In Chinese medicine, the concept of Qi is used both in the diagnosis and in treatment. A basic principle of Chinese medicine is that you have to re balance the Qi before you can cure the root of a disease. Only then can you also repair the physical damage and rebuild your physical strength and health. This theory is very simple. Your entire body is made up of living cells. When these cells receive the proper Qi supply, they will function normally and even repair themselves.

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This Chi Kung has three underlying factors that help to make it powerful. They are different aspects of the Yin Yang theory and enrich the layers of the different stages.

The first principle is Alignment. The head must be aligned towards the north with your feet towards the south. This places the body in proper alignment with respect to the polarity of the earth's magnetic fields which in turn synchronizes us to the magnetic fields of the universe.

herbal teas

A tea is a water extract of the herb or herbs. Water acts as the solvent for the herbs and the heating process pulls or extracts the medicinal components of the herbs into the water. Once it is cooked you drink the tea. Teas are an effective way to use herbs as you can modify the formula to your particular needs and they are rapidly absorbed. This is a good way to use herbs if you don't mind the taste of the herbs or the time involved in preparation.

There are many "natural herbal" supplements available too. Unfortunately, most are manufactured by companies whose chief aim is to make money instead of promoting health. These companies have little, if any, concept on how or why herbs should be used and combined. The result of marketing herbal products without knowledge has given a lot of bad press to the legitimate herbal industry. An example of lack of herbal knowledge in manufacturing was seen in the 1990's when multi-level marketing companies sold Ma-huang (ephedra) combined with guarana.

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

This article is an excerpt from the new second edition of Dr. Yang's popular Qi gong guide is for martial artists and health seekers who want to improve their health and vitality, increase their strength and develop explosive martial power. Dr. Yang shares ten complete sets of effective Qigong exercises, teaches meditation, and discusses the theory of Chinese Qigong and Chinese medicine.

Meditation Breathing