Lung Qigong (Part 1)
By Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang and Master Wen-Ching Wu
According to TCM, the lungs are not only responsible for respiration, they are also responsible for maintaining normal water metabolism. Normal water circulation, especially that of the urinary bladder is made possible by the downward drive of qi from the lungs. The lungs are also responsible for supplyingthe skin with nutrients and superficial resistance to pathogenic influences. Diseases of the lungs make people perspire spontaneously and more vulnerable to colds. The lungs have their specific opening in the nose.
Since the skin and hair are the outer most layer of your body, they are the protective layersto fend against pathogenicinfluences of the environment. When the lung-qi is abundant, then the guardian-qi will also be abundant, which in turn can protect against pathogenic influences of the environment, and improve the body's immunity.
Most of the energy generated from metabolism is used up during our daily routines, with only a small portion of the energy stored for emergencies. If the storage of energy is not kept up, the balance of yin-yang in the human body can easily be disrupted when the individual is overtired, injured, or attacked by pathogenic influences.
An average person only uses a fraction of their lung cells in regular breathing. With the practiceof Lung Qigong, you will increase the usage of our lungs, increase your oxygen intake, thus increasing your energy intake from breathing. When the intake of energy is more than what is needed to maintain normal daily functions, the excess will be stored in your dantian to nourish your original-qi. When your original-qi is full, yin-yang will gradually return to a balance and illness can be corrected.
Part 1. Cleansing the Lungs
This Qigong technique is used for healing emphysema, asthma, gastroptosis, and a prolapse of the uterus.
Movement and Intention:
Step1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, head and body upright, eyes lookstraightahead, and arms placed naturally at your sides. Then overlap both hands on top of your dantian (Figure 1-6).
Men, keep your left hand on dantian, with your right hand on top of your left hand. Women, keep your right hand on your dantian, with your left hand on top of your right hand.
Step 2. Press gently on your dantian as you exhale and draw your abdomen in. As you exhale, bend your upper body forward. Use your mind to imagine that you are touching your abdomen toyourback(Figure 1-7). Then straighten your body and breathe in naturally. Repeat 3 times.
Step 3. From an upright position, lean back lightly as you extend both arms slightly back while inhaling (Figure 1-8). When extending your arms back, expand your lungs as much as possible, then hold your breath for as long as you can. Then return to the upright position as you exhale all the impurities from your mouth.
- In Step 2, your intent is placed on exhalation only, inhale naturally. Physically, the bending movementis directly stimulation the diaphragm to improve its elasticity. If you have poor balance, you should do this exercise sitting down.
- In Step 3, the abdomen draws in during inhalation, where as, in Step 1, the abdomen draws induring exhalation.
- In Step 3, hold up your huiyin area slightly as you inhale, but do not sink your qi to your dantian. Push up with your head slightly. Inhale from your nose and exhale through your mouth. Physically, this exercise stimulates the lungs to an elevated state. It trains you to use more of your lungs.
- Don't overextend your body when leaning back. Only lean to the point that you do not tense up or lose your balance.