Tong Zi Liao means pupil crevice and is one of the strong acupuncture points. It is located one inch to the side of our eyes.
It belongs to the Gall Bladder Channel and is also sometimes known by another name, Tai Yang.
This point can help headaches and help clear pressure from the head. Some Asian people massage this point to help car or sea sickness. Others will even rub medicated oil into this area, especially for headaches.
In martial arts, when someone hits this point, it can knock them down.
Dai Mei means Belt Channel and is a very important point at the lower part of the body.
It is located in a straight line down from the end of the eleventh rib and is horizontally level with the navel. This point can help stomachache, blood circulation, tension and women’s menstrual pains. (more…)
These exercises will calm the mind and sympathetic nervous system, stimulate the internal organs and restore your balance. They can improve the condition of those with problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, insomnia and neurasthenia (a problem concerning the nervous system).
1. Rub the hands together until they feel hot.
2. Massage the Tai Yeung points with the hands, rotating nine times first in an anti-clockwise direction, then in an clockwise direction. (fig .i)
3. Interlock your fingers together (fig.ii) and hold the back of your neck. Move your head back a little and massage the neck by moving the hands left to right. Repeat nine to eighteen times. (more…)
The organs on the head are referred to in Traditional Chinese Medicine as the seven apertures or openings. Namely the nostrils, eyes, ears (each with two openings) and the mouth which includes the lips, teeth, tongue, and pharynx. These are important organs to ones life and looks, and the Chinese people have since ancient times evolved ways to keep them fit and to prevent diseases as well as to maintain good looks. Detailed descriptions can found in the Nei Jing, and the Yellow Emperor’s Manual of Internal Medicine, which is the oldest extant Chinese medical book written some two thousand years ago.
Following are some simple ways to keep these organs in good condition.
1. The Nose.
The nose governs respiration. Through the nostrils filthy air is exhaled and fresh air inhaled. It is the common belief that the nostrils should be big enough; for example, a horse with big nostrils has staying power and does not gasp for breath galloping a short distance. This is because the big nostrils facilitate the inhaling of air. The same is true of human beings. Another point is that the nostrils should face downward to avoid taking in dirt directly. (more…)
The use of the mind in Qigong is a very controversial topic. Some teachings emphasise it and others do not. However, much of this debate could be over a misunderstanding of the Chinese concept of `the mind’.
There is a lot of debate in Qigong circles about the use of the mind in training and in Qigong practice in general. Various systems advertise the use of the mind to move energy through the microcosmic orbit (Ren and Du channels), or to guide energy through the acupuncture meridians to remove blockages. The opening of the Ren and Du Channels to form the energy circuit known as the ‘Small Circulation’ is one of the fundamental principles of Qigong practice.
Many popular systems (particularly in the West) advocate focusing one’s thoughts on focusing one’s thoughts on various acupuncture points along this route, sometimes working on one point for days, weeks or even months until it is felt to “open”. Likewise, ‘Meridian Meditation’ practises involve the practitioners learning the location of the various acupuncture channels and then mentally guiding the energy through the channels, until energy can be sensed flowing within them.
On the other hand, many Qigong systems, the Kunlun Dayan Qigong system included, are opposed to this method of using thought to induce energy flow. Does this mean that some Qigong systems believe in mind over matter and some do not? And what is really meant by the concept of ‘mind’ in Qigong philosophy? – Let us examine this point. (more…)