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 Psychoneuro-immunology, Tai Chi and Qigong
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Psychoneuro-immunology
- Mind over Matter

Tai Chi's artful beauty can make us forget that it
is actually one of the most highly evolved health
technologies on Earth. The Chinese realized that
our mind or consciousness is the root of who we are.

Our health and our lives are merely reflections of
our state of mind. Therefore, Tai Chi's mindful
quality incorporates the mind and body into
a powerful healing force.

Interestingly, Western science now sees that
Traditional Chinese Medicine's ancient insights
were right on the money. A new science called
psychoneuroimmunology has found that our
mind constantly communicates to
every cell of our body.

T'ai Sci

Psychoneuroimmunology is a modern science studying how the mind's attitudes and beliefs affect our physical health.

Psycho means "mind," neuro means "nervous system," and immunology means "system
of health defenses."


Emotional chemicals, known as neuropeptides, flow throughout our bodies, communicating every feeling to the entire body. So when hitting every red light on the street aggravates us or we become anxious in every line we stand in, we walk around in a state of perpetual panic (or as Bruce Springsteen sang, "Yer life is one long emergency"). This negatively affects our heart, brain, and entire circulatory system. In fact, those effects in turn affect other organs, which can cause a breakdown of the entire system over time, causing, for example, kidney failure, heart enlargement, and hardening of the arteries.

But don't fret, Tai Chi helps us do just the opposite. We can decide to let issues slide right off us, literally breathing fears out with every sigh and yawn. As we sit in QiGong meditation or move in Tai Chi's soothing postures, we let a nourishing healing flow of Qi, or life energy, fill every cell of our body.

Don't try too hard to memorize any of these details on Traditional Chinese or Western medicine. Rather, let the concepts wash over your relaxed mind. The important stuff will stick, and you can always go back to look up details later.

Know Your Chinese

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) differs from the Western approach in that its focus is holistic. Holistic means it views the body as an integrated whole. A TCM doctor does not treat only symptoms, but rather tries to discover the root of health problems.

For example, if we have allergy problems, Western pharmaceuticals might send chemical missiles in to dry out the sinuses. This does stop the runny nose, but some medications may result in irritating the surrounding tissue by drying it out or other undesirable side effects. Acupuncture, on the other hand, or Tai Chi, in the long run, will enable the body's natural balancing to occur, reducing the incidence of sinus problems in a way that nurtures the tissue. This is done by re-establishing the blocked flow of Gi that is at the roof of the problem.


To fully appreciate Tai Chi's medical benefits, it may be helpful to understand how Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine has known for centuries what Western science is only now discovering that our mind and body are two inseparable things. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a joke that "the only place the mind, body, emotions, and spirit are separate is in textbooks." In real life and Tai Chi, it just isn't so. Tai Chi's slow mindful movements are the epitome of this union of mind and body. As mentioned above Western medicine is becoming increasingly conscious of it as well. Comedian, George Carlin, joked, "After hundreds of years of medical research we have finally discovered the head is connected to the body."



















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Know Your Chinese

The energy meridians are known as jing luo. Jing literally means "to move through," and luo means "a net." So energy meridians are a network of channels.





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There are also acupuncture maps for animals. In fact, some racing horses have their own personal acupuncturists. Many veterinarians are beginning to use acupuncture as part of their practice.




So when your body's muscles are rigid, your thinking will likely be more rigid, too. Likewise, if your thinking is harsh and rigid, this will in time be reflected in stiffness in your muscular frame. This stiffness impedes the flow of Qi, which diminishes our health. Therefore, your mind and your thoughts have as much, or maybe more, to do with your health than the food you eat or the exercise you get.

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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been a Tai Chi source for The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; BBC World Radio; The South China Morning Post; USA Weekend; Parade Magazine; Reader's Digest, and over 100 media worldwide.
The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.


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Energy meridians, or jing luo, link all the organs and the entire physical body to the mind and emotional systems. This explains how Tai Chi and QiGong's mind/body exercises integrate all aspects of the self into a powerful self-healing system.

What are these energy meridians that T'ai Chi and Qigong help to unblock? By now you know that Qi flows through and powers every cell in your body, the way electricity powers your house. Without Qi, the cell would be dead, for Qi is the life force. The meridians are how Qi gets to the cells. You can't see these meridians; you can only detect the energy that moves through them, just as you cannot see an ocean current in the water, but you can detect its motion.

There are ancient maps of these meridians, made thousands of years ago by Traditional Chinese doctors. These acupuncture meridian maps show 14 main energy meridians that carry Qi throughout the body internally and externally. The names follow, listed first by the modern acupuncture abbreviation, then by the English name, and a few followed by the Chinese name in italics.

CV = Conception Vessel or Ren Mai

CX = Pericardium Channel

GB = Gallbladder Channel

GV = Governing Vessel or Du Mai

HE = Heart Channel

KI = Kidney Channel

LI = Large Intestine Channel

LU = Lung Channel

LV = Liver Channel

SI = Small Intestine Channel

SP = Spleen-Pancreas Channel

ST = Stomach Channel

TW = Triple Warmer or San Jiao Channel

UB = Urinary Bladder Channel



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Acupuncture and Tai Chi

There are three aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Tai Chi/ QiGong. All three share a common premise that Qi pours through the body, and our health is diminished when the energy flow gets blocked.

So whether an acupuncturist is treating you with needles, an herbalist is prescribing herbs, or you are practicing Tai Chi and Qigong, you are trying to balance the imbalances, or unblock the energy that flows throughout your body. Millions of Americans are now using alternative therapies like acupuncture and herbs. If you practice Tai Chi and Qigong daily, your relaxed state will help herbs or acupuncture work even more effectively.

The energy meridians, which flow throughout the interior of the body, have 361 points that surface at the skin, and these are the most common treatment points acupuncturists use. But the whole body and even the mind can be treated with acupuncture because these meridians that surface at the skin also flow inside the body, through the brain and other organs.

T'ai Sci

Modern acupuncturists often call the
Qi meridians bioenergetic circuits.

T'ai Chi and QiGong affect the same energy flow that acupuncture does, although acupuncture can be better for acute problems, whereas Tai Chi is a daily tune-up. Therefore, acupuncturists often recommend T'ai Chi to their patients, and Tai Chi teachers recommend acupuncture to students with chronic or acute conditions, as a supplement to the students' standard medical treatments. Tai Chi and acupuncture are very complementary, and each makes the other more effective.

(d)Say, "OOOOHHHHHMMMMMM" OHMMeter, That Is

It is mind-boggling when you consider that many modern acupuncturists find acupuncture points with electronic equipment, not unlike an Ohmmeter. What's amazing is that acupuncture maps were made long before electronics was developed, some believe over 2,000 years ago.

How did they know where those points were back then? They might have felt them. As you practice T'ai Chi and QiGong, you will eventually begin to feel the Qi flowing from your hands or in your body.

Know Your Chinese

Zang Fu literally translated means "solid-hollow." Organs within the body considered to be hollow, like the stomach or large intestines, are Fu organs, while the solid organs, such as liver and lungs, are Zang organs.








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Acupuncture sees the body holistically, meaning that each small part of the body contains connections to the whole body. Therefore, an acupuncturist can treat any problem in the whole body through, for example, the ears. Likewise, any part of the body, or even the mind, can be treated through the hands or the feet.

One of the powerful health benefits Tai Chi provides is a daily acupuncture tune-up. Because Tai Chi is so slow and the weight shifts so deliberate, with the body very relaxed, the feet are massaged by the earth during a Tai Chi exercise. The bottoms of the feet have acupuncture points that affect the entire body, and the mind, too. Acupressure is acupuncture without the needles. So the foot massage is a 20-minute T'ai Chi session that stimulates all the acupuncture points on the foot through acupressure, thereby treating the whole body. No other exercise provides this type of slow, relaxed motion, making Tai Chi unique in providing you and acupuncture tune-up each time you do your daily exercise. If you haven't yet, view the non-instructional Exhibitions and FREE OnLine Lessons of the Tai Chi in the FREE OnLine Lessons section, to visually understand the flow and effortless slowness of the forms which result in stimulating the acupressure points on the feet, and throughout the entire body by allowing the relaxed tissue to massage itself. No other exercise provides this.



"Learning more about which CMs (Complimentary Medicines) help cancer survivors with pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, overall psychological adjustment, and overall physical functioning is very feasible," Dr. Gansler noted. "That information could increase attention and resources for providing CMs that are helpful and reducing the time and money spent on ones that are not."

For example, "recent studies suggest that acupuncture helps relieve some symptoms of cancer and some side effects of treatment, but it was used by only 1.2% of participants in our study."

Read more . . . Reuters Health 8/5/2008

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Tai Chi, Qigong & the Zangfu Organ Systems

Another profound benefit Tai Chi and Qigong provide is a
gentle massaging of the internal organs. Because Tai Chi
moves the body in about 95 percent of the possible
motions it can go through, it not only clears the
joints of calcium deposits, but it also gently
massages the internal organs.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),
this is a powerful therapy for optimum health.

TCM recognizes that the body is an integrated
whole whereby all the parts are connected by the
flow of Qi. In fact, the Chinese system of medicine
is built upon a Zang Fu graph, which shows how
organs interact with and depend on one another
for good healthy function.

The Zang Fu system uses a memory model,
applying each organ to one of the five elements of
the earth. The Chinese see the world as made of Earth,
Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire. The energy flow affects
different organs through the Sheng Cycle and the Ko
cycle. This figure shows how organs are interactive
and interdependent on one another for healthful function.

Therefore, because Tai Chi & Qigong massage our organs through gentle full rotations, they help balance all integrating activities of the Zang Fu systems (see below chart).

Tai Chi & Chi Kung - (Zang Fu Organ Map)


Be Kind to Your Emotions

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Tai Chi/QiGong use the Zang Fu system to understand how the body, mind, and emotions integrate. A problem with a particular organ may have emotional symptoms. Likewise, a chronic emotional state may have a physical impact on the organs. The following list explains the Zang Fu connection between organs and emotions commonly related to imbalances with those organs or their energy channels:

Liver = Depression, anger

Heart = Excess joy (such as manic
             behavior), excess mental
             function

Spleen = Obsession

Lung = Anguish, grief, melancholy

Kidney = Fear, fright





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So Tai Chi and Qigong benefit the mental and emotional states, not only by encouraging us to let go of the day's problems by focusing on breath and movement, but in other ways as well.

Tai Chi and Qigong stimulate the organs with gentle massage, while stimulating the acupressure points on the feet and throughout the body, with its gentle relaxed postures.

The breathing in Tai Chi is full, yet effortless, encouraging internal releases of mental and emotional blocks that also help the internal Zang Fu systems become less restricted, more free flowing, and healthful on mental, emotional, and physical levels.

Chapter 4, "Expand the Mind and Lighten the Heart," will explain how Tai Chi and QiGong can provide mental and emotional healing.




Sage Sifu Says

If you go to a Traditional Chinese Physician, she may likely ask you about your emotions as well as your physical symptoms because emotional states may help lead her to understand which organ's energy is deficient or in excess.












The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.


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