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The most loved season is here, summer! The organ that is associated with this season is the Heart. As a rule, the Heart is very sensitive in the summertime. The Heart is in the Yin channel, and when the summer Yang arrives, it can increase the Qi level of the Heart and therefore cause issues to one’s health. Any disturbances that are considered harmful to the Heart are more severe during the summertime.

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Heart

The emotion connected to the Heart is happiness. Although happiness is viewed as something positive, sometimes too much of a good thing can cause harm. When one is excessively happy, they tend to be very excited. This over excitement causes an increase of Qi to the Heart. This causes an excess of the Heart Fire. This is illustrated by fever, delirium, fast heart beat, profound restlessness, insomnia, a bright red face and a red or blistered painful tongue. The color of the tongue reflects the condition of the heart blood.

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The main functions of the Heart are correlated with the Shen (spirit) and the blood vessels. The Heart governs the blood vessels and is responsible for circulating blood through them.     Shen (spirit) refers to the function of processing all incoming sensory and emotional information and supervising the body&mind reaction to it. Therefore, some forms of emotional distress, dizziness, palpitations, and shortness of breath.

Almost all the issues and disorders of the Heart are correlated with excess. There are four major types of Heart weaknesses. They are Deficient Heart Qi, Deficient Heart Yang, Deficient Heart Blood and Deficient Heart Yin.

Deficient Heart Qi has symptoms of by general lethargy, panting and shallow breathing and frequent sweating.
Deficient Heart Yang has symptoms of a swollen, with bluish-green color, and the limbs are cold.
Deficient Heart Blood has symptoms of restlessness, irritability, dizziness, absentmindedness, and insomnia.
Deficient Heart Yin has symptoms of flushed feelings in the palms and face, low grade fever, and night sweating.

Bitter is the flavor with direct connection to the Heart. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine,bitter taste  can clear heat from the body, especially from the heart. When someone has excess heat, the body will show symptoms such as ulcers in the mouth, red face, emotional, heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia and dreaminess. Usually the urine is dark or yellow. The tip of the tongue can be very red or burning, with a bitter taste in the mouth. Sometimes the origin of the heat comes from the liver or gall bladder. Eating some bitter foods can make your treatment more successful such as: bitter melon(ku gua),   mustard leaf and other bitter green vegetables.

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Ku Gua (bitter melon)

Qigong training, such as Baduanjin Qigong, during the summertime, will help regulate the Heart.

 

 

References: The Root of Chinese Qigong, Dr Yang,Jwing-Ming,1997

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Winter is now in full swing and it is important to talk about the kidneys,as they are the organ related to this season.

The kidneys are important for the regulation of our bodies Original Essence or Jing.
Since the weather is cold now, the surrounding air is also Yin and the  Qi levels of the kidneys are diminished.

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Kidneys in traditional Chinese medicine

Will, determination, and   memory are attributed to the kidney.Should the  kidney Jing becomes exhausted, it shall result in a weak will and poor memory  .

The kidneys are  in charge of water.Fluids reach the kidney after they have been absorbed by the stomach, raised upwards by the spleen, and moistened downwards by the lung

The kidneys are responsible for ones bones too.An ample amount of  kidney Jing, makes both the bone (supporting the body) and the brain (supporting the mind)   at a level of ideal energy. On the other hand, a low kidney Jing will bring about frail bones and a dull spirit.

Since the teeth are also part of are bone structure, they also rely on the nourishment of the kidney. If the Jing is plentiful, the teeth are firm; if not, they become loose or fall out.

Ancient texts often consider the head’s hair to be a direct outgrowth of the brain, which would relate it to the kidney. The growth pattern and general luster of the hair is an important indication for the condition of prenatal Jing( the condition of health we are born with).

F ear is the emotion connected to the kidneys . When one is living in fear, it weakens the kidneys. Fright, in a long-term notion turns into fear. Should one be abused (any sort), and becomes ongoing, this leads to fear of when this abuse will happen again.

 

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Living in fear damages the kidneys

 

Edema (fluid retention) is usually a sign of toxins accumulated in the kidneys. The body can naturally detox the kidneys. The kidneys naturally detox from 5pm-7pm. Therefore even light exercise during this time can aid the kidneys eliminate toxins. Types of fungus and kelp are considered  good food for the kidneys. Eating them at dinner time while also help.

It is also believed that slight increasing the  intake of salt, taken during the water season (winter) contributes to preserving the kidney against the cold.However,excessive consumption of salty foods is discouraged, as it will harm the kidneys.

When this happens, the Qi flow will be sluggish and the back will become sore and ache, especially the lower back. It is important that the kidney area be protected so that Qi will not be lost out of your body. One method is to wear warm clothes, especially around the waist. The other methods to improve Qi circulation in the kidney area, is to learn Qigong, such as Ba Duan Jin, and massage techniques using the Qi in your hands to help circulate the kidneys.

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Kidney massage

 

Reference: The Root of Chinese Qigong, by Dr.Yang,Jwing-Ming

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Yin/Yang in Qi Gong

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The concept of Yin and Yang has a deep meaning within the world of Qi Gong. Yin/Yang in Qi Gong practice, does not mean that there are two type of Qi. Qi is Qi. When one says that Qi is Yin or Yang, it means that the Qi is too strong or too weak. This means it is a relative, not an absolute. If the Qi is stronger than t is in the normal state, it is Yang, and when if it is weaker than this, it is Yin.

When discussing Qi within the body, the reference point is a normal, healthy status of Qi in a part of the body. If the Qi is stronger than it is in the normal state, it is Yang, and naturally, if it is weaker than this, it is Yin. Certain organs of the body are split into Yin or Yang organs. The Yin organs are the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen. The Yang organs are the gall bladder, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, and bladder. Generally speaking, the Qi level of the Yin organs is lower than that of the Yang organs. The Yin organs store Original Essence and process the Essence obtained from food and air, while the Yang organs handle the digestion and excretion.
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When the Qi in any of your organs is not in its normal state, you feel discomfort. If it is very much off from the normal state, the organ will start to malfunction, and you may then become sick. When this happens, the Qi in your entire body will also be affected and you will feel too Yang, such as perhaps feverish, or too Yin, such as weakness after diarrhea.

Your body’s Qi level is also affected by natural environmental circumstances such as weather, climate, and seasonal changes. That is why it is not advisable to practice Qigong when there is a sudden weather change (eg.thunderstorm) because your practice will interfere with body’s natural readjustment to the new environment.

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Not a time to practice Qi Gong!

Your body’s Qi level is also affected by your natural environments, such as the weather, climate and seasonal changes. Therefore, when the body’s Qi level is classified, the reference point is the level which feels most comfortable for those particular circumstances. Therefore each one of us is different and what feels best and most natural for one person may be a bit different from what is right for another person.

Breath is closely related to the state of your Qi, and therefore also considered Yin or Yang. When you exhale you expel air from your Lungs, your mind moves outward, and the Qi around the body expands. Therefore, one’s exhale is Yang, expanding, offensive and strong, while the inhale is Yin.

Emotion’s too have Yin and Yang. When one loses their temper, your breathing is short and fast becoming Yang. When you are sad, your body is more Yin, and you inhale more than you exhale to absorb the Qi from the air to balance the body’s Yin to bring back into balance. When you are excited and happy, your body is Yang. You exhale longer than you inhale in order to get rid of the excess Yang caused by the excitement.

The concept of Yin and Yang is a founding part of Chinese philosophy and medicine.
Within the universe it is believed that it is made up of 2 opposite forces, Yin and Yang. They must balance each other. This also applies to the human body. When the Yin and Yang in the human body lose their balance, sickness and even death can occur. The Yin and Yang forces of the earth can affect the Yin/Yang balance in the human body. Therefore, if you wish to have a healthy body and live a long life, you need to know how to adjust your body’s Yin/Yang, and how to coordinate your Qi with the Yin/Yang energy of heaven and earth.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine and Qi Gong believe that they must seek to understand the Yin and Yang of nature and the human body before they can adjust and regulate the body’s energy balance into a more harmonious state. Only then can health be maintained and the causes of sickness can be corrected.

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There will be Qigong workshop December 15th from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.

Location 4850 Wellington, Verdun  Qc H4G 1X4

cost:$20

 

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Your emotions and one’s kidneys

According to Chinese medicine, our emotions are tighly related to our organs. Anger affects the liver; Happiness affects the heart; melancholy affects the spleen; sadness affects the lungs; fear affects the kidneys.

Therefore to protect one’s kidneys, one should avoid fear. Fear originates from one’s mind. One should remembe that fear will not solve certain problems. One must face one’s personal dilemmas and search for the proper solutions.
Once one’s mind is clear, one will understand how to avoid situations that cause one to be in fear. This is the process of regulating one’s mind, and is the way to maintain your kidneys in better condition.

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Food and one’s kidneys

As we all know, to preserve one’s health and to hope to live a longer life, one must always be concerned on what one eats. Everything one eats will get converted into Qi and nourish one’s body.
According to Chinese medicine, highly acidic foods can make your body to Yang, and too much alkaline foods can make it Yin. For example, eating too much acidic food will increase the chances of hearburn, while soft drinks will cool down the fire and body heat. Therefore, different kinds of foods will place stress on different organs. For example, too much alcohol will increase the working load and stress on one’s liver.

There are also several food, which eaten in excess, will affect the condition of your kidneys. Too much salt can weaken one’s kidneys. Ginseng is good for the kidneys in the wintertime, but not as good in the summer since one always have enough Qi to nourish the kidneys then.

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Weather and your Kidneys

Our kidneys are part of the bodies Yin organs. In Chinese medicine, there are Yin and Yang organs.
On one hand, Yin means deficient. The Yin organs are the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen and pericardium.
The Yang, on the other hand, means excessive, overactive and overheated. The Yang organs are the gall bladder, large and small intestine, stomach, bladder and Triple Burner.

The kidneys are important for the regulation of our bodies Original Essence or Jing.
Since the weather is cold now, the surrounding air is also Yin and the  Qi levels of the kidneys are diminished. When this happens, the Qi flow will be sluggish and the back will become sore and ache, especially the lower back. It is important that the kidney area be protected so that Qi will not be lost out of your body. One method is to wear warm clothes, especially around the waist. The other methods to improve Qi circulation in the kidney area, is to learn Qigong, such as Ba Duan Jin, and massage techniques using the Qi in your hands to help circulate the kidneys.

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