This article discusses the relationship between lung channels in TCM and various Qi techniques to stimulate these channels for improved wellbeing, including both physical and emotional aspects. Here are the key points and exercises related to lung channel stimulation:
Lung Channels and Congestion
- Chinese medicine and Qigong consider the whole body and its corresponding channels when addressing congestion or breathing issues.
- Western medicine often focuses on specific areas, but a holistic approach is beneficial for better results.
Stimulating the Arms
- Lung and heart channels are located on the inside of the arms.
- Cupping the arms lightly with hands can stimulate energy flow to the lungs, clearing blockages.
- Helps with breathing problems, coughing, sinus issues, chest congestion, and runny noses.
- Repeat the exercise multiple times, moving from the top inner part of the arm down to the wrist for about a minute or so.
Torso and Pancreas Channel
- The sides of the torso (from armpit to waist on both sides) contain the pancreas channel.
- Patting these areas activates energy channels connected to the lungs, benefiting coughing and breathing issues.
- Also beneficial for pancreas problems and pneumonia.
- Pat each side for about a minute.
- Use the middle finger to massage the point in the middle of the chest between the breasts.
- Massage in a circular motion (clockwise or counterclockwise) for 1-3 minutes.
- Helps alleviate shortness of breath, coughing, chest congestion, and depression.
- Positive affirmations can be combined with the massage to address emotional aspects.
Emotional Aspects and Body-Mind Connection
- Emotions significantly impact the body.
- Stiffness and soreness in the chest area can be associated with emotional states like depression.
- Stimulating energy points can help release emotional blockages.
- The lung channels are associated with the color white, and visualizing white energy during exercises can enhance their effectiveness.
- Breathing system is interconnected with the hair, teeth, nose, throat, and large intestine, and patting exercises can stimulate these areas.
Recommended Qigong Exercises
- “Breathing of the Universe” and “Harmony of the Universe” in Spring Forest Qigong are recommended for stimulating lung energy directly.
- Deep-breathing meditation exercises decrease stress, detoxify the body, and help the body cleanse itself.
- Slower exhalation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and clearing energy channels in the lungs.
- Meditation improves mood and emotional well-being.
This passage underscores the holistic approach of TCM and Qi techniques in addressing both physical and emotional aspects of health by stimulating energy channels associated with lung function. It highlights the interconnectedness of the body-mind system and the importance of addressing emotions in the healing process.