Medical Taiji Qigong and uses Taiji Qigong to reverse or mitigate chronic disease, injury and bad habits. Because most Chinese doctors are familiar with the acupuncture meridian-line system, the vast majority of China’s medical Taiji Qigong programmes are based on this. Medical Taiji Qigong stands out from the rest as it includes neigong and focuses on ‘inner energy work’, medical therapeutics, spirituality and physical health rather than just a set of ‘external physical’ movements.
Medical Taiji Qigong is used either as a primary therapy or as an adjunct therapy with other forms of traditional Chinese medicine, and is also used as a complementary therapy in conjunction with Western medical practices and drug therapies.
How Medical Taiji Qigong works:
Medical Taiji Qigong works in three ways:
Taiji Qigong forms are practiced to heal and regenerate the body, reduce stress, calm the mind and soothe the central nervous system.
Taiji Qigong can target specific illnesses or body functions.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taiji Qigong diagnostic methods, trained Taiji Qigong and neigong teachers design exercises for specific health problems, similar to the way herbalists create prescriptions. The treatment and how the exercises are done change as the individual progresses.
The Acupuncture Meridians and Wei Qi
Qi circulates throughout the entire physical body through energy channels. Some are located near the surface of the body and others are deep inside. Many Chinese medical therapies—from acupuncture to acupressure to many forms of Taiji Qigong—work by activating some or all of the body’s twelve main and eight extraordinary acupuncture meridians (energy channels) and some or all of its seven-hundred-plus acupuncture points.
Throughout most of the body, the acupuncture meridians are either located within or connected to a layer of chi that is located just underneath the skin in the subcutaneous tissue between the skin and the muscles (wei qi). Wei qi helps protect the body from intrusion by outside energies such as heat, cold, dampness and other people‘s qi.
Medical Taiji Qigong: Acupuncture Energy Exercises
Acupuncturists attempt to heal the body by inserting needles into specific points along meridians to break up qi blockages and to stimulate and balance qi flow throughout the body. Increased energy flow through a damaged area can release blockages, improve blood circulation and regenerate injured tissues. An increase in flow in one meridian or area will stimulate greater flow in other meridians and areas of the body.
Taiji Qigong exercises that are called ”meridian-line Taiji Qigong” systems—of which our practices—are designed to stimulate acupuncture meridians and points. Rather than use needles, our practitioners choose a meridian line or point they wish to affect and sweep their hand through the etheric field nearby. The qi in the etheric field and the chi in the wei qi are very strongly linked. In a healthy person there is a great deal of qi movement between them. Therefore a physical hand movement in the etheric field will stimulate energy movement there which in turn will stimulate energy movement in the wei qi and the acupuncture meridians nearby.
Different meridian-line Taiji Qigong systems use different types of hand movements over different meridians in different sequences. Most seek to stimulate and balance the energy of the whole body. More complex systems require up to one hundred movements to balance specific channels and points on which they focus. These systems take a tremendous expenditure of time and effort to learn and require much daily practice.
Our practices are simple. Rather than focusing on specific individual meridians or acupuncture points, we move energy through groups of meridians during each movement. When you complete all movements, you will have activated and balanced all the major acupuncture meridians of the body. Other energy channels and centers such as the left, right and central channels and the mingmen and lower dantien that are found deeper in the body are also affected but not as strongly.