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Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy. Differential Di...

In the past decade, a growing number of studies globally have critically evaluated the effectiveness of qigong exercise in physical, mental and cognitive health improvement. Existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses examined the clinical evidence of the beneficial effects of qigong on different medical conditions, including cancer [4-7], cardiopulmonary diseases [8,9], hypertension [10-12], infectious deceases [13]; movement disorder [14,15] and fibromyalgia [16]. Other reviews also examined the overall effectiveness of qigong on chronic condition management including diabetes [17] and pain management [18]. Several recently published systematic reviews further provided evidence on the effectiveness of Qigong exercises on reducing psychological distress including depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms [19,20].

Chinese medical Qigong therapy. Differential Di...

In order to further understand the Qi measurement issues; there are multiple areas of research which should be addressed concerning study design, the complexities of Qigong, and the role of culture. It should be noted that CAM researchers have proposed a variety of directions for research pertaining to older adults which apply to Qigong research as well, including: understanding motivations for use or practice, safety concerns, longitudinal study design, larger sample size, including qualitative or ethnographic study design, and challenging the common health research approach of a biomedical framework [69]. Longitudinal, population-based studies should be conducted in community-dwelling settings to understand the current practice of and sociodemographic and health associations with Qigong. Although traditional double-blind clinical trials may be difficult to apply to qigong study due to a lack of a compatible sham qigong, in reality, a reasonably large sample size with a compatible control may be crucial for examining such an alternative therapy. The next step should also include information about culturally relevant exercise behaviors with additional qualitative interviews to understand their practice of Qigong.

Qigong acupressure therapy is a particular form of qigongtherapy. According to the nature and severity of diseases, commontechniques of massage, such as finger-pressing, vibrating,knocking, patting, grasping, kneading, push-rubbing and rolling areused to stimulate appropriate acupoints, meridians or specialplaces on the body surface. Therapists use their hands (or otherbody parts), reinforced by concentrated qi, to promote circulationof qi and blood in the body and to restore normal functioning ofimpaired organs. This mode of treatment is called qigongacupressure therapy because fingers or palms are used to applypressure with concentrated qi to acupoints or meridians for curingdiseases.

Qigong acupressure is a medical application of the qigong andmartial arts (gongfu) practiced in ancient China. Qigongacupressure therapy contains the same finger-pressing, hitting,grasping and kicking techniques used by martial artists to attackenemies and protect themselves from injury. Qigong acupressureskillfully transfers this knowledge to the medical field to treatdiseases.

Nowadays, qigong acupressure is widely used in Chinese medicalclinics and is welcomed by the masses because of its simpletechniques, good results and lack of side-effects. Through manyyears of clinical practice (treating over 10,000 patients), richknowledge and experience have accumulated about its healingapplications.

4. Easy application and inexpensive: An inexpensive, simpleand effective therapeutic treatment, qigong acupressure may be usedanywhere and at any time. No special equipment or medicalinstruments are required.

Because qigong acupressure originated from ancient martial artsand traditional Chinese medicine, it should be practiced followingtraditional Chinese medical theories and principles of diagnosisand treatment on overall analysis of the illness and the patient'scondition. This therapy has been combined with modern medicine inclinical practice and its therapeutic mechanism can be explained bymodern medical theories.

The chronometric (time-related) phenomenon described intraditional medicine is quite similar to the biological clock inmodern medicine and it is usually used to explain the time-relatedcirculation of qi through the meridian system. Because the qigongacupressure therapy is applied at the acupoints of the meridians,it is of course closely relate to flow of qi through the meridianand the qigong acupressure practioners may choose an adequate timeto treat the patient. For example, at noon (11-13 o'clock), i.e. Wuo'clock in Chinese chronometry, qi is flowing through the HeartMeridian, it is the best time to treat patients with heart diseasesby qigong acupressure therapy. The time table of qi circulation inthe meridian system is shown as follows:

1. Before the qigong acupressure treatment, a correctdifferential diagnosis of both modern and traditional medicine mustbe made after conscientiously collecting the information of diseaseand defining the exact location of lesion by careful palpation andcomparison with the normal side for establishing a propertherapeutic principle and arranging a useful therapeutic program. Asatisfactory therapeutic result can be obtained only after correctselection of acupoints and adequate application of therapeuticmaneuvers.

Evan has over 3000 hours of training in Acupuncture theoretical concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the practical application of the theoretical presentations in differential pattern diagnosis, treatment planning, needling technique and herbal formulation. Taoist Medicine consists of the unique disciplines and special techniques of Taoist diagnosis and healing. His training also includes the application of various needling techniques and complementary East Asian medicine modalities that specialize in acupuncture such as acupressure, medical qigong, cupping therapy, moxibustion, gua sha myofascial release, tui na chinese massage, electroacupuncture, Chinese herbs, scalp, auricular, and microsystem acupuncture.

This course focuses on differential diagnosis and treatment strategies to treat specific disorders. An emphasis is placed on the analysis of case studies using Chinese medical theory in order to select the best acupuncture treatment and herbal formulas. In this course the general methods of Chinese medical treatment are reviewed, as well as the management of headache (tou tong), dizziness (tou yun), tinnitus and deafness (er ming er long), bi syndrome (bi zheng), low back pain (yao tong) and other pain conditions, stiff neck (luo zhen), facial paralysis (mian tan), wei syndrome (wei zheng), insomnia (shi mian), palpitations (xin ji), running piglet qi (ben tun qi), depression (yu zheng), wind-stroke (zhong feng), hypochondriac pain (xie tong), jaundice (huang dan), fainting (jue zheng), edema (shui zhong), drum distension (gu zhang) and sweat disorder (han bing).

This course focuses on differential diagnosis and treatment strategies to treat specific disorders. An emphasis is placed on the analysis of case studies using Chinese medical theory in order to select the best acupuncture treatment and herbal formulas. In this course the following conditions are covered: wasting and thirsting syndrome (xiao ke), convulsive disorder (jing zheng), urine retention (long bi), lung consumptive disorder (fei lao), chest pain (xiong bi), painful urination (lin zheng), phlegm-fluid retention (tan yin), sudden turmoil disorder (huo luan), bleeding disorders (xue zheng), fever (fa re), common cold (gan mao), wind febrile disorder (feng wen), damp febrile disorder (shi wen), dry febrile disorder (qiu zao), cough (ke sou), asthma (xiao zheng), dyspnea (chuan zheng), lung abscess (fei yong), hiccup (e ni), vomiting (ou tu) and difficulty swallowing (ye ge).

This course focuses on differential diagnosis and treatment strategies to treat specific disorders. An emphasis is placed on the analysis of case studies using Chinese medical theory in order to select the best acupuncture treatment and herbal formulas. In this course the following conditions are covered: stomach pain (wei tong), abdominal pain (fu tong), constipation (bian mi), diarrhea (xie xie), dysentery (li ji), intestinal abscess (chang yong), loss of consciousness (shen hun), mental/emotional disorders (dian kuang), memory loss (jian wang), seizure disorders (xian zheng), enuresis (yi niao), disorders of ejaculation (yi jing, zao xie), erectile dysfunction (yang wei), infertility (bu yu), masses (ji ju), goiter (ying liu), phlegm disorder (tan bing), blood stasis (xue yu bing) and consumptive disease (xu lao).

As an advanced form of bodywork whose practice relies on differential diagnosis, tuina is mainly practiced in hospitals and clinics. It can be used effectively as a standalone therapy or can be used in conjunction with other Chinese Medicine therapies. Many Chinese Medicine doctors & practitioners choose tuina as their primary medical specialty, which is considered equal to acupuncture and herbal medicine in terms of educational requirements.

Traditional Oriental medicine (also referred to as TCM or traditional Chinese Medicine) is a unique,completely integrated system of medical philosophy, diagnosis and treatment, used in eliminating disharmony and creating balance in patients. It is an unbroken, 3000 year old tradition which uses 5 branches or methods of treatments: Acupuncture and moxabustion ( therapeutic combustion therapy using the herb mugwort), Herbal medicinal formulae, specific active and passive exercises to cultivate wellness (tai ji and qi gong), specific diet therapy, and a form of massage therapy called tui na. As I said, the focus of of treatments is to create balance. For example, if a patient shows excess signs (such as heat, cold, dryness, food acumulation, phlegm, or dampness) the treatment would be to sedate the excess. If a patient shows deficiency, the treatment would be to tonify. If the patient shows blockage or stagnation, the treatment would be to open up and move the stasis or the blockage of the body's vital energy. Or, If the patient shows signs of an exterior pathogen entering the body, the pathogen is expelled. Treatment is based on function rather than structure, and the body's own diagnostic signs are used to determine a differential diagnosis and treatment. 041b061a72


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