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Benefit most from combining qigong and acupuncture

Yin and Yang is the concept of ancient Chinese philosophy, in which everything in the universe exists as opposite elements and in harmony, such as, winter and summer, cold and warm. In Chinese medicine theory, Qi is vital energy or life force that circulates in meridians in the body; there are Yin Qi and Yang Qi; good health is from balance of Yin and Yang and good Qi circulation. Because Yin and Yang are constantly changing in the environment, we must respond to these changes accordingly in order to retain the balance of Yin and Yang and maintain our health and wellbeing. If we fail to do so, Yin and Yang may become disharmony; losing balance of Yin and Yang causes Qi blockage, disharmony and illness in the body and mind. For example, in the case of injury or stress, the Qi circulation is blocked or stagnated, this causes problems to the body and mind.

According to Chinese medicine, if Yin Yang imbalance and illness occur, some techniques are used to unblock the meridians and the Qi circulation, the balance can be regained, and thus one will be recovered from the illness. Acupuncture was first mentioned to manipulate Qi and Yin and Yang in the first Chinese medicine book <the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon> 2000 thousands of years ago. Thin acupuncture needles are inserted into acupuncture points lying along the meridians to help clear the blockage and make Qi flow without restrictions to obtain good Yin Yang balance and health and wellbeing. Qigong is another technique used in Chinese medicine to create Yin Yang balance and improve Qi circulation. Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing technique that combines body movement, breathing and mental focus. It coordinates the body, breath and mind and opens the flow of energy in meridians used in acupuncture.

Meridians through which Qi flows, are a concept in Chinese medicine. They are not real anatomical structures, but energy lines described in the body. 12 standard meridians in the body are divided into Yin and Yang groups with 6 of each. Both acupuncture and Qigong help Qi flow along the meridians. Combination of the two can intensify eliminating the blockage and maximize the effect of energy flowing to achieve the best outcome of good physical and mental wellbeing. For example, 6 Yin meridians include 3 of the arm’s ---the Lung, Heart, and Pericardium meridians and 3 of the leg’s ---the Spleen, Kidney, and Liver. Strengthening Yin with acupuncture and Qigong could increase the benefit your Spleen, Kidney, Liver, Lung and Heart. Another example, Guanyuan acupuncture point --three fingers below the belly button is the point of crossing of the three Yin-meridians of liver, kidney and spleen. It has a toning influence on the original Qi and soothes the mind by strengthening Yin. This point is just where lower dantian located which dwellings the vital energy, and essence according to Qigong. By working on this point with acupuncture and Qigong, this could benefit the most for energy flow, strengthening Yin organs, calming the mind.