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What Really Happens When We Stand?
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In the dark of night a silent blanket of white covers the earth, and everything assumes the posture of bowed head in quiet solitude. This is the season of winter. According to the Lü Shi Chun Qiu (The Spring and Autumn Annals of Lü Bowei; 呂氏 春秋), during winter the Son of Heaven wears black robes and wears dark colored jades. This time of year everything was supposed to be sealed away and stored, and nothing that had been buried should be unearthed. By Dr. Henry McCann
Family Inheritor of the Qianfeng Daoist Tradition .................................................... 26
Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang (赵明旺) [b. 1966] is a contemporary neidan practitioner living and teaching in Beijing, China. His system of qi cultivation has evolved from the Quanzhen (Complete Reality) School of Daoism, through its Longmen (Dragon Gate) branch. Grand Master Zhao Bichen (1840-1962) was a student of many eminent Daoist masters, and amassed an impressive body of spiritual developmental material. This knowledge and wisdom formed the theoretical foundation of Zhao Bichen’s school known as the Qianfeng Xiantian Pai. By Adrian Chan-Wyles
Zhan Zhuang: What Really Happens When We Stand? .................................................. 36
One of the biggest secrets of Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is hiding in plain sight. The original Tai Chi lineage practice contained Zhan Zhuang training. The practitioners of old often stood in the Wuji posture, arms resting at their sides for an hour or more before beginning their form repetitions. It is fair to say that nearly all great internal martial artists of the previous centuries acquired their achievement to a major extent by first passing through the gate of Zhan Zhuang. By Mark Cohen.
Energetic Embryology........................................... 45
In Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, the study of the embryological development of the body’s inner fascia and internal organ tissues illuminates many of the ideas about energy, health, and disease contained within Traditional Chinese Medicine. The ancient Chinese doctors understood that the original energetic patterns created during prenatal tissue formation remain operative throughout adulthood. After birth, the tissues and internal organs of the developing child continue to interrelate according to the energetic patterning that began during conception. By Jerry Alan Johnson, Ph.D., D.T.C.M. (China)
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So workers had to find other es and the road. Lianggong Dingjian Ji. as the present in China for more than 50 men Assyrians did. wells were dug to obtain water. because wheels with 50 men. we ton rock with a sledge over ground often think of ancient Egyptians and that was not frozen with ice would Assyrians. Studies comparing the hauling stone The scientists were amazed along an ice ancient Chinese technique of that ancient Chinese buildtransporting stone with methroad lubricated ers continued to use the slow. The process was methodical: every half kilometer. The ancient document. Not only have people ridiculed this ‘style’ but they have also called into question whether the contractor did this to cut corners. “Ancient documents until the late according to a new study. found ancient Chinese documents describing how people transported a 120-metric-ton rock to repair three major halls in the Forbidden City in 1557. than 1. they revealed that Chinese architects hauled the rocks from quarries in Fangshan. detailed how workers created man-made ice paths to transport the stone.Event & Association News FAKE WINDOWS? China Daily—A complex on Qingdao’s Yichang Lu has got residents fired up for having painted on a number of the “windows” on the outside wall. The ancient was hauled to Beijing in four Sledges were also used to Chinese weeks. which was then poured onto a road and allowed to freeze to cles could carry a maximum load of reduce the friction between the sledg95 tons. “You go to the Forbidden City and see these massive rocks and you ask yourself: ‘How in the world did they ever move this rock here?’” said Thomas Stone of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University. but we do not usually refer have required a labor force of more to ancient China. However. and the painted windows don’t affect use or function. 16th century show that wheeled vehi(continued on page 6) WINTER 2013-2014 QI—3 . Li Jiang. an expert in mechanical engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing and a member of the team that performed the study. The tory of Tribology. after a siege by citizens they changed their statement to. they do cause social misunderstanding and adverse reactions and therefore should be changed. methods to ship the multi-ton rocks. even after would have to drag the sledges rather than wheeled vehicles had been needed fewer to use wooden rollers. On ice or wet In science history publications. ters per second. and this may be why.” Li said.500 people. That is an average keep the expensive large stones speed of about eight centimepractice of from being damaged. as quoted by Nature magazine. Qingdao’s city planning bureau responded by saying that these ‘decorative’ windows don’t break any rules and that the building conforms to planning regulations.” Li said.” as the complex is called is promoted as affordable housing. on wooden sledges along ice roads. the haulage of colosancient Chinese practice of hauling sal statues by masses of men does not stone along an ice road lubricated by appear in any kind of ancient Chinese water would have needed fewer than representation. QIGONG IMPROVES FATIGUE IN The researchers found that the PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVORS ancient Chinese combination of ice Medscape.” ■ ANCIENT CHINESE BUILT FORBIDDEN CITY WITH STONES DRAGGED ON ICE China Daily—What’s instantly noticeable about the Forbidden City.” “The 49-cubic-meter rock Li said.000 years.com—The practice of paths and sledges were the safest and Qigong significantly improves fatigue most efficient way to transport masin older men with prostate cancer. located 70 kilometers south of downtown Beijing. which served as the home of emperors and their households for almost 500 years since the 15th century. wooden rails. than 3. Stone said the team’s calcu“When we talk about hauling in a lations show that dragging the 120mechanical engineering context. sive objects. “Yichang beautiful scenery. it such as Duncan Dowson’s classic Hiswould have required 330 men. Stone is part of a three-person team that recently discovered how. are the enormous white stone foundations supporting the historical site’s 980 wooden buildings. compared with a stretching regimen. on the other hand. which translates as “the reconstruction record of two palaces”. “Although construction was in accordance with the standard regulations. In a report published on Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. spokes appeared in China at about 1500 BC. and pretty obviously at that. ods from other ancient civilizaby water laborious method well into tions show it is more efficient the 16th century.
Qi Department: Qigong
ELECTRIC QIGONG—AN ANCIENT THERAPY EVOLVES
By Amelie de Mahy electrical wiring, hand crank generan a small, dimly lit treatment room tors were used. in downtown Taipei, Wesley Chen Electric qigong, or dian qigong, is a instructs his patient to lie down. means of treating a patient without the A frayed wire, which he has wrapped exhaustion of the practitioner’s own around a small piece of metal, is now energy. Its purpose is to supply and plugged in. He covers the metal with move qi within the patient’s a wet cloth, grips it, and placElectric body. It is simply another tool es his hand on the patient. Electricity surges through his qigong, or practitioner’s of Chinese medihands and into his patient’s dian qigong, cine can make use of. There are body. This, he says, is electric is a means many tools available to a pracqigong. of treating titioner of Chinese medicine, Chen states. It is important to Though the ability to propa patient understand the functions of erly harness electricity is a without the each. All are valid. relatively recent development, The term, he believes, is a a realization of the power of exhaustion of the bit misleading; giving people electricity and how it relates to qi dates back centuries. Accord- practitioner’s the illusion that electricity ing to Chen, early observa- own energy can be created and transferred by the practitioner. The techtions of nature, specifically nique mimics that of standard medilightning, led people to the conclucal qigong with the major exception sion that this force was pure qi energy. of the use of electricity. He says that Crude attempts at trying to filter that by using electricity one is able to energy into one’s body were unsucconserve their energy, as opposed to cessful, to put it mildly. Within recent depleting the body through the poshistory, before the advent of modern
sible transference to the patient. Within Chen’s native country of Taiwan these techniques are considered the domain of folk medicine. Such skills are not currently taught in modern TCM schools, nor can one currently be licensed as a practitioner of electric qigong. In Chen’s case, it was through years of studying martial arts and qigong that his teacher chose to relay this treatment method to him. His academic background, which is in electrical engineering, reinforced his desire to move in this direction as opposed to studying at a TCM school. Chen’s personal interest is in the evolution of techniques with the available technology, as opposed to a reliance on more traditional methods. Like much of Chinese Medicine, Chen believes many are deceived by electric qigong’s seeming simplicity. Individuals interested in experimenting with practitioner methods often overestimate their ability to pass a current through their body to devas-
2014—YEAR OF THE HORSE
n Asia, some believe that people born in the Year of the Horse may be tyrants, revolutionaries, or thieves. On the other hand, they have great capacity to excel. Others are often in awe of them, worship them, but seldom understand them. Horse personalities are good at handling money, but often lose interest in their goals. Chinese g believe that horses s are born to race or travel, therefore ore horse people leave home at a young age, and remain restless throughout hroughout their life. They are impatient, atient, yet quickwitted with a huge ge ego. They have a hard time belonging anywhere here for long. Horse people do well in groups and nd are never short on conversation. Social contact ontact is important and they hey often
form close relationships with others and will give up anything for a good romance. But romantic love is not a top priority for the horse personality in a horse year. The horse represents desires and wishes and is usually associated with males. The ancients deemed the year of the horse to have masculine attributes. The hour of the horse falls at high noon and t the month of the includes the summer horse in solstice, which are both solstic strong yang forces. Astrologically, the As horse is placed directly opposite opposi the rat. The rat is the creator crea and the horse is “consumer”. Therefore the “con a horse year may be marked y increase in business by an inc commercial activity, parand comm those involved with ticularly th non-essentials like luxury cars, non-essent
high fashion, alcoholic beverages, athletics, and anything “male” oriented. Unfortunately, it is often a year of waste. A household should be careful to make sure they don’t overspend their budgets during a horse year. The astrological start of the Year of the Horse is February 4th in China and February 3rd in the USA (beginning of Spring), but New Year’s Day, which is the popular celebration (Spring Festival) begins on January 31 (new moon of the first lunar month). 2014 is associated with the Horse, the color green, and the element wood. Popular greetings for New Year include 新年快樂 (xin nián kuài lè, Happy New Year) and 恭喜發財 (gong xi fa cái, Congratulations and Prosperity). ■
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Even personality and mood are sensed and evaluated. he believes. Chen also believes that these differences in sensation depend on the strength of the body and how much electricity a patient can tolerate. who spent the last two years studying Chinese medicine in Taipei. between knowing how to use electric qigong and knowing how to use it correctly. The sensation felt by the patient depends largely upon the amount of electricity the practitioner passes through his or her hands. The fact that one can handcraft a ‘machine’ by wrapping a frayed wire around a piece of metal has led to many injuries amongst those who mistake great practitioner skill for ease of practice. ■ References Chen. By observing the patient and running his hands over their body he is able to detect problems with their qi. electric qigong is contraindicated for people with pacemakers and defibrillators. Some know how to use this tool but don’t understand why it developed or how to apply it. There is a difference. as well as the length of each session. Chen steps out of the room and begins preparing tea. he states. He describes this ability as sensing holes in the body’s energy as well as sensing the color of the energy. She recently returned from India. As Wesley Chen finishes the treatment his patient takes a moment and then slowly sits up. They must control themselves in dealing with shocks to avoid damaging the body. 2012. Patient descriptions range from a tingly flood of energy to pain due to strong muscle contraction. An effective practitioner must learn how to control the flow of the current. As with e-stim. The shrill. 23 Mar.” Personal interview. operatic-like singing that mimicked the electrical current’s intensity has finally stopped. The tendency. In Chen’s opinion it is his years of practicing this style and his increased understanding of energy that protect him. Certain colors. The result of the treatment is written on the patient’s face: total relaxation. A standard electrical outlet has alternating current (AC). According to Chen. Wesley. This feeling can be quite similar to that of a TENS machine. is to hold onto the metal conductor and be unable to release it. Through this style the body quality is altered so that the electricity does not harm the practitioner. amongst most people. where she did medical work with the Tibetan religious community of Northern India. The patient serves as the guide for what is and isn’t comfortable. The body must learn to handle these fluctuations in power. “Electric Qigong. WINTER 2013-2014 QI—5 . An average session can last between one and two hours. This skill. The length of treatment. a common misconception is that being a practitioner of qigong will lead to the ability to handle electricity. is based both upon the strength of the practitioner and the level of patient need. are associated with sickness and others with health. The means by which Chen diagnoses patients is based on a technique he learned from his master.Qi Department: Qigong tating results. She is a graduate of the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin. ——————— Amelie de Mahy is an American acupuncturist. he states. is not attained through general practice but through a particular style of qigong that was developed for this purpose. Taiwan.
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TRANS-SENTIENCE: RETURN TO STAR HOME
By Jim Birt
heard a woman, Daisy Lee. In her n a mild sunny spring mornkeynote address, she led the audiing I was walking home from ence in a qigong form. Through a park along the Susquehanbreath, movement and intention we na River when the term “trans-senconnected with the earth, released tient” came to my mind. all negativity, drew in and sent out Perhaps it was the result of my love. contemplative practices where The term Then she directed us to realizing transcendence— going beyond, yet including just floated picture a column of energy all else—and serving all sen- freely in my rising into space to a star—a tient beings are at the heart of awareness star, she said, “that is uniquemy form work. and didn’t ly connected to you” and is a reservoir of peace and balTrans-sentient. The term seem to ance. just floated freely in my awareconnect with We then allowed that to ness and didn’t seem to conanything cascade through every cell nect with anything else. From else. in our bodies. When, in my time to time, I’d try to think mind and body I truly felt that celesmy way through it. About all I could tial connection, I thought, “star muster was a vague notion of a phase home.” Much was starting to come in the evolution of consciousness. together. Then, in July 2013, while attendWe know what stars are—distant ing the National Qigong Association suns, many vastly larger than our conference in King of Prussia, PA, I
local star, the sun. Some are unstable, exploding and collapsing into powerfully dense black holes. That’s what astronomers see and measure. That‘s what stars are in this space/time cosmos we occupy. But is that all? I’ve come to believe, no. Touching my star home caused many of the elements of my meditation practices to order themselves in a way that the only coherent reaction I could express was—“oh, wow.” With that star home energy still permeating me, I flipped open my notebooks (the paper variety) and wrote out the experience, hoping to explore more deeply and share with others. Two other points were made that evening—all sentient beings have this unique star home and we can access it instantly, at the speed of an intention, any time. In the days that followed, I
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PART 1—CHINA AND ITS TCM
Jedakang TCM Series raditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the most complex and mysterious component of Chinese traditional culture. Through acquiring knowledge about Chinese medicine, one can also improve one’s understanding of Chinese culture to some extent. Firstly, to understand TCM, it is helpful to start from an overview on China. China, for thousands of years until the 16th Century, was one of the most highly civilised countries in the world. This is evidenced in accounts about China from Western scholars and visitors during the 16th Century. In addition to the well-known four great ancient Chinese inventions: compass, gunpowder, papermaking and printing, the ancient Chinese achieved a high level in farming, iron and copper metallurgy, medicine, astronomy,
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mathematics, porcelain, silk, wine making, etc. China is a country which has used the same language, continuously recording its history, culture and medicine, from the beginning of the nation’s history. Thus, even today, ancient transcripts can still be read, researched and republished. In the old days, China had extensive communications and trade with neighboring countries. Chinese culture therefore contained and preserved some content of the cultures of those countries. For example, China has still well-preserved the most comprehensive Buddhist scrolls, which were brought to China over a thousand years ago. Some herbal medicines originate from other countries: saffron was originally from Iran and senna was from India. China is a vast country, with various climates and environments; it is also one of the countries which have the most wild plants and animal species. The preservation of cultural heritage had become an important tradition in Chinese history. Almost all dynasties had specialised government departments responsible for the national collection of books. For example, the Siku Quanshu (Imperial Collection of Four), commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty, was even larger than the Ming Dynasty’s Yongle Encyclopaedia (published in 1403), which was the world’s largest encyclopaedia at the time. The compilation took ten years (1773-1782) and involved around 4000 scholars and workers. Over 10,000 manuscripts from the imperial collections were bound in 36,381 volumes with more than 79,000 chapters, comprising about 2.3 million pages and approximately 800 million Chinese characters. Numerous individual intellectuals also contributed their efforts to the inheritance of knowledge. One of particular relevance to TCM is Li Shizhen, who wrote the Bencao Gangmu (Compendium of Materia Medica), which
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THE DAO OF LONGEVITY
WINTER SEASONAL HARMONIZATION
DR. HENRY McCANN
n the dark of night a silent blanket of white covers the earth, and everything assumes the posture of bowed head in quiet solitude. This is the season of winter. According to the Lü Shi Chun Qiu (The Spring and Autumn Annals of Lü Bowei; 呂氏春秋), during winter the Son of Heaven wears black robes and wears dark colored jades. This time of year everything was supposed to be sealed away and stored, and nothing that had been buried should be unearthed. Throughout the ancient Chinese kingdom winter was time to repair city walls and check that locks were in working order so that everything could be sealed and guarded appropriately. This basic image summarizes what we need to know to understand the season and how to maintain health and happiness this time of year.
YIN, YANG AND THE FIVE PHASES OF WINTER Winter is the segment of the year where the beginning growth of Yin previously exemplified by autumn grows and matures. Yin (陰) represents contraction, quiet, cooling, slowing, retreating, and lowering. Yin is the phase of ultimate decline and death. Previously we discussed autumn as the “Lesser Yin” (shao yin 少陰), since autumn is
the time when everything that is in the movement of expansive growth of summer-Yang slows down and reverts to its opposite. While autumn begins the stage of cooling and harvesting, winter takes up this Yin movement and brings it to its extreme. Because of this winter is called the time of “Greater Yin” (tai yin 太陰). In Five Phase Theory (五行理論) this Greater Yin movement is called “Water.” Recall from our previous articles the famous eight-character phrase from the Huang Di Nei Jing (also known as the Nei Jing for short), the ancient core text of medicine in China: “Spring gives birth, Summer grows, Autumn harvests and Winter stores” (春生, 夏 長, 秋收, 冬藏). The Water phase is summarized by that one word associated with winter – “storage.” Winter is the season when everything is in a state of utmost inward contraction and storage. In the Shuo Wen Jie Zi, the Han Dynasty dictionary that gives detailed explanations of the images of Chinese characters, the definition of winter is “the end of the four seasons” (冬：四時盡也). However, the ancient character for winter is even more interesting. It is the image of the sun locked up and stored in an inverted bottle (Fig. 1). Winter is certainly the dark time of the year when“light” (Yang) is in storage, hidden away from the earth.
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Water is associated with midnight and ing of the sun.” Qi is Yang, and Yang the Mercury planet in the heavens. It represents the opposite of closing and represents coldness and the color black. storage. To harmonize with winter we In the body it is the Kidney among the have to adopt the posture of Yin. DurZang-viscera, and the Urinary Bladder ing sleep, Qi enters the interior of the among the Fu-bowels. By extension body to warm the internal organs (the from these internal organs, Water repreZang-viscera). Therefore, to encourage sents the bones and marrow, the ear, and the Yin movement of Qi to the interior the sense of hearing. The taste of Water so as to warm and protect the inner is salty, its associated grain is the bean, Figure 1 – The organs, during winter we should get and the domestic animal is the pig (see Ancient Character more sleep by going to bed earlier and Winter, the Sun Table 1). The Confucian tradition speaks for staying asleep longer. in Storage of the Five Constant Virtues (五常), and In modern life however we rarely pay the virtue associated with Water is Wisheed to the change of the seasons. In dom – Zhi (智). Also in the Confucian tradition, the depth of winter we work just as hard and just the mental poison of the Water phase is disdain as many hours as we do in the warmer months, and agitation – Fan (煩) (see Table 1). and most of us likewise stay up just as late. Our fast-paced modern world also encourages us to THE NEI JING ON WINTER keep moving faster, higher and louder. We shun The second chapter of the Su Wen section of old age, preferring to live in a culture of clinging the Nei Jing is titled The Great Treatise on Regulatto eternal youth. Taken all together we are coning the Spirit with the Four Seasons (四氣調神大 stantly striving for more and more Yang, failing 論). This chapter gives basic descriptions of the recognizing that for balance and true health we four seasons and, based on Yin-Yang and Five need Yin as well. Actually, this is not only a disPhases theories, how we harmonize ourselves ease of modernity but, perhaps, a constant part of with each. In the section on harmonizing with the human condition. This explains an interestwinter the Nei Jing first defines for us the essence ing but important addition of one very specific of the season – it is the time that denotes “closing word in the above quote from the Nei Jing. and storage” (閉藏). In previous articles we saw how the Nei Jing After defining the movement of the season The gives parallel general seasonal recommendaNei Jing tells us to “not disturb the yang - go to bed tions. What is important to notice is that only in early and rising late. You must wait for the shinthe recommendations for winter does the word “must” appear. Qi Bo, the person giving us these Direction North recommendations in the Nei Jing text, says, “You Season Winter must wait for the shining of the sun.” Qi Bo is certainly a sage who understands human nature. Time of Day Midnight During winter Qi Bo’s recommendations are Weather Cold more an imperative. He understands that human Body Tissue Bones and Marrow nature means we don’t want to rest, we don’t Yin Organ Kidney want to slow down, we don’t want to mimic the Yang Organ Urinary Bladder quiet inward movement of Water-winter. However, unless we take time in our lives to move Sense Organ Ear into a Yin state, over time our Qi dissipates and Color Black we suffer premature ageing and disease. Thus Qi Flavor Salty Bo says “must.” Grain Beans In addition to more sleep and rest, during winter our state of mind should be quiet and Domestic Animal Pig reflective. The Nei Jing continues with, “Allow Virtue Wisdom the mind-will to enter into a hidden state as if Mental Poison Disdain shut in—not unlike someone with secret intenTable 1 – Five Phase Associations with the Water Phase tions, not unlike having already made secret
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gains.” Interestingly, even in the western world we have traditions that encourage this quiet reflection. Thanksgiving is at the end of November Figure 2 – “Must” every year (in the Chinese calendar winter is November through January), and it is a time, after the harvest, for giving thanks and reflecting on the gifts we receive from everyone around us. New Year is also the traditional time for making New Year’s resolutions. What is a resolution? It is the act of reflecting on our lives and making plans for the year to come. We don’t have to actually start acting on our plans (acting on them is a Yang movement associated with the beginning of spring), but at the least we engaging in self-reflection and plan making (a Yin movement). Lastly the Nei Jing says, “Avoid the cold and seek warmth. Refrain from sweating as it causes the Qi to be carried away quickly. This is in resonance with the Qi of winter and the Way to nourish storage.” Since winter is the coldest time of year we should guard against being too chilled. While sweating is appropriate in warm weather as a natural method of the body’s thermal regulation, sweating too much dissipates the Qi. In winter dress warmly but avoid overdressing which can lead to sweating even in cold weather. If we are able to do all of the above we have successfully resonated with the ultimate of Yin that winter “The three months of winter denote closing and storage. Water freezes and the earth breaks open. Do not disturb the yang - go to bed early and rising late. You must wait for the shining of the sun. Allow the mind-will to enter into a hidden state as if shut in—not unlike someone with secret intentions, not unlike having already made secret gains. Avoid the cold and seek warmth. Refrain from sweating as it causes the Qi to be carried away quickly. This is in resonance with the Qi of winter and the Way to nourish storage.” (The Great Treatise on Regulating the Spirit with the Four Seasons, Su Wen Chapter 2) 《四氣調神大 論》冬三月，此謂閉藏，水冰地坼，無擾乎 陽，早臥晚起，必待日光，使志若伏若匿， 若有私意，若已有得，去寒就溫，無泄皮膚 使氣亟奪，此冬氣之應養藏之道也。
represents, and by nourishing storage (yang cang 養藏) we can nourish our life (yang sheng 養生). COLD – THE PATHOGEN OF PAIN The weather pattern and therefore disease evil (i.e., pathogen) associated with winter is cold (han 寒). Cold is yin, associated with the Water phase. In the body cold has the tendency to create the movement of Yin, which, is actually a lack of movement. Therefore cold creates stagnation, a lack of movement in either the Qi, the Blood, the Fluids, or something similar. Chinese medicine has a saying – bu tong ze tong (不通則 痛), “when there is no movement there is pain.” The two Chinese characters for pain recognize this concept. First, there is the character teng (疼), composed of the outer radical for disease (疒) surrounding the character for winter (冬). TengFigure 3 – “Pain” pain is literally a disease of winter, or rather, a disease that mimics the Yin nature of winter. The second character for pain is tong (痛). This character is composed again of the outer radical for disease (疒), now surrounding the character for a corridor or path (甬). Notice the same inner character for corridor or path is used to make the word for movement in the phrase above (tong 通). Pain is the result therefore of stagnation in the literal corridors or pathways of the body – the channels that are stimulated during acupuncture. Even though during winter it is appropriate for the body to move into the phase of storage of the Qi, nothing is absolute. When storage and closing happen too much, or at an inappropriate time or place, pain results. Since pain is a disease of stagnation and Yin, the treatment should be obvious – tong ze bu tong (通則不痛), “create movement and there is no pain.” Since movement is Yang, any therapy that has a Yang quality can theoretically treat pain. The topical application of heat is one example. In modern times it is not uncommon for patients with chronic pain conditions to visit chiropractors or physical therapists only to have them suggest icing the painful body part. While cold or ice application may be appropriate in the short term for very recent injuries, and may numb and dull pain, according to Chinese medicine the applica-
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Therefore. Add salt and pepper to taste. black teas. While in the west people commonly drink iced beverages all year long. Tuina). in modern TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) acupuncture. First. and Pu Erh teas. we must take care to eat and drink food that is literally warm or hot.tion of ice. LAMB AND MILLET CONGEE 粟米羊肉粥 Ingredients • Lean lamb 100g • Millet 100g (a little more than 1⁄2 cup) • Fresh (peeled) ginger root 12g • Scallions 3 stalks • Black pepper and salt to taste Preparation: 1. a person with knee pain may actually have acupuncture needles applied to the knee during treatment. and these include oolongs. traditionally in Asia people almost never drank anything cold. Other methods of creating movement and eliminating pain include acupuncture. Teas. Some systems of acupuncture actually exploit these approaches together in pain treatments. For winter.e. These are the types of beverages that should be consumed in winter. First clean lamb and cut into thin strips 2. patients with cold patterns or in generally good health can take this congee during winter. Even hot beverages however can have either a more cooling or a more warming effect on the body. are not all equally warming even when taken hot. Add in ginger (cut into thin slices or chopped). some of the best options are cinnamon or dried ginger.. The leaves are harvested and then put through a process of fermentation Figure 4 – 15 Year Old Wild Pu Erh Tea and ageing. this double therapy is even more effective for treating pain than needling simply where it hurts. nourish the Blood. scallions (chopped) and continue to boil until made into a congee 4. this is called the Moving Qi (dong qi 動氣) needle technique. Sichuan Pepper (hua jiao 花椒) can be used as a substitute to make the soup spicier. Pu Erh (普洱茶) is perhaps the best of these. and some high quality Pu Erh teas can be aged for 15 to 20 years or more. Patients with internal heat patterns should be cautions about consuming this congee. Green teas all have a cooling nature. and warm the Center. In the Dong lineage a person with knee pain instead would be needled perhaps on his opposite arm or hand. for example. WINTER 2013-2014 QI—19 . Not only is this tea warming but it also encourages the inward movement and storage of Qi that is desirable in winter. eventually worsens stagnation. This wonderful tea from Yunnan Province is traditionally made from the leaves of wild deep-mountain tea trees. and while the needles are in place he would be asked to move the knee. Since all teas contain caffeine there may be some people who want herbal tea alternatives that are caffeine-free. This is why in China some famous green teas such as Dragon Well Tea (long jing cha 龍井茶) are consumed in warm weather. In the Dong (Tung 董) lineage of classical acupuncture patients are never needled at the site of disease. especially in chronic pain conditions. This congee helps boost the Qi. This is evident in the fact that after icing most people experience stiffness. Both cinnamon and dried ginger are warming herbs. and exercise therapies. instead of black pepper. But. Dark processed teas are more warming in nature. bring to a boil 3. our food and drink choices should help support this treatment strategy. Since both acupuncture and physical movement are Yang and create movement of the Qi. massage and joint manipulation (i. EATING AND DRINKING FOR WINTER Winter is the time to focus on warming and strengthening the body so as to protect against the cold. In the Dong Lineage. Eat on an empty stomach. For example. Put millet and lamb in about 5 – 6 cups of water (adjust water depending on if you want the congee creamier or more soupy).
and overconsumption of refined sugars. AND SOAKING FOR WINTER Patting or beating at acupuncture points or along channels. pepper.kamwo. Similar to drinking teas. Alcohol in moderation is warming and invigorating. Since these are all appropriate to cooking meats. is an important method of health preservation in both Chinese medicine and Qigong 20 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . or those with poor eyesight can eat this dish throughout winter. baking or slow cooking. pumpkin. milk or yoghurts. Put wolfberries in with the pork and bamboo and cook until warmed through 5. ACUPRESSURE. manifesting for example with chronic pain or fatigue (e. they were less readily available in the cold seasons. especially when traditional mulling spices are added in (such as in mulled wine). Remove from heat and top with fragrant sesame oil to taste (optional) This recipe nourishes the yin and strengthens blood. Spices like pepper. add a small amount of cooking wine 4. oranges and orange juice. meats and other warming foods. use them more often in winter. soups and stews. Season with a small amount of brown sugar. Gou Qi Zi 枸杞 子) 20g • Lean pork 100g • Bamboo shoots 20g • Cooking oil. or rice porridge. rabbit. soak dried wolfberries in warm water until slightly softened (then drain) 2. tropical fruits. meats such as lamb. In addition to teas and soups. Heat a wok on medium high flame with a small amount of cooking oil 3. garlic. Ginger and scallion soup warms the interior and also treats early stage colds. salt. and before refrigeration or importation of foods. and cinnamon warms the interior and consolidates Qi in the Kidney. Most green vegetables are slightly cooking in nature. People with what Chinese medicine characterizes as damp-cold conditions. sesame oil Preparation: 1. onions. Congee. Although rice is most commonly used. mutton and venison are most warming and seasonally appropriate. To enhance the warming quality of congees cook grains with ginger. and fennel seeds warm the digestive organs and improve digestion. Stir fry pork strips and bamboo until pork is cooked through. People who have a frail and cold body with Liver and Kidney weakness. all animal meats are warming. and other squashes and root vegetables. mint. In particular. Cooking methods that add more warmth to foods include roasting.. Focus instead on warming and seasonal plant based foods such as yams. winter is the time for Chinese Wolfberries (Gou Qi Zi) – Photo courtesy of Kamwo Herbs (www. salt and soy sauce 6. congees can be made by boiling any grain in a large quantity of water until a creamy soup forms. the internal organ associated with the Water phase. One very simple yet delicious soup is the combination of fresh ginger and scallions in a chicken or other clear broth. PATTING. is close to a soup and a traditional breakfast food in parts of Asia. First cut porn into thin strips.com) STIR FRIED WOLFBERRY PORK STRIPS Ingredients: • Wolfberries (Goji Berries. and can be consumed by people who have a cold and weak constitution. patients with many types of chronic arthritis) should be extra careful to follow the aforementioned guidelines. winter is the time to eat foods with a warming and supplementing nature. cooking wine. It also nourishes the Liver and warms and supplements the Kidney. soy sauce. chrysanthemum. Both of these herbs are effective in treating pain conditions since they warm and move the Qi internally. The should avoid cold foods such as duck. sweet potatoes.Ginger warms and strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.g. nutmeg. brown sugar. similar to oatmeal. a technique know as Pai Da ( 拍打). In general. cumin.
Alternately. an effective alternative lar the Bladder channel can be stimulated with is to pat down the lower portion. Epsom point. The main organs associated with the win6). It is nel. If comfortable and moving in quality. Hold pressure for a count of 30 seconds point of the Kidney channel (KD-1. leg pain. anywhere from the back of the also an effective point for treating hemorrhoids neck down to the legs. relaxes the body.Quan KD-1 heaviness in the knees. a third option for a footContinue patting for 5 to 10 minutes (or soak is hot water with a few drops longer) until the skin of the leg turns red. and Cheng Shan. Military Patting). 文拍. the heel. and in particualong the entire channel. Cheng Shan is an important point for treating This technique is also appropriate pain as it moves the Qi in the Bladder channel. This rare where cold has entered the Bladder chanfragrant wood encourages the Qi to nel leading to pain. Sandalwood has a calming and the Yang Qi to the surface of the body centering quality. It is located below the bellies of the gasnel moves in this direction (from trocnemius muscle on the posterior lower leg. and then progress when cooled down a bit. of sandalwood essential oil added In Chinese medical terms patting draws in. and this is espesandalwood incense is used as a tracially useful for when we have conditions ditional meditation aid. Start with patpatting during the cold seasons. Soaking the do the same procedure. not possible stimulate one side at a time. Repeat several times throughout ure 7). 湧泉穴) (Figand then release.circles. part of the channel. Pai Da is done at this encourages mental calm. Therefore. Scholar Patting). Since ginger is warming (武拍. and down to the Figure 6 – Leg Tai Yang doctors using fine needles inserted heel and then tip of the small toe (Figure Bladder Channel along the body. stimulate the circulation of Qi. containing 67 points in total and When most people in the west running all the way from the inner corner think of acupuncture they picture of the eye. Bladder channel point number 57 (BL-57. pain or or along the pathway of the chan. and rectal pain. approximately half way between the knee and patting in this direction helps the heel (Figure 5). At ated with the Kidney. use an acupressure device to is governed by the Kidney channel. the entire bottom of the foot the day. move into a state of storage interIn addition to patting just at Cheng nally and is thus quite appropriate Shan. the buttocks down to the feet). over the head. used as a to stronger stimulation known as Wu Pai hot soak. feet in hot water warms the KidIn addition to acupressure at ney channel. The Bladder channel is the longest channel in acupuncture MOXIBUSTION THERAPY theory. The most important acupuncture point on or numb sensation that may move slightly down the bottom of the foot is Yong Quan. An alternathe beginning the technique should start tive to Epsom salts is to boil sliced more gently which is known as Wen Pai ( ginger root in water and then. this ginger while bending over pat both right and water soak is better for pain condileft side of the body at the same time. The word in Chi- WINTER 2013-2014 QI—21 . Pai Da can be done along the lower for use in winter. or if tions. the first the leg. With an open hand or loose salts can be added to the water as fist slap or pat the area of Cheng salt is the taste and mineral associShan with moderate intensity. While it is difficult for an individual to pat ter are the Kidneys and Bladder. To stimulate. use the thumb to Another home remedy for winter is foot soakpress deeply into the point until there is a heavy ing. which is why area being stimulated. Lastly. Since the Bladder chan承山穴). One important ting the buttocks and then slowly point on the Bladder channel for patting is Cheng move down the back of the leg to Shan. for people with pain in the joints Figure 7 – Yong Therefore it treats back pain. and pain in the heel.
to this day Japanese moxibustion specialists. if large cones are used burns often result and thus it is little used in modern times. it also moves stagnant Qi in the channels when applied to areas of pain caused by cold. This allows for a strong and effective stimulation of acupuncture points with little risk of painful burns. a half rice grain. and then removing the cones before allowing them to burn to the skin (Figure 8). Since it has a warming effect. as well as some Korean and Chinese practitioners. also known as a moxa pole. Moxibustion has the dual effect of warming and strengthening the Qi of the internal organs. continue the practice of burning moxa directly at the skin but. it is an important health maintenance technique for use in winter. and today it is a major part of the Nourishing Life tradition of Chinese medicine. Another method of moxibustion is to burn large cones of moxa at the skin just until heat is felt. is held over the skin to warm an area or an acupuncture point (Figure Figure 9 – Moxa Pole Use Figure 8 – Large Moxa Cone for Chinetsukyu 9). use cones only the size of a rice grain. Since the moxa pole should never touch the skin. Probably the most popular method of moxibustion today utilizes a moxa stick. said that moxibustion is the first method of Nourishing Life and preventing disease. when doing so. Dou Cai. In Japanese this method is known as chinetsukyu (知熱灸) or feeling the heat moxa (literally. or moxa wool (ai rong 艾絨). A moxa stick looks like a cigar and is composed of moxa wool packed tightly and then wrapped in paper. With this method. in his Song dynasty (960 – 1279) text Bian Que’s Heart Method (Bian Que Xin Shu). As moxibustion warms the interior. One of the most traditional is taking small cones of moxa wool and burning them directly on the skin at acupuncture points. Healthy people over the age of 40 can use moxibustion preventaFigure 10 – Zu San tively by warming certain Li (ST-36) 22 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . really a combination of two words – one for needle (針) and one for moxibustion (灸).nese that we commonly translate as “acupuncture” is zhen jiu (針灸). Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy applied to the body. More importantly however. “knowing” the heat moxa). since at least the Jin dynasty (265 – 419) applying moxibustion has played an important role in disease prevention. commonly at acupuncture points. while smoldering. There are many methods of moxibustion. However. or even a millet seed. One end is lit and then. this method is safest for home use. The source of heat is the burning of mugwort leaf that has been dried and processed into a soft fluffy material known as moxa floss.
For those with more formal meditation training. One may adopt traditional sitting postures on the floor such as lotus posi- WINTER 2013-2014 QI—23 . the number of cones should gradually increase with the increasing age of the patient. As there is a risk of burns with any moxa application. is to store the Jing-essence (精). Two of the most important are Zu San Li. imagining that the heat is penetrating into the entire back and lower abdomen. winter represents the state of closing and storage. when ready. it warms the original Qi of the Kidney. and Qi Hai. warming the Kidneys. Continue this pattern of inhalation and exhalation while visualizing the Qi of the earth moving up into the Kidney and then back down. One of the main functions of the Kidney. the entire time holding the palms on the lower back. As such.. A general disease prevention method is to stimulate Qi Hai with moxa cones or moxa pole. vigorously and rapidly rub the hands together to warm the palms. on inhalation. Like Zu San Li. and place both palms face down on the navel. Meditation practices can follow this same idea so as to help our bodies resonate with winter. For basic stillness meditation find a comfortable seated position. Qi Hai also treats all types of internal weakness. While gently holding the breath. and all types of abdominal pain due to stagnation and cold. It is found 1. this is an easy version of zuowang (坐忘) or zuochan (i. and warms the original Qi (yuan qi 元 氣) of the Kidney.5 cun (or about 2 fingers breath) below the umbilicus right on the midline of the abdomen (Figure 11). before attempting at home please seek guidance from a professional licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. and encourage the body’s ability to store Qi in a state of inner quiescence. palm down.e. In winter therapeutic exercise such as Qigong or meditation should encourage the body’s ability to protect the warmth and strength of Qi on the interior. One Qigong exercise applicable for winter is Kidney Breathing. If done standing start with legs about shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent.e. Rub the palms in a circle 9 or 18 times over the navel in one direction. 氣海穴). This simple exercise can be done either standing or seated. Moxabustion at these two points can be done at the beginning of winter each year for several days or even daily for a few weeks to prevent disease throughout the season. an appropriate and easy meditation for winter is simple stillness meditation. To do this. As the Water phase season. on the lower back and resume normal breathing. On the exhalation the Qi moves back down along the same path into the earth. literally the “Sea of Qi. QIGONG AND MEDITATION FOR WINTER As already mentioned the Kidney is the Zangviscera associated with the winter because of the connection with the Water phase. then repeat in the opposite direction.” is an acupuncture point located on the lower abdomen and is sometimes linked to the Lower Dan Tian (xia dan tian 下丹田) discussed in Qigong practice. It strengthens the Spleen and Stomach. depending on the physical ability of the practitioner. deep abdominal breathing). Once warm place the hands. mimicking the very nature of Water and winter.. Ren vessel number 6 (REN-6. It then moves up the lower back into the Kidney by the end of the in-breath. imagine that Qi rises up from the earth along the back or inside of the legs into the perineum. This is also measured as one hand-breath below the knee. To finish rub hands together again to warm the palms. Take a few minutes to simply breath deeply using diaphragmatic breathing (i. Zu San Li is located 3 cun below Figure 11 – Qi the lateral (outer) eye of Hai (REN-6) the knee on the outside of the tibia (Figure 10). 足三里穴). If cones are used. allowing the arms to hang naturally at the side. zazen in Japanese. Qi Hai. Stomach channel number 36 (ST-36. The Kidney forms the basis for our physical strength. and is thus linked to our overall vitality and longevity. Close eyes and feel the warmth of the hands on the lower back. 坐禪) practices.acupuncture points of the body. Next. This point is one of the paramount points in Chinese acupuncture to promote longevity. All of nature is in a state of stillness and hibernation. The next stage of Kidney Breathing is to visualize “breathing” Qi into the Kidneys from the earth below. bring the hands together palm-to-palm in front of the lower abdomen.
Alternately. Canada: International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Lastly. as the days finally begin to lengthen again. is the reminder of nature’s promise that all the five phases constantly move forward. Imagine a warm feeling starting to develop in the lower abdomen. No. Vancouver. it then turns to Yin and vice versa. and that the reason we need to periodically retreat into a state of storage and closure.asianmedicine.Basic Questions. 黄帝内经二十四节气饮食法 [Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic Dietary Therapy for the 24 Seasonal Nodes]. where could a disease come from? (恬惔虛无，真氣從之，精神 內守，病安從來)” Stillness meditations are thus methods for us to guard and store the original Qi. REFERENCES Knoblock. Winter is certainly the coldest and darkest time of year. Begin by doing diaphragmatic breathing placing one’s attention on the lower abdomen. or birth of the light. and since it focuses on stillness. org or at drhenry@asianmedicine. A history of preventive moxibustion. DAOM. Vancouver. McCann is on the faculty of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. A Complete Translation Of The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine And The Difficult Classic. newjerseyacupuncture. Lu HC. During the course of the year this happens as cold weather turns to warm and warm then turns back to cold. Unschuld P. Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: An Annotated Translation of Huang Di’s Inner Classic . “Quiet peacefulness. trans.77: Feb 2005. CA: Stanford University Press. BIRTH OF THE LIGHT One of the basic laws of Yin and Yang is the rule of mutual transformation (yin yang zhuan hua 陰陽轉化). continuing a natural breathing pattern. When Yang peaks. Lu HC. trans. meditation can be practiced at that time provided it does not cut down on the proper amount of sleep someone is getting. the true Qi follows.31-34. Ling Shu) and Nan Jing]. ed. by the very next day the light starts return- ing. considering that the time of day that corresponds to winter is the late hours before and after midnight. Riegel. Pitchford P. Canada: International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. J. J. Stanford. celebrate the return of light that heralds rebirth. gently return concentration to the lower abdomen. it naturally transforms into and reverts to its opposite. Dr. This year Winter Solstice is on December 22. We all see this on a daily basis in the cycling between day and night. L. each year on the Winter Solstice (dong zhi 冬至). and lectures regularly throughout the United States and Europe. Healing with Whole Foods. while sitting and breathing. Winter reaches its peak.com. 2002. When Jing-essence and Shen-spirit are guarded internally. and by doing so prevent disease.tion or half-lotus. the area known as the Lower Dan Tian in Qigong practice. 2011. at www. simply count the breath for as long as possible. Journal of Chinese Medicine. Wilcox. Berkeley: University of California Press. or in other words its greatest state of Yin. Tessenow H. Eyes can be closed or kept just slightly open with the gaze directed to the floor in front. Yi Xing Tian Xia Publishing. and even though this is the longest night of the year. ■ —————————— Henry McCann. 拍打拉筋自愈法手册 [Pai Da and Tendon Stretching Home Therapy Manual]. Place hands in the lap. Xiao HC. He is an expert on the Nourishing Life tradition of Chinese medicine and has practiced Asian martial arts and Qigong for over 30 years. People with difficulty sitting on the floor can sit comfortably on a chair with feet flat on the floor.org. In the first chapter of the Su Wen section of the Nei Jing it says. 2010. is the birth of Yang in the natural world. 黄帝内經 （素問， 靈樞） 難經原文 （段落難 号） [The Original Chinese Texts of the Huang Di Nei Jing (Su Wen. North Atlantic Books. both happy and healthy. Sun LB. absolute emptiness. Wang T. He is a partner at the North Jersey Center for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and can be reached at www. such as Christmas. resuming again if the attention wanders. It is no wonder then that many traditional holidays of this season. Whenever the attention wanders (which it will). or alternately simply sit crosslegged. is because that state allows us to move forward into springtime again. This time of year. it is appropriate for winter. Beijing: Chemical Industry Press. This type of meditation is an excellent way to guard and protect the Qi. This law says that when something reaches its zenith. This return. 24 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . (2000) The Annals of Lü Bowei. LAc is a licensed doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
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MASTER ZHAO MING WANG (B. 1966)
Family Inheritor of the Qianfeng Daoist Tradition
INTERVIEW RESEARCH & TRANSLATION INTERVIEW, BY ADRIAN CHAN-WYLES
(Translator’s Note: Daoist Master Zhao Ming Wang (赵明旺) [b. 1966] is a contemporary neidan practitioner living and teaching in Beijing, China. His system of qi cultivation has evolved from the Quanzhen (Complete Reality) School of Daoism, through its Longmen (Dragon Gate) branch. Grand Master Zhao Bichen (1840-1962) was a student of many eminent Daoist masters, (which included a number of Buddhists and Confucians) and amassed an impressive body of spiritual developmental material. This knowledge and wisdom formed the theoretical foundation of Zhao Bichen’s school known as the Qianfeng Xiantian Pai (千峰先天派). This is the Daoist School that the modern-day Master Zhao Ming Wang has inherited and continues to teach to anyone with a sincere wish to learn. The following interview is the culmination of a process that has lasted several months. During that time many pages of notes have been accumulated, and thousands of Chinese words translated. Master Zhao’s explanations are always very clear and concise. Where required, I have supplemented Master Zhao’s answers with indepth background research.)
ACW: Master Zhao Ming Wang, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness. Master Zhao Ming Wang: It is important for the survival of Daoism that a worldwide recognition and understanding is cultivated of authentic Daoist teaching both inside and outside of China, and that practitioners and translators are able to correctly convey spiritual and developmental concepts from one language (i.e. Chinese) into another (i.e. English). I am aware of your articles in English about my great grandfather Zhao Bichen (赵避尘) [1860-1942] and his key student Niu Jin Bao (牛金宝 [1915-1988]. This interview is an important step in this process and I would like to thank the Qi Journal for presenting this valuable opportunity. ACW: Where are you from? Where is the Qianfeng tradition based in modern China?
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Master Zhao: The Zhao family is from Yang Fang village, situated in Changping District, which is roughly 50 km north of the city of Beijing. The Qianfeng School of Daoist cultivation has been based in Beijing since the days of my great grandfather Zhao Bichen. Beijing has not only been the capital of China for centuries, but also of many progressive developmental schools. ACW: Can you explain your Daoist lineage? It is my understanding that you hold two important Daoist lineages and that it is your lifelong task to preserve these practices and teach them throughout the world. Master Zhao Ming Wang: I have inherited the body of knowledge that comprises the Zhao family neidan tradition, (or those cultivational practices passed on from one generation to next), and I am also the lineage holder of the Qianfeng ascetic Daoist tradition, which I have inherited from my great grandfather Zhao Bichen. To be specific, my great grandfather Zhao Bichen was the 11th generation descendent of the Longmen (龙门—Dragon Gate) School of Daoism, as well as being the founder of the Qianfeng (Thousand Peaks) school. I am the 14th generation inheritor of the Longmen School and my lineage name is Fu Ming. I am also the 3rd generation inheritor of the Qianfeng Xiantian School (千峰先天派), or ‘Thousand Peaks Earlier Divine Sky School’, which passes on the Daoist method of Xingming Shuangxiu (性命双修). In the old days Beijing was the centre of much cultural exchange and progressive thinking, and the Grand Master Zhao Bichen was very much a part of this developmental process. The fam-
ily tradition and the ascetic Daoist tradition are distinct but related lineages. ACW: I understand that within the Daoist tradition it is often considered something of a taboo for a father to transmit a Daoist lineage to a son. Could you elaborate on this distinction and explain why this is, and how the Qianfeng tradition has been affected by this idea? Master Zhao Ming Wang: There are actually two traditions of neidan cultivation—the family practice, and the ascetic Daoist practice. In the former one is married and living in society whilst in the latter, one is celibate and lives in remote areas away from society. The Qianfeng School is essentially an ascetic Daoist lineage with strict rules forbidding a father transmitting the lineage to a son. The reason for this restriction is due to various ascetic Daoist lineages historically advocating celibacy, Statue of Zhao Bichen and living apart from (1860-1942) society as a means of refining qi energy and attaining immortality, without the usual distractions associated with everyday existence. Grand Master Zhao Bichen, of course, eventually got married and my grandfather, Zhao Feng Xian, was his third son. Zhao Bichen could not formally adopt his son into the Qianfeng ascetic Daoist lineage himself, (as he was no longer a celibate ascetic), but rather asked his first disciple— Wu Wen Huan (吴文焕) [Daoist name ‘Xuan Yang Zi’—玄阳子], a doctor from Hebei province—to transmit the ascetic Daoist Qianfeng lineage, to my grandfather Zhao Feng Xian, on his behalf. With regard to myself, my grandfather asked Master Niu Sheng Xian to transmit the Qianfeng lineage to me. This is how the ascetic Daoist lineage of Qianfeng has become directly associated with the Zhao family of Yang Fang village, and explains how the two pathways of neidan practice have become integrated through our family tradition.
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He was a master of Qianfeng Daoism and as the son of Zhao Bichen. Grand Master Zhao Bichen passed away in 1942. He learnt many different techniques. This may be considered a very significant event as it marks the founding of the Qianfeng School. Through the influence of Master Liao Kong. In this way you will ensure that the future is great and bright for the Zhao family lineage. Shortly before my grandfather—Zhao Feng Xian—passed away. another disciple was from Renqiu city in Hebei province (north China). Zhao Bichen received the essence of Daoism from Liao Kong and this transmission effectively created the Qianfeng tradition. all this learning became highly focused and specialised—this is the Qianfeng tradition which Zhao Bichen handed to Zhao Feng Xian. Zhao Bichen had another son—my grandfather Zhao Feng Xian. Master Zhao Ming Wang: Yes. My grandfather Zhao Feng Xian transmitted Qianfeng lineage to three other disciples (outside the Zhao family) during his lifetime. In 1920. he summoned me into his presence and with tears in his eyes stated: “The Zhao family Daoist tradition I now pass on to you. You received the Qianfeng transmission from your grandfather Zhao Feng Xian. You must study well and uphold the family tradition. Zhao Bichen had many Daoist masters and studied self-cultivation over a very broad area. He would spend hours telling me about his father Zhao Bichen. and the supporting philosophy that had given birth to them. my grandfather taught me the inner principles of Xingming Shuangxiu (Combined Mind-Body Essential Cultivation). His birth followed directly after Liao Kong’s advice to ensure that the Qianfeng tradition be preserved within the Zhao family as a treasure to be passed on from one generation to the next. Liao Kong came to Beijing to give Zhao Bichen official permission to teach and openly receive students. at the age of 61. can you explain the circumstances behind the actual transmission of the lineage to yourself? Master Zhao Ming Wang: Yes. this is correct. It was during this time that I received extensive training in the Qianfeng teaching of Xingming Shuangxiu (Combined MindBody Essential Cultivation). The Zhao family lineage now places all its hope in your ability to preserve and transmit the teachings of Grand Master Zhao Bichen.” Coupled with transmission I received from Master Niu Sheng Xian—this how I became the 3rd generation inheritor of the Qianfeng School of Daoist cultivation as founded by Grand Master Zhao Bichen and passed on within the Zhao family. ACW: Thank you for your very interesting answer. one disciple was from the northeast of China—Changchun city—in Jilin province. continuously telling and re-telling all the old inspirational stories about him. This can be attested to by the fact that just one year later.ACW: Who was your main teacher in the Yang Fang village? I understand that you have been instructed in the Qianfeng family Daoist art since a very young age. You are now the Grand Master of the Zhao family lineage of Daoist cultivation and I give you Grand Master Zhao Bichen’s book entitled ‘Combined Mind-Body Essential Cultivation Manual’ (Xingming Shuangxiu Gongfa Shoushu) and entrust you to preserve (and treasure) its teachings and pass them on. and so all my knowledge of him comes directly from my grandfather and teacher—Master Zhao Feng Xian. my great grandfather Zhao Bichen was 60 years old and was at the peak of his psychological and physical power. 28 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . We learn this system and pass it on out of respect for the efforts made on our behalf by Zhao Bichen. From an early age I spent virtually all my time with my (paternal) grandfather Zhao Feng Xian ( 赵风贤). Grand Master Zhao Bichen gathered the scattered (but very valuable) traditional Daoist teachings together so that they could be preserved for future generations to ben- efit from. Grand Master Zhao Bichen met one of his most influential masters— Liao Kong—in 1885. as well as secret Daoist teachings that are only passed on by word of mouth. Zhao Feng Xian learnt this system in its entirety and passed it on to me—Zhao Ming Wang— making me the official 3rd generation inheritor of the Qianfeng Daoist lineage. and a third disciple was from the far-southern Ping Dong County of Taiwan. However. At this time. This was a very traditional training and transmission of sacred knowledge. did he teach anyone else during his lifetime? Master Zhao Ming Wang: Yes. ACW: Master Zhao—you are the only contemporary lineage inheritor of the Qianfeng School of Daoist cultivation. had learnt directly from him.
Zhao Bichen would transmit this lineage to his fully developed disciples. Zhao Feng Xian. but also in adapting and developing those methods to different or new circumstances. and permission to teach formally granted. so that what is above is integrated with what is below and all is in divine order. ACW: When the Daoist lineages are transmitted. whilst also preserving the progressive and advanced thinking of Zhao Bichen and his vision of transmitting neidan teachings without restriction to the people of the world. and I received if from my grandfather because I am not his son. What is transmitted is the ‘Tian Ming’ (天命). This course of action maintains the Qianfeng rules as passed on by Master Liao Kong to Master Zhao Bichen. Later. Zhao Kui Yi. My ancestor Zhao Bichen very much believed in the effectiveness of traditional methods. Master Zhao Ming Wang: This is correct. Zhao Bichen gathered From left: Niu Jin Bao. ACW: Master Zhao what is the specific developmental background of the Qianfeng School of Daoist cultivation? From the biographies available of Zhao Bichen it is clear that he was prepared to preserve ancient teachings by adapting them to modern circumstance. My grandfather Zhao Feng Xian. the Western scholar Vincent Goossaert refers to Zhao Bichen as a ‘new type’ of Daoist master. how will the process be carriedout? Master Zhao Ming Wang: It is my intention to follow the traditional practice of requesting a qualified disciple (external to the Zhao family). Master Liao Kong met Grand Master Zhao Bichen in Beijing and formally transmitted the lineage of the Qianfeng School to him. what is the vehicle of transmission? Master Zhao Ming Wang: In 1920. Someone who possesses the Tian Ming has the ability (and the authority) to teach and bring order and harmony to the world. Indeed. This is a matter of traditional procedure adapted to the needs of a modern world. Liao Kong ACW: When it comes time to transmit the Qianfeng Daoist lineage to the next generation of the Zhao family. and a potential candidate for Tian Ming transmission. to formally transmit the Qianfeng Daoist School lineage to the next generation of the Zhao family.mand’. or ‘Divine Sky Com- Rare Photograph of Master Zhao Bichen WINTER 2013-2014 QI—29 . and not subject to the father-son transmission taboo. Only someone who has attained immortality and longeivity is considered fully developed in the Qianfeng School. Zhao Bichen. what is the nature of the spiritual transmission? In other words. received this transmission from an external disciple. This is the ability to teach the highest spiritual truth because the qi energy is permanently and completely refined.
The Qianfeng tradition is an old path practiced in modern times with no contradiction. Zhao Bichen. but which has survived into modern times. It is my understanding that Charles Luk made this translation because he had trained in my great grandfather’s Qianfeng School. so that the ultimate goal—‘immortality’ ( 仙 —Xian)—which Western scholars have previously translated Charles Luk —Taoist Yoga as ‘transcendence’. a scholar must train their mind to become equally aware of the validity of the past. and the book Taoist Yoga has inspired many other people across the world. the establishment of the Republican era. and the realities of the present time. Great thinkers like Zhao Bichen (and others). without diminishing the effectiveness of the ancient techniques. a text that elaborates on the terminology found in the Xingming Fajue Mingzhi. this lineage is still practiced in the UK. the capital of China. It is very popular amongst lay-people who wish to practice ‘neidan shu’ (內丹術) whilst living in ordinary circumstances and going about their daily business. and its importance should not be understated. The Xingming Fajue Mingzhi is arranged around 16 levels. social. Many of the political. have been able to adjust the old teachings to changing times. An English translation of this book has become very famous in the West where it is known as ‘Taoist Yoga’ and was compiled by the well known Chinese Buddhist translator Charles Luk (1898-1978). in which our school—the Qianfeng Xiantian Pai (千峰先天派—Thousand Peaks Earlier Divine Sky School) originates. and the entire system of development is explained through Zhao Bichen’s answers to the recorded questions of his students. and cultural 30 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . In 1934 Zhao Bichen published another of his books entitled the Weisheng Shengli Xue Mingzhi (Clear Explanations of Hygiene and Physiology—衛生生理學明指). He systematically investigated the many Daoist teachings regarding good health and long life. Our Qianfeng tradition is in reality an adaptation of an old and valid system of Chinese developmental medicine. Although a traditionalist by nature. respected the past and the present equally. which has been made relevant to modern social conditions. In the Daoist schools of China there is the method known as the ‘Xingming Shuangxiu Wai Lian Mi Chuan Gong Fa’ (性命双修外炼秘传 功法—Combined Mind-Body Essential Cultivation and Refinement Secret Transmission Exercise Law). and the invasion of China by imperial Japanese forces.together the true Daoist teachings and passed them on. so that parallels can be identified and utilised in the transformational process. and wanted to spread the teaching into the West. In 1933 Zhao Bichen published a manual of Daoist self-development meditational techniques entitled the Xingming Fajue Mingzhi (性命法訣 明旨—Secret Cultivation of Essential Nature and Eternal Life). and how did these experiences mould his ideas and attitudes? Master Zhou Ming Wang: Zhao Bichen was born and brought-up in Beijing. ACW: I would like to enquire about Master Zhao Bichen’s attitude toward the West. This Daoist method is taught in the lineage of the Long Men (Dragon Gate) branch of the Quan Zhen (全真—Complete Truth) School. How did Zhao Bichen respond to these events. through his advanced educational attitude. through which a Daoist student must travel. Today. my great grandfather Zhao Bichen was also progressive and forward thinking. To achieve this. This means that a scholar must pursue a path of self-development whereby he or she becomes familiar with the greatest possible array of different systems of thinking. He lived during a tumultuous time in Chinese history that saw the rise of Western imperialism in China. The Xingming Fajue Mingzhi continues to be a very important and useful book both inside and outside of China today. and ‘enlightenment’—can be attained. This book is also known in the West as it was translated into French by the scholar Catherine Despeux in 1979. or stages of progression. This is a system of mind and body development that has its roots in the culture of ancient China. Each stage has an associated illustration and explanation. and eventually compiled the Xiantian Shuangxiu Wai Lian Gong Fa Shi Ba Shi (性命双修外炼功法十八式—Eighteen Methods of Combined Mind-Body Essential Cultivation Exercise Law). the collapse of the ancient Chinese imperial system.
allowing for what was seen as a ‘foreign’ system of thinking at the time. and made a thorough study of these subjects. which has enabled it as a Chinese tradition to appeal to those living outside of China in a meaningful way. Even this ‘adaption’ finds its expression in old Chinese texts such as the Daodejing (道德經) and the Yijing (易經). it must be made clear that Zhao Bichen. At this time he integrated his Daoist practice with everyday life which included working as a minor official in the salt administration. he was also a patriot of China. The people of Beijing have been used to change for many generations and this has created a great ability that simultaneously accepts change whilst facilitating adaptation to its presence. In a sense. to influence Chinese theorising and ultimately integrate with traditional Daoist thinking. and later as a merchant. However. occurred first in Beijing. This attitude stems from Zhao Bichen himself. If the passing on of generational qi was not achieved. amongst many others. Although some Daoist traditions do not encourage marriage. In this regard Zhao Bichen was particularly interested in Western science. the psychology of Beijing is one of a heightened state of prepared readiness to encounter the new. Zhao Bichen reached out to the West in many ways. whilst its outer appearance adapts to prevailing circumstance. medicine and anatomy. Even within the old imperial system. then Master Liao Kong believed that immortality could not be achieved—this is why Zhao Bichen got married. This reflects the traditional foundation of the Qianfeng School—with its roots deep in the soil of Chinese ingenuity. Zhao Bichen was in many ways a traditionalist—as he respected the past—and although he did look toward the West for inspiration. He was fascinated with Western systems of logic that seek to order the thoughts in the mind toward a specific subject of enquiry. WINTER 2013-2014 QI—31 . and saw the validity of both modes of development. and that they were based upon an ancient Chinese science that had developed separately from that found in the West. still believed that traditional Daoist mind and body cultivation techniques were very effective in their own right. Even Japanese scholars—such as Yokote Yutaka—have made a study of my great grandfather’s teachings. and allows for the engagement of other cultures. This is why the Qianfeng School encourages people from all over the world to study its teachings. changes of emperor often led to changes of official policy that swept outward across the city and into the country. who got married and had children. who advocated the exploring and experiencing of new ideas before developing a judgement about them.Master Zhao Bichen above the Thousand Peaks changes you describe as tumultuous. thus preserving and perpetuating Zhao Bichen’s advanced and progressive attitudes. he was not opposed to monastic practice. This is an important aspect of the Qianfeng tradition. although open minded. he lived in society as an ordinary being. and aimed his teaching primarily towards the laity. It should be understood that my great grandfather Zhao Bichen only became a full-time Daoist practitioner in his 60’s—before that time. However. This body of knowledge may well have influenced his formulation of Qianfeng as a distinct tradition. and I think he had a profound interest in Western things. one of Zhao Bichen’s teachers— Master Liao Kong—was of the opinion that to get married and produce sons was an important act of filial piety that could not be ignored.
Changping County. However. which are Jing (精). Qi (氣). but the fighting styles employed in this training. that are designed to work through the cultivation of inner (內—Nei). blocking a kick or punch. It is not unusual for people to practice an exercise that suits them on a daily basis as a means to retain psychological and physical health. How has the Qianfeng tradition established such an all encompassing approach to self-cultivation? Master Zhao Ming Wang: People should understand that in China—even modern China—selfdevelopmental techniques premised upon daily practice are part of the psychological fabric of the Chinese people. or ‘Peach Garden Temple’. The other name for this temple is Ga La (旮旯). When Zhao Bichen was a boy he was taken to this place to train with Master Liu Ming Ru—this is where his illnesses were cured through the practice of Xingming Shuangxiu (Combined Mind-Body Essential Cultivation).ACW: The Qianfeng neidan tradition has seated (meditational) practices. despite training with many other masters. Zhao Bichen. This internal medicine cultivation makes use of the Three Treasures (三寶—San Bao). although designed to protect an individual from attack. Zhao Bichen was brought up in a village that was full of many different spiritual practices. developmental medicine (丹— Dan). The refinement of essential qi energy is where both activities complement one another. Master Liu cured him of his ailments and accepted him as a student. and when he was around 15 years old. neidan can 32 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . never forgot the remote beauty of this place. This explanation may be added to the fact that Zhao Bichen wanted to teach everyone neidan techniques and the ‘thousand peaks’ represent the multitude of the people. In the Qianfeng tradition. etc. This was Zhao Bichen’s introduction into formal Daoist training. or ‘Thousand Peaks’. ACW: The practice of ‘neidan’ (內丹) is central to Daoist cultivation and practice. on the surface the movements of these arts have an obvious martial application. Yes. This is why the Xingming Shuangxiu cultivation method of Qianfeng Daoism redresses these imbalances and re-directs the qi energy back into the interior of the body so that both inner and outer are developed equally. A healthy body is efficient in resisting an enemy attack. Zhao Bichen was often ill as a child. This was a diverse psychological and physical environment that gave much scope and opportunity for training in various cultivational arts. It is an all round system of mind and body development. Village selfdefence has been a Chinese tradition for thousands of years. for example. who was himself a renowned martial artist and doctor. and often motivates practitioners to become doctors so that the suffering of others can be alleviated—this is the application of Daoist compassion toward the broader society and the world. When he received Quanzhen (Longmen) School lineage transmission from Master Liao Kong in 1920. in 1868. or ‘Out of the Way Corner’. tripping or throwing an opponent. From a historical point of view. he became a student of Liu Yun Pu (also in the village). From this perspective the Qianfeng tradition is a specific reflection of a broader Chinese cultural habit. Martial arts training strengthen and build strong muscles and bones. and Shen (神). After this. Can you explain its origin and purpose? Zhao Ming Wang: Neidan are a set of exercises that vary from one Daoist tradition to the next. situated on the Qianfeng Mountain (千峰山). and are represented in the various Daoyin (導引) and Qigong (氣功) exercises. When young. have a much more profound and deeper meaning. Zhao Bichen named his school after the Qianfeng Mountain area due to his innate connection with this sacred place. these practices are believed to date back to the time of the Yellow Emperor (2697-2597BCE). as well as various qigong and martial routines. it was his mother who took him to a village Daoist by the name of Liu Ming Ru—a very well respected and eminent neidan practitioner o the Quanzhen School. The experience of this training process leads to self-healing. but the physical movements have another function. punching an assailant. Liu Yun Pu taught his Daoist techniques openly and was well known for his generous nature. it must be understood that martial arts training in its basic form cultivates energy by taking the essential inner qi energy and directing it to the outside of the body— that is toward the external structures. ACW: Grand Master Zhao Bichen refers to his School as ‘Qianfeng’ (千峰). Why did he choose this name and what is its significance? Master Zhao Ming Wang: Master Liu Ming Ru built a temple named Tao Yuan Guan (桃园观).
etc. Neidan builds awareness and sensitivity so that an ever deepening level of insight is developed within the practitioner. WINTER 2013-2014 QI—33 . it appears to very much reflect his character. is linked to the nervous system (which are both included in shen). This culminates in universal awareness and a unification of jing. so that by calming the mind. qi. ACW: It is obvious that in modern China the Qianfeng tradition is open to anyone who wants to train in effective Daoist cultivational techniques. Both systems rely on a great self-effort to achieve transformation and acquire a healthy mind and body. The mind. Buddhism and Daoism are interlinked. and settling the body (jing). instruction by disembodied spirits. and shen. oaths. At one time (in 1895). Zhao Bichen respected him very much. The important thing to remember is that throughout China’s history. so that an all-embracing presence is achieved within and throughout empty space. particularly the Ch’an tradition. This broad and welcoming approach to the spread of authentic Daoist technique has its roots in the system established by Zhao Bichen. Zhao Bichen was taught by Master Liao Kong that at the highest level of neidan attainment. Qi circulation is enhanced by removing physical and psychological blockages in the mind and body. there has been Buddhists (both lay and monastic) who have simultaneously practiced Buddhist meditation and Daoist cultivation techniques without any contradiction or conflict. an emphasis only on monastic training. In other words. He felt that the more appropriate way to guarantee the survival of authentic Daoist neidan techniques was by throwing the doors of the training hall wide open and thereby increasing the numbers of people receiving instruction in the school. Neidan is essentially the cultivation of qi— this is the doorway to all advanced development. Master Liao Kong—whom I mentioned earlier—was a Buddhist master and Daoist practitioner in the Quanzhen School. so you can see the close relationship between Buddhism and Qianfeng Daoism. or playing with the moon) return to this emptiness. Zhao Bichen spent time at the Jin Shan Ch’an Buddhist Temple (金山禅寺) situated in Jiangsu province (where he originally met Master Liao Kong). and I shall explain why. clannishness. were all viewed as out of date by Zhao Bichen. Charles Luk—who translated Zhao Bichen’s neidan text—was himself a prominent and well known Ch’an Buddhist and disciple of Xu Yun (1840-1959). What can you say about the type of people Zhao Bichen attracted and accepted as students and disciples? Master Zhao Ming Wang: In the post-1911 Republican era it was very much a case of modernisation across the board. Within the Daoist School much effort is needed to cultivate qi (energy) and refine the mind and body.be practiced in such away so that the mind (shen) is calmed through seated meditation. There is a complete serenity of being which must be maintained until the falling away of the body (at death). the practitioner realises a ‘return to nothingness’. and acknowledging that sometimes Daoist and Buddhist schools are openly antagonistic to one another’s teachings. it is important to remember that it is the same qi (energy) that is being cultivated. Many of the old ways regarding secret societies. Qi is no longer wasted and shen (mind) and body/ environment (jing) are in perpetual harmony. Buddhist teaching is designed to acquire a very advanced state of mind and body—this is enlightenment. The mind becomes still and all movement ceases—this is called ‘hibernating dragon’. qi can be directed by the will. By building concentration and relaxation. whilst regulating the breath (qi). Whatever method one employs for self-development. and gender bias. This attitude of respect toward Buddhism may be taken as the official Qianfeng policy on this matter. This is the practice of longeivity and the attainment of immortality. of course. so that qi can flow to the centre of every inner organ without hindrance. the mind and physical structures are strengthened by a stronger (and greatly refined) circulation of qi within (and around) the living organism. walking on the sun. All previous manifestations and transformations (such as riding dragons and storks. with ease throughout the system. how does the Qianfeng tradition approach this subject? Master Zhao Ming Wang: The Qianfeng tradition has always maintained a good relationship with Chinese Buddhism in general. ACW: What is the relationship between Chinese Buddhism and Daoism? Although there have been incidences throughout Chinese history of different emperors preferring one religion over the other.
Today. far from it. but at no time did he waterdown the teachings. In reality. and which carefully studies. ACW: Master Zhao. or can you give an example of how Daoist cultivation techniques have been used effectively within the context of the modern world? Master Zhao Ming Wang: Certainly. and passes on the authentic Daoist developmental techniques in modern times. but in reality it is the long term practice of the authentic Daoist practice of Xingming Shuangxiu that is required to improve all round health in the practitioner. Although Zhao Bichen encouraged a broad appeal for Qianfeng teachings amongst the people. This is a practical demonstration of how ancient Daoist techniques can be of specific use even in the most modern of societies. coupled with the ability to integrate old wisdom with new knowledge. and even opera singers. I worked as the Drug Ward Director of the Beijing Drug Rehabilitation Centre. many people practice qi refinement and cultivation exercises (炼 功—Lian Gong). This training requires a respectful state of mind that is thankful toward the true masters of the past. They honour the 34 4 QI—The Jo Journal Journ u al of ur of Tr T Tra Traditional radit dition ional ion onal Eastern Eas aster aster t n Health Heal Heal a th h & Fitness Fitn tness ess es . He possessed the ability to explain complex terminology in a manner that ordinary people could understand and apply to their self-cultivation practice. He had disciples from all walks of life. If a practitioner does not have a sincere mind and heart. He believed that practitioners should spend more time on specific self-cultivation training. and who have a sincere and genuine mind. coupled with traditional Chinese medicine. Regardless of one’s circumstance in the world. soldiers. Some of those training in the Qianfeng tradition. do you have any experience. it should be remembered the higher teachings of the Qianfeng tradition involve retiring to a quiet place and engaging in intensive meditation—usually assisted by a dedicated attendant. There has been a steady increase of students coming to train in our school not only from within China. During this time I used traditional Daoist selfcultivation techniques. as a form of all round therapy and treatment.This is exactly what he did. Zhao Bichen encouraged anyone to train in Qianfeng Daoism—even the elderly. I can. often request to become disciples. that is true. businessmen. Zhao Bichen certainly popularised Daoist cultivation techniques. This worked very well and assisted many people to cure themselves from the habit of drug addiction. and refrain from eating grain ( 辟谷—Bi Gu) for 10 days at a time as a means to develop the mind and body. practices. but also from abroad. and less time pursuing superstitious ritual and practices designed to produce positive merit. those who have realised enlightenment live and die according to the Dao (道) without any deviation from the correct path. It is important to remember that each individual Master Zhao Ming Wang with International Student Ebele Zuidema must spend a lifetime dedicated to training in Daoist qi cultivational techniques if true development is to occur. this why his students came from a very broad crosssection of society. It is a matter of adapting to new circumstances. ACW: What are your plans for the future development of the Qianfeng School in the contemporary world? Master Zhao Ming Wang: Today. merchants. From 1998—2001. women. how can the true teaching be transmitted? Everyone who practices the Xingming Shuangxiu method of the Qianfeng School must first cultivate the mind toward good and virtuous thoughts and intentions. then the true Daoist path will be discovered. including couples. if a genuine and sincere mind is cultivated. and does not seek the advice of a genuine master. to assist the established medical profession to treat and cure patients. our school—the Qianfeng Xiantian Pai—is growing very well.
founder of Pure Land) by the Tiger stream. Zhao Bichen (and his brother Zhao Kuiyi) contributed much to the preservation and development of Daoist neidan knowledge. It is interesting to note that as a Buddhist master. The stream borders a zone infested by tigers that they just crossed without fear. and holds a Philosophy of Mind Certificate from Oxford University. The internet is very important to connect different people together and disseminate important information. Rupert Sheldrake of Cambridge University. who taught everyone regardless of whether they are rich or poor. official Tao Yuanming (right) and Buddhist monk Huiyuan (center. He did this very successfully. hence the name of the picture. everyone. They were not all exclusively Daoist.sina. It is my sincere intention to venerate the teachings of our predecessors.com). is invited to study the neidan techniques and attain longeivity and immortality. was a Buddhist monk who was the Abbot of a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing. This intention follows the teachings of the ancestral sages. Realizing what they just did. Daoism and Buddhism are one”. and read my (Chinese Language) blog: Master Zhao Ming Wang’s Traditional Chinese Daoist Health Blog (中国传统道家养生的博) http:// blog.html Master Zhao Ming Wang Email: tian3597@foxmail. as he placed equal weight on learning from Buddhists and Confucians alike. He holds a PhD in (spiritual) Metaphysics. Source: from www. as handed down to Charles Luk (18981978). he continues the lineage of master Xu Yun (1840-1959). London. providing they possessed a genuine mind and heart. Song Dynasty painting in the Litang style illustrating the theme “Confucianism. Adrian is an independent scholar (and published author) living in the UK. philosophy. and it is recorded that he trained with over 30 in number—36 to be exact. He is the custodian of The Richard Hunn Association for Ch’an Study (http://wenshuchan-online.master and respect the teachings of the Dao. In this way. He has been a ‘work scholar’ for Dr.com ■ —————— ©2012 Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao). they laugh together. and writes extensively upon the subjects of Chinese history. and transmit them to everyone without exception.npm. He used the various social networks that existed in Beijing during his lifetime to perpetuate his Daoist knowledge and wisdom amongst the people. Zhao Bichen had no trouble gaining access to masters. from whatever background. In the Qianfeng School. Three laughing men by the Tiger stream. As a Ch’an adept. how can they contact you? Master Zhao Ming Wang: Those interested in the Qianfeng system should contact me through email. Master Liao Kong. the paranormal and martial culture. and has written for The Middle Way—the journal of the Buddhist Society. Liao Kong was a Daoist master of the Quanzhen tradition.cn/s/blog_64e533c90100jgtr.weebly. This is because Daoism has permeated into the other philosophical systems to a remarkable degree. and conveyed by Richard Hunn (1949-2006). ACW: Master Zhao Ming Wang thank you for answering my questions. Depicts Daoist Lu Xiujing (left). Many people in the past have made use of these manuals and achieved a great deal even without the presence of a master. If people would like to contact you regarding the possibility of studying in the Qianfeng School. engrossed as they were in their discussion. Instruction by the written word can be effective for self-development providing there is correct guidance available—this is the basis of Daoist instructional manuals that could be copied and passed from one person to the next.com.tw WINTER 2013-2014 WINTER 20 01313-201 13 2014 201 4 QI— Q QI—35 35 35 . for instance. everyone can learn the Qianfeng method of neidan without exception. This is why Zhao Bichen did not accept sectarian attitudes in the Qianfeng School.gov. In many ways the use of the internet to connect with people around the world is a development of this policy.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENS WHEN WE STAND?
BY MARK COHEN
ai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is taught very differently today than it was one or two hundred years ago. While this statement seems obvious to those in the know, it is this difference that is fundamental in answering the question of why many practitioners in olden times had such awesome power, skill and in many cases, radiant health and most today do not.
A SECRET HIDES IN PLAIN SIGHT One answer lies in the very beginning of the Tai Chi form, just prior to Commencement. What are we doing then? Probably standing with our feet parallel, somewhere between shoulder and hip width, depending on style. And there it is, one of the biggest secrets of Tai Chi, hiding in plain sight. The truth is, the original Tai Chi lineage practice contained Zhan Zhuang training. The practitioners of old often stood in the Wuji posture, arms resting at their sides just as they are prior to Commencement, for an hour or more before beginning their form repetitions. THE THREE CATEGORIES OF DEVELOPMENT When one begins Zhan Zhuang training their goals generally fall into one of three categories: health and longevity, internal martial power and mental/spiritual development. And since most all achievement in the internal arts is based on greater and greater relaxation and integration, standing meditation naturally becomes an excellent method of choice for rapid accomplishment. So, we find a suitable location, get ourselves into position, correct our alignments, center our feeling attention in the lower (or upper) Dan Tien and then what? It is obvious that over time much happens to the individual during Zhan Zhuang practice,
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such as the transformation of the nerves, healing of various injuries, the acquisition of genuine internal power and even energizing the brain and expanding consciousness. It is fair to say that nearly all great internal martial artists of the previous centuries acquired their achievement to a major extent by first passing through the gate of Zhan Zhuang. (This includes Yang Cheng Fu who trained Zhan Zhuang but only taught it to a handful of people.) So the question becomes, how did they do this? What occurred inside their bodies that allowed them to reach such high levels? The answer to this question has three components: Physical, Energetic, and the Shen force. (Shen force can be thought of as a combination of Xin - heart/mind and Yi – intention, as well as that part of us which controls both.) AS THE WATER SETTLES THE ROCKS APPEAR The first thing people generally feel when they begin standing are various ‘discomforts’ in the physical body. These imbalances are generated by causes such as old injuries, energetic blockages, including organ or gland imbalances, psychic/ emotional karma, and general mental rigidity. In this discussion we will primarily focus on the physical arena as these issues must be reck-
oned with before the other areas become steadily accessible. So what is it exactly that causes our discomfort and pain and perhaps more importantly, how do we change it and become relaxed? It can be said that all discomfort within the body is caused by incorrect tension between two primary dynamic forces - the descending Heaven energy (gravity, sinking, Yang) and the ascending Earth energy (lifting, rising, Yin.) These can be thought of as opposite pressures which when not properly equalized, create pain, discomfort or at the very least odd feelings or sensations in the body. These pressures manifest both physically and energetically. Our goal here is to enable a balanced interchange. Following the laws of hydrodynamics (the study of fluids in motion) we can postulate that an imbalance of pressure - either too much or too little - exerted on liquid within a defined, somewhat flexible membrane (the body) creates actual physical distortions. Eventually these can become ingrained and also warp the energy body(s). As these imbalances become habitual, the body adapts and creates a “new normal.” The definition of “normal” in this case being what we accept as natural for us, such that no area of the body calls attention to itself. In the case of an injury, normal refers to how things felt before the damage. Of course the “new normal” is actually an aberrated pattern. This means that after a time we “get used” to the imbalance and begin to experience it as normal. The body is often miraculous in it’s ability to self-heal and yet this same adaptive ability can also be a double-edged sword in that what can’t be corrected by the body’s self-healing, eventually gets blotted out of the conscious mind and feeling. When this occurs the pattern has been locked into the subconscious. And that’s where Zhan Zhuang can be most helpful. The continuous practice of the standing exercise reveals these aberrated subconscious patterns and eventually helps resolve them. MUSCLE BLOCKAGES AND RELEASING THEM When we have a muscular injury, in most cases the muscle contracts like a spring, upward and inward. If this is not resolved then ultimately the injured muscle becomes “stuck” to the bone, fas-
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like we are exactly where we’re supposed to be as a human being. RELAXATION When I first began Zhan Zhuang training. STRUCTURE VS. with time. Since we are not seeking any particular experience. Heaven Holding The Ball above. Or sometimes we feel as if our muscles are “melting.” When this occurs. In this case. we know it’s real because we had no part in trying to create it. many deepening levels of relaxation that become available over the years. when something does happen out-of-the-blue so to speak. man or woman in between. Standing for an extended period of time. nothing to do. The good news is. Let me explain. To resolve this type of injury we primarily use the descending. The muscle “spring” can be so sprung that flaccidity occurs. there is generally no question whether some energy or feeling is real. an hour or more for martial achievement) we cannot deceive ourselves into believing we’re relaxed when we are not because sooner or later some uncomfortable sensation appears to remind us. In extreme cases it is possible for the opposite to happen.” When we work with various Taoist alchemies or the like. However.” This process can sometimes be quite strenuous. What actually happens is that the contracted muscle elongates and comes “unstuck from the bone. This can be particularly challenging when tendons and ligaments are involved. we must rely heavily on the rising. we are often able to duplicate and utilize the new awareness. While structure is obviously important for many reasons such as integration and Chi flow for 38 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Of course there are many. in addition to the descending Heaven energy. standing meditation is actually one of the most challenging things a person can do. whether it be Tai Chi. just pure beingness. One of the reasons is because Zhan Zhuang practice requires absolute mental and emotional honesty. posture or relaxation? The answer I was given after long deliberation was relaxation. When we practice movement. HOW STANDING IS DIFFERENT FROM MOVING EXERCISE Despite it’s apparent simplicity. I asked the following question: What is more important. When this happens the pain or discomfort becomes pretty much constant. especially at the beginning. just greater relaxation. Therefore. it is easily possible to do it incorrectly and think we’re doing it right. are these feelings and experiences real or just mock-ups of our imagination? With Zhan Zhuang however. lengthening Heaven energy. nothing to achieve. we can know it is genuine. do we realize our error. This is where Zhan Zhuang is different. with continued practice these sinews gradually regain their strength (correct dynamic tension) and the soreness vanishes. Xingyi or Ba Gua.cia or other nearby muscles. Please note: if the injury is severe this process can take a long time. (40 minutes a day for health. Only later when the teacher corrects us. But the question is. An example of this can be a feeling of profound contentment. Zhan Zhuang can resolve and heal many of these injuries. our imagination becomes so refined that we can create experiences. when we finally do achieve some degree of relaxation. especially when long unused/newly freed muscles come back online or when the body attempts to return to the original energy flows that were present before injury. the body will respond to our feeling-awareness and release blockages wherever we focus. Also after one of these experiences. The same is true of Nei Kung “energy experiences. lifting Earth energy to slowly retighten the spring. the Earth below and we.
When checking to see if our Chi has sunk. GB-41 and when properly opened. The branches of a tree are not symmetrical nor equidistant. 1) The body wants to heal itself and 2) The body has certain innate wisdoms we can trust. This means that the sooner we accept our imperfections and learn to be okay just the way we are.” is appropriate here. the center of the heel. or suggest to us how to work with the asymmetrical elements. do your best to set up your structure and then let go of it and work mainly with relaxation. Therefore. or even completely straight for that matter and yet the tree thrives and grows healthy and tall. (See illustration) There is a sixth point which also proves very useful. behind the 4th metatarsophalangeal joint in a depression lateral to the tendon of extensor digiti minimi. back. It is important to note that focusing on the bubbling well will cause energy to rise and focusing on the bottom of the heel will cause energy to descend. it is the ability to relax more and more deeply that actually brings achievement. the symmetry of structure and the quest for its perfection can be deceiving. Kidney 1 . these locations assist in simplifying the task of isolating and resolving blockages. They are: Yongquan. Here. no place too much or too little. the highly-prized state of Sung. Once recognized. THE BOTTOMS OF THE FEET ARE THE BENCHMARK The feet are the place through which all the forces of gravity must pass. we can find the source of the resistance or blockage.located behind the pinky/4th toe (See illustration) and lastly the Center Point. with enough practice even our feeling of this equal pressure inevitably disappears as we merge with the earth. all of which must be balanced and released from the top of the head/shoulders down into the ground. This point is located directly below Jiexi point. In this way the front. When this is accomplished we have effectively sunk the Chi and created. Zulinqi point is located on the top of the foot toward the outside. Finally. just look at nature. Focusing WINTER 2013-2014 QI—39 . That said. The goal here is equal pressure. the best way to deal with this dilemma is a balanced approach. Nowhere in nature will we find symmetry in the way humans define it. THE FIVE POINTS OF THE FOOT There are five locations on the bottoms of the feet. to use both elements. knowledge of which will greatly aid in our quest.located behind the big toe/second toe. some parts of the feet will feel more pressure than others. especially at first. alignment (structure) and relaxation interchangeably. Here it is important to point out that obsessive preoccupation with a posture’s alignment will almost always bring negative results in the way of unwanted tension. This is Zulinqi point. not enough pressure) up their respective meridians. eventually the body will begin to correct and adjust imbalances of itself. “Set it and forget it. the next step is to relax and try to empty the suspect area and then continue to relax the relative muscle channel(s) all the way down under the bottom of the foot. especially the side of the hip. Jiexi point can be found on the midpoint of the transverse crease of the ankle in a depression between the two tendons. There are literally thousands of “gravity filaments” or vertical lines of force throughout the body. at least in part. the little ball .the bubbling well. The key here is evenness. Generally when we stand. the big ball . St-41 when standing in Wuji posture. has the power to help release the hip. By tracing these excesses (or deficiencies. there are two keys to remember. insides and outsides of the bottoms of the feet each reveal the result of our progressive relaxation. In other words.example. The phrase. the faster our progress. By concentrating on relaxation. equidistant between the tip of the toes and back of the heel.
Finally. Let the eyelids relax and get heavy such that they obscure half your field of vision.on the Center Point will ideally allow energy to ascend and descend simultaneously. Your feeling-awareness begins to leave the arms and return to the torso. will have become focused on your “inner screen” . every nerve message which passes from the brain to the body and vice-versa. the Chi gathering and adhering to the back primarily refers to the Yang Chi and the spine. What happens with enough practice is that more and more of the “Yin tissue” in the front of the body (chest. the spine is central to issuing powerful Jin. relax the eye muscles and lower the eyes as if going to sleep. which is still looking straight ahead. Then raise your arms and form the embracing the tree/holding the ball posture and maintain that for a minute. On the martial side. engage our peripheral vision or what some have termed. This is especially true of the all-important Psoas muscles. This of itself brings greater awareness of the spine. one looks straight ahead while half-closing their eyes. For mental and spiritual cultivation of the Shen force. On the health side. our attention more naturally stays inside the torso. On the other hand. it is often best to keep the eyes open. and here’s the trick. THE POSITION OF THE EYES The use of the eyes depends upon one’s goal(s) in Zhan Zhuang practice. the Yin tissue feels more insubstantial while the Yang Chi of the back becomes more tangible. Then. “Eagle Vision.eyelids obscuring the upper half of the objective world while your physical eyes Wuji Posture – Natural Position 40 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . it is important to retain great relaxation in the eyes. For health. First. our feeling-awareness tends to move to the outsides of the body. When this occurs. One reason for this is to cultivate our peripheral vision. the nerves of the spine energize all the organs and glands and much more. First. there two other techniques that can be very useful. In the first method we use a specific focus on some distant object and while holding our attention there. stretch the body more vertically. stand with your hands at your sides for a minute or so. The importance of the spine both for health and martial achievement cannot be over-estimated. it is beneficial to close the eyes. But what does it mean and why is it important in our Zhan Zhuang and Tai Chi practice? In terms of Zhan Zhuang. Another reason is because at higher levels. This makes focusing inside easier and in my experience is useful no matter what your goal. Test this for yourself. the eyes are indispensable in the projection of power/energy. With all methods. For martial arts.” A variation of this is to gaze into the distance with our eyes straight ahead (at the horizon for instance) with no specific focal point. At this point your attention.” that is. THE CHI ADHERES TO THE BACK Students of the Tai Chi classics are quite familiar with this saying. your conscious attention naturally tends to shift to the arms and upper body. WUJI POSTURE: THE QUICKEST WAY TO THE SPINE By leaving our arms relaxed at our sides as we do in the Wuji standing posture. of necessity we must stand “taller. abdomen and innards) elongates and relaxes back toward the spine. When we stand in a wide stance (shoulder width or wider) just as with the arms. goes through the spinal column. In addition to this. In addition. return your arms to the sides of the body and notice what happens. while keeping your attention focused straight ahead. The Half-Inside/Half-Outside Method often works well. when we position the feet at hip width or narrower. Notice that as soon as your raise your hands. the width of the feet can influence our ability to be aware of the spine.
going through the body step-by-step from Baihui point and above the head. 1) the outside of the abdomen. bone alignments. Later. THE IMPORTANCE OF HARDWIRING In Zhan Zhuang. 3) the Center Point. equidistant between front and back. Concentrating in this manner gives the mind something to do and tends to get rid of excessive thought. in this case. FINDING YOUR CENTER There are a number of ways to find one’s center.are lightly focused downward on the physical reality. there are also many phases such as working with the Left and Right Chi Kung Channels. close your eyes and relax them like going to sleep while maintaining your inner vision steady on your “inner screen.” says it all. we find our center and automatically shift to the second method which involves only feeling. The Eyes Shut Method. down through the bottoms of the feet. inside.using one’s inner visual attention rather than what the physical eyes see . opening the various points and locations by relaxing and adjusting as necessary. halfway between back and front. The following method has been found to work extremely well. Once your hands are in position. WINTER 2013-2014 QI—41 . lower your hands to your sides (Wuji posture) and just feel. not the other way around. energy centers or even the entire energy body itself. for now we’ll focus exclusively on the low Dan Tien or navel area. Place one hand on your Navel/Low Dan Tien area and the other at the Ming Men on the low back. correcting alignments. Once this is done. Simply gaze straight ahead. the skin where your hand is touching. the low Dan Tien. Then move your feeling from your back hand to a point inside your body. but with continued practice it will become refined to a single point.” This kind of seeing . 2 to 4 inches inside the body from the back.has as its basis the Taoist axiom of Wu Wei – effortless doing or doing as though not doing and is used in such practices as “Circulation of the Light. there is a tendency to skew our awareness of the center point. This method is similar to the first but with the eyes completely closed. Lastly. there are many embedded layers of deeper and deeper integration. through the body to your back hand. But for health and indeed martial power. At first your Center Point location may be vague or amorphous. Remember to find your center by going from back to front. 4) the inside of the lumbar vertebra. where your other hand is touching. feel!” This Bruce Lee aphorism uttered in the movie. working with the Central Channel. etc. On the Nei Kung side. many wonderful things begin to happen such as the spontaneous opening of various channels. This method is most suitable to Zhan Zhuang as well as the other internal arts. this central focus can be in other areas like the middle and upper Dan Tien or even multiple regions. 5) the outside of the back. move your feeling awareness from your front hand. On the physical side this includes. For those who prefer more specificity. With a judicious hand placement you can cover both. “Don’t think. That is. stretching the tissue linearly and spiraling the tissue. 2) the low Dan Tien. Without going from the back first.” TWO APPROACHES TO RELAXATION The first approach involves using the mind to square everything away. The second approach is deceptively simple. light will begin to accumulate and this leads to the second method. working with the organs and glands. body coordination and application. 2 to 4 inches inside the body. find your center and then forget the mind and enter the realm of pure feeling/ being. Hardwiring is the mechanism that enables the linkage of the many parts of the body to a central location. opening and closing the joints. as with all the internal martial arts. As we maintain this relaxed focus. in advanced practices. briefly use the mind to put your body in the most balanced posture possible at that moment. The reason for this is that we as human beings have much more awareness of the front of our bodies than we do of our backs. so to speak. This method is useful when we have difficulty quieting the mind. five locations can be used. In other words. “Enter the Dragon. One is the acupuncture Ming Men which lies just below the second lumbar vertebra and the other is the Chi Kung Ming Men which is found between the 5th lumbar vertebra and the Sacrum. after which. Here it is important to note that there are actually two Ming Men.
Let’s choose the knees. say in Tai Chi form movements for example. while the second relies on repetitive movement.Sphere . In the beginning this should probably be somewhere in the torso. only really really fast. expanding and condensing in unison. So. this should first start with the exterior muscles and sinews and then proceed inward to the deeper parts of the body. increase or decrease it at will. sending and receiving. in the Nei Kung practices you can create a sphere in your center and feel it expand and condense. one-at-a-time. I say almost because our brain has the ability to switch between the two places at lightening speed. opening and closing together as one? The progression of hardwiring begins with 42 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Continue this process for a number of rounds while periodically shifting your feeling-awareness back and forth between the two areas. our center will now act much like a dimmer switch in its ability to power the body’s overall energetic state either up or down. Next. Feel the two locations rise and fall in unison. we look at one part of the body in relation to what the center is doing. taking whatever part(s) of the body you desire to link with it. what we do is focus on one particular part of the body at a time in relationship to a central point. The Breathing Method: Choose a part of the body. these spheres will begin to rotate. only now we apply the same foci while moving. Later. while keeping some of your conscious feeling-awareness there. During this process you will have sensed a gentle expansion and condensing in the lower abdominal area. First we feel this. the ability to activate part or all of one’s unified energy at will by focusing on just one energy center. until you feel a relative evenness between the inhale and the exhale. Eventually hardwiring will include the entire body. Please note. from head to toe and from inside to outside. With continued practice you will almost be able to be aware of the two locations simultaneously. Now for the Moving Method. What are our knees doing in relationship to the low Dan Tien during a particular movement? Are they coordinated. I’m speaking about our conscious awareness here. in order to create what some have called a dimmer switch. focus your breathing in the low Dan Tien for a few rounds. On a physical level. let your peripheral feelingawareness open to the region of the upper back. When accomplished.Wuji Posture Judicious use of hardwiring allows us to actualize the embedded layers of coordination available in each posture or movement. that is. two basic examples should suffice to clarify the technique. The first method uses breathing to create the linkage. For this example we’ll use the upper back. similar to the Dan Tien Rotation famous in Chen Tai Chi style. while doing each movement singly and repeatedly. That is. repeat the earlier basic process to link each region to the center. Now quietly shift your attention to your upper back and feel it expand and condense with the abdomen. retaining their alignment. there is another method which can superimpose or join the two locations completely. This turning or spinning is important because of how it amplifies. such that it almost feels simultaneous. halfway between the navel and the outside of the back. A feeling of body relaxation begins to occur. For that we must access our peripheral feelingawareness while basically letting go of our fixed conscious focus and allowing it to become more amorphous. In order to continue the hardwiring procedure. propels and accelerates the Chi. Here’s how: Focus your conscious feelingawareness in your physical center which falls on the plane of the navel area. Now. This technique uses all the principals of the previous method. For now. However. organs etc. then we feel that. specifically. Later.
Next. the easiest way to affect linkage both to the Dan Tien as well as from one part to another. you can check on both locations by rapidly moving your feeling-awareness between the two. our equilibrium becomes very refined and we are able to “balance on the bones. although deep body relaxation is definitely a prerequisite. This involves hardwiring certain parts of the body to each other in addition to the Dan Tien. it turns out to be closer to 40 or 50 minutes. relaxation in this case is not simply becoming limp. Why is this so important? Because so much of one’s progress literally comes from deeper and deeper relaxation. USING THE PHYSICAL TO INFLUENCE THE MIND One of the simplest ways to calm the mind is by using the breath. So what are the components of relaxation and how can we deepen it? Relaxation has three basic components: physical. Regulating the breath (making it even) will in turn soothe and slow the mind. breathe into the low Dan Tien and abdominal region until you begin to feel a gently rounded sensation like a sphere getting larger on the inhale and smaller during the exhale. After much practice. was clear about the necessity for personal investigation and experimentation in this regard. we can work the linkage between the elbows and knees and then later use multiple pairs such as the shoulders and hips and elbows and knees. When this occurs it feels like our blood sparkles and we are filled with vitality.’ Eventually. This is the breathing of the Earth and the world around us including the sun. Therefore. When you get it right. Doing this can dramatically slow nerve messages as well as thought. These stages are clearly beyond merely being physically comfortable. Another technique is to relax the eyes and especially the back of the eyes where they attach to the optic nerve. We will first address calming the mind for without this. is by using the breath. divert the rest of your feeling-awareness to the region you wish to hardwire. As you continue cycling your breath. but when we check the time.individual areas of the body being linked to the center. allowing it to open and condense in unison with the Dan Tien.” a sort of space/ time distortion. We think we’ve been standing for 15 or 20 minutes. for if we completely relax all our muscles. INVESTIGATING THE NATURE OF RELAXATION In essence. for example. deep relaxation is simply not possible. but from there it expands step-by-step to include more locations simultaneously until eventually ‘everything’ is linked in. uninhibited. moon. while the majority of your conscious feeling-awareness is held in your center. Some people describe it as hollowness. the type of relaxation we are looking for involves the minimum dynamic tension required to hold the body upright. Wang Xiang Zhai. WINTER 2013-2014 QI—43 . the creator of Yiquan. Once this is in place all the body’s tissue will be moving in concert as the Chi circulates. In Zhan Zhuang. Relax the region as you inhale and expand the abdomen. With the Dan Tien method. your peripheral feeling-awareness allows you to simultaneously feel what the rest of the body is doing. what we are doing in Zhan Zhuang practice is investigating the nature of relaxation. will have activated the Universal Pulse. For example. What we are doing in a sense is creating space in the body. the perceived dynamic tension of the body’s soft tissue becomes virtually nil. However. A good way to proceed after attaining the basic individual mastery is to use the external six harmonies. ENTERING THE VOID When one achieves a considerable amount of genuine relaxation. you will find that the rhythmic expansion and contraction of the two locations and the breath. At that point you’re well on your way to achieving what the Classics call ‘stillness in motion. emptiness or lack of differentiation between their body and the surrounding air molecules.” At that point. planets and stars. glands and even the brain. while keeping a percentage of your feeling-awareness in your abdomen. we will certainly fall down. Wang Xiang Zhai called it entering the Void. it sometimes happens that they experience a “time warp. energetic and mental. This deep relaxation will eventually permeate even further and include the organs.
What happens over time in Zhan Zhuang practice is that parts of the second circle (our peripheral feeling awareness) become magnified to the point that they fuse with our conscious awareness (the first circle. sometimes exponentially. The amazing thing about Zhan Zhuang is that everyone who practices daily will inevitably gain such expansions and all the benefits that go with them. He also has lineage in Yiquan and as well as a 7th generation lineage in Chinese Medicine. “Inside Zhan Zhuang” by Mark Cohen.) This cycle continues to play out again and again and with each round our conscious awareness grows. This circle represents our conscious awareness. sense or glimpse. Excerpts are from the book. what we can just barely feel. including profound improvement in their Tai Chi form and push hands. elements of the third circle are amplified enough to move into the second circle (our peripheral awareness. The second circle represents our peripheral feeling awareness. 站桩 Zhan Zhuang 44 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . (See Diagram) Now put yourself in the center of the innermost circle. ■ ———————— Mark Cohen began his study of the Internal Arts in 1967. Hwarangdo and lineage in the Yang and Wu Styles of Tai Chi. He holds belts in Shotokan Karate.) At the same time.How Zhan Zhuang Expands Awareness HOW ZHAN ZHUANG EXPANDS AWARENESS Imagine three concentric circles. Mark teaches privately on Maui. what we can feel. each separated from the other. And the third circle represents what we cannot yet feel or perceive. Available on Amazon.
BY PROFESSOR JERRY ALAN JOHNSON, PH.D., D.T.C.M. (CHINA)
INTRODUCTION TO ENERGETIC EMBRYOLOGY n Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy, the study of the embryological development of the body’s inner fascia and internal organ tissues illuminates many of the ideas about energy, health, and disease contained within Traditional Chinese Medicine. The ancient Chinese doctors understood that the original energetic patterns created during prenatal tissue formation remain operative throughout adulthood. After birth, the tissues and internal organs of the developing child continue to interrelate according to the energetic patterning that began during conception. As an embryo develops while in-utero, it passes through several stages of internal formation, causing it to recreate the energetic patterning of inherited ancestral traits. This type of energetic heredity sometimes manifests as a form of unconscious organic memory. Essentially, the Yang Qi (+) of Heaven (i.e., the energy related to the Sun, Moon, and Stars) and the Yin Qi (-) of Earth (the environmental energy related to the Soil, Water and Wind) both produce powerful energetic fields that influence the formation of all life on the planet. The ancient Daoists believed that “Man” was energetically suspended between the two enormous fields of Heaven and Earth Qi. As the Yang energetic field of the Heavens radiates downward into the planet, and the Yin energetic field of the Earth’s core extends
upward through the soil, “Man” being suspended in-between these two powerful energetic fields is continually affected accordingly by both celestial and terrestrial interactions (Figure 1.1).
Figure 1.1. The human energetic field is suspended between the two energy fields of Heaven and Earth.
THE BODY’S ESSENCE, ENERGY, AND SPIRIT DURING CONCEPTION A myriad of energetic interactions begin at the moment of conception. The energies of Heaven and Earth, as well as those of the mother and father, all exert a powerful influence on the energetic state and patterning of the zygote. As these four energies condense upon impact and begin to form the nucleus of the cellular patterning of the new life, every part of the developing zygote is affected (Figure 1.2).
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Figure 1.2. The blending of the energies of Heaven (Yang Qi) and Earth (Yin Qi) with the energies of the father (Yang Qi ) and mother (Yin Qi) creates a fusion of Yin and Yang energies within the body’s tissues and cells during creation. These energies are responsible, on a psychophysical level, for transferring talents and traits from generation to generation.
The ancient Daoists taught that at conception, as the fetus’s body begins to form, the two spirits of the mother and father interlock. The energetic joining and spiritual fusion of the mother and father’s Jing (Essence), Qi (Energy) and Shen (Mind/Heart) unite to form Prenatal Essence (Yuan Jing). This creative essence leads to the internal formation of the fetus’s Kidneys (Lotus Bulb), Sea of Marrow, Spinal Cord (Lotus Stem) and Brain (Lotus Flower) (Figure 1.3). During embryonic development, the Bones also begin to form the structural framework of the body, and the blood vessels begin to nourish the child’s developing tissues. In the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine it is written,
“When the Essence of Yin and Yang Qi Merges (i.e., the blending of the sperm and the egg), before the fetus changes into its dominant sex, the two Kidney Orbs grow first.”
Figure 1.3 The Mother’s and Father’s Jing (Reproductive Essence) create the formation of the child’s Kidneys (Lotus Bulb), Sea of Marrow, Spinal Cord (Lotus Stem), and Brain (Lotus Flower). (Inspired by the original artwork of Lilian Lai Bensky)
Out of these Lotus Bulbs (Kidneys), the Lotus Stem (Spinal Cord) extends upward to create the Lotus Flower (Brain). All of this transformation occurs within the dark murky waters of creation.”
According to Professor Meng Xiantong, during this important time of internal transformation, the growth of the fetus progresses through the following energetic pattern:
“Both Kidneys are formed like two halves of a “bean,” with the Yuan Qi (Original Energy) acting like a swirling mist between them, orchestrating the internal development.
In ancient China, the left Kidney orb was at one time called the “True Kidney,” while the right Kidney was considered to be the Mingmen (Gate of Life, Fate, or Destiny). The Mingmen is said to store the energy of the man’s sperm essence, or the woman’s egg essence (i.e., their Reproductive Postnatal Jing). During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.), the idea that the Mingmen Fire occupied the space between the two Kidneys became popular, and eventually this new theory dominated the way of Chinese medical thinking. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine states that a woman’s physiology is dominated by Blood, which serves as the foundation of her menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth. It further states that man’s physiology is dominated by Qi, which serves as the basis of his strength, fertility, endurance, and virility. Around
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the age of fourteen, a girl’s Conception Vessel (Sea of Yin) grows to maturity and fully energizes her Xin (Heart), and her menses begin. Around the age of sixteen, a boy’s Governing Vessel (Sea of Yang) becomes mature and fully energizes his Kidneys, and his body produces mature semen. To the ancient Daoists, the body’s Yuan Qi (Original Energy) is the representation of the energetic forces of Heaven and Earth as imprinted within the body’s Yuan Jing (Original Essence) at the moment of conception. As the Yuan Shen (Original Spirit) rises from the Original Essence, it creates the internal polarity of the body’s Yuan Yin and Yang Qi (which is associated with the Kidney’s Original Energy). An old Daoist saying used in the Medical Qigong Clinic to describe the body’s internal energetic formation states:
“When people are born, Heaven gives them Jing and Shen, which align to form the Mind; Earth gives them Bones and Shape, which unite to form the body. When joined together, these two sources of energy cause human beings to develop. When people die, their Essence and Spirit return back to Heaven; and their Bones and Shape return back to the Earth.”
Figure 1.4. In ancient China, Daoist talismans were sometimes used as magical charms in order to insure safe and healthy fetal development.
During birth, pairs of channels originating from the mother’s internal organs carry Qi that creates and nourishes the baby at each stage of its development. Receiving its sustenance through the umbilical cord, the developing child’s navel, Kidneys, and lower abdominal area become the collection points for its Prenatal Qi (i.e., the Yuan Qi is the energy that is collected and stored within the baby’s body before it is born). Every life begins with inherent strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, the ancient Daoists believed that a child’s energetic constitution could be augmented while in-utero by using special energetic applications (i.e., diet, herbs, and certain Prenatal Qigong exercises and massage). It was also believed that if a mother achieved orgasm during the time of conception, the child’s energetic constitution would also become stronger. This strength in prenatal energy was due to a
greater release of the combined energetic and spiritual forces of both parent’s Jing, Qi, and Shen, as they enter into the physical tissues of the Uterus. As this released energy combined with the mother’s receptive Lower Dantian, the forming zygote was allowed to experience maximum energetic potential. Likewise, it is also believed that if the mother did not achieve an orgasm during the time of conception, the child’s energetic constitution could become relatively weaker. Prenatal care is mandatory for the healthy formation of the embryo. Before cell division, the DNA mass must be duplicated exactly in order to transfer normal genetic characteristics on to the next generation. Although both parents contribute to the cellular DNA of the forming embryo, it is the mother who is solely responsible for contributing the mitochondrial DNA. Although heredity plays a large part in the transference of both parents’ genetic history, a weakness in the mother’s energy channels during the child’s energetic formation can result in congenital toxins, or other problems that the fetus may acquire during one of the corresponding stages of its development. Because of this belief, in ancient China magical talismans were sometimes given to pregnant women in order to ward off pathogenic influences, protect the womb against evil spirits, and to secure the health and safety of the developing child (Figure 1.4).
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A DAOIST PERSPECTIVE OF EARLY EMBRYOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT The following is a modern correlation of an ancient Daoist perspective of embryological development, that was originally taught to me at the Hai Dian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1995. It combines the modern Western anatomical understandings of fertilization and cell division with ancient Daoist teachings (Figure 1.5). • From Infinite Space (Wuji) At Conception: In essence, all life arises directly from the ocean of Qi that exists within the infinite space of the Wuji. Similarly, a woman’s Bao (Uterus) is considered to be the ocean of Qi from which all humanity is created; and, it also represents the infinite space of the Wuji, in terms of embryological development. • Within 36 Hours - the Great Ultimate (Taiji) Emerges: As the sperm breaks through the cell membrane of the ovum, it loses its tail and transforms into the male pronucleus (Yang). Once the male pronucleus (Yang) joins the female pronucleus (Yin), the first cellular division occurs, and Wuji becomes Taiji. As both the Yin (female) and Yang (male) membranes of the two pronuclei fuse and then absorb into each other, and the zygote divides into “blastomeres.” This energetic transformation causes the zygote to undergo its normal cellular division within 36 hours after fertilization.
• After 5 Days - The Eternal Soul (Shen Xian) Has Found A Home: After five days, the dense cluster of cells has developed into a hollow ball of cells known as a blastula and enters the uterine cavity. This completes the 64 Prenatal and Postnatal Bagua energetic formation of the Yi-Jing.
• Within 48 Hours - the Four Phases (Si Xiang) of Universal Energy Manifest: The blastomeres further divide into several distinct layers (later becoming the body’s various energetic organs and systems). Within 48 hours, the next cellular division occurs, manifesting the development of the Four Phases (Si Xiang) of Universal Energy. • Within 60 Hours - the Supernatural Powers of the Prenatal Bagua Manifest: Within 60 hours after Conception, eight cells have developed and form what is known as a morula (a mass of blastomeres). According to Daoist belief, this energetic transformation relates to the eight energetic powers of the Prenatal Bagua configuration. • Within 72 Hours - the Bagua of Heaven and Earth Stabilize: By the end of the third day (72 hours), there are sixteen cells, a microcosm functioning under the macrocosmic influence of the energetic fields of Heaven and Earth. This corresponds to the interactions of the Eight Prenatal and Eight Postnatal Bagua and the energetic cycles of the Magic Square.
Figure 1.5. Embryological Development from an Ancient Daoist and Modern Medical Perspective
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Once activated.e.The Condition Of The Parent’s Sperm And Egg: This includes the purity and potency of the parents’ genetic plasma. and represents the energetic matrix from which all individuals are developed and maintained. Heaven’s Yang Qi and Earth’s Yin Qi all blend together within the zygote. the centrioles’ vibrational pattern begins at a particular frequency. to strive towards strength and health at the time of conception and throughout the pregnancy. Italian nanobiologist Ezio Insinna has proposed that centrioles (small tubular structures responsible for holding the cell structure in place) are virtually immortal oscillators or wave generators. in order to begin the formation of the zygote. they will continue to pulse throughout the life of the individual. mental. Qi and Shen. UNDERSTANDING FETAL TOXINS While internally forming within the uterus. Qi. the personal Karma that was brought into this life by the incoming soul. fertilizes the egg containing the energetic patterns of the mother’s Jing. rivers (which later evolve into channels). and Shen when they fuse with the mother’s Jing. Toxins can be caused from either internal or external stresses placed WINTER 2013-2014 QI—49 . sometimes an external invasion of Pathogenic Qi (known as “Fetal Toxins” in this context) can penetrate the growing zygote with latent heat. The energetic structure of the Taiji Pole determines the complex pattern of cellular division that will occur along its polar axis throughout the development of the fetus. Within the embryo. that creates an energetic vortex within and around the zygote (similar to the energetic vortex created by the central axis of the Earth). The instant the sperm penetrates the egg. This pathogenic invasion can eventually cause diseases to appear during early fetal or childhood development. This is why in the Chinese culture. it immediately produces a polar axis. emotional. While studying synchronistic and coherent excitations in microtubules. • During Pregnancy: Internal Heat generated by the mother during pregnancy can lead to the development of Fetal Toxins. and Shen (Spirit).The Child’s Destiny: This includes the spiritual factors surrounding the conception (i. and its energetic influence on the surrounding environment) As the sperm containing the energetic patterns of the father’s Jing. The swirling and blending of these four energies form energetic pools (which will later evolve into organs). The egg is polarized at the entry point of the sperm. • During Conception: Either the mother or father can transfer toxins at the moment of conception.” originating from either of the parents’ Essence and Blood. these energetic waves are set into motion by the father’s Jing. The human body is primarily composed of Water. This energetic vortex forms the central Taiji Pole of Man. allowing the Eternal Soul (Shen Xian) to enter into the fetus’ forming body (Figure 1. and Shen. and spiritual relationship at the time of conception.. and streams (which later evolve into collaterals). by drawing Qi from Heaven and Earth into the zygote. • Shen .YIN AND YANG FERTILIZATION Because both the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg consists of Jing (Essence). • Qi . affecting both cell formation and metabolism. The combination of Father and Mother energies is collectively known as Yuan Qi (Original/Prenatal Energy). Toxins transferred from one or both parents can create an inherited toxicity due to a retention of “Hot Evil. Fetal Toxins can manifest as either emotional or physical pathogenic patterns. Pathogenic Toxins can be transferred to the embryo in-utero in one of two ways: • Jing . Qi. This frequency changes as the child matures. Qi and Shen.The Condition Of The Parents’ Health And Vitality: This includes the state of the parent’s physical. Once established.6). creating the original polar axis known as the Human Taiji Pole. both parents energetically contribute to the baby’s conception. especially the mother.6. During the first stage of the embryo’s development. producing corresponding changes in metabolism and cell formation. Qi (Energy). The Jing of Man (sperm) and Woman (egg) unite within the uterine sea. The quality and quantity of Yuan Qi that the baby receives at conception depends on three main factors: Figure 1. it is extremely important for both parents.
the fetus is perceptually aware of both light and sound. This viewpoint is validated by the fact that the mother’s Mind. all Doctors of T. the Opaque Yin Qi Descends. or negative environmental influences (Figure 1. poor diet. Energy (Yuan Qi).8). At the same time.e. and spirit 50 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . However. creating the foundational energy matrix for the developing fetus. energetic. once the zygote experiences its first cellular division. The Invasion of Fetal Toxins on the mother due to suppressed emotions. The following theory was originally taught to me at the Hai Dian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. and Spirit (Yuan Shen).C. creating the energetic forms of Earth). and mental health. allowing abundant Qi and Blood to flow into the Uterus. THE EMBRYO’S INTERNAL CHANNEL DEVELOPMENT SEQUENCE The following description of the Embryo’s Internal Channel Developmental Sequence is only one of the many theories used in Chinese Energetic Embryology to describe the internal formation. creating the energetic forms of Earth. Invasion of Fetal Toxins During Pregnancy Meaning that.e. The Clear Yang Qi Rises Creating the images of Heaven. In China.7.M. After the first cellular division.7). Anything that influences the mother’s mind. overwork. emotional. This is initiated in order to construct the fetus’s developing physical. unbalanced life-style. travels to the Uterus. Heart. and also feels the mother’s reaction to the surrounding environmental energy fields. China as part of the Energetic Embryological course in 1995. and Uterus are all directly connected via her internal channels. emotional.8. many theories have postulated that the channels were energetically formed at the earliest stages of cell division.Figure 1. Yang Qi begins to ascend and initiates the creation of the body’s energetic and spiritual fields (i. as well as her mental. the image of Heaven). At the same time. it is necessary that the parents provide a harmonious and supportive environment for the mother and the unborn child in order to improve its physical. The fetus is therefore strongly influenced by its mother’s physical activities. THE CREATION OF YIN & YANG CHANNELS One ancient Daoist understanding of human creation is described and explained as follows: Once the Absolute has Divided. the fetus will begin the continual accumulation of the Five Element Energies within its forming internal structure. and spirit affects her Heart. and spiritual states. During pregnancy. The ancient Chinese did not have a comprehension of the body’s cells and cellular division.. the Yin energy begins to sink and initiates the creation of the physical fields of the body’s organs and tissues (i. emotions. According to “Fetal Education Training” provided in modern Traditional Chinese Medicine.” Figure 1. believe that Fetal Education is important to ensure optimum development of the child’s Prenatal Essence (Yuan Jing). and can then affect the developing fetus (Figure 1.
The Prenatal Wujingshen (Five Essence Spirits) represents the most subtle level of energetic expression manifesting within the spiritual matrix of the human body. will. For example. as detailed in the following chart (Figure 1. It also energetically relates to divine love. The body’s Yuan Jing (Original/Prenatal Essence) fastens the Shen (Mind/Heart) into place by fusing each spiritual aspect with a particular Yin organ system. stress. each of the Five Element’s energetic natures (Xing) and their associated spiritual characteristics (Shen) will be progressively activated and developed within the fetus’ body. as well as a predisposition to severe psychological disorders. Then the Bones solidify. These psychological disturbances may be evident at birth or may develop later on in life.e.e. It is believed that during this important transformation. The first Jing to enter its orb and begin its energetic function is the Water Jing.. and other learning disabilities. Within the forming fetus. the congenital Metal Jing Shen (Po .Innate Wisdom) will influence the energetic production and formation of the “River of Yin Qi. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). spiritual manifestations of the Five Elements) begin to thicken the energetic mass (Yuan Jing). the congenital Wood Jing Shen (Hun . in turn. FIRE JING FORMATION During the Fifth Lunar Month (20 weeks). These special Five Elemental energies are responsible for producing the core foundations of the Major Yang and Major Yin organ and channel systems. it gives birth to the formation of the Brain and Marrow. the Fire Jing energy generates and controls. the Flesh begins to become a wall. power. as well as divides and harmonizes the fetus’ internal energies. THE FIVE ELEMENT JING FORMATION Beginning in the fourth lunar month and continuing until the ninth lunar month. the Water Jing energy governs the genetic developmental aspect of the fetal growth. such as schizophrenia. or malnutrition) is associated with both pervasive and subtle neurological disorders. the qualities of the Five Element Jing are further divided into Major Yang and Major Yin energetic components. the energetic and spiritual components of the Five Pure Lights (i. For this reason. According to the Huang Di Nei Jing—Ling Shu (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic—Spiritual Pivot). the Original Jing of the Metal and Water Element Energies will produce the bodies Major Yin Qi. This. The Creative Process of the Body’s Yin and Yang Formation body.Corporeal Soul) and congenital Water Jing Shen (Zhi . and the spirit (i. This helps to form the energetic matrix through which all of the body’s internal organs and organ systems will function.9.e. WATER JING FORMATION During the Fourth Lunar Month (16 weeks).”which manifests as the Conception Vessel. protects and integrates. Deficiency in the Sea of Marrow). the Muscles begin to strengthen. the Skin begins to firm and the Hair begins to grow.10). thus creating a special pathway for physical and energetic expression.Figure 1.9) At the same time. As the Five Element energies begin to construct the fetus’s physical body.” Any deficiency in Water (Kidney) Jing can cause retardation or Congenital Qi Deficiency (i... “When the Jing is complete. During this important time of internal transformation. This energy encompasses the fetus’ unconscious reservoir of intuitive intelligence. the Channels begin to nourish.” which manifests as the Governing Vessel (Figure 1.Ethereal Soul) and congenital Fire Jing Shen (Heart-Mind/Spirit) influence the internal production and formation of the “River of Yang Qi. Because it promotes emotional and spiritual WINTER 2013-2014 QI—51 . any deficiency in Prenatal Jing formation can create Postnatal problems. the mind-heart influence). and life-force energy. Any faltering of the Water Jing energy (due to the influence of Fetal Toxins. trauma. the Original Jing (Yuan Jing) of the Wood and Fire Element energies produce the bodies Major Yang Qi. can lead to Down Syndrome.
Any faltering of the Metal Jing energy is associated with problems of emotional attachment. WOOD JING FORMATION During the Seventh Lunar Month (28 weeks). It also governs the quality and maturation of the fetus’ emotional and spiritual bonding and boundaries. A Comprehensive Clinical Text”—5 textbook series. These psychological disturbances may be evident at birth or may develop later on in life. EARTH JING FORMATION During the Eighth Lunar Month (32 weeks). Any faltering of the Earth Jing energy is associated with problems of severe psychological disturbances. Gathering Energy.com 52 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . California.. He currently resides as the Senior Abbot of Tian Yun Gong—a Zhengyi Daoist Temple located in Monterey. He is licensed as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Beijing China. stabilizing the sinews and connective tissues.qigongmedicine. while the Yuan Qi flows upward in order to aid in respiration. These psychological disturbances may be evident at birth or may develop later on in life. and it forms the basis for the involuntary functions of the heartbeat and respiration. Chest Energy. METAL JING FORMATION During the Sixth Lunar Month (24 weeks). During the Eighth Lunar Month. such as autism. such as schizophrenia. These psychological disturbances may be evident at birth or may develop later on in life.logical) Brain communication. the Soil..” It is responsible for nourishing the Heart and Lungs. and assist in the formation of Zong Qi. This special energy has been collected from the Heavens (i.e. The chest area where Zong Qi collects in the body is traditionally called the “Upper Sea of Qi” (CV-17). including “Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy. any faltering of the Fire Jing energy is associated with problems of right (Yin . These psychological disturbances may be evident at birth or develop later in life. The Metal Jing energy is also responsible for fetal tissue and structural formation. Zong Qi is sometimes known as “Essential Energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine. His two web sites are located at the following web URLs: • www.e. Moon.com • www. the Wood Jing is beginning to be incorporated into the fetus’ body. as well as the heart’s function of governing the Blood and Blood Vessels.well-being. Center Energy. He is also the author of 21 instructional textbooks. the Metal Jing is established in the fetus’ body. the Sun. and is the president and founder of the International Institute of Medical Qigong.daoistmagic. Planets and Stars) and the Earth (i.intuitive) and left (Yang . Water and Wind) and accumulates within the center of the mother’s chest. the Earth Jing begins to complete the formation of the skin. The Zong Qi flows downward to aid the Kidneys. ■ ————————— Professor Jerry Alan Johnson is recognized both in China and the West as America’s leading authority on Medical Qigong Therapy. The Zong Qi (“Breath of the Ancestors”) and the Yuan Qi (Original/Prenatal Energy) mutually assist and support each other. and Big Energy of the Chest. and the ability to form and maintain emotional bonds. This can sometimes result in internal imbalances occurring between the rational male and intuitive female energies of the mind/heart. the fetus receives the Zong Qi (the Energetic Breath of the Ancestors) from the mother’s Spleen. The Wood Jing energy governs the assertion and direction of the fetus’ emotional and spiritual aspects. Any faltering of the Wood Jing energy is associated with psychological problems such as passive-aggressive personality disorder.
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Ant. . depression. . .$32. . and Sea Dragon are considered to be the ultimate substances for increasing Yang. Polygala. and fortifying the spirit. . Ginseng. and Reishi mushroom (the “Herb of Good Fortune”). . tendons and ligaments. . Albizzia Flower. Amber. . . Polygala. soothing and uplifting to the spirit. Liver. Eucommia Seed. joint problems. Cinnamon Twig. including Pearl powder. Dragon Bone. . strengthen the mind. Lycium. . White Atractylodes. Phellodendron. . . . . . . Clematis. promoting mental power & creativity. Licorice.00 Easy Qi Easy Qi is a relaxing yet energizing blend of twelve herbs designed to relax. balanced Yang Jing tonic suitable for most men and many women. . Ginseng has been well established as a pituitary strengthening herb. Licorice. Licorice. . Schizandra. . Ant is a potent energy tonic that has immediate and long term benefits. . Rehemannia. . Plantago Seed. . White Peony. . . It is believed to provide a creative spark. . such as lumbago. Lycium. especially through the muscles of the back. . This formula may enhance orgasm and will intensify the experience. . Sea Horse. . Hydrolyzed Pearl. Zizyphus.00 Ant Power Superb tonic for athletes and a powerful formulation for building deep power of the body. Order #H019 . Poria. . Women who want even more sexual power may try adding Women’s Jing or Magu’s Treasure. It is said to improve will power. . Dioscorea. . grief. .00 Microcosmic Orbit A formula used in the Chan (Zen) Buddhist and Daoist traditions to open the primal energy channels and to promote the flow of energy in these channels. Emperor's Tribute Ginseng. Ophiopogon. Eucommia Bark. . . . . Honey Fried Licorice Root. . . Epimedium. Cistanche. Qi and Shen. Deer Antler. .00 Dragon Jing Dragon Jing is a yang primal essence formulation designed to quickly and unfailingly tonify Gate of Life Yang. . & strengthening the organs & senses. tonifying all three treasures: Jing. . .00 Supreme Creation An extremely potent primal essence (Jing) formulation of unsurpassed quality. . . . Tortoise Shell. Cornus.00 . .00 Ant Essence Premium. Eucommia Bark. The formula is famous for its anti-stress actions. Codonopsis. adaptogenic Jing restorative formulation. . Cordyceps. Notopterygium. Pinellia Prepared.00 Frame Builder Frame Builder can strengthen the structural framework of the body. .. Spirit Poria. which means that it prevents the leaking of Jing.00 Order #H027 .$41. Bupleurum. The formula may be used by those who wish to strengthen bones. Poria. .00 Order #H018 . . Order #H036 . . Prepared Rehemannia. . . Polygonum Root. . The Chinese herbal system differs from Western herbal programs because it emphasizes the enhancement of health rather than the eradication of disease. cinnamon Twig. Achyrathes. . Dang Gui. suitable for those who require serious restoration of Jing. Schizandra. . reduce anxiety. . . . Gardenia. . A primary formula used in Chinese herbalism to eliminate PMS. . . Achyranthes. Red Jujube Date. .$55. . shoulders and neck. . Achyranthes. .
100% Duanwood Reishi (Ganoderma lucidus) ing of broken bones and damaged soft tissues of the skeletal structure. . . thus improving cognition. . It is good for men and women. but traditionally known as the "Will Strengthener. . which controls female fertility. Cinnamon Bark. . . . . Also. . Each of the other three herbs in this formula have been used for centuries to improve concentration. Will Power can be used by anyone wishing to build will power in order to achieve new heights and to break old habits. .Jing. Drynaria. . Dioscerea. . Prepared Aconite. . Plantago Seed. It is suitable for those who have experienced chronic or acute stress. . Dang Gui. . This formula will build your immune system. . Gypenosides (Gynostemma Saponins) Order #H007 . . Poria. . but they do work quickly to restore Liver functions to a healthy state. .00 Liver Tonic 2000 This is a very powerful Liver tonic. Polygonum Root. . Ophiopogon. . . Women’s Jing promotes female sexual drive and prevents miscarriage. Cnidium. . They do not result in rapid detoxification. Shen) by using the regulating principles of Yin and Yang. . . . It is one of the most important double direction immune modulating herbs in the world. . Fennel. Daoists have continuously claimed that Reishi promotes calmness. focus. . . Epimedium. Poria. . Schizandra. . Cordyceps. Astragalus builds energy and helps warm up the body. codonopsis. Suited to men and women. . . . but it is also used as a Brain tonic. Also serves as a superb general tonic. . Made from premium Astragalus roots and highly concentrated to our precise standards. Achyranthes. Siberian Ginseng. ." Polygala is combined with herbs that strengthen Qi and Shen. Schizandra. . Cornus. inner awareness and inner strength. . Lycium. . Eucommia. . Premium Astragalus Root Women’s Jing This is a special formula that promotes female fertility and stimulated libido. Cardio Pro 2000 can help lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and raise HDL (“good” cholesterol). . . Order #H002 . . . . Tibetan Rhodiola. . Dipsacus. . . Broussonetia Fruit. Supreme Protector is also an excellent Shen tonic. Rubus. Licorice. . . . Imperial Garden is one of the few powerful vegetarian Yang Jing tonics in the supertonic class of Chinese herbalism. . . .00 Order #H030 . . Gynostemma. . . . night sweats. . Lycium. . . . respiratory and eliminative functions. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone) http://qi-journal. Dioscorea. Cuscuta. . Eucommis. . Asparagus. . . .$26. Cynomorium. Jing (Regenerative Essence). Astragalus is said to strengthen the primary energy of the body and strengthen all metabolic. Lycium Polysaccharides Adaptogen Energizer Increases physical and mental vitality both quickly and cumulatively. . . Lycium. including bones.$20. . Order #H035 . which are enzymaticly cracked to release their full therapeutic and tonic effect. It is considered to be a “rejuvenation formula” by the Chinese. Cornus. One of the few powerful vegetarian Yang Jing tonics. . strengthen the kidneys and fortify the adrenal. . . It tonifies the kidney and liver energy. . . . Qi (Vitality or Energy). . old and young. Oyster Shell. .00 VISA OR MASTERCARD ORDERS Strong Bones Strengthens the skeletal structure. . and Lycium polysaccharides.$36. . Spirit Poria.00 Astragalus One of the premier tonic herbs of China. . . Dioscorea. . . Many people use it as a powerful brain tonic. Astragalus. premature aging and degeneration. . . Achyranthes. This product is an excellent adjunct to any medical care. . This formulation tonifies the skeleton. chronic fatigue. Cordyceps Mycelium (vegetarian) Order #H006 . and are highly adaptogenic. . Licorice. Suited to all ages. Curculiginis. . The herbs help to protect the liver from toxins & protect the lungs from pollutants & infection. . . It is remarkably effective. . . Ginseng. This is the key formula for people trying to escape addictions.00 Order #H032 . . . Reishi Spores. Tibetan Rhodiola increases oxygen in the brain. . . It is an ideal formula for athletes in contact sports and for those recovering from bone fractures. and by those interested in becoming generally more vital. . . . should a woman become pregnant. Reishi spores are 70 times more potent as an immune system modulator than Reishi mushrooms. . . Astragalus. . . . . Epimedium. . Morinda.$27.$21. Cistanche.00 Diamond Mind Diamond Mind is designed to strengthen and empower the mind. . . . Premium quality herbs are extracted and spray dried at full potency to create this powerful product. . .$27. White Peony. . . Eucommia Seed. . . this formula lowers cholesterol and helps reduce fat. surgery and childbirth. . dioscorea. Red Jujube Date. Gynostemma. . . Prepared Rehemannia. . . Red Jujube Date. . Order #H001 . . . They all have antioxidant action. . Duanwood Reishi. . . overwork or sexual excess and for those who wish to maintain an active lifestyle. Dang Gui. . . .$21. . All the herbs in this formulation have been use to re-establish Liver health.$36. Eucommia. . . . . . Licorice Order #H004 . . . . Ant. . Safe and nontoxic. . Cornus. It builds blood when combined with a healthy diet. . Prepared Rehemannia.00 Three Treasures: The Daoists in China thought there were three primary forms of energy in the human body and in nature. . Fennel. & memory. Ligusticum Order #H008 . Duanwood Reishi is far more powerful than common hot house Reishi and Reishi mycelium. ligaments and tendons. . helping us to remain “centered” during stress and thus allowing us to persevere through difficulties. . . Jing. . . The herbs are all extremely safe. . Order #H003 . . except for Reishi spores. . . Schizandra. . . . . . Lycium. Astragalus Root. Helps overcome chronic fatigue and increases mental and physical endurance. infertility. Siberian Ginseng. A superior athlete's formula. It is extremely safe and has no side effect on the fetus. . It is extremely safe and effective. . . Schizandra. Ginkgo Biloba (standardized to 24% ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones). White Peony. . It is also a powerful tool for those who need to break out of a rut. Standardized Ginkgo biloba has been demonstrated to improve blood flow in the brain and to deliver increased oxygen to brain cells. . . .$36. Polygala. Each is a potent immune modulator have powerful anti-stress activity. Reishi mushroom (Duanwood Reishi fruiting body). Agaricus. This powder is made from the highest quality Chinese Astragalus root. Lycium. . An excellent Blood tonic and is used to strengthen the entire body.00 CardioPro 2000 This product contains substances that have been clinically proven to help protect the cardiovascular system. Imperial Garden A superb Jing tonic. strengthens the lower back and joints and it can be a powerful sex tonic. . Morinda. . they are mild and cannot harm the Liver in any way. and Shen (Consciousness & Awareness or Spirit). .$23. . Schizandra.00 Buddha’s Yang Buddha’s Yang is a powerful vegetarian Yang Jing tonic formulation. . . Astragalus and Cordyceps. . balance. .00 Return to Youth Formula A famous rejuvenation formula in China. Similar (less potent) formulas based on Reishi spores are being sold in Hong Kong and Japan for over $500 for a month’s supply. Dipsacus. Tonifies all three treasures .com WINTER 2013-2014 QI—61 .00 Order #H031 . Cornus. power and endurance. . Polygala. Duanwood Reishi. . Tibetan Rhodiola. Eucommia Bark. Schizandra. . Glochidion. . Cinnamon Twig. Agaricus. Schizandra Will Power Will Power is based on a wonderful tonic herb now called polygala. . Polygonatum has traditionally been used to restore energy to the brain after prolonged mental exertion.00 Order #H033 . This formula expands the power of the body to adapt to all the stresses of life and strengthens the immune system. . The herbs in this formula have been used successfully for centuries by martial arts practitioners to speed up the heal- 1-800-787-2600 ONLINE ORDERS: Office Hours: Mon. Order #H005. Dragon Bond. . Polygala. .$27. Tonic herbs balance these three treasures (Qi. . . . . Qi and Shen. . . It contains the three strongest immune modulators known to Chinese herbalism. .$32. . . . Gynostemma. It is mildly yang in nature and used to strengthen the entire body. . Cistanche Order #H034 . one of the greatest of all tonic formulations. loss of memory and ability to concentrate. . . . . . Polygonatum Sibericum. . Cuscuta Seed. . centeredness. Traditionally used to prevent weakening and degeneration of eyesight and hearing. . . the most common sources on the American market.$27. .$65. longevity and spiritual attainment. . . Eucommia. Prepared Rehemannia. The formula is also extremely well suited to athletes who are looking for a potent Yang tonic to increase strength. Lycium. Ginseng. Duanwood Reishi Arguably the most revered herbal substance in Asia.$65. In addition. Achyranthes. . . White Peony. since the herbs are so safe. Duanwood Reishi. Lycium. . . Achyranthes. Epimedium. Many people suffer from a dysfunctional Liver. . Broussonetia Seed. Polygala.00 Supreme Protector Composed of the three kings of defense in Chinese Herbalism: Reishi. White Peony. . Bupleurum. .00 Order #H029 .-Fri. . and is excellent for the recovery from illness. Dragon Bone Siberian Ginseng. . . . . . . . . Astragalus. . certainly ranking with Ginseng as the elite substance for the attainment of radiant health. Imperial garden is said to strengthen the legs and the back. . . Licorice. Tibetan Rhodiola. . Ant. . . . .power. .00 Protector 2000 This is as potent an immune system protector as you can find. Schizandra. . A powdered extract. . Cistanche. Morinda. . . Aged Citrus Peel. . .
. .” It is a quintessential adaptogenic herb. prepared Rehemannia. . . 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. Dang Gui Root. . . The herbs also improve blood circulation. It is an adaptogenic. . Duanwood Reishi. . to increase vigor. . Licorice. cardiovascular protecting. . . SIberian Ginseng. Polygonum. or Super Yin Nourishing Formula. a short temper. It has been used for centuries as a nutritious. Aged Citrus Peel. . Dioscorea Root. . . It tonifies Shou Wu Formulation Shou Wu Formulation is a Jing tonic designed to nourish the Kidney Yin and to enrich the blood. This VISA OR MASTERCARD ORDERS H100. .” This formula is a major energy and blood enhancer. while preventing further loss of this primary treasure. platelet regulating. It may be used by men or women as an adaptogenic Office Hours: Mon. .$23. . strengthening hair growth. Jujube Date Red. Order #H041 . . . Astragalus Seed. Licorice Root. and in particular to reduce fatigue. Lycium Fruit. It is a superb anti-aging and rejuvenation formula. . . highest grade Gynostemma. yet mild. It is composed of safe herbs that have been demonstrated to be effective. . . Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf Order #H012 . restoring the deep energy expended as a result of excessive exertion. . . . Package of 20 tea bags. . . An adaptogen is a substance which helps bring the body into a state of harmony with its environment by inducing chemical. Notoginseng. liver protecting. . .00 Super Adaptogen If some one were to take just one formula. Lycium. . Polygonatum Rhizome. It is regarded as one of Asia’s premier longevity herbs. . . These herbs have a general “heat clearing” effect. . Schizandra.$23.$36. . Salvia.00 product has the effect of improving adaptability. . Gynostemma. . this could be the one. . Gynostemma is universally believed in Asia to be an anti-aging herb. Tonifies Yin Jing and clears heat in the eyes. which yields incredible results in restoring deficient blood and Yin. substance abuse. It forms the foundations of a great many other formulations in Chinese herbalism. . . It is also suitable for those who have reached mid-life and who wish to replenish Ching. It is for people who have severely depleted their Yin reserves and are in serious health condition as a result. . Fortifies the protective functions. These are the four most powerful immune stimulating mushrooms in the world. . . . . It is used as a tonic by those who have experienced extreme Yin Jing depletion and are experiencing inflammatory symptoms. Cyperus.00 Four Kings The four great “longevity mushrooms” combined into one extraordinary elixir. Eucommia Bark. Licorice Root. . . They tend to promote the body’s own ability to cope successfully with stress. and particularly the micro-circulation that supplies the hair and nails. focusing heavily on Yin and Yang Jing. pregnancy. . It is known in China a Da Bu Yin Wan. Polygonum. building blood and producing sperm in men and increasing fertility in women. .00 Profound Essence A broad spectrum formulation.$36. If you are on any medication. It also has been found to be anti-ulcer. In addition. Ligusticum root. The formula is headed by Polygonum. . Red Jujube Date Eagle Vision Herbs used traditionally to maintain excellent eye health. Currently one of the most popular herbs in all of Asia. triglyceride lowering. . . This harmonizing function reduces the effects of unfavorable conditions and stimulates the body’s own immune and healing functions. Raw Rehemannia. removes blood stagnation. Profound Essence is primarily a deeply restorative essence tonic. . anti-aging agent. . and who wish to further prevent degeneration. . . Gynostemma. . .Tonic Formulations Cordyceps Cordyceps is used to strengthen the body and mind at a fundamental level. to improve digestion. These herbs are all very excellent tonic herbs which protect the body and help it to ward off invasion with utmost verocity. . . it is an important blood vitalizing agent which improves blood circulation in congested areas and dispels stagnant blood. One of the primary anti-aging herbs in China. . . Achyranthes Root. Ligusticum Root. Includes Chrysanthemum.00 1-800-787-2600 ONLINE ORDERS: Ten Complete Supertonic This is one of the original “dabu wan. . . eliminate fire and to nourish the Kidney’s Yin Jing. . . Schizandra. . Cuscuta Seed. this is the supreme blood tonic formulation of Chinese tonic herbalism. Tonifies Jing. Aged Citrus Peel. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone) http://qi-journal. . . . . adapting to stress or from aging. . also known as “southern ginseng” and the “miracle herb. . . Sandalwood. One of the great herbs in the world. Cordyceps is widely use for the purposes of strengthening the primal kidney functions. . . and an excellent Yin Jing tonic that may be used as a basic formula in a personal longevity program. strengthening the back and knees. . . and systemic balance. . Ginseng. anti-hyperlipidemic. young or old.-Fri.$18. . and White Peony Root. Dang Gui Root. . Astragalus Root. . Order #H043 . Peony Root White. . . and probably the most powerful immune stimulating herbs. dryness or night sweats.$18. . which include sexual functions. . . . Qi and Shen Order #H039 . . . nourishes the blood. with herbs that tonify all three Treasures. . . . . . Peony Root White. . benefits the heart. . Rehmannia Root Raw. Red Peony. cellular. . . . . Gynostemma pentaphyllum is widely believed to have the following health benefits: to slow down aging and to prevent feebleness at all ages. . . Dragon Bone. Gypenosides (Gynostemma Saponins). to reduce oxygen deficiency at high altitudes. . Shou Wu Formulation can be used as a basic Essence tonic by anyone. . . Tibetan Rhodiola. Benefits circulation. It is also an important Yin Jing tonic. . . Atractylodes Root White. The formula removes toxins and stagnation and helps regulate hormonal functions. . has a strong anti-fatigue effect. . . . excessive stress. . . structural integrity and healing ability. . . . brain power. . male or female. . It is moisturizing and may be used regularly to restore the Yin and Blood. . . Astragalus. . Rehmannia Root Order #H011 . chronic pain or chronic illness. .00 Gynostemma Pure Gynostemma. Tortoise Shell Order #H010 . anti-inflammatory. . 100% Vegetarian Cordyceps the immune system. respiratory tonic. It is suitable as a long term “restorative” Jing tonic for those who have been exhausted by overwork. Dang Gui.” It replenishes Yin Jing. . Made from the purist. fortifying the senses.00 Young at Heart Similar formulas have been used clinically in China to improve coronary blood flow. . . . . . . and anti-thrombic. . . . It is considered to be “the complete tonifying formula.$23. cholesterol regulating. Dipsacus Root. .com 62 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . . Four Things Combination is a famous woman’s blood tonic. Polygonum Root. Chaenomeles. Rehmannia Root. . .” or “super pills” of Chinese herbalism.00 Order #H099 . . and to improve sex functions. . White Atractylodes.00 Order #H098 . . . . . . In China. Gynostemma. . . . . This is a full spectrum adaptogenic formula which nurtures all three treasures. Yin deficiency will lead to rapid aging and rapid deterioration of one’s health. .$27. These adaptogenic substances help the body to adapt to various stressful challenges presented by the environment and reduce the damage inflicted on the body. It is said to be able to increase the “primary motive force for life activities. . . Dang Gui root. . Ilex Pubescens Rhizome. to slow down aging. Siberian Ginseng Root Order #H097 . . . consult your physician.00 Order #H009 . Order #H040 . . Eucommia. Tibetan Rhodiola. immune modulating. . . . .00 Spring Dragon Longevity Tea Gynostemma is generally reinforcing to overall health. . moistening blood tonic. . . . . . Notopterygium Primal Yin Replenisher Dendrobium Primal Yin Replenisher is an extremely powerful Yin Jing tonic.$20. . .00 Four Things Combination Sometimes called Dang Gui Four Combination. . .$18. . . . . . . . Ligusticum. . . . All four herbs are known for their powerful tonic and protective benefits. . to reduce plaque and improve cholesterol profile. antioxidant. . . wrinkling and drying of skin. . . Cornus Fruit. Strong antioxidant activity.$23. Cordyceps. It is also believed to help calm the nerves and to ease pain. Prepared Rehemannia. . . . . This formulation is designed to nourish Yin. salvia. to strengthen the mind. $9. . healthy. enhancing sexual and mental energy. The overall effect of this formula is to replenish Jing. . thus promoting well being. . . . anti-obesity. strong hair and nails. . . . . . .
00 Order #H106 . . .00 Tao in a Bottle A new and unique formula designed by Master Herbalist Ron Teeguarden. . Ledebouriella. Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder is arguably the best calcium supplement known. . Agaricus mushroom originated in the rain forest of Brazil and the Chinese have become the premier growers of Agaricus to the world.00 H102. Dang Gui. They are grown naturally in the pristine foothills of Heaven Mountain. . Schizandra. pack. . to relieve internal fever. . . 100 pills. It is used for fatigue. A Shenstabilizing adaptogenic Qi tonic. Purified Water. . . 100% natural. Dang Gui Root. Poria. . . . . Gynostemma (standardized to 60% gypenosides).$12. . Every drop of water in the growing fields is derived from the melted snow and glacial runoff from Heaven Mountain. . . . . Magnolia Flower. Bupleurum. . Ginkgo Biloba. Order #H110 . . Licorice Root. . The main ingredient is an amino acid called Alphathean which is found only in green tea. . obstacles and improve eyesight. . Agaricus is traditionally known as “God’s Mushroom” because of its near miraculous healing benefits. . Zizyphus Seed Order #H107 . . . . . It helps clear the sinuses and regulate immune functions. It normalizes digestive functions. . chronic or acute bleeding and/or mental or physical stress.$21. . and it is a harmonization formula. . . . . Heaven Mountain Goji Berries Heaven Mountain Goji Berries are the only Goji berries that are “snack grade delicious and herb grade serious. and it is renowned for its ability to relieve a broad range of female imbalances. . . Mint. regulates menstruation. If you use Tao in a Bottle regularly. . stress syndrome. . Prepared Rehmannia. . . . Siberian Ginseng. 8 oz.” They are plump. . . help regulate our bodily functions. . . Astragalus. . . . It also has immune potentiating activity. anti-aging supplements ever discovered. . . . . to benefit reproduction. . Green Tea.$40. . chronic fatigue. Adaptogenic herbs increase our vitality while promoting our ability over time to handle stress. . 1 is a highly concentrated powdered extract of four of the most incredible health promoting herbs in the world. Agaricus blazei murill (freshly dried mushroom fruiting body only). Order #H105 . Crataegua. The pearls are “hydrolyzed”. Jujube Date Red. standardized to 40% Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides). . 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. . . . Cinnamon Twig. . juicy.00 Poria Five Combination This famous classical formula is used to improve the utilization and circulation of fluids in the body. . . Codonopsis Root. This formula tonifies two of the three treasures: it strengthens the Qi (both the Qi and the Blood components). . . . Tao in a Bottle also contains adaptogenic herbs. Coptis. Arctium. Recent Chinese medical texts credit pearl with the ability to relieve uneasiness of the heart and mind. Angelica Dahurica. . anemia. . Tibetan Rhodiola. .00 Agaricus Agaricus blazei murill (most commonly known simply as Agaricus) is one of the most exciting new herbs on the market today.00 Ron Teeguarden’s Super Pill No. . . . . . to remove visual Order #H104 . . . allowing it to grow. . . . or to overcome chronic ailments due to Qi and blood deficiency. . Duanwood Reishi. . Order #H111 . Poria. extremely effective and perfectly safe formulation made to promote healthy nasal functioning. Ledebouriella. . Atractylodes Root White. . . Cimicifuga. It is designed to help handle stress. . . Dang Gui. . Poria. and calms the Shen. . reduces blemishes and wrinkles in the skin and calms the mind. . It promotes urination and is often used as a tonic to improve digestion. It contains 92% calcium compounds or 38% calcium element. and to relieve fluid stagnation.00 Ginseng and Longan Combination A premier Spleen-Heart tonic of classical Chinese tonic herbalism. . a process by which the constituents of pearl become highly dissolvable and almost totally bio-available. Rehmannia Root Bupleurum & Rehmannia This is a deep and superb detoxification formulation. . . . . naturally sweet. . . so it is easily dissolved in water and is virtually completely absorbed by the intestines. . White Atractylodes. Glycerin. Akebia Caulis. Licorice. and absolutely delicious. and regulate our immune system. . . dang Gui Root. vitalizes. . Beeswax. Jujube date Red. Pearl has a very high content of highly absorbable calcium. . It is routinely used for debility after an illness. Sun dried. purifies the blood. . weight management. . Alphathean is an herbal ingredient that helps you to feel calm and alert at the same time. Astragalus. White Peony. . . Lycium. Dang Gui. surgery or childbirth. . This great Qi and Shen tonic formula has been used for centuries to increase vital energy and calm anxiety. .$29. . .00 Pearl Powder Made from cultivated pearls that are grown in clean fresh water and are enzymatically broken down (hydrolyzed) for easy and complete absorption. . . Astragalus. Polygala Root. . and it works quickly to release tension and worry. dispels heat. cataracts. . . premium grade fresh water pearls. Soybean Oil. Carthamus. Order #H108 . and disorders of the liver. Cinnamon Bark. Qi tonic herbs increase our energy. . . . . People have used it to overcome numerous disorders relating to the immune system. a remote mountain range in Central Asia—an area that possesses the precise qualities for producing the best Goji on Earth. Lecithin. . . .” by definition in Asia is a formulation that “does it all. . to clear sputum. . . . 100% pure. Green Tea. . to promote muscle development and to invigorate blood circulation. .$21. 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