Qi Exercises & Approach to Digestion

This passage provides insights into various Qigong exercises and techniques to aid in digestion naturally using the body’s energy points. It emphasizes that addressing digestion issues should be comprehensive, considering diet and lifestyle. Here are the key points and exercises for better digestion from a Qigong perspective:

Swallowing Saliva

  • Swish the tongue on each side of the mouth 36 times.
  • Collect saliva in your mouth and swallow it down to your dantian (located 3 finger widths below the belly button and 3 finger widths inward into your stomach).
  • Divide the saliva into 3 different gulps.
  • Alternatively, move the tongue around the teeth both front and back, in both directions, 36 times each for a total of 4 sets.
  • Both methods aid in digestion and may help with heartburn and acid reflux.

Massaging the Lips

  • Place the palm of your hand directly over the mouth.
  • Massage in a circular motion 36 times, then reverse the direction.
  • This stimulates energy points in the mouth area connected to the pancreas and stomach, aiding digestion.
  • Rub your hands together to warm them before massaging the lips.

Massaging the Corners of the Mouth

  • Similar to the lips massage but focusing on the corners of the mouth.
  • Alternatively, pat these areas with your fingers for 1-2 minutes if rubbing is challenging.
  • This exercise connects to the large intestines and digestive system.

Shuai Shou or “Arm Swinging”

  • Swing the arms up and down in a relaxed manner, starting from shoulder height.
  • Keep the body relaxed, and the feet grip the ground like a cat.
  • This stimulates the stomach channels and improves circulation.
  • Bend down slightly on every fifth swing as part of the exercise.

Bouncing Exercise (Alternative)

  • Used by Spring Forest Qigong.
  • Good for opening lung channels and is a warm-up activity before active Qigong exercises.

Drinking Tea

  • Warm tea aids digestion and blood circulation compared to cold drinks.
  • Polyphenols in tea help digest meals.
  • Types like Pu’er and Green Tea, rich in catechins and flavonoids, are beneficial.
  • Drinking tea after meals can speed up metabolism.

Maintaining Balance

  • Ensure a balance between water, fruit, and vegetable intake.
  • Constipation may result from insufficient fruit and water consumption.
  • For those with excessive bowel movements, consider reducing oily foods in the diet.

The passage emphasizes the holistic approach of Qigong in maintaining good digestion and overall health. These exercises and dietary considerations can be incorporated into daily routines to promote better digestive health naturally.