By Tony Bujas
In general, daily practice of health/medical qigong and meditational/spiritual qigong is definitely worth doing. Also following a healthy lifestyle and having your needs met are important - a healthy diet, physical exercise, stress reduction, relaxation, love...
Medical qigong is good for the organs & meridians of the body and increasing qi. Kidney and Liver Qigong especially would benefit the eyes. Also heart Qigong would be good if you tend to have red eyes which might indicate that your heart may have too much Yang energy.
Relaxation (Fa Sung Gong) qigong helps you release tension and get in touch with your body and it's systems.
Cleansing Qigong helps remove bad qi from the body and replenishes good qi.
Unifying yourself with the universe helps you to let go and allows natural balancing to occur, this qigong can effect the emotions quite strongly in some cases. Meditations can help quiet the mind, allow insights, and work with the spirit.
As an adjunct to the many methods found in Grandmaster Liang's rich book Qigong Empowerment, I offer these simple eye exercises that Sifu introduced to us.
Start off with 9 repetitions and work your way up to 18 repetitions of each exercise.
- Circle/Roll your eyes 9 times clockwise, then 9 times anti-clockwise.
- Look Up then Down 9 times; then, Look Down then Up 9 times.
- Sideways, Look Left to Right 9 times; then, Right to Left 9 times.
- Diagonal, Look from the bottom right corner to top left corner of your eye, 9 times; then, diagonally from bottom left corner to top right corner of your eye, 9 times.
- For support, place each of your thumbs on its respective temple, then using the side knuckles of your index fingers, Massage your Eyebrows 9 times, start from nose bridge and finish when your index knuckles meet the thumbs, for one repetition.
- Carefully also Massage under your eyes - your cheekbones 9 times, using the side knuckles of your index fingers, start with one knuckle adjacent to each side of the nose and work outwards, for one repetition. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BREAK YOUR SKIN. USE A LITTLE CREAM IF YOU HAVE VERY SENSITIVE SKIN.
- Close your eyes and using the tips/finger-pads of your index, middle and ring fingers, Massage your eyeballs circularly, 9 times clockwise, then 9 times anti-clockwise, gently apply pressure inward while rotating.
- Press and massage the following acupuncture/acupressure points: (press firmly into the point hollow and massage using a circular motion, using both your index fingers simultaneously.)
- Finish by bringing qi and Warmth to your hands by rubbing them together, then cover each eye with it's respective palm and send your qi into your eyes - hold for at least one minute. You can close your eyes or keep them open while they are covered.
- Zanzhu (U.B. 2) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies in the depressions at the inner ends of the eyebrows.
- Jingming (U.B. 1) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose.
- One inch above Zanzhu, not a traditional acupuncture point, but lies on the Urinary Bladder Channel.
- Tongziliao (G.B. 1) Gall Bladder Channel, lies in the cavities on the outside corners of the eye sockets.
- Chengqi (St.1) directly blow the pupil on the infraorbital ridge bone
- Sibai (St. 2) Stomach Channel, lies on the edge of the eye socket, below the edge of the bony orbit, directly below the pupil when looking straight ahead.
- Midpoint below the eyebrow, bottom part of the bony structure - press upwards.
- Yuyao Midpoint of the eyebrow in the hollow.
- Sizhukong (S.J. 23) Sanjiao or Triple Burner Channel, in the depression at the outside end of the eyebrow.
* Taiyang in the bony depression just behind Tongziliao.