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.

sun in hand


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

mature adults practicing tai chi

For those of you that have practiced martial arts for many years and then let them go for one reason or another, there is still hope! Most martial artists have a real passion for their art. Even after not practicing for a brief, or long time, you never forget the moves or the fun you had while in good shape. But you have not worked out for a while and you're out of shape. What do you do?

An art is best learnt in its culture. One remarkable difference between the culture of the east and the west is the respect shown to a master. In this connection I have little complaint because my students, from both the east and the west, generally show much respect to me. But I have met many eastern masters commenting on the lack of respect, sometimes utter disrespect, shown to them. Often it is because of the western students' ignorance of eastern ways rather than their willful discourtesy that their eastern masters of chi kung or kung fu (including taijiquan) regard as disrespect.

Sifu Wong receiving the "Qigong Master of the Year" award at the Second World Congress on Qigong in San Francisco, November 1997

Having a good master is definitely a tremendous blessing in kungfu, taijiquan and qigong training. As mediocre instructors are so common nowadays -- some even start to teach after having attended only a few week-end seminars -- finding a great master is like finding a gem in a haystack. Here are some guidelines to help you find one.

An Example of What He Teaches

I remember one afternoon, when I was 17 years old, I went to see my White Crane master. I was a bit depressed and I had hoped to receive some comfort and sympathy from him. I told him that I was depressed about the fact that there were some White Crane techniques which I could not perform as skillfully as one of my classmates, who was a couple of years younger than me.

If you are a Chinese martial artist, I believe that you may have noticed many of the strange phenomena happening in Western Chinese martial arts society for the last twenty years. Many of you may have noticed these phenomena and let them happen. Many of you may get upset and feel you cannot do too much about it. If you are an enthusiastic Chinese martial artist, I invite you to read this article carefully and think about it. It is our future and responsibility. It is we who must change the wrong path into the right one.