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An Exploration of the Healing Capacities of Qigong
By Dr.Taya Stanley, DAOM, L.Ac. and Dr.Barbara Briner, DAOM, L.Ac.

We have seen amazing results with Qigong. This ancient fluid and graceful moving mediation can be taught in such a way that incredible energy is released for each participant. Because of its amazing results, it is increasingly popular. The internet is popping with more sites each day that offer information and classes. As with firewalking, we ask why the popularity? Why the continual interest...over thousands of years?

Why do these practices persist? The obvious answer, of course, is because they work.

Does the instructor make a difference?
Our experience seems to indicate that it does. Of course everyone benefits from doing physical exercise and practicing the breathing techniques commonly found within nearly every type of Qigong. And, many will benefit from any group gathering that is positively focused and held in a safe manner as with most firewalking events. However, we have found that it is the combination of physical action catalyzing energetic movement focused intent that causes the most dramatic healing. It takes a very knowledgeable and dedicated teacher to impart this special combination.

Why do these practices transform or heal participants?
To explore this question we turned to the ancient Chinese mapping of the human body and energy system. Their understanding of the human body dates back 5 thousand years .Although closely linked in many ways to our western view of the physical body, the Chinese system also incorporates the less tangible aspects such as emotions and energy movement within our body into the understanding of our physical form. They acknowledge a dynamic, inter-related system that functions through a constant flow (or symbiotic feedback loops) between the outside environment, our physical body, our emotions and the energy (or Qi) we were born with and we continue to develop.

Medical Qigong doctors describe the human body system as a network. You can think of it like the many lanes on the freeway with cars merging in and out of lanes to speed up, slow down, or influence the lanes around them. Altogether they create the traffic that runs down the freeway of our life. Each of these lanes represent a different influence on our experience of living. Some lanes are built upon the activity of our physical body. Our body includes the energy fields of the individual cells, tissues and organs as they act in coordination. Some lanes are built upon the influence of our thoughts and our emotions. Other lanes are constructed from the influence of conditions from the outside world (including food, water, air as well as other potential stressors such as job, raising children and relationships). Other lanes are built from our connection to the universal energy.

Medical Qigong doctors mapped this communication network into meridians (energy channels that run like streams and rivers throughout the body). Many who have been to see an acupuncturist or acupressurist know that meridian points (also known as acupuncture points) can be found along these channels. Trained individuals can influence the flow of communication along these channels through these points. Qigong is a practice of physical movement mental focus to learn to control, enhance and develop the communication and movement along the meridian systems throughout your body.

Ancient Qigong maps of our body’s correspond with the Indian chakra system. These areas represent central clusters of influence called Dantian's in the Chinese system. The main energy centers are along the central vertical axis of the body and are represented by the two meridians: Du Mai (vertical midline along the spine) and Ren Mai (vertical midline along the front). Ancient Masters within Chinese philosophy and medicine taught that profound healing takes place when our focus (a type of Qi) is directed into the meridian system. This is why the exercises taught in Medical Qigong are so powerful.


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