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Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Karma Burning: Frustration

 

Expression is related to communication. Communication, depending on one’s intention, can lead to understanStress management, frustration, enlightenment, tantric qigong, self-mastery, joy, communication, vishuddi, fifth chakra, throat chakrading and cooperation, or to contradiction and conflict.

In a sense, creative expression has its roots in the third chakra. It begins as the desire to create something (physical, mental, or emotional), gathers the power of manifestation, and then travels to the fifth chakra for expression.

If thwarted, our desire, intention, and joy of creating turns to frustration. The greater the obstruction (whether external or internal), and the stronger the individual’s will, the more likely one is to experience frustration. 

Frustration always includes some combination of the emotions of the lower chakras which can be summarized thusly:

Desire to create / express > internal or external blocking > inhibition (disappointment / fear) > anger
anger expressed outwardly > conflict
anger expressed inwardly > self judgment / physical ramifications

Bioenergetically, we keep the “lid on” the unbridled outward expression of frustration by tightening the neck and jaw muscles. If chronic, this response becomes muscular armoring and can lead to physical symptoms such as TMJ syndrome, neck pain, cervical vertebral misalignment, poor posture, and headaches.

 The Evolution of Language

It is most likely that during the Lower Pleistocene Homo habilis and Homo erectus had some form of communication that was an intermediate stage between that of modern humans and that of non-human primates. It is conjectured that these forms were simple nouns and verbs that lacked conjugation or tenses. More sophisticated forms of utterance may have evolved in Neanderthals, though they may have lacked the brain capacity for the modern speech of Homo Sapiens, who may have developed language and art between 50,000 and 200,000 years ago. It is the development of language that helped larger groups of humans to learn to cooperate and work together, migrate to distant areas, and improve their survival skills.

Writing is a form of expression that allows for the communication of ideas over greater time and space than language alone. Cuneiform, the Sumerian system of writing, evolved from a system of clay tokens used to represent goods. By the 4th millennium BC, this evolved into a more standardized method for accounting.  The Sumerian cuneiform and the Egyptian hieroglyphs are historically considered to be the earliest true writing systems. Both systems emerged from proto-literate symbol systems circa

3400–3200 BC, with the earliest coherent texts about 2600 BC.  Thus writing, as we normally conceive of it, is probably only about 5000 years old. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues 4th Chakra

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fourth Chakra

Karma Burning: Interpersonal Relations

The issue of the fourth chakra, Anahata, is interpersonal relations. When this chakra is in balance and supported by healthy consciousness springing from the clarity of the first three 4th chakra, anahata, karma, agape, unconditional love,  tantric qigong, inner peacechakras, we get an open, powerful heart energy. Once this occurs, relations will tend to have the qualities of unconditional love, gratitude, and compassion.

We can all agree that this is an ideal worth working towards. Culturally though, we are not quite there yet. The quality of the fourth chakra’s expression can be, and is, heavily influenced by the lower three.

Relations that have the third chakra as their foundation will be colored by personal power, seeking either control / submission, or cooperation.  If the first two chakras are not clear and balanced, relations will take on aspects of anxiety, vulnerability, self-centered pleasure seeking / pain avoidance.

It may be that love is a relatively recent human development.  Early hominids were concerned with survival and dominance, and their approach to this was fairly self-centered.  Living in survival mode without tools and language, these hominids were probably closer to animals than what we would identify as human.

Homo erectus (circa 1,800,000 BCE – 300,000 AD)  was probably the first hominid to live in a hunter-gatherer society, develop a proto-language, shape more sophisticated stone tools, routinely use fire, and invent the concept of human cooperation. Homo Erectus developed a much larger brain than his predecessors, which aided in the aforementioned inventions. This larger brain and cranium presented new difficulties with childbirth, resulting in the need to birth earlier, and the infants birthed were, in a sense, “premature”. They needed to be smaller just to pass through the birth canal. The resulting infants required much longer to mature to semi-self sufficiency, needing extended nurturing and protection in their longer state of helplessness. Somewhere between Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens, this developed into love and altruism.

Homo Erectus was probably the first hominid to live in small band-societies, the simplest form of human society. A band generally consists of an extended family or clan having no more than 30 to 50 individuals.  A group such as this would have enhanced abilities to defend themselves and hunt in a coordinated group. The earliest evidence of hearths is also associated with Homo erectus. Evidence seems to indicate that these hearths were used for cooking,  warmth, defense against predators, and are likely to have been places of social interaction, making Homo Erectus socially more like modern humans than their predecessors.

buddha, ascension, fourth chakra, anahata, tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, 8 twists of silf, ba duan jing, qigong, enlightenmentWe can see the general curve of human evolution described by the self-centered survival consciousness of early hominids (chakras 1-2), to Homo Erectus’ ability to cooperate and organize themselves into small societies (Chakra 3), to the full-blown and complex forms of social cooperation, interaction, and altruism of Homo Sapiens (Chakras 3-4).

We are on our way, in time, to evolve into a heart-based and compassionate culture. This is not to say that there are no atavistic throwbacks to our early hominid ancestors. Take a look at corporate greed and national politics to see just two examples. As we continue to evolve, Homo Superior or Homo Spiritualis will have the needs of the first three chakras met in a balanced and reasonable way, and will act from the foundation of the heart. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues: 3rd Chakra

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Chakra Issues: Third Chakra

Personal Power

Manipura, the third chakra, is a potent reservoir of qi (chi) in the body. Earthly qi can enter the body through the feet, can be activated or “pumped up” at the Muladhara chakra, and when combined with atmospheric qi, creates life force which can be stored in Manipura. This vital force can be quite dynamic and, like a ChakraBanner3battery, can be in motion or exist in either a potential or quiescent state. Besides the absorption of earthly qi through the feet (or perineum / coccyx if sitting), we can acquire earthly qi through the digestion and assimilation of food. Once assimilated and combined with the heavenly qi we absorb through the breath, this energy becomes our personal qi or life force. 

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Vitality is required to keep the body, mind, and emotions healthy and in good working order. Once these basic needs are satisfied, any surfeit of vitality becomes personal power. In many with Western mindsets, active vitality has a strong tendency to be applied externally, and if one’s personal power is thwarted in some way, this energy can internalized, often in an unhealthy way.  If the first chakra mediates the flight part of the fight or flight response, the third chakra is in charge of the fight part. The primitive part of ourselves feels that the best defense is a strong offense.

 There is no guarantee that one will use one’s life force appropriately in a karma-free sense. Here are some examples of karma inducing uses of personal power:

Externally: one can use one’s personal power to manipulate or dominate other people or the environment. Anger is a subset of this: it appears as the “cure” for our power being thwarted.      Hatred, violence, are other examples.

Internally;  the energy of attack (anger) can be turned against one’s mind and physiology -self hatred, allergies, auto immune conditions, visceral organ malfunction and degradation.

Examples of the appropriate use of personal power:

External: manifesting your desires without karmically infringing upon another, selfless service.

Internal: Self mastery, commitment to a course of personal development, development of spiritual willpower, surrendering to your higher self.

When we have attained the highest level of personal power, and have manifested all our worldly desires, we may begin to yearn for something beyond power and the material. This is spiritual yearning (see: The 3rd Chakra and the Spiritual Purpose of Power ). © 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com. All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues: 1st and 2nd Chakras

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chakra Issues: First and Second Chakras

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Karma Burning: Survival

All fears can be reduced to some flavor of fear of death or concern for one’s welfare and survival. Even social anxiety i.e., fear of being judged or cast out of the tribe to fend for oneself, woChakra 1 and 2 Muladhara, Vishuddiuld have its origin in a concern for personal survival in Paleolithic times. One of the reasons homo sapiens, and primates in general, have adapted and flourished in a hostile world has been the ability to use the group for defense, territorial dominance, food gathering / growing, etc. In modern times, these now irrational fears have led to economic, cultural, and military “dominance displays” which could, in extremis, threaten all human life on this planet.

Karma Burning: Gratification

Gratification is a pleasurable reaction that results from the fulfillment of a desire. The personality trait of uninhibited pleasure-seeking results in a tendency towards hedonism. The inability to experience normal pleasure, desire, or motivation in life is sometimes termed anhedonia.  William James described anhedonia as a “passive joylessness and dreariness, discouragement, dejection, lack of taste and zest and spring.”*

The second chakra has a powerful role in sadness and depression, and one sure sign of depression is a reduced ability to take gratification in simple things as food, friends humor, conversation, sex, etc.

Depending on the degree, delaying gratification could be seen as a valuable life skill related to long term success, happiness, even spiritual awakening.  An example of the latter would be the transmutation of sexual energy, e.g. delaying orgasm and sending your Kundalini upward through the central channel, or the spinal nadis, awakening the chakras and knowledge of the higher Self.

A more permanent pattern of denying gratification without any excitation or transmutation of life force can be a clinical state of avoidance related to a moralistic denial of expression. © 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

*Varieties of Religious Experience Lecture VI, The Sick Soul, William James 1902

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Karma Burning: Chakra Issues part 2

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues,  Breath, Emotional Intelligence and Evolution

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Referring to the tendency of modern technology to be shaped by Paleolithic emotional patterns, Einstein was alleged to have said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity…All our lauded technological progress–our very civilization–is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal…The human spirit must prevail over technology.”  How can we achieve this process of accelerated evolution implied by Einstein?  Try this breathing technique when you feel emotionally challenged: Keep your back straight, inhale slowly and deeply to a count of 5, exhale slowly to a count of 5. Repeat 1-3 times or until calm. If you know the Third Eye Balancing technique, you can also use it to balance your mental / emotional state.

Do this interpersonal experiment: the next time you are confronted by someone who is experiencing great anxiety, anger, or pain, ask them to take a deep breath. The person controlled by the atavistic urges of the amygdala will blast you for suggesting this. The more evolved will endeavor to comply.  

The intention to mediate our bestial aspects is associated with the higher cortical centers which can override the amygdala / brain-stem reactions. I have yet to see a convincing medical Tantric qigong, conscious breathing, spirtual evolutionexplanation for how this intention is generated; this may remain one of the ancient mysteries of spiritual masters. Certainly once put in motion, Intention from our higher centers can subsume and mediate automatic neuro-muscular and endocrine reactions. By asserting control through our higher cortical centers we unite the yin and yang portals of the psychic bridge (third eye) and neutralize the more barbaric urges of the brain stem.

In short, the amygdala represents our primitive aspects and the anterior cingulate cortex and the lateral orbitofrontal cortex develop our higher civilized and spiritual aspects. You can see by the diagram that the anterior cingulate cortex / lateral orbitofrontal cortex is in a direct line between the amygdala / brainstem and the neocortical centers controlled by the third eye (Ajna). It is one of the functions of Cobra Breath to unite and balance these centers, bringing vital, primal energy to the higher centers while soothing and calming the atavistic beast within us. © 2012 Keith E. Hall, www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Karma Burning: Chakra Issues

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues Recurrent emotional and behavioral patterns / habits that are energized and repeatedly re-grooved in our consciousness become Issues.

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Repeated emotional / behavioral patterns that have consistent negative consequences seem to be driven by brain stem and amygdala reactions that are inconsistent with emotional intelligence, or are inappropriate for the stimuli present at the time. We can seem stuck in these patterns like an old vinyl record skipping and repeating the same music over and over. These recurrent emotional / behavioral patterns inform the issues of the lower chakras.brain-evolution-crop-inner-tranq

The human brain is exactly the same as humans living 200,000 years ago. Think about it, we are meeting new, challenging stimuli of the modern world with the same neural circuitry as nomadic cavemen during the Paleolithic Stone Age. We still treat every new stimulus as a potential danger to be defended against. We are using the same old knee jerk fight-or-flight responses of our ancient ancestors 194,000 years before recorded history began. This explains the reactions of patriarchal cultures of terrorism that are both entrenched in Neolithic tribalism and have access to nuclear and electronic technology – kill it or be killed by it, eat it or be eaten, dominate or die.

The Amygdala, Limbic Resonance and Patterns

The limbic system and the brain stem (reptilian brain) are at the center of these quasi-automatic attitudes and responses. In addition to internal automatic brain stem reactions to a threatening stimulus, we tend to come into attunement with other nearby mammals possessing limbic resonance. If you are in close proximity to a person who is angry, you pick up on this. If you have an adoring cat or dog on your lap, you tend to resonate with their emotion.

The amygdala activates fight or flight responses by receiving neural signals that indicate possible threats slightly before other brain centers. Higher cortical areas receive these signals milliseconds later, making it a challenge to override one’s reactions if we judge that immediate action is required. The difficulty is that the older parts of the brain always react as if the stimulus is a true life and death situation requiring immediate action, although the vast majority of the time it is not.

The amygdala processes information unconsciously and has no sense of chronological time. This means that stimuli perceived as a threat in childhood will tend to be perceived the same way in adulthood. So, a memory of a barking dog that frightened you at an early age is recorded by the amygdala and will set off the same fear reactions with similar intensity if you are presented with the same stimulus in the present. This lack of personal historical chronology at the center of the limbic system may be a basis for the perpetuation of negative emotional / behavioral patterns.

Anterior Cingulate Cortex

The anterior cingulate cortex has a mediating role in rational cognitive functions, decision-making, empathy, and modulation of emotional responses through the abundance of specialized neanterior cingulate cortex Tantric Qigongurons called spindle cells. These cells are a relatively recent occurrence in evolutionary terms, so far found only in humans and apes. Whether we use these cell structures fully or not makes all the difference.

The relationship between the anterior cingulate cortex and more primitive brain structures can even explain one’s choice of politics. A now famous study conducted by the University College London (UCL) demonstrated a correlation between larger development of the anterior cingulate cortex and progressive political identification compared to a larger development of the amygdala in retrogressive political identification. “We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala…political attitudes reflect differences in self-regulatory conflict monitoring and recognition of emotional faces by showing that such attitudes are reflected in human brain structure.“*  © 2012 Keith E. Hall, www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

*Kanai, R., Feilden, T., Firth, C., Rees, G. (7 April 2011). Political orientations are correlated with brain structure in young adults. Current Biology

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Can T’ai Chi Keep You From Going Crazy?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
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Can T’ai Chi Keep You From Going Crazy: T’ai Chi and the Physical and Mental Health of College Students

A group of several scientists from the Department of Physical Therapy of Georgia State University conducted a study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine* and Medicine and Sport Science** to assess the mental and physical health in college students and whether the practice of T’ai Chi could improve their overall health.

Tantric QigongStudents attended an hour long T’ai Chi class twice a week for 3 months that included 10 minutes of warm up exercises followed by 50 minutes of T’ai Chi instruction and practice.  Their levels of physical and mental health were measured using a health survey questionnaire (SF-36v2) before and after the intervention.

Assessed physical parameters included physical function, body pain, and general health. The mental assessment included perceptions of one’s vitality, mental, emotional, and social functioning.  What the researchers found was that both physical and mental balance improved over just 3 months or 24 T’ai Chi class sessions. This was particularly noticeable in the mental health arena.

College age students, being younger, tend to be somewhat healthier physically than older adults. Mental health can be a different deal though. The stresses surrounding college life can be quite significant, and students tend to be less experienced in healthy mechanisms to cope with this. The findings that T’ai Chi noticeably improved the students’ perception of their mental balance is therefore quite significant. My own experience as a college student learning T’ai Chi was that the practice was quite calming and balancing, in fact, an emotional lifesaver!

The scientists concluded their research paper by recommending that colleges offer “Tai Chi as a component of their ongoing physical activity programs available to students.” So, yes, T’ai Chi can perhaps keep you from going crazy. Even if you are A College Student Gone Wild!  © 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

*Am J Chin Med. 2004;32(3):453-9

**Med Sport Sci. 2008;52:135-45

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T’ai Chi, Tantric Qigong and Sleep

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

T’ai Chi, Tantric Qigong, Meditation, and Sleep

Good, deep, restful sleep is like a cool draught of spring water to someone wandering in a baking desert. Our stressful, harried lives require good quality sleep, yet our ability to achieve these deep states seems to be slipping.

In the UK, one third of the population report that they suffer from insomnia and, according to a 2002 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 58% of adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia for at least a few nights each week.*

Prevalence and Etiology  Insomnia appears to be more common in women; however the quality of sleep often deteriorates with age in both men and women. Additionally, insomniacs often experience fatigue during the day, fall asleep at work or have difficulty concentrating, poor memory, and can experience irritability. Persons suffering from insomnia can also wake up frequently during the night, have problems going back to sleep, wake up too early, and often feel tired following sleep.

Health conditions such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and menopause; medications, drugs, poor nutrition, bad habits such as over-consumption of caffeine and alcohol, pain or other physical discomfort, shift work, negative emotional states such as anger, OCD, and depression, even the anxiety about sleeping well itself can contribute significantly to the degradation of your sleep quality.

T’ai Chi Can Improve Sleep   In research conducted by Li F, et al. of the Oregon Research Institute and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the ability of T’ai t'ai-pul-innertranqChi to improve the quality of sleep was studied in a group of older adults. 118 men and women, ranging in age from 60 to 92, were randomly delegated to either a T’ai Chi or a low impact exercise class meeting for one hour, three times a week for six months. The two groups exhibited the same sleep duration at the beginning of the study. At the conclusion of the trial, the T’ai Chi practitioners showed significant improvement in sleep quality compared to the low impact exercise group as measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). The T’ai Chi-ists were able to fall asleep 18 minutes faster each night and slept 48 minutes more than the exercise group. The researchers concluded that “Tai chi appears to be effective as a nonpharmacological approach to sleep enhancement for sleep-disturbed elderly individuals.”**

How does this work?  The researchers did not postulate the mechanisms involved in the improvement of sleep quality through the practice of T’ai Chi. However, with several decades of practice and teaching under my belt, I am willing to hazard a few guesses about this:

1. T’ai Chi (and Tantric Qigong) reduces pain and physical discomfort through gentle movements that improve blood flow, circulating out toxins while presenting no physical stress to the body.

2. T’ai Chi and Tantric Qigong increase oxygenation and vital energy (qi, chi) while at the same time balancing the active and receptive or quiescent aspects of this energy (yin and yang).

3. The gentle stretching characteristic of T’ai Chi reduces muscle spasticity and joint compaction that can lead to pain.

4. Like meditation, Tantric Qigong and T’ai Chi’s conscious breath patterns unite the frontal cortical centers with brain stem and limbic functions resulting in more self mastery and a concomitant decrease in negative emotional states.  Training the brain to attain deep Theta states will also relax a person so deeply as to bring them to the threshold of sleep. © 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com .  All rights reserved.

*2002 Sleep in America Poll, National Sleep Foundation.

**J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004 Jun;52(6):892-900. Tai chi and self-rated quality of sleep and daytime sleepiness in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Li F, Fisher KJ, Harmer P, Irbe D, Tearse RG, Weimer C. Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon.

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Qigong and Blood Pressure

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Qigong and Blood Pressure

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It is well known that moderate exercise and relaxation are helpful in the reduction of hypertension. Qigong (Chi Kung), with its gentle movements and coordinated breathing patterns, might seem to be an ideal exercise candidate for reducing blood pressure. Calming, centering and mildly aerobic in the sense of continuous conscious breathing, qigong has obvious benefits in promoting a relaxation response. But does it actually lower blood pressure?

There have been several interesting medical studies done on this question. BM Cheung, et al of the University of Hong Kong conducted a randomized controlled trial to study the effect of Guolin qigong on blood pressure.   88 patients with mild essential hypertension were recruited for a four month qigong and exercise program. they found at the conclusion of 16 weeks of training that their patients had lowered their blood pressure by an average of  11 points. they also found that “General health, bodily pain, social functioning and depression also improved…”*

MS Lee, et al did a study of 58 volunteers with essential hypertension split into a qigong group and a control group to investigate the efficacy of Qigong as a non-pharmacological treatment.  After 10 weeks of qigong training both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure significantly decreased. The researchers observed “a significant reduction of norepinephrine, epinephrine, cortisol, and stress levels”  in the Qigong group. The authors conclude that “these results suggest that Qigong may reduce BP and catecholamines via stabilizing the sympathetic nervous system.  Therefore, Qigong is an effective non-pharmacological modality to reduce BP in essential hypertensive patients.”**

Reporting in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Lee’s group of researchers also noticed improved breathing among the qigong patients participating in this study. “The ventilatory functions, forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume per sec., were increased in the Qigong group but not the control. These results suggest that Qigong may stabilize the sympathetic nervous system” and improve “ventilatory functions in mildly  hypertensive middle-aged patients.”***

These studies show the efficacy of qigong practice in reducing blood pressure, pain and stress levels, increasing lung capacity and breathing, and improving social functioning, depression and general health within 10 – 16  weeks. (c) 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

*Cheung BM, Lo JL, Fong DY, Chan MY, Wong SH, Wong VC, Lam KS, Lau CP, Karlberg JP. Randomised controlled trial of qigong in the treatment of mild essential hypertension. J Hum Hypertens. 2005 Sep;19(9):697-704.

**Lee MS, Lee MS, Kim HJ, Moon SR. Qigong reduced blood pressure and catecholamine levels of patients with essential hypertension. Int J Neurosci. 2003 Dec;113(12):1691-701.

***Lee MS, Lee MS, Choi ES, Chung HT. Effects of Qigong on blood pressure, blood pressure determinants and ventilatory function in middle-aged patients with essential hypertension. Am J Chin Med. 2003;31(3):489-97.

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Qigong, Osteoporosis and Bone Density

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Qigong, Osteoporosis and Bone Density

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In an study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion and the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials was undertaken to determine the health benefits of Qigong, including various T’ai Chi forms.  T’ai Chi is a more recent moving form of the ancient practice of  Qigong.  This article deals specifically with results pertaining to osteoporosis and the ability to recover bone density.

The usual recommendations for increasing bone formation and strength are resistance and weight bearing exercise. Although Qigong does not usually involve significant resistance in the muscular sense, and only nominal weight bearing, four separate studies revealed positive effects on bone wellness.  This was particularly noticeable in post menopausal women. Bone loss was slowed and fractures were less common. One study showed improved bio-markers for bone health.  More specifically, bone density actually increased in women.  Additionally, H H Chen showed that a 12 week program of training in The 8 Treasures (Baduanjin qigong) showed significant improvements in bone mass compared to a control group.

This results may seem counter-intuitive for practitioners steeped in the western allopathic model. How can bone mass increase with no resistance training and only minimal weight bearing? This one of the very many mysteries to the western mindset of these ancient Taoist practices. It may very well be possible that these outcomes are related to the stimulation of the endocrine system via the channeling of vital energy (qi, chi) through the chakras, which have partial control over the functioning of the endocrine glands. We study this in some depth in our advanced levels of Tantric Qigong training. (c) 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

Jahnke, et al. A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. Am J Health Promot. 2010 JUL-AUG; 24(6): e1–e25.
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