic herbs that are placed in the normal pillowcase during the evening or in the bed next to the sleeping person’s head. however the formulas presented in this article are general and safe enough that any adult can try them before using a custom formula. This liquid is then strained and added to the bath water for soaking. Use a similar technique as described above and repeat several times in the evening prior to bed. Some of the methods that patients can try at home include herbal foot soaks. however herbs for topical use are easy with few side effects. The bag is then placed to soak in boiling hot water in a bucket or basin.the beginning of the Kidney channel. the formula of dry herbs is powdered and sealed off in a large teabag (many herbal pharmacies can prepare the herbs in this fashion) or wrapped in a bag made of cheesecloth. A full body bath is prepared similarly. herbal full body baths. or literally ‘Sinking Fragrance. Herbs for internal use should always be prescribed by a licensed health care provider. or ‘Gate of the Spirit’ (Heart 7). Please be sure to source your aloeswood incense from a reputable source that is also concerned about natural resource conservation. a traditional remedy in China to help calm the mind for sleep or meditation is the use of high quality aloeswood incense. Warm your hands by rubbing them together and then apply steady deep pressure to this point and hold for a count of at least 30 seconds on each side. Once the water is cool enough to place feet in (but still warm to hot). CONCLUSION Both East and West. Sleep. literally allowing it to ‘sink’ inwards to a state of storage. the natural world surrounding us at all times. The herbs are ground into a powder as in the soaks described above. Yong Quan 湧泉.’ in Chinese. also know as agarwood. there are many fakes on the market. For herbal foot soaks. Over time the aromatic components of the herbs in these pillows diminishes so they should be replaced periodically. soak feet in the solution for 20 to 30 minutes each evening before sleep. the herbs used in these pillows have calming and sleep promoting effects. According to Chinese medical theory. however the herbs are not powdered. Ideally even these external formulas should be custom designed for the patient’s individual needs. In addition to scented herbal pillows. In Chinese medicine this understanding dates back thousands of years and relates to the very core theories that the earliest texts of Chinese medicine describe. so that a gentle aroma is given off during sleep. and as so it helps stimulate the body’s ability to move into the state of storage (the Kidney channel.
2005 Apr 25. Shimbo T. but. 2004. Dai Y. 6 Straif K. Grosse Y. Oikonomou E. 5 Naska A. to determine if other treatment is needed. 2011 Sep 3. Wu G. How much sleep do adults need? National Sleep Foundation.34(11):1487-92. Until then. Accessed May 6.newjerseyacupuncture. Trichopoulos D. Verschuren WM. and sleep duration: a large-scale 3-year cohort study. 7 Pauley SM. McCann is on the faculty of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Punjabi NM. Redline S. Med Hypotheses. Psaltopoulou T. Accessed May 6. Deshpande GA. Newman AB. when sleep is adequate and properly timed. pleasant dreams! ■ —————————— Henry McCann. 2011 Nov 1. 2007 Dec. LAc is a licensed doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. et al. 2007 Feb 12. Hu G.problems.12:247. and lectures regularly throughout the United States and Europe. or if sleep is accompanied by another health concern. DAOM. Available at http://www. REFERENCES: HERBAL BATH FORMULA • Suan Zao Ren 酸棗仁 (Ziziphi spinosae Semen) 60g • He Huan Hua 和歡化 (Albiziae Flos) 30g • Shi Chang Pu 石菖蒲 (Acori Rhizome) 30g • Wu Wei Zi 五味子 (Schisandrae Fructus) 30g • Bai He 百合 (Lilii Bulbus) 30g • Ye Jiao Teng 液交藤 (Polygoni multiflori Caulis) 15g • Long Gu 龍骨 (Fossilia Ossis Mastodi) 30g • Mu Li 牡蠣 (Ostreae Concha) 30g 1 Kobayashi D. Takahashi O. Kromhout D. people should consult a licensed health care provider. Yuan B. In an effort to improve sleep otherwise healthy patients are encouraged to try some of the simple Chinese medical remedies described in this article. Arand DL. Resnick HE. Baldwin CM. Carcinogenicity of shift-work. Arch Intern Med. Association between weight gain.com. HERBAL FOOT SOAK FORMULA • Suan Zao Ren 酸棗仁 (Ziziphi spinosae Semen) 30g • Bai Zi Ren 柏子仁 (Platycladi Semen) 30g • He Huan Hua 和歡化 (Albiziae Flos) 20g • Ye Jiao Teng 液交藤 (Polygoni multiflori Caulis) 15g • Dang Gui 當歸 (Angelica sinensis Radix) 15g • Du Zhong 杜仲 (Eucommiae Cortex) 15g HERBAL PILLOW FORMULA • Ju Hua 菊花 (Chrysanthemi Flos) 60g • He Huan Hua 和歡化 (Albiziae Flos) 60g • Ye Jiao Teng 液交藤 (Polygoni multiflori Caulis) 60g • Deng Xin Cao 燈心草 (Junci Medulla) 20g • Ding Xiang 丁香 (Caryophylli Flos) 10g • Shi Chang Pu 石菖蒲 (Acori Rhizome) 30g • Yuan Zhi 遠志 (Polygalae Radix) 30g • Tan Xiang 檀香 (Santali albi Lignum) 10g • Chen Xiang 沈香 (Aquilariae Lignum resinatum) 10g • Bing Pian 冰片 (Borneolum) 5g 24 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . He is an expert on the Nourishing Life tradition of Chinese medicine and has practiced Asian martial arts and Qigong for 30 years. painting. van den Berg JF.167(3):296-301. 2 Gottlieb DJ.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep. If sleep does not improve within a few days using these remedies. Sleep. Shi Z.8(12):1065-6.63(4):58896. cdc. Sleep Breath. obesity.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org(8):863-7. Lighting for the human circadian clock: recent research indicates that lighting has become a public health issue. Hussain A. either a practitioner of Chinese medicine or western medicine.htm. Nieto FJ. Association of sleep time with diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance. Lancet Oncol. Dr. Interaction between physical activity and sleep duration in relation to insulin resistance among non-diabetic Chinese adults. Trichopoulou A. 2012. 2012 Mar 28.org/article/whitepapers/how-much-sleep-do-adults-need. 8 How much sleep do I need? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Baan R. Available at: http://www. it becomes a secret treasure of longevity. 9 Bonnet MH. Spijkerman AM. 3 Zuo H. Siesta in healthy adults and coronary mortality in the general population. He is a partner at the North Jersey Center for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and can be reached at www. as simple as it sounds. 4 Hoevenaar-Blom MP. Arch Intern Med. Fukui T. 2012. Sleep duration and sleep quality in relation to 12-year cardiovascular disease incidence: the MORGEN study. and fire-fighting. BMC Public Health.sleepfoundation.
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YI QIGONG: LIANGONG’S ELUSIVE THIRD SERIES
BY GERALD A. SHARP
he development of Yi Qigong, Liangong’s third series of 18 exercises began in 1975 at Dongchang Hospital in the Huangpu District of Shanghai while Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming, the creator of Liangong in 18 forms, was testing the effectiveness of health exercises on patients with acute pain in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs, and feet. During the early stages of development it was referred to in Chinese as “The Eighteen Methods Continued.” These were exercises that Dr. Zhuang perceived as having an effect on breathing and pulse, but did not directly address acute pain in the majority of patients in the various control groups. While the first two series may have emerged and began the Liangong phenomenon shortly after 1975, and even today is practiced throughout Asia, Brazil, Europe in businesses, clinics, parks, and sports facilities, at the time, Dr. Zhuang could not ignore the many elderly patients that took part in the testing. Some of these patients may have had profound healing experiences, but, for others, these experiences were only temporary. Dr. Zhuang further observed that elderly patients who suffered from acute pain had either chronic bronchitis
or cardiovascular disease. The suffering these elderly patients endured was not only adding further hindrance to their discomfort and pain, but Dr. Zhuang also concluded that these internal disorders were the cause and pathology of their ailments, as well as contributed to internal disorders such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and digestive disorders.
Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming with author Gerald A. Sharp.
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were using Western drugs to treat symptoms of chronic bronchitis. which was the primary consideration in the development of the exercises of the Series Three. SUMMER 2012 QI—27 . and this. Zhuang observed once again the correlation between chronic bronchitis and cardiovascular disease in elderly patients with a variety of stress related injuries in the neck. regardless of what testing showed. yet. Dr. it is common knowledge that Qigong is known for its ability to augment how gas exchange takes place in the human organism. While the treatment eliminated or reduced the effect of local lesions. they had to enhance the magnitude of respiratory motion. enhance heart and lung function if chronic bronchitis or cardiovascular disease was to be addressed. In addition to developing exercises that would encourage range of motion.In 1989. Amongst clinicians in China. While working with patients with acute pain Dr. enhancing the quality of the gas in the arterial blood also depends on the quality of every day functional activities the practitioner is involved in. Zhuang would develop exercises that would support current therapies and further assist both patients and physicians in the process of managing patient wellness and pain. Dr. effect the quality of gas circulating in the practitioner. as well as. Zhuang was asked to develop exercises that would address chronic bronchitis as well as build up patients’ cardiovascular systems. The exercise I’m referring to. waist. I concluded that what they lacked was range of motion. refers to the daily exercise routine. Additionally. through proper Qigong practice. because many of these elderly patients were retired and were not as active as they once were. It was hoped that Dr. the practitioner can regulate gas exchange and furthermore enhance the quality of “gas” that circulates in the organism and support respiratory health. Zhuang also knew that Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that when a patient is suffering a chronic affliction from bronchitis or a cardiovascular issue. Dr. Dr. and. nor improve respiratory function. or the process of respiration in practitioner’s cells. as with many other hospitals in Shanghai at the time. but the effects were only temporary remission. most prominently. and this is what may cause a gas shortage. and legs.” The clinic. and it ought to address various functions such as breathing or movement that will not only positively affect magnitude respiratory motion. it was important that such exercises support the body’s circulation and metabolism. Zhuang said. The bottom line. prevented. “Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. more specifically. “I knew from previous observations nearly 15 years earlier that these issues were not caused by work related stress. Zhuang was once again working with physicians and patients with orthopedic injuries at Dongchang Hospital. However. Zhuang needed to ensure that the exercises could be simple in nature. in nature. prevention and elimination of chronic bronchitis were not progressing as quickly as doctors would have liked. is Qigong. performed either sitting or standing. In addition to a person breathing air in the out-of-doors. The primary function of the lungs is to facilitate gas (O2 and CO2) exchange between blood and air. improve blood supply to tissues and organs involving absorption and elimination. In effect. and. I was driven to find relief for these patients. or Yi Qigong. holds that such a shortage or quality issue can be turned around through exercise. he felt. that the qi is sick or stagnate. Based on his previous success in 1975. as such. Zhuang said. when developing the first two series of Liangong exercises to treat stress related injuries. had various challenges and issues with their breathing and pulse. or eliminated. shoulders. they could not enhance or improve the patient’s ability to resist recurrence. thus maintaining normal levels of gas pressure in the arterial blood.
it only follows that the gas will gradually empty as the practitioner’s organism scrambles to feel better each day or rely on the use of medicines. in order to build up the internal strength of the patient and encourage them to make progressively larger arm movements to increase breathing capacity. helps a person. blood loss and other factors.” The results of preliminary testing revealed that elderly patients. herbal or lab made. as well as improve the function of respiration in the practitioner. which expand the intercostal muscles. From the tests he conducted. shoulders. legs.” The reference to righteousness in my time. in order that a practitioner’s compensatory function and ability to resist diseases improves. Zhuang had to create exercises that were also teachable. Zhuang teaches “Rotate and Spread Wings” in Indonesia but stimulate particular areas or acu-meridian points in order to support the flow of quality gas and qi. breathing exercises. improving the respiratory function with exercise helps strengthen the systemic activities of the body’s transport systems. Stiffness and dormancy may never be allowed to rule. elderly people’s centers. For example. and based on his observations. slow. Instead. Dr. This idea of righteousness is what keeps a person healthy. small to large. “According to Traditional Chinese Medicine. easy to follow.” Therefore. and be accompanied by cough or hoarseness of the voice and lead to other physical disorders in the neck. for the most part. Like the first two series of Liangong. and yet consistent. Zhuang further elaborates. with chronic bronchitis. helps increase lung metabolism. “The lung is the lord of gas. so that the exercises would be able to be taught in a variety of venues such as clinics. Zhuang has concluded that physicians and trainers ought to avoid thinking that the length of a routine ought to be reduced because the patient is frail or weak. Additionally. and universities. or certain organs may be dysfunctional. If one accepts living with inactivity. stand upright and strengthen their posture.” Dr. such as Qigong. based on a break down of gas capacity and gas quality in the organism. Practitioners who lack gas or quality of gas may appear irritable and tired. “Older methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine attach a great deal of importance to the body’s “righteousness. The more they put in to such self-care. and the kidney is the root of gas. chi stagnation. waist. According to Zhuang the exercises needed “Exercise and Enhance the Qi” in People’s Park. the number of movements and repetitions ought to have the ability to be increased from less to more. or Kung Fu. enhancing and improving system function. which in turn helps promote the recovery of heart and lung function.Dr. schools. progressing from easy to difficult. even now. showed kidney chi deficiency. Shanghai 28 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . and overall function. their voice may be affected. Zhuang goes on to say. joints. and tendons. the exercises had to be. with large and distinctive arm movements.“ In order for exercises to support adequate magnitude respiratory motion and address chronic bronchitis and cardiovascular issues in elderly patients. in order to cope. lack of lung qi may be expressed as shortness of breath. parks. daily exercises. which. referred to engaging in challenging. the more they get out of it.
1 2 3 4 SUMMER 2012 QI—29 . and be coordinated with the breathing. the capability to intake more fresh air. these vital parts work together to massage the internal organs. and spew out more carbon dioxide. The manner in which the mas. upon inhalation. and when exhaling steadily release from the lower abdomen. Furthermore. Matching breathing with the movements in order to enhance the quality of the breathing function was something Dr. and the acu-meridian points of the torso emphasized during massage. Zhuang observed the greater the range of motion the more immense the lung capacity. For example. continuous.to have movements that were even. and slow and matched with natural. the exercises play a vital role in health care management by boosting the metabolism in order to reduce abdominal fat consumption. In turn. ample breaths that were also both constant and consistent. extending through their elbows. Zhuang developed a method of breathing that immediately enhances the respiratory cavity and magnitude of respiratory motion.phalangeal joints. Dr. are the basis of Dr. and lifts their sternum. the slow coherent exercises combined with the breathing technique have proven to reduce adverse reactions and injuries from sudden movements based on excessively rapid. Zhuang observe improvement in the function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. gradually lift the chest (not the shoulders). Therefore. Dr. as well as increase the function of the digestive system and absorption. Zhuang’s development of the third series of Liangong. as well as the palmar aspect of the hand. or Yi Qigong. Range of motion also positively affected the function of the diaphragm. the diaphragm EXERCISE 5: MASSAGE AND MANAGE THE QI The target area includes the metacarpo. That is. In addition. spontaneous. thereby increasing the depth and length of respiratory and pulmonary ventilation volume. or uncontrolled reactions which have led to injuries in elderly people and increased risk in falling. are used to perform the massage. but he also concluded that the rising and falling pattern of the breathing method combined with the exercises also strengthened the thoracic vertebra and the abdominal muscles as well. The distal aspects of the thumbs and fingers. if the patient were to have the capability to develop a foundation for deeper breathing. During and after testing not only did Dr. This method of breathing.sage ought to be performed moves from light to heavy. if the practitioner forms a large circle with their arms. Zhuang felt had to be improved. combined with movements that increase magnitude respiratory motion in order to support the breathing function. when inhaling.
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quadriceps femoris. A cleans- EXERCISE 16: REVERSE BOW STANCE. in order to develop internal strength and wellness. however. there’s an emphasis on sequential movements and timing the breathing with those movements. blood circulation will be regulated. what sets Yi Qigong apart from the first two series. Therefore. the third series is a combination of Dr. and this is why moving slowly and focusing on target areas is so essential. these magnified motions also need to be paired with stability. Likewise. The same holds true in the third series.will contract. Thus. and adductor muscles. which includes the intercostals. and releasing the lower abdomen while steadily exhaling with 18 comprehensive exercises that address respiratory and cardiovascular issues. and follow the natural process of respiration. and the physiological function of the waist and lower back will also be enhanced. and magnitude respiratory motion improved. If practiced correctly. and the range of the thorax and the respiratory muscles are also developed. yet enhance it with simple movements that facilitate the greatest amount of confidence and success. it is necessary then to exercise with greater range of motion. namely magnitude of respiratory motion. STRENGTHEN THE QI The movement and shape of the form helps to emphasize the target area. so that diaphragmatic activity increases in magnitude. upon exhalation. and joints of the upper limbs will be strengthened. muscles. and isolating those areas does help relieve pressure and persistent pain associated with respiratory and cardiovascular problems. It allows the patient to maintain their bearings. However. is its primary emphasis on breathing. Additionally. and because additional space has been created in the chest cavity. but four repetitions of cleansing breaths are performed. when the arms are lowered. Zhuang’s breathing method of lifting the chest slowly while performing an inhalation. 1 2 3 4 SUMMER 2010 QI—31 SP SPRING 2012 QI—31 SPRING 2010 QI—3 0 —31 — .” the practitioner is not only taught to stand still and gradually lift the chest (but not the shoulders) while steadily inhaling followed by a gradual release from the lower abdomen when exhaling. Yi Qigong does build on the previous two series and encourages the use of target areas. Additionally. the diaphragm expands and more carbon dioxide (CO2) is pushed out. and the lower abdomen is released. oxygen and nutrient rich blood will be increased to the body and organs. in the first exercise. the greater amount of oxygen (O2) will have space to enter. To help bring the effects of chronic bronchitis under control for elderly patients. the chest relaxed (not slumped). “Breathe Naturally. coupled with movements augmented with increased range of motion. tendons. it is in the best interest of the patient to practice movements and activities that encourage broader motions. concentrate. accelerated respiration harmonized. In the first two series.
etc. and 4 reported average results. Waist. Legs Joints and tendons Internal Disorders (high blood pressure. helping practitioners to more specifically identify target areas and related areas of concentration. 50 above average. In the Chinese test. In the Japanese test.ing breath is when the practitioner gently inhales through the nose and softly exhales through the mouth with slightly parted lips. 11 above average. Legs Joints and tendons Internal Disorders (high blood pressure. and 3) Internal disorders including digestive disorders. they also released an updated version of the first two series of Liangong in 18 forms. the oldest practitioner was 92 and the youngest was 35. Zhuang Jian Shen. and there were 170 females and 12 males. Shoulders. Waist. Waist. 44 reported excellent results.) 77 50 3 130 Neck Shoulders. The average age was 60. Efficacy Results of Liangong on 182 practitioners in Japan.) 44 18 19 81 34 36 4 74 14 11 6 31 48 54 7 109 15 23 2 40 Efficacy Results of Liangong on 280 practitioners in People’s Republic of China 1997. 77 reported excellent results. During this time. The physical act of lifting and releasing the torso helps to increase magnitude respiratory motion. high blood pressure. the oldest practitioner was 90 and the youngest was 30. and Legs. and 3 reported average results. and 7 reported average results. the third series of exercises along with the first and second series were then tested on 280 Liangong practitioners in Shanghai and 182 Liangong practitioners in Japan. The results of the Japanese control group of 182 practitioners were as follows: In the area of Neck. 2) Joints and Tendons. Respondents gave feedback in the three categories as follows: 1) Neck. digestive disorders. but the cleansing breaths practiced in the first exercise support bringing in more O2 and expelling more CO2. and Legs. In the effects on Joints and Tendons: 14 reported excellent results. Shoulders. etc. In the effects on Joints and Tendons: 34 reported excellent results. heart problems. and there were 224 females and 56 males. 1997. but also to the first two series as well. 32 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness 2 QI—The Journal Traditional Eastern Health Fitness I—Th Journa — urnal Tr diti Tradit i Ea te Heal h er ealth ea al i e s itness . In 1997. heart problems. digestive disorders. Dr. began to formulate and finalize the third series of Liangong in printed form. The purpose was to test what effects practicing all three series regularly would have on participants. and 6 reported aver- Result Problem Excellent Above Average Average Total Result Problem Excellent Above Average Average Total Neck Shoulders. heart problems. Shoulders. After their development. and respiratory issues. 36 above average. Zhuang and his son. Waist. 18 above average. Most practitioners fell between 50 and 70 years of age. which contained more specific anatomical language. Waist. and were asked to not only respond to a rating scale but encouraged to keep and share personal reflections of their experiences concerning three areas of practice: 1) Neck. This attention to detail helped bring more refinement to not only the Qigong exercises of the third series. as well as help the practitioner to get off on the right foot as it were in practicing the remainder of the eighteen exercises with the appropriate breathing. 54 above average. and Legs. In the effects on Internal Disorders 48 reported excellent results. The participants were from a wide range of backgrounds and physical capabilities. and 19 reported average results. as well as comparing two groups of people both inside and outside of China.
age results. After ten years. or Yi Qigong. About this article: This is an excerpt from Liangong. Zhuang chose to perform the basic hands and stances. and 2 reported average results. enough data was collected and assimilated and the results suggested that practicing all three series does offer comprehensive benefits for practitioners. compiled by Gerald A. He has received personal certificates of study from Dr. His other books include: Chi Kung: Training for Life. and Energy with Patricia Kessler. In 2000. and has been used to support Liangong instruction worldwide. SUMMER 2010 QI—33 SP SPRING 2012 QI—3 SPRING 2010 QI—33 0 —33 — . and Xingyi San Shou Pao. Yang. Dr. in order to increase magnitude respiratory motion. Sharp and featuring Dr. Wu Ying Hua. chiflow. moreover. In the effects on Internal Disorders 15 reported excellent results. according to Dr. the complete series was released in English. and Shi Mei Ling (translated by Sharp. by Ma Yueh Liang. Dr. Zhuang.liangong.com or www. Ma Yueh Liang. featuring additional footage of Dr.com. and Yang). Zhuang and his son released the Yi Qigong book. Zhuang once again performed the exercises in the book (age 81 at the time). in their opinion. The Complete Book: The All Inclusive Manual for all 54 of Dr. and now has evolved into a more comprehensive approach for managing and overcoming pain for a wider age range of people. Yang. over to his son. incur the most effective results. and turned the bulk of the duty of performing the exercises in all three series. Beyond all that. That said. and Zou Shuxian. the practitioner is encouraged to pick and choose those exercises that more directly address their particular issue(s) or. ■ ————————— Gerald A. Published by Chi Flow Books. In 2003. Zhuang practicing the first eighteen exercises was released in 2011. and Yang). For more information about Liangong. in the video series Dr. and encourage proper flow of blood and qi. copyright 2011. it would be optimal to practice all 18 exercises of Yi Qigong. and includes multiple views and close ups which help make it an effective. by Sha Guozheng (also translated by Sharp. and completed an instructional video series. Wu Style Taijiquan Fast Set. It also demonstrated to Dr. enhance breath quality. However. Health. Zhuang Yuan Ming and Zhuang Jian Shen. While the current arrangement of the 18 exercises that comprise Yi Qigong are not broken down into sections like the previous series. supportive learning tool. Zhuang Jian Shen. Zhuang’s Health Exercises. Zhuang Yuan Ming. the testing tells us the greatest benefits would be derived from practicing all three series. Sharp holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has taught people of a variety of ages and backgrounds for over 25 years. all 54 exercises of Liangong on a daily basis. visit www. A newer version. that his “Eighteen Methods Continued” which started as a “what if?” for addressing respiratory and circulatory conditions in the elderly was now a pillar in the complete system of the Liangong Health Exercise System that he began developing in 1975. Zhuang. including the third series. 23 above average.
MASTER ZHAO BICHEN (1860-1942)
BY ADRIAN CHAN-WYLES, Ph.D
aster Zhao Bichen (趙避塵) also known as Zhao Yizi (趙一子) was a much renowned practitioner of ‘neidan’ (内丹)—a term which literally translates into English as ‘internal medicine’, with the word ‘dan’ (丹) actually referring to a ‘red’ medicinal powder icinal or ointment—or more specifically a ‘red pill’ (cinnabar). Within the context it refers to the practice of ‘internal developmental medicine’ and as a consequence, is often rendered into English as Daoist ‘alchemy’ or ‘yoga’. The practices themselves are designed to transform the inner mind and body so that a calm expansive (and permanently y restorative) awareness permeates the e physical body and transforms it at t the cellular level. Such an achieveement is referred to as the attainment nt of ‘immortality’—which is the eventual objective t l bj ti of all Daoist paths regardless of the differences and peculiarities of each lineage or school. The term ‘immortality’ is pronounced ‘xian’ (仙) and is written as a person living on a mountain. However, exactly the same word (xian1) can be written using ‘僊’, which depicts a person in the act of climbing—literally ascending through effort. Collectively these two ideograms refer both to the specific act or practice of internal development (neidan), and the achievement of the highest Daoist objective, which is the acquisition of spiritual and physical immortality (xian). Immortality is often equated with lon-
gevity or the act of living a very long physical existence before transforming into a purely spiritual essence at the point of death of the human body. Death in this instance is conquered as the dying process is transformed into a facility for the refin refinement of the ‘qi’ energy frequency, o ‘vital force’ (associated with the or brea breath) which defines existence. For the Immortal, death is not the end of e existence, but merely a means of asc ascending to a higher plane of being. In the popular imagination, howeve ever, the concept of immortality ha has often been taken literally and in interpreted to refer to the notion of the attainment of a permanent ph physical existence. This viewpoint, although acknowledging a certain al spiritual aspect to the attainment sp of immortality, nevertheless, tends to limit th notion to purely physical attainment. t li it the ti This viewpoint that defines immortality as the attainment of the state of a permanent, physical longevity, is inspired in-part by the fact that many Daoist masters lived to a very old age, still able to perform impressive physical and spiritual feats in the process. It is clear, however, from the study of Daoist literature that the concept of ‘immortality’, although often hidden, or obscured within an array of bewildering instructional metaphor and allegory, is actually referring to an inner process of spiritual development that transforms the mind and body through breath control, visual-
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correlated exactly with the primordial essence of Daoist cultivation. and his mother was called Meng Shengzhen. the penultimate year of the Emperor Qing Xianfeng’s reign (1850-1861). but for the immortal.’ and •Xingming fajue mingzhi (性命法訣明旨) ‘The Secret Cultivation of Essential Nature and Eternal Life’—translated in 1970 by Charles Luk. The refinement of qi is so precise and subtle that the immortal’s mind and body appears to give rise to all sorts of miraculous feats. and therefore transformed into a profound wisdom. This school was found by the Daoist Wu Chungxu. However. and this agreement led to the formation of the Wu Liu School—which is referred to as a ‘xianfo’ path. being merely expedient by-products of this state. the mind and body appear separate and distinct. Zhao Bichen is a name that means ‘Zhao Avoid Dust’—with ‘Zhao’ being an old Chinese family name that implies a ‘man who walks’. underlying reality through disciplining the body and focusing the mind. In this respect. When young. •Weisheng shengli xue mingzhi (衛生生理學明 指) ‘Clear Explanations of Hygiene and Physiology’—translated in 1979 by the French academic Catherine Despeux. rendering China helpless in the face of further aggression. The Second Opium War culminated with British and French armies entering Beijing toward the end of 1860. whilst Liu had become disaffected with the austere monastic lifestyle associated with Ch’an Buddhist practice. It was against this backdrop that Zhao Bichen was born in Yangfang Town. Daoist teachings are very diverse. The state of immortality is the realization of enlightenment itself—with apparently miraculous feats. an immortal appears to live a very long time. Popular literature has tended to focus upon these miraculous feats at the expense of the intricacies of the neidan practice itself. For the accomplished immortal. However. This carries the French title of ‘Traité d’alchimie et de physiologie taoïste. (such as long life). situated in the suburbs northwest of Beijing. His father was called Zhao Yong-Kuan. Beijing was thrown into chaos and the imperial family fled for their lives. Zhao was able to focus his mind in meditation and realise the state of emptiness. which was itself a sub-branch of the Complete Reality School (Quanzhenpai). Liu was initiated into the school by master Wu and attested that Buddhist Ch’an meditation (upon emptiness). time and space in the conventional sense. the cultivation of Daoist immortality does not go beyond the correct cultivation of vitality and spirit.ization. they are also usually very distinguishable from the teachings of Buddhism.’ Zhao Bichen was born in 1860. Both methods sought a unifying and all embracing. favouring instead a more natural approach to self-cultivation. Changping County. The Wu Liu School draws on SUMMER 2012 QI—35 . Internal rebellions broke out and were eventually defeat- ed (at a terrible cost in lives). With this firm foundation. From the unenlightened position. Indeed. and Dao-jia xing-ming (道家 性命). and published in English as ‘Taoist Yoga. Zhao Bichen was originally from the Wu Liu School (伍柳派) founded around 1644. the Western forces had inflicted serious military defeats upon the Qing (and Mongolian) forces. but only in relation to the perfection of the mind. Prior to this event. the wisdom that defines the structure of Daoist philosophy and practice originates within the mind itself. burning and looting as they did so. In Western literature. and the imbuing of specific medicinal compounds. a reign that saw the Qing Dynasty beset on all sides by destructive forces. physical exercise. the mind and body are transformed into a state of ‘oneness’. at the same time as pressure from Western imperialist forces came to bear from the outside. and an inner body of optimum biological functioning. no longer has any meaning. whilst for the ordinary being who has not been through the ‘neidan’ process of cultivation. The body is never exclusively trained without the mind being taken into account. Wu Chung-xu had previously trained in the Dragon Gate School (Longmenpai). creating a tough and yet flexible physical body. Daoist practices can emphasis the use of the body. Liu Hua-yang. a mind that has been fully realized. Wu and Liu agreed that Buddhism and Daoism are paths that seek the same reality. and the former Ch’an Buddhist monk. two of Zhao’s Daoist texts have been translated. This training ensured a balanced development of both external and internal qigong cultivation. killing. he expressed a deep appreciation of martial arts and Daoist style exercises such as Dao-fa jia-gong (道法家功). or a path of Immortals and Buddhas.
so that shen (spirit). the Surangama Sutra. This external broad divinity is inwardly realisable through the correct cultivation methods and suggests that ‘mind’ and ‘physical matter’ are actually at one in essence. The Wu Liu School of Daoism may be viewed correctly as eclectic in approach. In this way it is obvious to understand how the ‘divine sky’ can give rise to the ‘supporting earth. these attainments of efficient qi manipulation are not the attainment of true immortality as envisioned by either the Wu Liu or Zhao Bichen’s Xian Tian School.the teachings of all Daoist schools and specific Buddhist texts such as the Diamond Sutra. the second hexagram ‘kun’ is formed. which through cultivation (neidan). Energy flowing efficiently through both spirit and matter ensures a certain long life and the ability to perform unusual physical feats of endurance and strength. It can be re-discovered through the cultivation of the mind itself. the pristine Dao underlies all things without contradiction. but ‘exact’ in instruction. Regardless of the physical cultivation that is pursued and mastered.’ The spirit ‘shen’ equates with the principle of the ‘divine sky’. early Chinese cultures used divining methods that involved burning and smoke—the smoke rose toward the sky—where external divine entities such as ‘di’ and ‘tian’ where thought to reside. It is comprised of six solid yang lines and denotes out and out creativity. It manages to integrate not only the diverse Daoist schools. Zhao records that he had two teachers—master Liao Jan and master Liao 36 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . is the physical matter that comprises the world. In this context. earlier divine sky vital force into ‘spirit’ (shen). and qi (energy) are returned to their empty essence. routinely found within Ch’an communities. In the old days. and is the product of a particular kind of Chinese spiritual ingenuity. Zhao Bichen. Jing (the receptive earth). the attainment of immortality must be achieved through the focus of the mind itself. Qi is the animating vital force that flows through shen and jing—in this regard it unites that which is above. Within the Book of Changes (Yijing). The broad expanse of the physical sky becomes the realised all-embracing oneness of the immortal mind freed from the distraction of incorrect paths that waste qi and scatter the mind’s awareness. The ‘earlier divine sky’ concept refers to the time just before the all things are manifest—it is a state unsullied by the manifestation of the diversity of life. ‘supportive’ and ‘bearing’. but does not destroy it. after absorbing the teachings and experiences of this school. through which all can pass. the first hexagram is called ‘Divine Sky’ (Qian). but appear to be separate in the undeveloped. Within Daoism. developed his understanding through a spiritual expression that came to be considered a sub-branch of the Wu Liu School. but also within the mind of each human being.e. The ‘earlier’ divine sky’ concept refers to the notion that spirituality and creativity. with that which is below. Many ordinary Daoist qigong exercises perfect this type of practice. i. This school emphasises an ‘earlier divine sky’ (xian tian) method. The Wu Liu also advocates the study of Confucian texts from a Daoist perspective. but its realisation ‘here and now’. and takes this meaning from the broad earth itself. and emptiness and unity into Dao. and that this empty essence is returned to the pristine state of Dao. This school— with Zhao Bichen as its founder—is known today as the ‘Qianfeng Xian Tian Pai’ (千峰仙天派). This hexagram is interpreted as meaning ‘receptive’. and the Hua Yen Sutra—all prominent Mahayana discourses. toward the sky. which has the ability to support all things. (indeed. dissolves ‘essence’ (jing) into earlier divine sky vital force (qi). or the ‘Thousand-peaks Earlier Divine Sky School. Jing (essence). Multitudinous creation obscures its presence. which arises within shen. It is also the direction that the ancestral spirits are believed to exist— accessed through correct religious ritual (Confucianism).’ In essence this refers to the actual realisation of a primordial substance that underlies all things— including ‘emptiness’. is dependent upon effective cultivation (neidan) techniques and good guidance. spirit into emptiness and unity. The teachings of Zhao Bichen—as translated by Charles Luk in ‘Taoist Yoga’—make very interesting reading. non-immortal state. these divine creative forces are viewed as existing not only as an external entity—throughout the broad sky. It is a Broad Way (Da Dao). When the six solid lines transform into six broken lines. all of life itself) emanates from a divine substance that is posited to exist in an upward direction. However. but also the other Chinese religions of Buddhism and Confucianism.
travelling with the blood through the arteries and veins. It is in the solar plexus that the generative force (now the alchemical agent) is transmuted into vitality which rises to the brain (ni wan) where the vital breath. In the Introduction (pages xiii-xiv). After being purified the generative force is carried in the microcosmic orbit to the solar plexus. Qi also travels simultaneously around and beyond the arteries and veins. Thus stripped of feelings and passions one will look like a stupid man. one should restrain the faculty of seeing.” —(Taoist Yoga—Page 1) Once beyond the initial barrier of potentially bewildering terminology. with each level of attainment represented by an actual conscious level of development within the mind. the cauldron changes place rising from the lower tan tien under the navel to the middle tan tien or solar plexus. together with longer explanatory passages compiled by Zhao himself. it is important to put an end to all rising thoughts and to loosen garments and belt to relax the body and avoid interfering with the free circulation of blood. The breathing mechanism maintains the inflating and deflating of these cavities with qi. In this respect. The qi passes around the body through the action of the inward breath and the outward breath. The eyes should look down and fix on the tip of the nose with one’s attention concentrated on the spot between them.’ Before sitting in meditation. with each ascending energy centre being fully activated and opened. hitherto hidden and dormant.’ Qi cultivation occurs in an upward manner. For instance: “My masters Liao Jan and Liao Kung once said: ‘When beginning to cultivate (essential) nature and (eternal) life. The precious cauldron has now manifested in the brain (ni wan) whereas the burning stove remains in the lower tan tien under the navel. When the heart (mind) is settled. will be stirred by well regulated breathing which will prevent it from dispersing. The manual itself—‘The Secret Cultivation of Essential Nature and Eternal Life’—reads as a list of instructions from these masters. Zhao Bichen’s approach involves the cultivation of awareness throughout the ‘inside’ of the body. If the breathing is not regulated one will be troubled by gasping or laboured breaths. together with an actual awareness of qi as it is distributed throughout the system.Kung. Zhao’s explanations about the practice of meditation appear very ‘Buddhistic’ in nature. When vitality is purified it rises to the ni wan or brain which then becomes the precious cauldron in which means the cavity or psychic centre in which transmutation actually takes place. the purpose of regulating the breathing is to draw the force up to the lower tan tien in the lower tan tien cavity under the navel so as to hold it there and transmute it into an alchemical agent which is transformed into vitality in the solar plexus. and in time the light of vitality will manifest. it rises to the solar plexus which then plays the role of the middle cauldron in which the generative force is transmuted into vitality. until mind and body cease to be two distinct and different entities. the inside of the body is perceived (through meditation) as a number of cavities. which becomes the middle cauldron and is scorched by the burning stove in the lower tan tien under the navel. Daoist ‘neidan’ culture is a journey into the realisation of ‘oneness’ and beyond. one will forget all about the body and heart (mind). touch the palate with the tip of the tongue and regulate the breathing through the nostrils. it is necessary first to develop nature. called the middle tan tien. In other words. When the generative force is cleansed and purified during the microcosmic orbiting and becomes the alchemical agent. The state of viewing the world through non-Immortal SUMMER 2010 QI—37 SPRING 2012 . the lower tan tien plays the role of primary cauldron which contains the generative force at the start of the process of alchemy. When breathing is well controlled. or vacuous spaces. So while the stove remains in the lower abdomen during the whole process of alchemy. This is the best way to get rid of all thoughts at the start when preparing the elixir of immortality. and finally to the upper tan tien in the brain where it is called the precious cauldron. After sitting the body should be (senseless) like a log and the heart (mind) unstirred like cold ashes. whilst also containing many technical Daoist terms. organised into logical and relevant sections. check that of hearing. Awareness becomes so subtle that even the smallest of movements within the body is clearly sensed. Charles Luk says: ‘When the generative force moves to obey its worldly inclination. exhibiting the wisdom and experience he has gained from a lifetime of Daoist practice. and can not be limited to their physical structures. Thus the lower tan tien in the lower abdomen plays the role of a burning stove supporting cauldron which contains the generative force ready for subsequent ascension to the solar plexus.
and vitality without spirit does not cause him to die. the Cao-Dong School of Ch’an use the following roundel arrangement to describe the stages of insight acquisition: Zhao Bichen. set my mind on cultivating (essential) nature and open my eyes to contemplate the void to accord with the correct way. they are considered one and the same. Under the heart and above the genital organ is an empty space where spiritual vitality manifests to form a cavity. and in-turn were modified to represent stages of meditational development within both Daoism and Ch’an Buddhism.e. As the physical body dies—so does the mind that is attached to it. Absolute voidness is not empty like relative voidness. Qi blockages create the state of physical mortality—where the mind—although appearing separate and distinct from the body. Voidness that is not empty is spiritual light which is spirit-vitality that springs from the yellow hall centre (huang ting or middle tan tien. form. Eventually. an underlying unity holds it all together. nevertheless relates fully to the substance of the body itself.’ The use of roundel imagery has existed in China for thousands of years. and beyond form. When spirit and vitality return to this cavity. Originally this may have referred to phases of the moon which are depicted using roundels of shaded and unshaded areas. fully accepting the Buddhist schematic of the three worlds of sense desire. or light and its absence. the Dao is in everything and everything is within the Dao. the body and physical world is perceived as appearing within the mind essence itself. Hence it is said: “Spirit without vitality does not make a man live. he lives when it is present and dies when it scatters. and thus ensures a purely materialist view of reality. For instance. Voidness which does not radiate is relative but voidness which radiates is absolute. the heart devoid of feelings and passions) will be illuminated by a white light which reveals the mysterious gate (hsuan kuan). this is how Zhao’s teachers explain the ‘void’ (Taoist Yoga—Pages 2-3): ‘Question: ‘When I was taught to meditate I was urged to empty my heart (the house of fire) of all thoughts. Zhao’s scheme is similar to that of the Ch’an Buddhist School. the presence of which does but mean emptiness. spiritual vitality will soar up to form a circle (of light) which is not void. The true mind remains undiscovered in this state and a human lifetime is wasted. this kind of symbolism evolved into the theoretical representation of philosophical notions such as yang and yin. This is the mind of the ‘small person’ (xiao ren) found throughout the Book of Changes. only when spirit and vitality unite can real achievement be made. for failure to return to the (tsu chiao) centre (which is empty) prevents the light of vitality from manifesting. My master Liao Kung said: “When the golden mechanism (of alchemy) begins to move and gives out flashes of light that hall of voidness (hsu shih. Daoist neidan cultivation dissolves this small and petty mind so that the true mind can shine through.” Prenatal spirit in the heart is nature and prenatal vitality in the lower abdomen is life. Bearing in mind that Zhao Bichen’s school is also known as ‘xianfo’— Immortals and Buddhas—it is no surprise to find a very close relation between the state of Immortality and the state of Buddhahood. i. and although everything is distinctive and has its own unique place in the scheme of life. in the solar plexus). will you please explain all this to me? Answer: ‘Seeing the void as not empty is right and seeing the void as empty is wrong. represents these worlds 38 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . In this state. Man lives and dies because of this immaterial spirit-vitality.eyes is a product of qi energy not flowing freely through the body and the world. In the Immortal state. indeed.
a very good Chinese language website for the Qianfeng Xiantian School is Qian Feng (http://www. The original picture is this: Charles Luk received instruction in Qianfeng Xiantian Daoism. and conveyed by Richard Hunn (1949-2006). However. Zhao Bichen’s Daoist equates the acquisition of the all-embracing emptiness that contains all things.asp?ID=138).weebly. he continues the lineage of master Xu Yun (1840-1959).A Social History of Urban Clerics devotes an entire chapter to Zhao Bichen— referring to him as a ‘new’ kind of master. London. Indeed. This means that for this school of Daoism. He has been a ‘work scholar’ for Dr Rupert Sheldrake of Cambridge University. However. He is the custodian of The Richard Hunn Association for Ch’an Study (http:// wenshuchan-online.with the following roundel arrangement: a cropped version of the only known photograph of Zhao Bichen which was taken around 1933. and holds a Philosophy of Mind Certificate from Oxford University. As well as the two translations of his work referenced above. He holds a PhD in (spiritual) Metaphysics. ■ ———————————— Adrian Chan-Wyles is an independent scholar (and published author) living in the UK. Vincent Goossaert‘s book entitled The Taoists of Peking. and writes extensively upon the subjects of Chinese history. Zhao and his teachers carefully acknowledge all the different stage of experience within meditation. The picture at the top of this article is of Zhao Bichen. whereas a Ch’an master would simply instruct the student to ‘lay it all down’. 1800–1949 . It is not that one method is better or worse than the other.qianfeng. but by and large this is often of a very generic nature. SUMMER 2010 QI—39 SPRING 2012 . the paranormal and martial culture. and has written for The Middle Way—the journal of the Buddhist Society. but rather that both methods are useful. as handed down to Charles Luk (1898-1978). it borrows so much imagery and terminology from Ch’an Buddhism that its teachings are generally understandable to those following the Ch’an path.org/News/qfyl. his lineage has survived down to the present time in China and outside of it. com). or one of his students. this does not mean that they are of no actual use. either directly from Zhao Bichen himself. However. The Ch’an master is always taking the student directly to enlightenment and gives no attention to the experiences along the way which are temporary and passing.com). philosophy. Furthermore. The Daoist master carefully points them out for the student so that they form definite sign posts toward the goal of the attainment of Immortality. Dualism is transcended and the true nature of reality is achieved. He chose to translate Zhao’s manual because although it is most definitely Daoist in flavour. Richard Hunn was trawling through endless Japanese language religious journals seeking out important information when he came across this photograph. In the early 2000’s. As a Ch’an adept. the Daoist instruction regarding the void is so precise that any Buddhist would benefit from reading it. its ideal of Immortality is exactly the same as the Ch’an definition of enlightenment. with the state of Immortality. An excellent English language site for Wu Liu Daoism is The Great Tao Golden Elixir School (http://all-dao. It is Master Zhao Bichen left his body in 1942—a time when fighting between Chinese forces and invading Japanese troops was very bitter. On the internet there is much Chinese language content devoted to Zhao Bichen.
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WORDS ABOUT MARTIAL ARTS FOR HEALTH
B Y C A R O L M c FRED ERI C K
hen my taijiquan classes ask me to recommend a book, I hesitate to answer because I know that what they want is a book full of diagrams focusing on where to place their hands and feet and I know that, while such a how-to has a use, the real taijiquan is not likely to be discovered in such a book. In fact, it doesn’t make sense to expect any book, based on the Taoist philosophy, which transcends language, to unlock its “secrets.” On one hand, the written word can overcomplicate the subject, which for me is altogether captured in Basho’s wonderful poem:
neth Cohen who includes them in his teacher training curriculum, I am able to offer here an examination of books with insights on these questions. Because these books are also a record of the entrance and growth in the United States of this Asian art, I discuss them in a roughly approximate order of their first publication dates. ZEN AND JAPANESE CULTURE: (D.T. Suzuki) Misled by the title Zen and Japanese Culture, which suggests that the book contains the kind of superficial photographs and anthropological insights found in an encyclopedia from the 1950’s, I could not help but wonder how this book was relevant to a study of Chinese martial arts and qigong. Then, as the first several chapters emphasize the Chinese Taoist and Chinese roots of Japanese Zen and as at least half of the text is devoted to Samurai and Swordsmanship, the relationship becomes clear. A reader like myself could expect to learn the historical and philosophical roots of a martial art and might hope help in resolving the question of learning a martial art as a way of learning to heal. The book delivers much more! For D.T. Suzuki, Zen is not a philosophy. He says it refuses to deal in abstractions. It’s not about scientific analysis or thinking. He quotes the master
The old pond, A frog jumps in Plop! On the other hand, while taijiquan and its principles are simple, they are not easy to learn and there are many levels of understanding them. So much about taijiquan is paradoxical and generates many questions: If it’s so natural and if being human is natural, why do we humans have to remember the moves and practice so much to get it right? Why is it so difficult to let go of effort? People, especially those who are drawn to this particular qigong in order to overcome a health issue, wonder at the martial purpose behind taiqiquan. How does something aimed at hurting also heal? Thanks to these readings and to Professor Ken-
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although natural. Suzuki presents a puzzle. I wonder.” it owner and to sacrifice all the impulses that arise begins long before human instinct and “returns from the instinct of self-preservation” (1970: 89). —(Suzuki 1970: 70) to think. has “a is great. in modern terms. if instinct does not lead to the Tao.T. suggests a readiness to give his life away at any moment. Tsukarhars Bukuden. He says.” As Hui-neng cutting bamboo anything that opposes the will of its “the mother of the universe. see right at once. Death now loses its sting altogether Tenno Dogo’s (748-807) saying to a disciple. of course. and rely on instinct. Suzuki discusses attachment is not natural. Of course. For ChapThe book emphasizes very much the samurai’s ter 24. Apparently. If one is with Buddhists’ warning against attachment to to follow the spirit of Zen or of the Tao Te Ching’s either life or death. but here is no doubt that can a person even learn a taiji form without conthey are superhuman and work wonders. Suzuki.1 Zen influenced the samurai. when applied to the samurai.—(Mitchell) ordinary level of consciousness and letting loose So. of fistcalled the Hagakure: clenching resistance to the flow of time. are neng cutting a bamboo. Perhaps instinct is a seventeenth century Zen-inspired document just another manifestation of attachment. it would be difficult to argue that selfist would say that the Tao is so great. The viewer liable to hold the mistaken notion” can not determine if he will use the that the Tao is no more than animal knife is needed to kill or to cut off a instinct or social usage. not be equated with mere instinct. When you begin with Zen. makes it der but an instrument of spiritual clear that instinct is not what it is discipline (74). The sword becomes a choice. those “who have not one). “If and this is where the samurai training joins hands you want to see. then one should open “to the Tao/ D. When scious effort and technical skill? the unconscious is tapped it rises above individual SUMMER 2012 QI—41 . not as a weapon of murD.” So. Chapter 23./ and everything the time of the Sung Dynasties. lose really understood the mission of inhibitions. is he saying instinct monks brought Zen into Japan where the political is not natural. Suzuki says. He mentions a swordsously conclude that the overly civiman. however. you miss the point” (1970: 12) IntelSuzuki. it transcends preservation is not an instinct. this is compatible For me. including the distinction between this instinct natural? life and death. Without breaking through the just do your job. the equivocal nature of a cutpenetrated into the depths of our ting instrument can be seen in the consciousness. should gate more bamboo. rience” which should open by itself when you can execute wonderful (1970: 15). then. D. These powers may wrong with thinking and conscious effort? How be devilish sometimes. who lized brain only needs to relax. “symbol of loyalty and self-sacriThe Tao Te Ching says : “The Tao fice. So a reader could erronedeeds” (74). piece of the culm in order to propathe Tao.T Suzuki traces the history of these views to then trust…natural responses. But is letting go of distinctions.” It is “formless and perfect” double office to perform: to destroy and “flows through all things. Then concludes: plished without going mad—that is when expressed If you want to accord with the Tao. In ink-drawing (plate about. quotes from the lectualization is a “deadlock” on Hagakure: “a mind attached to life the “door of enlightenment-expeand death must be abandoned. the sword. for picture of a samurai wielding the sword without it states that no great work has ever been accomdesire for fame or fortune. the samurai’s role Following the Tao does not mean requires him to risk his life for his abdicating the responsibility of feudal lord. to the origin of all things” (Mitchell 25) The TaoCertainly. then let go. including both the rendering of the sixth patriarch Huiconscious and the unconscious. when Chinese will fall in place. the Tao is not natural or does he and military climate was conducive to the prachave a particular concept of “natural”? Perhaps tice. what’s the hidden powers lying below. T.limitations.” The sword. and.
Suzuki interjects into Takuan’s comexist in a world of before and after. T. he suggests that both the habit of calcuconsciousness (1970: 199). in battle one needs speed. And this applies strikes the opponent he feels unusually hamnot only to the physical body but psychologically pered. which stops ity. riencing the “stops” of the mind subject to affects.D. To accomplish this The samurai-in-training seems limited to expehe must not allow himself to be stopped by fear. if now were not eternal. and this deludtual well-being. grief. the duality of life and death. he Takuan Soho (1573-1645) which makes his mind “stop” at indicates that the attention should various junctures. after or emptiness or no-mind-ness” (fn 101 quoting battle. training starts: Later when he uses the word “attenhe is taught how to handle the tion” as a stand in for “mind” when sword. as his training as well (Takuan in Suzuki 1970:105-7). the very act of seeking it. Liang’s book. or the Absolute Mind. However. would want to train.”—(Takuan in Suzuki 1970: 100) attention is everywhere. show its philosophical underpinnings. the swordsman of fluidity.” “original” and “primordial. both technique and the principle of sheds light on the re-occurring words “nature. someone seeking a shorter book that does the flint emits a spark when it strikes steel. acquires fuller maturity. with with an object or experience it may have and the totality of his personality. While most of us seek either physical or spiriAfter all. captive. whenever he be everywhere—not localized. But as days and years go by. with ziran.” reaches a deeper refuses to be restored to its native state of fluidity spiritual level than the swordsmen who.” One loses the “instantaneity in which So. could. Buddha.” These not ignore the philosophical roots but provides a “stops” that thought creates are “the sign of being vision of how taijiquan can enhance modern life moved by something external. T. Suzuki’s drawing from a letter written by sion. where to keep the mind he advises the swordsman on where and many other technical tricks— in the body to keep the mind. ments that it is important to understand the word D. Thus. be interpreted to When D. and taijiquan training does not. and it is now—without With no-mind-ness the body and limbs will stops. D.T. this being constantly in the present Clearly. Suzuki indicates that the Zen master who “mind” in two different senses and that one is starts “with the fundamental problem of real“the mind of ignorance and affects.T. even if his lation and instinct are not part of the “native state sites are only directed to battle. For this reason. we may follow different paths to ed mind of affects “calculates so as to be quick in achieve these. “Intention” sugstrike “instinctively.” which ness. “Have no intenapplies the concept of instinct to the tion to counterattack” (Takuan in beginner who parries an opponent’s Suzuki 1970:95). which is a delumight prefer Master T.” spirituality are necessary in achieving no-mind“native. Mind/ “no-mind-ness.” Then. the Tao. of Prajna Immovable—or the mind I think the words “intention” “capable of infinite movement”— and “attention” offer a clue. that is with spontaneity. and such is said to be the mind of an ordithe seventeenth century Zen abbot Takuan to nary being belonging to the stage of Ignorance Yagyu Tajima no kami Munori on the mystery and Affects”(Takuan in Suzuki 1970: 101-03).T. returns to ordinary life with an ordinary Takuan).when gests forming a plan before acting. joy or pensiveness—emotions that So one wonders how the thinking and deluded can infect anyone’s physical or psychological mind that seeks control. the very thought makes the mind at first. Suzuki/Takuan is about to strike. with the ultimate significance of life. his bodily attitude and “attention” does not involve a plan for the future his way of managing the sword advance toward even if it’s less than a millisecond away. 42 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Moreover.” The other meaning of “Mind” refers serves as a meaningful model for transcending to God. movement. anger. and loses control from health. helps explain the interdependence Suzuki/Takuan uses the word of conscious effort and a warrior or “intention” when he advises Yagyu taiji player’s cherishing “no calculatTajima no kami Munenori to not ing thoughts whatever (Takura in let his “mind ‘stop’” when a sword Suzuki 1970: 96 -97).
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” However. “As long as one has three square feet of space. after developing sufficient skill with t’ai chi chuan practice “you” can enter “a trance. the swordsman stops short of the Zen master who begins “to walk hand in hand along the road to ultimate reality [the cosmic Unconscious]” while the swordsman.T. so should man act to strengthen himself without interruption” (1977: 11). the T’ai Chi Ch’uan practitioner does not need to be a member of a special social class. Liang define t’ai chi chuan as a martial art sharing an ethos of warfare with the swordsmen. Liang) The central focus of T’ai Chi Ch’uan for Health and Self-Defense is T. The same principle is illustrated by the conversion of water into steam: the latent invisible power in water is made active enough. he describes meditative and spiritual qualities similar to those sought by a Zen practitioner. including the “T’ai Chi Chuan Classic. T. For D.T. action.T. but their aspirations differ. disease can be prevented and longevity enhanced. T. His description of the world he enters while doing the T’ai Chi movements is peaceful and quiet. perception. To him. Then the chi 44 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . it suggests attainment of one of the primary goals of many spiritual systems—loss of ego: “When you finish and come to the end of the postures suddenly you are back.T. after “a long period of serious study and practice. Is it worth it? (or—What’s the point?): T. as D. seemingly less about cultural and psychological and ontological insights and more about practice.Defense. T. T.” one is able to “concentrate the spirit of vitality” so that the “ch’i is persistently stimulated” so that: it produces heat and becomes powerfully effective in activating the circulation of blood without any discontinuity. the way the Classics discuss them. latent in the body.” It’s not a problem that one returns to ordinary life after practice. Both books are an amalgam of translations and commentaries upon ancient and revered sources.T’AI CHI CH’UAN FOR HEALTH AND SELF-DEFENSE: PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE (Master T. It is an economical exercise. very few clinical studies had explored T’ai Chi.T. full of “desires. retains his instinctual nature. Liang presents two main advantages: 1. In T’ai Chi Ch’uan for Health and Self. All the postures should be relaxed and firmly rooted. (1977: 18) His comment on Wang Chung Yueh of the Ming Dynasty is similar: The mind leads and the chi follows. his attention to ordinary things like health and self-defense reflects cultural and philosophical values underlying the practice of t’ai chi chuan. Liang knew from the personal experience of beginning T’ai Chi “after a grave illness” because he was afraid he might become ill again (1977: 7). Yet. When the spirit of vitality is concentrated and retained internally. he says. the other half asks how to enter this paradise. T. Improved Health and Relief from Tension: Unlike D. Suzuki does for the Zen masters.” He wonders. it’s easy to discern those Daoist and Buddhist roots that inform both the Japanese swordsmen and the Zen masters. Liang’s translation and commentary on the major T’ai Chi Classics. He understands and explains the health effects mostly from the traditional Chinese perspective. Liang lays the foundation of his “Personal View” by citing the I Ching: “As nature is always in motion. Liang’s is modest.” which is attributed to Chang San Feng (late Sung Dynasty) as well as the “Treatise on T’ai Chi and “The Mental Elucidation of the Thirteen Postures” which are attributed to Wang Chung Yueh (Ming Dynasty). and insecurities” (Suzuki 1970: 199). So half of me wonders whether a half-hour spiritual experience is worth whatever is involved in learning T’ai Chi. In expanding on Chang San Feng’s. The mind should be tranquil and at rest. effective enough to drive the pistons of a powerful engine. attachments. your five attributes (form. Suzuki who sees the samurai’s return to ordinary life as a loss of transcendence. Liang celebrates the health benefits T’ai Chi practice bestows on “ordinary” life. consciousness. In fact one’s thirty minutes of enjoyment is the blessing. “Where have I been?” (1977: 11). but T. The Tai Chi Classics and T. T. And. Moreover. T.T. the “ch’i of itself. one can take a trip to paradise and stay there to enjoy life. is not sufficiently forceful to increase the flow of blood” unless. Suzuki. and knowledge) are all empty” (1977: 7). T’ai Chi Ch’uan is “meditation in action. Unlike the samurai. He says that. the heart (mind) will be tranquil and the entire body relaxed so that one may become alert and sensitive. When in the 1970’s the book was first published.T. once returned to ordinary life. he says: “The ch’i is an inherent oxygen in the body for stamina and vitality. however. action in meditation” (1977: 7).
urban people. T. but with “a long period of serious study” might become limitless! 2. Another concept T. the tight. martial powers and the health benefits are inseparable —sides of the same coin. ineffective. when the elbow is raised. So the understanding of T’ai Chi Ch’uan circles back to the I Ching and the idea that humans should follow the movement of nature. Smith was traveling China and discovering various practitioners. “Formless and imageless (forgetting oneself) the whole body completely relaxed (internal and external united into one).” T. he wrote as a way explaining to westerners from his personal point of view as an experienced practitioner. Caucasian male’s perspective of various Chinese martial arts as they were practiced at that time SUMMER 2012 QI—45 . Shortly before T. the elbow. Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods provides a mid-twentieth-century. and forgetful of everything returning to the natural way (following the desire of the mind)” (1977: 55). Everything on the planet earth that is inclined must moves according to this principle.” he indicates that the “practical” or martial “skills of this art are trifles” (1977: 50).can permeate the bones and become marrow.T. (1977: 22) Although the chi that is naturally in the body is limited.e. An internal intrinsic energy will be gradually developed which is tremendously powerful. The mind and nature are one. Liang deepens and expands on this by quoting from the “Song of the True Interpretation of T’ai Chi” which describes a state. Movement should emanate from a middle way.T. What are the relevant the principles of nature? One way to understand a principle is to envision its opposite. “dispersed and confused” body that is unlike the string of pearls. a lot of people might think that “natural” means it’s easy. Liang who was born in 1900 lived to the age of 102. the shoulder is immediately affected (1977: 62). strong. Coming to the United States at the age of 62.T. raised shoulders are a source of unhealthy fatigue and tension and lowering the elbows relieves the shoulders and helps to keep the elbows down where they can defend the body’s centerline in fighting. The mountain is substantial and stable so the water can flow freely. one child on the seesaw goes down so the other one can come up.T. but the Classic’s concept of “natural” has to do with observing the natural world. in commenting on “Song of Substance and Function of the Thirteen Postures. One body part. T. Smith’s three years of experience in Taiwan during the 1960’s. Liang: “The single most important guiding point of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is the use of mind-intent to direct the movements” (1977: 54). If T’ai Chi Ch’uan is so natural. Liang says the “object of prime importance is to keep good health…so as to live longer 2and find the way to immortality (i. follow the Taoist doctrines). Otherwise. Liang discusses Chang San Feng’s statement “’[that in] every movement the entire body should be light and agile and all of its parts connected like a string of pearls’” by describing the opposite as “heavy and clumsy” movement from a disconnected. According to T. and limited. CHINESE BOXING: MASTERS AND METHODS (Robert W. from the standpoint of evolution. If the children remain equal or double weighted. T. both healthy practices and selfdefense abilities are good for survival. Robert W. the energy developed is only an external muscular force. can exemplify both the interconnectedness of the body and the way martial and health principles are the same. which is weak. The delusion of dualism disappears. Observation of the principles of the natural world shows how substantial and insubstantial require each other to produce movement.T. and limitless. could similarly accuse the billion-dollar national football industry of similar irrelevance. he shows the importance of coordination of substantial and insubstantial (1977: 55). Clearly. Smith) First published in 1974 and based on Robert W. Self-Defense: When.T. Modern.T. there’s no fun. Besides the fact that. Liang entered the United States. Liang sheds light on is the concept of nature. As the elbows and shoulders are connected. There is no reason to separate movement for health from movement for defense. a machine has stable parts so the moving parts can function. who say they do not live in ancient villages and they cannot reasonably rely on the hand-to-hand (or sword–to-sword) fighting of the residents to protect themselves from nuclear attack.
I get the impression that Smith’s idea of the Summit requires “total reliance on the mind” (T’ai-chi Boxing Classics quoted on page 40) solely for fighting. As is true with Yang Yang. could hold butterflies. I couldn’t help doubting whether or how “method” could be extracted from metaphysical concerns. He continuously draws from a wide range of Western writers and thinkers who observed the same truths as those at the root of Chinese martial practices. However. rather it is meant to be “a pragmatic account. Liang was attracted to T’ai Chi and Cheng Man-Ching to recover from a liver ailment that brought him “near death. or spiritual qualities to the sport than appear on the surface. clearly. Smith’s own portrait of Cheng Man-ch’ing. poetry. In fact.T.” but since such practices as T’ai Chi Ch’uan and “pushing hands” require much more than the use of fists and the fists. but his family required his aid. along with his being. In fighting Cheng did not seem to be a man of 46 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . it’s a good idea to remain pragmatic and stay away from metaphysical claims. The idea that method can be separated out seems to force Smith to. “boxing” is not a Chinese word.”3 This required that he go into seclusion for intensive meditation.T. medicine. Smith’s brand of pragmatism demonstrates considerable sensitivity to much of the abstract and spiritual qualities of the masters he profiles. “the man of the ‘Five Excellences’ (painting. the healing and the fighting function are part of the same thing (1974: 28-9). An impressively long list of his references includes: Gilbert Seldes. more philo- sophical.” as “ A member of a secret society in China that attempted to drive foreigners out of the country by violence” provided me with an uncomfortable connotation. Cheng Man-ching’s experience with illness. Smith’s perceiving such connections across cultures is a good beginning step toward finding a place for such martial arts and related essences in the West. However. but I wasn’t sure exactly what it meant in English.” Then.T. There’s no blind worship of one culture or the other. in fact. No doubt the ch’uan in ch’uan shu justifies “boxing.on Taiwan and in Southeast Asia. that it needs supplementing with other forms of Taoist meditation. However. and he was forced to return to Taipei and mundane affairs. Bertrand Russell. he presents evidence that the Chinese don’t seem to see irony in seeking healing through martial practice. I was interested in reading his perspective on T. Since one of the masters Smith studied with was T. Liang was a senior student with Cheng Man-Ching in Taiwan. this seems to imply that the art we have is incomplete. as Liang told Smith. “boxing” isn’t much more accurate than “kung fu. at the same time he discusses “mind-body synthesis. His book is nicely balanced in that he is not uncritical of either Western or Asian charlatans. If it is true that Cheng when he came to Taiwan wanted to retire from society so that his art would ascend. Liang when T. and T’ai-chi)” provides a clue to an aspect of Cheng that seems to puzzle Smith who is collecting and recording “methods”(1974: 29) Smith’s book. He says it is “in no sense a metaphysical study of the art. unlike an American boxer’s hard fists. When Smith mentions that T.” lapse frequently into dualistic thinking.” I don’t know enough about American boxing to assert that there are not deeper. And he never is clear about what the “methods” are supposed to accomplish. He began this regimen. Bertolt Brecht. calligraphy.4 (1977: 40) Given the context of the above passage and the tone of Smith’s book. and Seneca. the master of five excellences. Smith’s uncertainty about the purpose he consciously or unconsciously expects to find behind the method is evident when he wonders about Cheng Man-ching”s going to Taiwan intending “to advance from the first step of the third (Heaven) stage of skill. Usually. so I looked it up in my American Heritage Dictionary and found it defined as “a sport of fighting with fists.T. Of course. Liang.” Smith’s intention is to “reflect the real so that the reader may be equipped to reject the chicanery of the charlatans and their associates in the media” which in the early 1970’s must have meant the DavidCaradine Kung Fu series and action movies that sensationalized martial arts for the Western audience. and Smith’s goal of sticking to methods seems reasonable. he takes issue with the term “kung fu” which he calls “an American bastardization that is meant to mean but does not mean boxing”—thus the title Chinese Boxing (1974: v). suggests otherwise. makes no claim to recording more than methods.” that Cheng Man-Ching himself practiced T’ai Chi to “’completely’” defeat an advanced stage of tuberculosis. its definition of “Boxer.
I confess difficulty in distinguishing things SUMMER 2012 QI—47 . he said. that their relationship became “inevitably…strained. he comments on the benefits of “muscular relaxation [that] can be achieved only by methodical exercises. Suzuki’s work and on the spirit of Cheng Man-ch’ing that shines through here. “the chi is subverted and we end with mere mechanical counter. For instance. I tend to imagine that the countries in the world have clear. in transitioning from Robert Smith’s 1960’s American studying martial arts in Taiwan to an English person’s mostly-post-Tienanmen-Square (June 4. And Cheng did not teach the function of the postures per se. Smith also discusses Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s disciple William Ch’en. After hearing the story from Ch’en. my brain struggles to keep track of the continuous changes in the map of Africa. The hands are raised to circulate the chi. TAI CHI TRAINING IN CHINA: MASTERS. with my concept of T’ai-chi. however.J.50) The martial principle of relaxing rather than blocking applies both when the mind sees discomfort within the organs of a body as it does for a person attacking from on the street. be disappointed to think that two such men would find their personal relationship damaged by this type of disagreement. 1989) experience training in a place called China. when Smith relates a story that Ch’en told him (apparently with a tone of admiration) about Yang Lu-ch’an’s killing a man with the Beginning posture. However. Thus relaxation causes pain to disappear. in fact. So. If the body is mastered. Then. the will is able to do what the mind formerly could not. nothing more. god-determined borders that were permanently set sometime in the nineteenth century. TEACHERS & COACHES (Howard Thomas) Educated as an English-speaking American. a careful reading reveals the inescapable value of taiji as both a healing and fighting art Howard Thomas’s book provides a continuing record of the West’s discovery and adoption of taijichuan. And relaxation is not ignoring—as the mind (or in Smith example. So. any goal other than to participate in a universal “One Motion” or the Tao. but one should not train as if this were the goal. any attack could be neutralized and countered without recourse to a specific riposte for a specific attack.” in which he focuses on Wang Yen-nien. despite the male-and martial-only photographs and commentary in Smith’s text. For when Smith’s portrayal of Ch’en’s teaching that a T’ai-chi response to an attack “is done through the chi” (83) doesn’t seem too different from Cheng’s spontaneous T’ai-chi body. in any case.” Smith says. (1977: 49 . fits. the mind in Wang Yen-nien’s arm) is “always lightly absorbing or detecting like an antenna”(1977: 49).” because Ch’en developed a different approach to push hands. If the chi flows then when attacked one responds with this measure” (1977: 83) While the idea one should practice or play with the chi without a lethal goal or. it can influence the tendency to resist to such an extent that the sensation of pain is not felt. He claims. In his chapter “Master of Relaxation. if Smith’s interpretation is entirely accurate.T. which is the seat of involuntary awareness. however. Smith’s claim of a strained relationship is not entirely convincing. he believed that if the T’ai-chi body is developed. “Cheng always stressed that the body of the art is much more important than mere function. is not to imply that Smith ignores the healing capacities of qigong. “If one does. preeminently as in T’ai-chi” (1977: 49). Probably neither [Cheng or Ch’en] is wrong. I can’t help but wonder based on the D.“methods. This. The posture may be used in this way. put more emphasis on “self-defense aspects of the art” and that with Cheng: you learned the combative aspects after you had mastered the therapeutic discipline. He praises F. Smith seems to have consulted Cheng about the story and: He [Cheng] said that this posture was not really meant for use in this way. at least.” According to Smith. the function cannot but be automatic and effective” (1974: 36). I would. Buytendijik’s Pain which states: that the sensation of pain is possible only when there is an involuntary ‘tendency to resist’ within one. By asserting through relaxation dominance over the psychic center (for which read tan-tien). I’m not convinced that Smith himself with chapter headings like “Bone-locker Extraordinary” and his pragmatism or results-oriented angle of vision fully believes his own words. he touches on the question of purpose.(1977: 82) For me.
the Confucian influence is evident when Thomas describes the “structure of traditional arts training” as being “akin to that of a family. Before he left China. But it was easy to see the difference between the traditional. The PRC seems inclined to separate out only the qualities it expects to yield profit or prestige. And Mei’s approach is in keeping with the times. He is a traditional master with a pragmatic approach. many temples were available for tourists to visit. who lived in China during the 1990’s.” They focus on “relaxation and health promotion. whereas wushu tai chi is not” (1997: 103). This retired doctor.” As Thomas tells it: The national body responsible for promoting and popularizing tai chi is the Chinese State Commission for Physical Culture and Sport. (1997: 97) Thomas goes on to say that the “modern routines are taught in sports schools or Institutes of Physical Culture just like any other sports event” (1997: 102). The danger in so doing was that the art became devalued and diluted and the essential tenets. but I suspect that in the 1990’s Buddhism was not practiced much in public. Fu ZhongWen.The object was to make tai chi and accessible to the public at large. says very little about the Confucian.” And the family is a hierarchical unit within a hierarchical society. However. I discovered the wushu school in Xian listed. the doyen of Yang style tai chi in China. With the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. and Daoist philosophies and their contribution to tai chi’s development and practice. Is it right to pull it up from its roots? When uprooted. while another part has a lot of questions about the transference of tai chi and qigong from one culture to another. Thomas. steps were taken to preserve and propagate China’s cultural heritage. Thomas points out that for the most part. This included the rich and varied field of wushu—Chinese martial arts. They were being trained at this boarding school for a future performing in martial arts movies and I would see them in the gym forming human pyramids. were promoted as relics of history—not as spiritual sites.6 In Xian the food was great. I was told that these temples. The People’s Republic has been insecure when confronted with spirituality or anything conducive to self-expression. When I read his description of this Institute as being one of six such institutes. However. surgeon. is it the same thing? Does it have the same benefits? Strangely. To rigidly adhere to the promotion of tai chi’s martial aspects would be to set one’s face against the tide of society” (1997: 105). Thomas finds traditional tai chi “steeped in culture.]5 (1997: 85) I can’t detect Buddhist elements in Thomas’s account. So one part of me wants to dismiss nationalism as a fetish and say we are all citizens of the world. internal values and wushu and to see how Thomas was “left with the distinct impression that [in China] tai chi is viewed as a valuable product to be packaged and marketed for international consumption” (1997: 98). In fact Thomas spent more than a year teaching English at the Pharmaceutical University and studied Chen style tai chi with Guan Tie Yun who was affiliated with the nearby Shenyang Institute of Physical Culture. evidence shows that the Chinese government has been one of the most active agents for obfuscating the roots of qigong and tai chi. a master who did not separate tai chi practice from the culture. By way of example. his son Fu Sheng Yuan a fifth generation master…[etc. “people do not want to learn tai chi for its martial applications. when I was in China in 2001. The first step came in 1956 when a simplified set of tai chi in 24 forms was devised…. both Buddhist and Daoist. Thomas studied with Mei Ying Sheng. while at the same time it has recognized the economic and health benefits of a populous who practices martial arts and qigong. until his untimely death on the 24th of September 1994.that are a product of recent history from things rooted in the essence of tai chi practice. was a fourth generation master. and acupuncturist: Carried out a great deal of research in this area based on his own practical experience and real case histories. precepts and values of tai chi were compromised. This is where in August 2001 I spent a week. The students there were boys about ten years old with uniformly adorable smiles. Buddhist. The same cherry-picking pattern shows in the acceptance of tai chi when it is locked in under the category of “sport. the children were charming and the people in my group all got wonderful aerobic workouts as we learned the rudiments of Long Fist. Still Thomas makes it entirely clear that both he and the traditionalist Mei trained the martial 48 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness .
The sword polisher’s record: the way of kung fu. Princeton.com. just as are Yin and Yang” (1997: 118). There is no English equivalent. For as Thomas says. Zen and Japanese culture. He points to the untranslatable words with concepts that are essential for understanding tai chi. They are extreme manifestations of the same phenomenon. seems to be lost in translation with the word “waist. Perhaps other varieties of qigong can achieve health objectives as well as tai chi. Drawing silk: a training manual for t’ai chi. Gallagher. As her ﬁrst teachers. the waist is what in Gone With the Wind Scarlet O’Hara tried to keep pinched in to 17 inches. 1977. The written language reveals the artificiality of separating qualities such as internal and external power. the late Chow Chian Chiu and Chow Leung Chen-Ying. NY: Kodansha International. I think that it is equally wrongheaded to forsake the martial purposes for health goals.com) has been teaching taiji and qigong in South Florida since 1994. Smith. as well as females. NY: Vintage Books. Thomas discusses various words that yoke together concepts in ways that English speakers might not expect.taichijoy. Seemingly. Thomas advocates for the idea that “the integrity of the tradition can only be established through the tradition’s transformation and improvement” and that it is “evolving” and developing in a way that “crosses international boundaries to join people together” (1997: 105). Thomas explains the relationship of Li and Jin: As can be seen from the respective Chinese characters. caol@taichijoy. Master T. she has a particular interest in the infusion of qi in both the martial and the expressive arts. Adam. even opposing parts only appear to be separable. by a Westerner for Westerners. both omit the “maintaining an essential element of energy or even tension” that Song indicates. also. health. and. “to benefit from the healing side of tai chi. Rutland. the symbol for Li is contained within the character for Jin with the addition of the Gong radical. 1997. Liang. spirit.” Something. Paul B. T’ai chi ch’uan for health and self-defense: philosophy and practice. Healing (qigong) and harming (martial activity) are likewise two aspects of the same thing. it’s a circumference that increases unhappily with age. This is also the same radical included in Qigong so implying the addition of a certain special skill. Fairview. NJ: Princeton University Press. Another “essential requirement for correct practice as laid down by Yang Chen Fu is ‘Song Yao’—Relax the waist. Paul B. shows the in-road taijiquan made into the culture. Shen means both spirit and mind and Yi means both mind and intention. Chinese boxing: masters and methods.T. Thomas translates it as “looseness”. ABD) (www. others approximate with “relaxation. Gallagher.” In the culture where I grew up. Gallagher’s work. VT: Tuttle. . But he suggests that there is no substitute for immersion in the Chinese culture.T. D. Suzuki. but I think that the practice of tai chi should aim for Cheng Man-ch’ing’s tai chi body—in other words.” However. were well-known Chinese watercolorists and calligraphers. “Softness and hardness are opposites. (1997: 118) The evidence is in the words. BIBLIOGRAPHY Hsu. editor. —————————— Carol McFrederick (MA.aspect of tai chi. “the basic principle in tai chi training… the first stage one must achieve” (1997: 117). It’s hard to envision it “as the axis. NC: Total Tai Chi. martial readiness…the whole package. initiation and coordination for all tai chi movements” (1997: 119). Ltd. 2007. for males. 1970. This could seriously dilute the essential values of tai chi. Originally copyrighted in 1988. 1974. Paul B. For example. it is imperative to explore and harness the internal content” (1997: 105). An example that is of enormous significance is Song. SUMMER 2012 QI—49 . Robert W.
who created Chinese medicine and acupuncture.4 This is analogous to spending more money every month than you have earned. more than 40 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass. knew thousands of years ago that the kidneys rule the bones.”5 “If the level of calcium in the blood falls. the parathyroid glands normally produce more PTH.2 During my research for the article. Qigong can connect you to the teaching of the ancient taoist masters. Thus. Starting in the first class of Yi Ren® Qigong we begin to work on upgrading the kidney energy levels and working capacity with the “Internal Power Station Activation Exercise”6. which is very important in controlling the level of calcium in the blood. If you are interested in having powerful bones and a high level of health and vitality. your bones are going into debt—spending more (old bone cells) than they are earning (new bone cells). who created Chinese medicine. Phosphate. “A common side effect for patients with kidney failure is bone decay. If the calcium level in the blood rises above normal. fragile bones? “In the United States. However. dense and robust bones.”1 Strong and healthy bones are essential to everyone’s health and having the ability to be independent and live their life to the fullest. Yi Ren® Qigong Instructor ould you like to have strong Kidneys and youthful. therefore. which can assist you in maintaining or building strong kidneys and bones. and Cell Biology and Physiology at The University Washington School of Medicine. and together with calcium makes up most of our bones. in a process that only occurs if the skin is stimulated by sunlight. to vitamin D dependency on kidney function to do its job correctly. As noted above.”3 Your bones are alive and never stop rebuilding themselves—old bone cells are constantly being replaced by new bone cells in a process referred to as Remodeling. Even then. “Phosphate is a mineral in the body. Professor of Nephrology. As a result. or loss of kidney function. the bones’ bank account is running in the negative and is gradually getting deeper and deeper into debt. vitamin D and weak kidney function?) In addition. Phosphate is also another major mineral that contributes to strong bones. directly causes loss of skeletal function…you end up with weakened bones. thinner. then Yi Ren® Qigong can help you achieve your goals. and should be energized in order for bone health to improve. like calcium. the “parathyroid hormone (PTH for short) is a hormone. for people with Osteoporosis or others with weakening bones. which pulls some calcium from the bones into the blood. because your body’s energy—in particular your kidney energy level—is functioning at a low level. then weak kidneys could the culprit. the ancient taoist masters. is also used in other parts of the body to ‘power’ muscle and is used in many other chemical reactions. I was excited to discover that Western medicine has found a correlation between weak bones and kidneys. Since I began practicing Yi Ren® Qigong I have been able to awaken my kidneys and gradually get them stronger and more powerful and as my kidneys have gotten stronger I have also felt my 50 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . PTH secretion falls. Yi Ren® Qigong follows the secret teaching of the ancient taoist masters to build a strong and hearty foundation including a vibrant. less dense and more fragile bones. where we more or less jump start the Kidneys like one would jump start their car battery if they left their car lights on too long. powerful body and skeletal system to support one to achieve their life’s mission and the kidneys are the root of the foundational work. if you have strong and vibrant kidneys.”5 (Maybe there is a correlation between seasonal depression.Qi Department: Qigong PREVENT AND REVERSE OSTEOPOROSIS: Taoist Secrets to Vibrant Kidneys and Strong Bones By Brendan Thorson. most people in America are aware that calcium and vitamin D help create strong bones. Modern medicine has recently found evidence that shows a direct correlation between the kidneys functioning at low levels and bone loss. and then gradually going deeper into debt.”5 “Vitamin D is a chemical needed so that calcium can get from food into the body. Chinese medicine clearly states—the kidneys rule the bones and the teeth are an extension of the bones. LMP. The ancient taoist masters.”5 When the kidneys are not working efficiently. For instance when the kidneys’ energy levels are low they leak essential calcium and phosphate which is lost in the urine. but most is made in the skin. Yi Ren Qigong and the Kidneys At the heart of Yi Ren® Qigong for health is the development of the kidney power. The effect of Kidneys-Minerals-Bones As a result of the public messages by dairy industry and the FDA. With continued practice of Yi Ren® Qigong and a focus on the kidneys the body can continue to upgrade the kidney vitality and as the kidney levels improve so will the strength and sturdiness of the bones and the whole body. vitamin D has to be converted to an active form in the kidneys. if someone is having significant problems with his or her teeth or a child’s bones are not developing properly. essentially a chemical messenger. A little vitamin D is absorbed from food. Kidney dis- W ease. Almost everybody who has kidney failure will have a loss of bone forming potential. Based on the previous paragraph you may be able to hypothesize the domino affect that occurs when the kidneys are leaking phosphate and calcium and bone loss—kidneys leaking calcium and phosphate—bone remodeling process is losing more cells than gaining—if calcium level in blood is low then parathyroid hormone triggers the bones to release extra calcium—creating more loss of bone mass… In addition. Pediatrics. which results in weaker. normalizing the blood’s calcium level. vibrant bones and not be concerned about osteoporosis and/or having weak. they cannot help a person maintain healthy and strong bones. ”(These patients) lose the ability to form bone at a normal rate. you will naturally have healthy. knew thousands of years ago that the number one key to healthy bones is having strong kidneys. However. and the level of calcium in the blood falls back to normal. the remodeling process is unable to keep up with the bone loss.” said Keith Hruska. in this case.
the risk of osteoporosis and fracture increases as older women lose more bone than they replace. Calcium. Magnetic Energy and Bone Health Another thing that has happened to me from my Yi Ren® Qigong practice is an increased connection to the magnetic energy field of the earth. Which is contrary to how I use to feel from exercise I did prior to studying Qigong. 1. for instance at times in my pre-Yi Ren® Qigong past. Congdon & Weed. php3?type=article&article_id=218392216 1 Feb.M. Research has documented the positive use of electro-magnetic energy on bone healing—electro-magnetic energy has been used to increase calcium levels in bones suffering from osteoporosis. tendons and joints.”4 As you can see reproductive energy is an essential ingredient for strong bones. and PTH in Kidney Failure” 2/2011 http://www. muscles. energy transfer. The combination of the physical exercise can help the “qi” (harnessed from the Qigong practice) integrate into the bones and the overall muscular skeletal structure to make it healthier stronger and more youthful.”4 “Younger women who stop menstruating—such as thin athletes or girls with anorexia—also have compromised bone density”4.com/articles/view.niams. SUMMER 2012 QI—51 . spine and wrist fractures in postmenopausal women. 2012 7 Mantak Chia Bone Marrow Nei Kung. when older women have a quick drop in estrogen. webmd. Qigong can dramatically improve the health of practitioners kidneys and bones to bring one vitality and longevity.D.4 From my personal experience. but not stealing essential energies from other vital areas of my body. New York. Kaptchuk O. he reports that bones can receive and emanate electromagnetic fields in the same manner as other crystalline structures. 2012. which may explain how electro-magnetic fields. Spiritual Healing and the Rainbow Diet. Destiny Books. whose ovaries were removed and had osteoporotic lumbar vertebrae. I commonly feel my whole body enveloped in a magnetic field and my feet deeply magnetized to the earth. In his book. Qigong: Internal Activation: Yi Ren Medical Qigong Manual Volume I. These fields can affect cell nutrition.com you can reach him at TaichiQigongSeattle@gmail. Similarly our reproductive energies are vital to create extra power for our bones like the use of steel used to create extra strong concrete. I can feel the amazing healing benefits from the earths amplified magnetic energy field on my body and bones. During my daily life. Began practicing Tai Chi & Qigong in 1994. I used to do lots of physical exercise which felt good in a lot of ways. 2007 Rebecca Buffum Taylor http://www. I believe the addition of Yi Ren® Qigong along with weight bearing exercises can significantly amplify the benefits to the bones and overall muscu- lar skeletal structure (like the use of steel rebar in concrete). had significant bone mineral density improvements from the use of magnetic therapy. LMP. Phosphate. Owner and operator of The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training in Seattle. Brendan’s website is www. “Men need both testosterone and estrogen for bone health.”7 Research has shown how bones can heal at a faster rate from the use of small electrical current. Over time.2 Hideyuki Okano. but on many levels I could also feel I was deeply exhausted and actually depleting or stealing energy from other vital areas of my body like my organs and nervous system to repair my broken down muscles.”4 Exercise and Bone Density Research has found a positive correlation between bone remodeling and weight bearing exercise.com/osteoporosis/living-with-osteoporosis-7/causes Jan. 6 “Recovery Effects of a 180 mT Static Magnetic Field on Bone Mineral Density of Osteoporotic Lumbar Vertebrae in Ovariectomized Rats” Shenzi Xu. Guan-Cheng Sun and Jill Gonet. That’s because men convert testosterone into bone-preserving estrogen. as my body is more filled with vital energy from Qigong and I do physical exercise. Similar to the construction of concrete–they add reinforced steel to concrete when it needs increased strength and power to accomplish its job. The Web That Has No Weaver.3 Naohide Tomita. The Qigong practice also allows one to upgrade and keep their essential reproductive energies strong and healthy which is necessary for longevity and vitality of the whole body including the bones.gov/Health_ Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/osteoporosis_ff.nih. and many other internal activities.com/journals/ ecam/2011/620984/ 1 Feb. “Dr.asp 1 Feb. As I walk and move throughout the day I feel like I have magnets on my feet connected to the earth and the magnetic energy field surrounding my body creates a feeling like I am walking under water. ■ 1 “What Is Osteoporosis? Fast Facts: An Easyto-Read Series of Publications for the Public” 1/2011 http://www. In addition. like I shared about my personal experience from Yi Ren® Qigong.TaichiQigongSeattle.com and or at (206)-354-8216. can make bones stronger and healthier. 2012 4 “What Causes Osteoporosis and Why” Feb. Yi Ren Qigong in 1999 and teaching Yi Ren Qigong in 2001. 1 and Yoshito Ikada 4 April 2010 http://www. org. Rochester. 31 2012 5 “Bones. From my own experiences I know Yi Ren® Qigong has been the key ingredient to help me transform and upgrade my once fragile and weak muscular skeletal system and depleted kidneys. Bonegenerated electromagnetic fields relate directly to the assimilation of nutrient energy. When the estrogen is missing the bones are much weaker. WA. Gabriel Cousens has compiled many documented studies pertaining to the crystalline structure of the human bone structure.7 Reproductive Energies and strong Bones “Bone loss accelerates after menopause. Something the taoist masters have known for years. Teaches weekly classes and weekend seminars. Vermont: 1988 & 2006 ——————— Brendan Thorson. In closing. enzyme activity.6 This is very important news because one study has shown that women who have had both ovaries removed “caused a 54% increase in hip. I have witnessed my whole body including my bones get more and more deeply filled up with vital energies. research with rats. 2012 2 Ted J. 2. 2010.kidney. I can feel it is helping compress the energies deeper into the depth of my bones.Qi Department: Qigong whole body upgrade and remodel itself from the inside out. cell functions. NY: 1983 3 “Kidney Bones” Karen Lurie http:// www. Now. which means that they affect our intake of energy from external sources such as food.uk/Medical-Info/Calcium-Phosphate/ 2 Feb.hindawi.sciencentral. fascia.
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WINTER 2000-2001: Falun Gong: A Way of Cultivation Practice; Bagua: Another Tool in the Pouch; Movements 37 through 64 of Wild Goose Qigong. SPRING 2001: T’ai Chi: Going with the Flow; Receiving and providing Qi Healing Therapy; Various Styles of Taijiquan: Which One is for Me? The Scientific Work of Wilhelm Reich: Orgone & Qi. SUMMER 2001: The Key to Practicing Taijiquan’s Skill and Form; Water Method of Daoist Meditation: Journey To Stillness; Applying TCM Principles to Western Psychotherapy. AUTUMN 2001: Mind Intent & Medical Qigong; Taiji: A Beginner’s Perspective; The Dao of Herbs; Tuina: An Internal Healing Art; Taijiquan: Li Ya Xuan (part 1); An Interview with Li Junfeng: From Wushu Glory to Qigong Wholeness (part 1). WINTER 2001-2002: Taijiquan: Yang’s taiji Boxing Secrets; Tonic Herbs that Every Qigong Practitioner Should Know (part 1); An Interview with Li Junfeng: From Wushu Glory to Qigong Wholeness (part 2); Medical Therapy Through Phonation: Qigong Sounds. SPRING 2002: 5 Days in a Daoist Cave; Teaching Taiji in the Rehab Setting; No Wasted Needles; Tonic Herbs that Every Qigong Practitioner Should Know (part 2). SUMMER 2002: Finding Qi In Internal Martial Arts; B.P. Chan: A True Person of No Rank; Liangong in 18 Forms: Massage in Motion. AUTUMN 2002: Special Feature Issue: Taiji vs. White crane: Wu Gong Yee & Chan Hak Fu (Detailed account on the epic battle in 1954 and how it became a pivot point in Chinese culture). WINTER 2002-2003: The Soft Palm Exercise of Wild Goose Qigong; The True Nature of Taijiquan; Cultivating Nature; Harmonizing Internal Contradictions: The Inner and The Outer. SPRING 2003: Reiki Healing Touch: An Ancient Art for Modern People; Energy Release Therapy; Meditation and the Nature of Being; A Qigong Tour: Discovering China’s Sacred Mountains. SUMMER 2003: Beyond Qigong: Martial Arts and the Transcendent Function; An Introduction to Qigong: Health, Wisdom and Longevity AUTUMN 2003: Exploring the Original Meaning of the Pure Yang Mudra: Seeking the Roots of Classical Qigong; Psychological Disturbances Due to: Erroneous Qigong; The Source of Qi and the Seat of Wisdom: Your Lungs. WINTER 2003-2004: Feeling the Rhythm of Qigong, Calligraphy, & Wu (Shamanism): Dancing & Drumming; Kidneys: The Root of Life; taiji: The Psychological Benefits...A Psychologist Looks at Taiji; Yang Style Hook Hand SPRING 2004: Cultivating the Body’s Information System and Experiencing Meridians through: Qigong Practice; Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine: The Roots of Health; Why is it called Taijiquan and how to Recognize: Real Taijiquan; Tuina Rehabilitative Therapy for Paralysis (Wind Stroke) SUMMER 2004: Quantum Gathering Qi, The Taiji Sword, Science, Synchronicity & Qi, The Physiology of the 3 Gates in the Process of Energetic Development. AUTUMN 2004: An Interview with Sifu Wong Kiew Kit; The Dao of Internal Cultivation; Asthma, Medical Qigong & the 3 Dan Tians; Meanings and Purposes of Meditation. WINTER 2004-2005: Medical Qigong Qi Emission: Therapy for the Treatment of Breast Cysts and Tumors (part 1); Energetics of Food from a Classical Chinese Medicine Perspective; Dissipative Brain Qi. SPRING 2005: Medical Qigong Qi Emission: Therapy for the Treatment of Breast Cysts and Tumors (part 2); Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation; The Vital Importance of the Qigong Tree Hugging Experience and Installation; Wu (Chinese Shamanism) and Qigong. SUMMER 2005: The Hidden Energies Behind Feng Shui; Nourishing Life, Cultivating Qi, and Qigong; Mao Shan Form School of Daoist Mysticism. AUTUMN 2005: If You Want to Learn Something...Teach It; Medical Qigong and Menopause: A Second Spring; Qigong: Energy Medicine for the New Millennium; Defining Quantum Qi. WINTER 2005-2006: Qi Emission Therapy for the treatment of Uterine Cysts & Tumors; Sound of the Gong (Transmitting Spiritual Vital Energy and Compassion); Healthy Aging; The Yi Jing Origins of Five Element Theory in Qigong Practice. SPRING 2006: Bagua Bu: The Eternal Spring of Bagua’s Basic Steps; Imagery for Taiji Stance & Stepping; Multiple Sclerosis & Medical Qigong; The Plum Flowering Mind SUMMER 2006: Sports Medicine & Qigong: Knee Injury Rehabilitation; Nei Gong: The Heart of Daoist Practices (part 1); Acupressure during Labor and Delivery; The Extraordinary Yi Ren Qigong of Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun (part 1). AUTUMN 2006: Budo & Qigong: Extraordinary Methods of Cultivating the Way; Nei Gong: The Heart of Daoist Practices (part 2); The Science Behind Taiji & Qigong: Why They Work; The Extraordinary Yi Ren Qigong of Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun (part 2). WINTER 2006-2007: Chinese Face Reading (part 1); Practical Dynamics of Taijiquan; Possession and Mental Illness; The DaVinci Code of Taiji. SPRING 2007: Chinese Face Reading (part 2); Healing Mechanisms in Taijiquan; An Overview of the Nine Steps of Internal Cultivation: YiRen Qigong. SUMMER 2007: The Fundamental Question: What is Qi?; Taijiquan: A Moving Medication Practice; Our Vital Center. AUTUMN 2007: The Importance of Embryonic Breathing; Establishing a Safe Medical Qigong Clinic; The Importance of the Three Treasurers and Why All Daoists Have Used Tonic Herbs to Nurture Them. WINTER 2007-2008: The Way of the Inner Smile; Chinese Philosophy in America: How It Influenced H.D. Thoreau; Rejuvenating the Alchemic Roots in Taijiquan. SPRING 2008: Laozi’s Classic on the Way of Virtues; Traditional Chinese Health Secrets: Dietetic Healthcare; Qigong Basics for Everyone; Introduction to Daoist Mysticism. SUMMER 2008: Qigong: A Scientific Perspective (part 1); The Emotional Alchemy of Intimate Relationships; TCM Secrets: Principles of Healthcare. AUTUMN 2008: Qigong: A Scientific Perspective (part 2); The Role of Momentum in T’ai Chi; Daoist Zuowang Meditation; Can Qigong Drive You Crazy? WINTER 2008-2009: 5 Phases Qigong: The Language of Qi; Daoist Acupuncture: The Pestle Needle; Turning Arthritis from a Curse to a Blessing with Taiji; Qigong & Taiji in the Prevention & Treatment of Chronic Disease. SPRING 2009: The Many Faces of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Elixirs, Wines, Pills & Porridges; The Posture-Liver Stagnation Connection; Qigong For Weight Loss; Optimizing Your T’ai Chi Practice. SUMMER 2009: Qigong Self-Cultivation Retreat; Bloodletting Therapy; Chinese Medicine & The Slippery Slope; The Inner Structure of Tai Chi: Why Practice Taichi Chi Kung? AUTUMN 2009: Qigong in the Park: Inner-Energy Cleaning and Body Toning; Your Journey in Taiji; Taiji as Part of Global Awakening?; Taiji Principles and Concepts. WINTER 2009-2010: Plasters, Pastes, Salves & Liniments; Practitioner Morality; Taking A Taiji Class; Enhancing The Flow of Teaching Taiji. SPRING 2010: Experience the Qi: Buddha Palm Qigong; Tiger & Tai (Balance); Qigong (but not taiji) in the Prison System; The Hidden Energies Behind Feng Shui (part 1). SUMMER 2010: Medical Qigong Therapy for Senior Citizens; Sun Style taiji Qigong: Daoist Internal Alchemy?; The Hidden Energies Behind Feng Shui (part 2). AUTUMN 2010: In Harmony with the Tao: The Musical Roots of Qigong; Sleep: The Hun, The Po, & The Zhi; Powerful Healing in 15 Minutes a Day: Dragon & Tiger Medical Qigong; The Hidden Energies Behind Feng Shui (part 3). WINTER 2010-2011: The Six Healing Sounds: Chinese Mantras for Purifying the Body, Mind, & Soul; The Hidden Energies Behind Feng Shui (part 4); A Clarification of “Secret” Teachings Revealed by Cheng Man-Ch’ing. 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Eucommia Seed. .00 Return to Youth Formula A famous rejuvenation formula in China. Astragalus is said to strengthen the primary energy of the body and strengthen all metabolic. . Agaricus. . Many people use it as a powerful brain tonic. Duanwood Reishi. . surgery and childbirth. . . . . Astragalus builds energy and helps warm up the body. Poria. Tonic herbs balance these three treasures (Qi. . Similar (less potent) formulas based on Reishi spores are being sold in Hong Kong and Japan for over $500 for a month’s supply. . . . . . . Also. . which controls female fertility. . A superior athlete's formula. . . Order #H033 . . Cistanche. . joint problems. .$65. . . It tonifies the kidney and liver energy. White Peony. .$27. . . Eucommis. .00 Order #H032 . Order #H034 . . Lycium. . Tibetan Rhodiola. . . . Cuscuta Seed. Licorice. . . . . Red Jujube Date. . White Peony. but it is also used as a Brain tonic. . . . infertility.$26. . It contains the three strongest immune modulators known to Chinese herbalism. . Women’s Jing This is a special formula that promotes female fertility and stimulated libido. . . Lycium. . Polygonum Root. This is the key formula for people trying to escape addictions. . Polygala. Licorice Order #H028 . Fennel. Achyranthes. this formula lowers cholesterol and helps reduce fat. Order #H035 .$27. Cordyceps. It is suitable for those who have experienced chronic or acute stress. Ant strengthens the entire Kidney system. They all have antioxidant action. . . centeredness. Cornus. Polygonum Root. . .00 Buddha’s Yang Buddha’s Yang is a powerful vegetarian Yang Jing tonic formulation. Broussonetia Seed. Reishi Spores. . . Schizandra Order #H030 . Red Juice Date. . Safe and nontoxic.$36. Lycium. . . . . Tonifies all three treasures . . . . Cnidium. Cynomorium. . Schizandra. . Bupleurum. . Gynostemma. . . Dragon Bond. The herbs in this formula have been used successfully for centuries by martial arts practitioners to speed up the healing of broken bones and damaged soft tissues of the skeletal structure. Rubus. longevity and spiritual attainment. certainly ranking with Ginseng as the elite substance for the attainment of radiant health. . Ant. . overwork or sexual excess and for those who wish to maintain an active lifestyle. Eucommia. cardiovascular disease.00 Adaptogen Energizer Increases physical and mental vitality both quickly and cumulatively. Agaricus.00 Astragalus One of the premier tonic herbs of China. Traditionally used to prevent weakening and degeneration of eyesight and hearing. Morinda. It is good for men and women. . Fennel. . Dioscorea. Dipsacus. This formula may be used by those wishing to increase athletic or sexual power. . . Order #H005 . . . old and young. . Prepared Rehemannia. Polygala. Schizandra. . . Women’s Jing promotes female sexual drive and prevents miscarriage.$23. It is a potent formulation designed to provide herbal nutrients for athletes and other highly active individuals. .00 Strength Builder Strength Builder is designed to build and preserve Kidney Yin and Yang. . . Premium quality herbs are extracted and spray dried at full potency to create this powerful product. . Ginseng. Polygonatum Sibericum. dioscorea. . . .$21. . . Duanwood Reishi. . balance. Licorice. Prepared Aconite. . Astragalus. . power and endurance. White Peony. ligaments and tendons. one of the greatest of all tonic formulations. . . .00 CardioPro 2000 This product contains substances that have been clinically proven to help protect the cardiovascular system. . Shen) by using the regulating principles of Yin and Yang. except for Reishi spores. . . Will Power can be used by anyone wishing to build will power in order to achieve new heights and to break old habits. . The formula is also extremely well suited to athletes who are looking for a potent Yang tonic to increase strength. . . It is mildly yang in nature and used to strengthen the entire body. . . Dioscorea. climacteric symptoms. Each of the other three herbs in this formula have been used for centuries to improve concentration. . . . Poria. Epimedium.Jing. . . . . This formulation tonifies the skeleton. . . . A powdered extract. . .$27. . . . . . they are mild and cannot harm the Liver in any way. Jing. They do not result in rapid detoxification. should a woman become pregnant. Drynaria.$36. . Also serves as a superb general tonic. . It is extremely safe and has no side effect on the fetus. . . . Tibetan Rhodiola increases oxygen in the brain. . Dragon Bone Siberian Ginseng. . . .-Fri. Imperial Garden is one of the few powerful vegetarian Yang Jing tonics in the supertonic class of Chinese herbalism. . fatigue. . Astragalus Root. Ant.com SUMMER 2012 QI—61 . . Jing (Regenerative Essence). Gynostemma. thus improving cognition. It builds blood when combined with a healthy diet. including bones. Polygonatum has traditionally been used to restore energy to the brain after prolonged mental exertion. . . . . . Lycium. . Siberian Ginseng. Each is a potent immune modulator have powerful anti-stress activity. .$32. and Lycium polysaccharides. Lycium. White Peony. Duanwood Reishi is far more powerful than common hot house Reishi and Reishi mycelium. Astragalus. Polygala. Helps overcome chronic fatigue and increases mental and physical endurance.00 Will Power Will Power is based on a wonderful tonic herb now called polygala. . Imperial garden is said to strengthen the legs and the back. Ginseng. Aged Citrus Peel. Oyster Shell. The herbs help to protect the liver from toxins & protect the lungs from pollutants & infection. . . . Gypenosides (Gynostemma Saponins) Order #H007 . It is also a powerful tool for those who need to break out of a rut. . Supreme Protector is also an excellent Shen tonic. . . and is excellent for the recovery from illness. Duanwood Reishi. . Order #H001 . . Schizandra. Prepared Rehemannia. . Dang Gui. and by those interested in becoming generally more vital. Made from premium Astragalus roots and highly concentrated to our precise standards. Lycium Polysaccharides Order #H031 . Tibetan Rhodiola. chronic fatigue. . Schizandra. . . Cornus. Prepared 1-800-787-2600 ONLINE ORDERS: Office Hours: Mon. . Achyranthes. Rehemannia. focus. . Suited to men and women. . This formula will build your immune system. Reishi mushroom (Duanwood Reishi fruiting body). Spirit Poria. . . Dioscerea. . . One of the few powerful vegetarian Yang Jing tonics. Aged Citrus Peel. It is remarkably effective. . Gynostemma. . . . Eucommia. Red Jujube Date. Lycium. since the herbs are so safe. . . . . The herbs are all extremely safe. . Lycium. .$20. . In addition. Achyranthes. . . Eucommia Bark. This formula expands the power of the body to adapt to all the stresses of life and strengthens the immune system. Ligusticum Order #H003 . . Cornus. strengthens the lower back and joints and it can be a powerful sex tonic. and are highly adaptogenic. . Cuscuta. helping us to remain “centered” during stress and thus allowing us to persevere through difficulties. It is considered to be a “rejuvenation formula” by the Chinese. . Astragalus and Cordyceps. . . . . . Epimedium. It is one of the most important double direction immune modulating herbs in the world. . Schizandra. the most common sources on the American market. .00 Three Treasures: The Daoists in China thought there were three primary forms of energy in the human body and in nature. . codonopsis. Liver Tonic 2000 This is a very powerful Liver tonic. . Glochidion. Ophiopogon. . inner awareness and inner strength. .$21. night sweats. which are enzymaticly cracked to release their full therapeutic and tonic effect. . Achyranthes. Plantago Seed. An excellent Blood tonic and is used to strengthen the entire body. . . All the herbs in this formulation have been use to re-establish Liver health. . Tibetan Rhodiola. strengthen the kidneys and fortify the adrenal. loss of memory and ability to concentrate. Many people suffer from a dysfunctional Liver. Licorice.memory loss. It is an ideal formula for athletes in contact sports and for those recovering from bone fractures. Broussonetia Fruit. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone) http://qi-journal. & memory. . . . . . Qi and Shen. . . . . . .00 Duanwood Reishi Arguably the most revered herbal substance in Asia. It is extremely safe and effective. .00 Supreme Protector Composed of the three kings of defense in Chinese Herbalism: Reishi. respiratory and VISA OR MASTERCARD ORDERS Order #H002 .00 Strong Bones Strengthens the skeletal structure. premature aging and degeneration. . . . . Siberian Ginseng. . Epimedium. Reishi spores are 70 times more potent as an immune system modulator than Reishi mushrooms. .00 Diamond Mind Diamond Mind is designed to strengthen and empower the mind. .$26. . Eucommia. . . Asparagus. . Curculiginis. 100% Duanwood Reishi (Ganoderma lucidus) Order #H004 . . etc. . Astragalus. . Schizandra. Schizandra. Suited to all ages. . Dang Gui Siberian Ginseng. Morinda. Cistanche. but they do work quickly to restore Liver functions to a healthy state. .
Tibetan Rhodiola.00 Cordyceps Cordyceps is used to strengthen the body and mind at a fundamental level. This is a full spectrum adaptogenic formula which nurtures all three treasures. triglyceride lowering. anti-obesity. . . cholesterol regulating. Sandalwood. . which yields incredible results in restoring deficient blood and Yin. . . .” It replenishes Yin Jing. has a strong anti-fatigue effect. . . . . Cuscuta Seed. They tend to promote the body’s own ability to cope successfully with stress. . . Licorice. . . thus promoting well being. . . to improve digestion. this is the supreme blood tonic formulation of Chinese tonic herbalism. Shou Wu Formulation can be used as a basic Essence tonic by anyone. . . . and White Peony Root.$36. . . strengthening the back and knees. It is an adaptogenic. It tonifies the immune system. Astragalus. Profound Essence is primarily a deeply restorative essence tonic. Gynostemma is universally believed in Asia to be an anti-aging herb. It is regarded as one of Asia’s premier longevity herbs. . strong hair and nails. Cyperus. This harmonizing function reduces the effects of unfavorable conditions and stimulates the body’s own immune and healing functions. The overall effect of this formula is to replenish Jing. . It is moisturizing and may be used regularly to restore the Yin and Blood. consult your physician. Dang Gui. . . . . Peony Root White. . Polygonum. Ilex Pubescens Rhizome.$20. to reduce oxygen deficiency at high altitudes. a short temper. . male or female. Polygonum Root. Prepared Rehemannia. . These herbs have a general "heat clearing" effect. . . and probably the most powerful immune stimulating herbs. enhancing sexual and mental energy. Rehmannia Root Order #H011 . Lycium Fruit. $9. Red Jujube Date Eagle Vision Herbs used traditionally to maintain excellent eye health. to increase vigor. . . In China. . . . Lycium.00 Order #H097 . . .$23. Licorice Root. . These adaptogenic substances help the body to adapt to various stressful challenges presented by the environment and reduce the damage inflicted on the body. . . . . Red Peony. . Tortoise Shell Order #H010 . Astragalus Root. This powder is made from the highest quality Chinese Astragalus root. . . . . . . . to strengthen the mind. . 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone) http://qi-journal. .” It is a quintessential adaptogenic herb.$18. . Notoginseng. Schizandra. . SIberian Ginseng. . . These herbs are all very excellent tonic herbs which protect the body and help it to ward off invasion with utmost verocity. .00 Gynostemma Pure Gynostemma. . . .00 Profound Essence A broad spectrum formulation. . . . . .00 Four Kings The four great "longevity mushrooms" combined into one extraordinary elixir. . Gynostemma pentaphyllum is widely believed to have the following health benefits: to slow down aging and to prevent feebleness at all ages. Yin deficiency will lead to rapid aging and rapid deterioration of one’s health. . Ligusticum Root. . Gypenosides (Gynostemma Saponins). . and anti-thrombic. . An adaptogen is a substance which helps bring the body into a state of harmony with its environment by inducing chemical.00 Spring Dragon Longevity Tea Gynostemma is generally reinforcing to overall health. young or old. . If you are on any medication. and who wish to further prevent degeneration. . 100% Vegetarian Cordyceps respiratory tonic.00 Super Adaptogen If some one were to take just one formula. Tonifies Jing.$18.00 Order #H009 . Ligusticum root. platelet regulating. Schizandra. . . . Tonifies Yin Jing and clears heat in the eyes. This formulation is designed to nourish Yin. . . Chaenomeles. White Atractylodes. . . anti-aging agent. Eucommia Bark. . Achyranthes Root. . Licorice Root. Eucommia. . . It is also an important Yin Jing tonic. It is known in China a Da Bu Yin Wan. . . . wrinkling and drying of skin. . . . . focusing heavily on Yin and Yang Jing. benefits the heart. prepared Rehemannia. . It is composed of safe herbs that have been demonstrated to be effective. .$23. and in particular to reduce fatigue. . . . . . Duanwood Reishi. It also has been found to be anti-ulcer. Rehmannia Root Raw.$23. removes blood stagnation. Siberian Ginseng Root Order #H012 . .00 Young at Heart Similar formulas have been used clinically in China to improve coronary blood flow. . . . anti-inflammatory. . . . . It is suitable as a long term “restorative” Jing tonic for those who have been exhausted by overwork. . also known as “southern ginseng” and the “miracle herb. . this could be the one. . or Super Yin Nourishing Formula. The formula removes toxins and stagnation and helps regulate hormonal functions. with herbs that tonify all three Treasures. restoring the deep energy expended as a result of excessive exertion. . In addition. Order #H041 . liver protecting. .$23. . . . . . anti-hyperlipidemic. . . cardiovascular protecting. . Ligusticum. . Atractylodes Root White. . . . . . Four Things Combination is a famous woman’s blood tonic. . . . healthy. . Includes Chrysanthemum. Premium Astragalus Root Order #H008 . . . Jujube Date Red. . . . . . . . Package of 20 tea bags. . structural integrity and healing ability. . Order #H040 . and an excellent Yin Jing tonic that may be used as a basic formula in a personal longevity program. . Polygonatum Rhizome. building blood and producing sperm in men and increasing fertility in women. chronic pain or chronic illness. Notopterygium Primal Yin Replenisher Dendrobium Primal Yin Replenisher is an extremely powerful Yin Jing tonic. . It is also suitable for those who have reached mid-life and who wish to replenish Ching. Salvia. . Aged Citrus Peel. Rehmannia Root. Strong antioxidant activity.com 62 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . . Cordyceps. Raw Rehemannia. Polygonum. . It is said to be able to increase the “primary motive force for life activities. .00 Office Hours: Mon. . . . . It has been used for centuries as a nutritious. Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf Shou Wu Formulation Shou Wu Formulation is a Jing tonic designed to nourish the Kidney Yin and to enrich the blood. fortifying the senses. It is also believed to help calm the nerves and to ease pain. The herbs also improve blood circulation. . . One of the great herbs in the world. .-Fri.$36. . . . . to reduce plaque and improve cholesterol profile. . . . . One of the primary anti-aging herbs in China. .$27. This product has the effect of improving adaptability. . . Hair and Nails Hair and Nails formulation is composed of herbs that have been used for a thousand years by Chinese royalty to promote the growth of beautiful. . . eliminate fire and to nourish the Kidney’s Yin Jing. . All four herbs are known for their powerful tonic and protective benefits. dryness or night sweats. .$27. highest grade Gynostemma. Cordyceps is widely use for the purposes of strengthening the primal kidney functions. . yet mild. . . and systemic balance. Peony Root White. . adapting to stress or from aging. Dioscorea Root. . . . . to slow down aging. it is an important blood vitalizing agent which improves blood circulation in congested areas and dispels stagnant blood. Dipsacus Root. . . immune modulating. . . . . Currently one of the most popular herbs in all of Asia. Ginseng. .00 Order #H099 . Order #H043 . antioxidant. Made from the purist. while preventing further loss of this primary treasure. .Tonic Formulations eliminative functions. Qi and Shen Order #H039 . These are the four most powerful immune stimulating mushrooms in the world. . . . .00 Four Things Combination Sometimes called Dang Gui Four Combination. . Benefits circulation. . VISA OR MASTERCARD ORDERS 1-800-787-2600 ONLINE ORDERS: H100. . . pregnancy. . The formula is headed by Polygonum. .00 Order #H098 . Dang Gui Root. . and particularly the micro-circulation that supplies the hair and nails. Astragalus Seed. strengthening hair growth. It is for people who have severely depleted their Yin reserves and are in serious health condition as a result. . and to improve sex functions. Dang Gui root. . nourishes the blood. Aged Citrus Peel. . which include sexual functions. . . brain power. . cellular. It forms the foundations of a great many other formulations in Chinese herbalism. . . . Cornus Fruit. Gynostemma. . excessive stress. . . Tibetan Rhodiola. Dang Gui Root. moistening blood tonic. .$18. Gynostemma. . Fortifies the protective functions. . substance abuse. It is a superb anti-aging and rejuvenation formula. . It is used as a tonic by those who have experienced extreme Yin Jing depletion and are experiencing inflammatory symptoms. salvia. . . 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Order #H111 . A Shenstabilizing adaptogenic Qi tonic. . Licorice. . . Atractylodes Root White. . an extremely important antioxidant utilized by the human body to neutralize free radicals are preserved by this process. . . Carob. . . . .$40.00 Bupleurum & Rehmannia This is a deep and superb detoxification formulation. . Coptis. . It may be used strengthen Qi and Blood which have become deficient due to major illness. . It is considered one of the premier beauty-enhancing. Soybean Oil. Asarum. It is the most widely used classic formulation for strengthening the immunity and resistance of immune suppressed individuals. Alphathean is an herbal ingredient that helps you to feel calm and alert at the same time. Nourishes the blood. . Astragalus Root.$18. Pearl Powder Made from cultivated pearls that are grown in clean fresh water and are enzymatically broken down (hydrolyzed) for easy and complete absorption. . Fresh Ginger. . . . SOD. whereas SOD is destroyed using other traditional methodologies. . diarrhea. . .$18. . . . . . Magnolia Flower. . H102. The pearls are “hydrolyzed”. . . . . Poria. . . It helps clear the sinuses and regulate immune functions. . . . A recent technological breakthrough has taken ginseng to a new level. Effective for women who wish to regulate their female cycle and women who lose emotional control during the pre-menstrual period. . This great Qi and Shen tonic formula has been used for centuries to increase vital energy and calm anxiety. Agaricus is traditionally known as “God’s Mushroom” because of its near miraculous healing benefits. Polygonum. . Pearl has a huge reputation in Asia as both a beauty tonic and as a Shen tonic. Agaricus blazei murill (freshly dried mushroom fruiting body only). Polyporus. Cinnamon Twig. . you will become more resistant to stress. . H101. Beeswax. . extremely effective and perfectly safe formulation made to promote healthy nasal functioning. hearing difficulties. . and preserves it in a way that prevents degradation of its vital constituents. the formula is a formidable immune system enhancer. . such Order #H104 . . loss of appetite and dry skin. . cardiovascular system. . Green Tea. . . . Siberian Ginseng Magnolia Sinus This is a time tested. and is especially beneficial to the digestive and urinary functions. .Ten Complete Supertonic This is one of the original “dabu wan. . Licorice. .00 Activated Ginseng Asian Ginseng is an energy tonic that helps regulate the human energy system. . Used in conjunction with an proper diet and regular exercise program. Shen stabilizing herbs help stabilize our emotions so that we can experience our higher self. If you use Tao in a Bottle regularly. . a process by which the constituents of pearl become highly dissolvable and almost totally bio-available. White Atractylodes. People have used it to overcome numerous disorders relating to the immune system. . Cinnamon Bark. . dispels heat. . . White Atractylodes. Red Atractylodes. It is used for fatigue. . and it works quickly to release tension and worry. Bupleurum. Platycodon. . to relieve internal fever. to benefit reproduction. . Angelica Dahurica. Excellent for those with allergies and chronic nasal dysfunction. Mint. . and it is renowned for its ability to relieve a broad range of female imbalances. . Crataegua. . constipation. . . . regulates menstruation. surgery or childbirth. allowing it to grow. Everyone in Asia knows that there is nothing better than fresh ginseng root for providing energy and long-term health benefits. . Cynomorium. Siberian Ginseng. . Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder is arguably the best calcium supplement known. . .$21. . . chronic or acute bleeding and/or mental or physical stress. Pearl has a very high content of highly absorbable calcium. . Schizandra. . .” This formula is a major energy and blood enhancer. This is a Citrus Aurantium-based thermogenic formulation. Cimicifuga. Licorice. smoothes and regulates the flow of Qi and Blood. .00 Order #H109 . . . . It also has immune potentiating activity. . . . . . . . Carthamus. . Order #H105 . . .$40. to promote muscle development and to invigorate blood circulation. . Unlike sundrying or steaming. Licorice. Gelatin. It should be used with Yin Jing tonics and some individuals do well when they use this formula with either Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination or Will Power. . . . The main ingredient is an amino acid called Alphathean which is found only in green tea. Hydrolyzed Pearl is a very rich source of calcium. Cassia Tora. . . . . diabetes. . . . . .$32.$29. Poria. . Lycium. Glycerin.$17. . . Gypenosides. . chronic fatigue. reduces blemishes and wrinkles in the skin and calms the mind. Agaricus mushroom originated in the rain forest of Brazil and the Chinese have become the premier growers of Agaricus to the world. . . . White Peony. Ligusticum. weight management. . . so it is easily dissolved in water and is virtually completely absorbed by the intestines. . . . . .00 Lighten Up Diet Formula Perfectly balanced thermogenic formulation for those who need to speed up their metabolism in order to lose weight. Licorice Root.00 Poria Five Combination This famous classical formula is used to improve the utilization and circulation of fluids in the body. . It promotes urination and is often used as a tonic to improve digestion. and disorders of the liver. Pearl. This formula tonifies two of the three treasures: it strengthens the Qi (both the Qi and the Blood components). . anemia. . Codonopsis Root. naturally grown and processed roots). Astragalus. and regulate our immune system. . . .00 SUMMER 2012 QI—63 . Ligusticum. Ligusticum. anti-aging supplements ever discovered. premium grade fresh water pearls. . . Astragalus.” or “super pills” of Chinese herbalism. It normalizes digestive functions. . Green Tea. Tibetan Rhodiola. . . Recent Chinese medical texts credit pearl with the ability to relieve uneasiness of the heart and mind. . this formula will help to burn fat and eliminate excess water weight.00 Order #H0103 . . purifies the blood.00 Ginseng and Longan Combination A premier Spleen-Heart tonic of classical Chinese tonic herbalism. . It is designed to help handle stress. Rhubarb. . to relieve”wandering arthritis”. Furthermore. Phellodendron. . . Dang Gui. . . . . Citrus Aurantium. dang Gui Root. or to overcome chronic ailments due to Qi and blood deficiency. Qi tonic herbs increase our energy. . vitalizes. . Alisma. . Gardenia. . Adaptogenic herbs increase our vitality while promoting our ability over time to handle stress. . . Ledebouriella. Astragalus. Bupleurum and Dang Gui Combination nurtures.00 Agaricus Agaricus blazei murill (most commonly known simply as Agaricus) is one of the most exciting new herbs on the market today. Lotus Leaf. The extraordinary rich aroma and flavor tell it all! Fresh Manchurian Ginseng (6 year old. and calms the Shen. Gynostemma. It is famous in the Orient for reducing the size of swollen lymph glands and for a variety of toxic conditions. Order #H110 . . Poria. Dang Gui Root. . . Atractylodes Root White. . stress syndrome. Active Ginseng™ is as close as you can get to eating a freshly picked ginseng root. . to remove visual obstacles and improve eyesight. . It may be used by men or women as an adaptogenic formula. . when consumed internally. . . . . freeze drying preserves the freshness of freshly harvested ginseng. and to relieve fluid stagnation. . . . Prepared Rehmannia. Mint. Chromium Polypeptide. . . It is considered to be “the complete tonifying formula. . Jujube date Red. Dang Gui. Arctium. Zizyphus Seed Order #H107 . . This formula has excellent skin clearing effects Bupleurum. . . .$21. The calcium contained in hydrolyzed Pearl powder exists in its ionic form. .$21. Akebia Caulis. . It can strengthen eyesight in those with weakened vision due to fatigue. . It contains 92% calcium compounds or 38% calcium element. White Peony. Order #H106 . Ginkgo Biloba. . . cataracts. Dragon Herbs now has its naturallygrown high-mountain “house ginseng” freeze dried immediately upon harvesting. . Gymnema. Longan Fruit. Rehmannia Root White Atractylodes. . Green Tea. . Notopterygium. help regulate our bodily functions. to clear sputum. . Peony Root White. . as ginsenosides and polysaccharides. chronic and acute allergies. . Yet. Scute. Poria. . . . . Jujube Date Red. . White Peony. Tao in a Bottle also contains adaptogenic herbs. . . Purified Water. 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