Energizing the Organs

by DrJahnke on December 3, 2015

Energizing the Organs is typical to all Medical Qigong, and directly linked to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Energizing the Organs directs Qi and intention to strengthen key organs related to cancer — Liver, Kidney, Spleen; it calms the Heart, deepens breath and Lung function and soothes the nervous system.

Place the hands over the lower edge of the ribs, near the front side of the body. Beneath the right hand is the liver, the gall bladder, and the upper right hand portion of the large intestines. Beneath the left hand are the spleen, the pancreas, the stomach, and upper left hand portion of the large intestines. Rub the open palm against the surface of the body in a circular motion. Eventually you will begin to feel warmth or perhaps a tingly sensation.

Energizing Organs

Then hold your hands still and feel the warmth penetrating the surface of the body and mi- grating to the organs. Allow your breath to be full and luxurious. Think a moment about how these organs have faithfully served you for your entire life. Imagine sending your gratitude to them on your exhalation. Move your hands so that one is over the sternum and the other is over the navel. Again rub in a circular motion and build up warmth. Stop and hold the hands still, sensing the warmth and gratitude to the heart, lungs, thymus gland. Take your time.

Finally allow your hands to move to the lower back. Build up warmth by rubbing the hands up the back. Allow the inner benefit of your smile of appreciation to travel to the kidneys and the adrenals, considered in Chinese medicine to be the dwelling place of essential life energies. Imagine their delight at having received your gratitude and acknowledgement after all of these years. Complete by bringing both hands to the front, to rest on the belly just below the navel. Remain for a moment longer in a state of deep rest. Allow the mind to be free.



Massaging the Face

by DrJahnke on November 30, 2015

There are many energy points on the face and around the eyes. These points are associated through the energy channels to the stomach, spleen, large intestine, lungs, small intestine, heart, bladder, kidney and endocrine system. These acupuncture points can be treated with self-massage. The direct benefit is a healthy face and eyes; the indirect benefit includes healthy organs and metabolism. Keeping the internal organs healthy keeps the face and eyes radiant; keeping the face and eyes healthy contributes to sustaining health in the organs.

The massage of the face and the eyes can be combined. Begin by working on the face points. You can tap the points sharply with the tip of your index or second finger. Or you may wish to give some gentle pressure with a circular motion, using two or three extended fingers held together. Notice that the tapping provides a bit more rousing sensation. After a session of facial massage you will feel a tingling that actually affects the organs as well as the facial area.


– Dr. Roger Jahnke

The Healer Within



Most Profound Medicine

by DrJahnke on November 8, 2015

History and Tradition: The Roots of Chinese Light Alchemy

There is a growing literature on the history, tradition, science and practice of Qigong. (1-24) Its origin is shrouded in the mystery of ancient China. There are stories of special techniques of breath practice that lead to immortality, healing powers, and special abilities. During the ancient Shang dynasty (1766-1154 BC) there is evidence of a system to stimulate, what are now called acupuncture reflexes, which help to resolve disturbances of the Qi.

During the Chou dynasty and the Warring States periods (1100-221 BC) records appeared on bamboo and on bronze that refer to breath practice. A number of Lao Tze’s greatly revered verses suggest breath practice and the benefits of merging with the forces and elements of nature. A famous prescription of the period is frequently referred to and because of the wide variation of possible meanings for early Chinese ideograms it has many various translations.

The following translation is from Helmut Wilhelm, the son of Richard Wilhelm who translated the I Ching and Secret of the Golden Flower.

With breathing proceed as follows: The breath should be held and it will be gathered. If it is gathered, it becomes magic. If it becomes magic, it descends. If it descends, it quiets down. If it quiets down, it solidifies. If it is solidified, then it germinates. If it germinates, it grows. If it grows, it is attracted upward. If it is attracted upward, it reaches toward the heaven. In heaven, it ascends upward still. At the lower end, it descends still. Those who follow this will live, those who act contrary will die. (22)

In 300 BC, great Taoist poet/philosopher Chuang Tzu stated, “the ancients breathed down to their heels.” This suggests that the breath, in the form of the Qi, is projected and circulated throughout the body. In 1973 an archeological excavation of a Han dynasty (220 BC-220 AD) tomb in Hunan Province revealed a series of over 40 figures painted onto a silk scroll doing various Qigong movements. (22)

It is reported that while many of the inscriptions have become unreadable one is clear which says, “Look skyward and exhale.” (22) In this same period one of the first great acupuncture and herbal medicine practitioners, Bien Chieuh, taught breath practice to enhance the circulation of the Qi. (15) It is a strong tradition in Chinese medicine to teach a person to maintain health and many famous physicians developed systems of self-care. In the third century AD, Hua To, whose place in the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine is so illustrious that a series of important acupuncture points bear his name, developed a series of Qigong exercises called the Five Animal Forms.

In the sixth century, Da Mo, a monk in the tradition of Mahayana Buddhism, also known as Bodhidharma, came from India and found the monks of Shaolin Temple weakly and undisciplined. He introduced a combination of movement forms with Buddhist meditation that invigorated the monks and increased their power. This was the beginning of the tradition of the superior martial artists of the Shaolin Temple. Many lineages of Qigong have developed over the centuries.

The martial Gong enhances the strength, endurance and spirit of the warrior. The medical Gong can be used to heal diseases. Confucian Qigong is focused on self-cultivation, ethical development and refinement of personal temperament. The Taoist Gong is aimed at alchemical transmutation, merging with nature, longevity and immortality. The Buddhist Gong seeks refinement of mind, transcending the world of illusion and salvation of all living things.

In the “New China” following the
revolution in the 1940’s Qigong 
briefly disappeared. One elder 
practitioner reported through a 1986 
Los Angeles Times article “At that 
time it (Qigong) was witchcraft, so I
 chanted Maoist slogans like everyone 
else.” The article continues, “since
 then Qigong has qualified for official 
patronage and a national society has 
been formed to classify and describe the Qi.”

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, numerous institutes for the study of Qigong have sprung up in China. Many hospitals now have Qigong doctors on staff and Qigong classes as regular allied treatment with acupuncture, herbs and western medical modalities. There is a genuine renaissance of Qigong occurring in China. The western world, with its tremendous breakthrough of quantum physics, has taken up a sincere fascination with the bioenergetics of Qigong. (7,11)

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Qigong and Tai Chi Teachers and Instructors Needed

by DrJahnke on February 21, 2014



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The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) is widely revered as the most credible Mind-Body Practice professional training and research institute outside of China. Trained — nearly 1000 Instructor/Teachers and Practice Leaders. Land mark research — including NIH funded projects. Founder/director — Dr Roger Jahnke, OMD, author of The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi. Lead author – A Comprehensive Review of the Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi, Am J of Health Promotion (AJHP). Editor of clinical chapters – Chinese Medical Qigong. The IIQTC’s Advanced Leadership Training is unparalleled internationally in empowering the graduate professional community to reach its highest potential.

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Typical American Qigong and Tai Chi Class

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Tai Chi (Tai Ji) and Qigong have mysterious, martial, healing, spiritual and esoteric roots. However, also, from the very practical contemporary point of view of healing illness, preventing disease (wellness) and neutralizing stress, Mind Body Practices — including Qigong and Tai Chi — are rapidly becoming the program of choice. Tai Chi and Qigong are among the most accessible and successful of what are now called non-pharmacological interventions (NPI) — more commonly known as mind-body practice or personal health enhancement methods. Venues include spas, fitness centers, schools and universities, social service agencies, hospitals, mental health agencies, addiction recovery programs, military bases, veterans administration facilities, faith institutions — even cruise ships.

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The research “evidence base” for Qigong and Tai Chi is very robust as noted in a recent Blog Post — a very impressive recent research literature:

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At the IIQTC we believe in and advocate for the fact that the human race has much more power than is being expressed and that Qigong and Tai Chi are ancient powertools for assisting modern society in recovering the power of self-reliance, self-healing and energy awareness. Imagine what the trajectory of the human race would be if we simply prevent the diseases that are widely known to be preventable. This would pay off the financial deficits of most nations in financial crisis and reallocate funds for much more creative projects than wasting money medically intervening in preventable diseases.

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Qigong and Tai Chi – Walking Meditation

by DrJahnke on January 28, 2014

Tai Chi Taiji Walking is probably the most profound and easy meditation there is – even for those who have some trouble walking. If you want, or perhaps need, a bridge to meditation, it is very possible that Tai Chi Walking could be that bridge.


Tai Chi Walking in Park in China

FIRST — Very, very few people can attain a state of meditation just siting still. Sitting quiescently can be cultivated, however. Tai Chi Walking and other forms of Walking Qigong, are a powerful bridge for most of us to experience the benefits of meditation much, much more quickly.

SECOND – It is really easy.

THIRD – Even if you do it wrong, it is completely safe and effective as long as you simply pay attention and remain in your personal zone of comfort.

FORTH – this is actually the most exciting — meditation is a major tool for balancing the nervous system which is often functionally predisposed to the hyper-sympathetic state, which decreases immune function, triggers inflammatory syndromes and much more.

FIFTH – OK, this is the most important one — combining meditation with physical activity, is better than purely physical “Exercise is Medicine”, it is the emerging foundation of integrative medicine, mind body medicine, holistic health care, medical fitness, wellness, brain plasticity enhancement and disease prevention.

This little article is probably not going teach you Tai Chi (Taiji) Walking Meditation, though you may find it will do that too. It is intended to help the public — everyone everywhere in the world — to further understand the power of self-determination and self-reliance in sustaining wellbeing. Tai Chi Walking Meditation, because it is easy and  it is pretty much impossible to do it harmfully (even if its not perfect), is a supreme and accessible Mind-Body Practice for soothing stress and maximizing function. There are two videos below from a gentleman at greenmountaintaichi.com, they are examples of the many versions and variations of Tai Chi Walking.

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When the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) published a review of the Qigong and Tai Chi literature in the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), the finding was that Qigong and Tai Chi are safe and effective for numerous diagnostic categories. In part this is because of the physical activity. In part it is the coordination of posture, breath and mind. And in part it is because, in addition to all other mechanisms that are triggered in Qigong and Tai Chi, the relaxation response is a key one of them. If you haven’t got a copy of the article please email info@IIQTC.org – title: A Comprehensive Review of the the Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. See also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20594090

This article which is referenced widely as “the evidence base” for Qigong and Tai Chi with implications for all meditative movement (MM) practices, demonstrates that Qigong and Tai Chi are effective in many disorders, including heart disease and neuro-psychological disorders — two of our society’s worst health challenges. Now, to actually do Tai Chi Walking, is very accessible and it is stylized and simple. To make it as powerful as it seems like it could be, let go of getting it right. Just fool around with it. The idea is to take a deep breath occasionally and to use the practice to relax — deeply.

You mare walking. but not really going anywhere. Being critical of your self or even trying to get it right are less useful than giving it a go – just do whatever comes. Better to relax and find a flow.

Many people do not easily track much written information about body movements. SO, YOU COULD JUST GO ON TO THE VIDEO CLIPS BELOW.

Give this a go though – read for fun — its good for brain plasticity. Do this practice with a slight bend in the knees — sink your body and relax your shoulders.

Tai Chi Walking - Many Versions

Tai Chi Walking – Many Versions

THERE ARE MANY VERSIONS. THE ILLUSTRATIONS HERE ARE NOT TO INTENDED TO GIVE EXACT INSTRUCTIONS. Instead the variety is here to point out that it doesn’t really matter how you do it.

WHAT MATTERS IS THE MOOD – Relax, Sink, Breath, Lengthen Your Spine – Flow.

Start with either foot forward and allow your body weight to shift onto that foot – it will proceed from carrying no weight (0%) to carrying 90% of the body weight. Then shift your weight back on to the back foot again — to 70% of weight (front 30%), lift the toes of the front foot and turn the body — torso, shoulders, leg and foot outward slightly (5-10%). Now shift weight forward again. Lower toes, shift the weight to the front leg, 100% weight, and then lift the back foot and step through. Repeat on the other side.

The illustration shows the left foot front, the repeat would have the right foot forward.

See another diagram of another version below the videos.

The intent is to repeat this for a while in a deep state of relaxation where you drift into a total focus on the present moment. It is a mindfulness practice. Mindfulness in motion. Meditation in motion. Moving Meditation.

Tai Chi Walking Meditation is the a key component of Tai Chi Easy – http://TaiChiEasy.org


ONE MORE EXAMPLE – VARIATION. OK, give it a go now. The examples, the illustrations, the video are only here to give insight. The practice is to relax, do not try, breath deeply now and then — flow. Go ahead and get up right now and try it. No space is too small. If you do so, relaxed, you will be making medicine within your own body & mind for no cost. What do you think! Tell us!

Many who have learned more regimented forms of Tai Chi Walking, find this very easy and a huge relief from trying to get it right. If you’ve never done this and want the greatest benefit, you will take on a deep state of acceptance in kind of Eastern Philosophical sort of way. The point isn’t to do something in a particular way. Instead i should be comfortable, fun and very relaxing.

Just fool around! Soon you will be producing the elixir within!

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Tai Chi Waking - Many Versions

Tai Chi Walking – Many Versions