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Autumn is here in full swing, and that means the seasonal Qi becomes crisp and clear, and as seen in food crops, rely on this Qi force to become ripe and complete.

When one has a strong physical vitality, it means one’s Lung QI is high. Even our posture shows our sense of self-worth. An open chest (good posture) shows good physical/mental health; a poor posture (lungs collapsed) can mean can mean poor health, both physically and mentally.

When one has low Lung Qi, it means low vitality and a poor immune system. Breathing may be shallow and there may be respiratory problems. The overall circulation of one’s Qi may be weak.

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The Lung is associated with the phase element metal, the direction west and the season of autumn.   Typically, the Lung is sensitive to dryness as well as to cold and heat.

Just like a metal object absorbs the temperature of its environment in an instant, the metal organ (Lung) is most easily influenced by external extremes of heat or cold. The Lung Qi is nourished by breathing. Therefore clean, fresh air is important for a strong Qi in the lungs.

 

 

The Lung is receives its Qi from the air we breathe. The Lung is known as the Delicate Organ, which means it’s extremely sensitive to the influence of evil Qi. There are six excesses that can   influences   easily cause a state if imbalance in the Lungs.  These six are: Wind, Cold, Heat, Moisture, Dryness, and Summer Heat. Because the Lungs are usually the first to be attacked by external diseases, they are called the Delicate Organ. Other negative Qi are viruses and the quality or air we breathe. These disturbances     can   cause the Qi to stagnate towards the Lung. Coughing, asthma and congestion is the main symptom of a problem with the Lungs.

External conditions like environmental cold, heat, and dryness all have the potential to injure the fluid supply of the body and cause dryness symptoms in the nose, throat, lungs, skin, body hair or intestines. The lung has a natural aversion to dryness, therefore harmed by dryness. Just as the leaves dry-out and fall off the branches, people’s skin can start becoming dry too. When the weather is changing from damp, hot summer into drier and chilly autumn, Lungs are the first organ to sense the change. If your Lungs are not able to readjust themselves to fit the new situation smoothly you will catch a cold

The skin is part of the Lung System. The Lungs control that part of the liquid metabolism which distributes liquid to the skin.Cleaning the skin, skin scrubbing will maintain the skin’s health and
help support the immune system. Wearing natural, loose clothing will help the skin breathe freely. Keeping the skin pores open is important, therefore deodorants are better than antiperspirants, as it allows the skin to breathe.

Lung Qi, constantly descends, moving water downwards, thus providing the rest of the organ networks with fluids.

The lung is situated in the upper burner, therefore is referred as the upper source of water. Should the Lung Qi fails to descend, it cannot open and regulate the water pathways and ensure the unobstructed transportation of fluids to the fluids.

Emotional states such as grief, sadness and melancholy affect the lung Qi. Should a person be sad, one’s Lung Qi will dissipate.

 

In Qigong practice, since the Lung’s belong to Metal, they are able to regulate heartburn. The Heart belongs to Fire. When the Heart has excess Qi, deep breathing is able to lead the Heart’s fire to the Lungs, and therefore cool the heartburn.

To increase Lung Qi, we can get a cleaner air supply and more proper nutrition. Going out to outdoors go to get cleaner air and thru foods since the color related to the Lungs is white, foods like radish, white meats and white mushrooms tend to have some benefits. Dairy products in many cases cause congestion and the build up of phlegm. Other foods that may cause congestion are like fatty foods, fried foods, and processed foods.

The Lungs are also self-detoxed at night after 11PM. So it is important to sleep by this time to allow the natural detoxing of the Lungs to happen.

 

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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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