- Daoyin （导引） Healing Stance
- Preparation for Healing Stances
- Assistant Healing Stances for Various Illnesses
- Cerebral Thrombosis
- Cerebral Angiosclerosis
- Cerebral Tumor
- Encephalatrophy or Brain Atrophy
- Hypotension and Hypertension
- Facial Paralysis
- Chronic Rhinitis
- Acute Pharyngitis
- Parotitis or Mumps
- Whooping Cough
- Heart Disease
- Hepatitis and Positive Reaction of Hepatitis-Associated Antigen (HAA)
- Cholecystitis and Gallstones
- Hepatic Hemangioma (Blood Mass Tumor in the Liver)
- Cystitis and Urethritis (Bladder and Urethra Inflammation)
- Renal Failure, Kidney Atrophy, Kidney Stones, and Acute and Chronic Nephritis
- Prostatis and Prostatic Hyperplasia
- Irregular Menstruation or Metropathy
- Hyperplasia of the Mammary Glands
- A Cold Sensation on One Side and a Hot Sensation on the Other Side
- Cold with Severe Interior Heat
- Angitis and Phlebitis
- Hyperplasia of Cervical Vertebrae
- Scapulohumeral Periarthritis
- Prolapses of Lumbar Vertebral Disks
- Hyperplasia of the Lumbar Vertebrae
- Ischemic Necrosis of the Femoral Head
Oriental philosophy on the theory of health and longevity espouses the “unity of humanity with the universe,” or that human behavior and thought should follow the laws and regulations of the universe. Oriental medicine believes that the body’s energy (“Qi”) circulation follows nature’s law and continuously exchanges energy and information with surrounding environments. If the energy/information circulation operates well, one maintains good health and avoids illness. If it operates poorly, energy stagnates, and illness follows. All illnesses can be traced to energy stagnation.
Thousands of years ago, the ancient Chinese created a method to prevent or eliminate energy stagnation and maintain good health. That guides Qi circulation and is called “Daoyin” in Chinese. It has healing power, and is reflected in an old Chinese saying: If you have illness, use dancing to guide it out.
“Daoyin Figures,” printed on silk products, have been found in Hunan Province, in a more than 2000-year-old Han Dynasty tomb. Most of the old Daoyin) materials aimed to prevent disease and maintain health holistically, and seldom targeted a specific disease. Some easy and effective healing stances for targeting common or specific illnesses are introduced below.
The special healing methods inherited and expanded traditional Daoyin techniques. Of course, the most basic stances being introduced belong to the great treasure of Chinese culture with thousands of years of history. They are fundamental to every kind of mind–body training method.
Our physical body is made of ceaselessly moving cells, which, while opening and closing, may mutate from varied causes, which could trigger disease. Moving cells also radiate various kinds of energy which influence, promote, activate, combine, and integrate with each other, consequently changing the body environment. The healing stances relax the body to intensify cell motion.
Body health closely relates to cell movement. The movement is primarily stimulated by breathing that promotes cell opening and closing, and is secondarily stimulated by blood circulation. During cell movement, matter/energy exchanges occur with the surroundings. Normal motion indicates a healthy body, whereas abnormal motion indicates a diseased body. Rebalancing pressure on the cells improves the normal flow and, in turn, the health.
Healing stances increase or reduce pressure on certain parts of the body to restore normal energy flow. They rebalance the pressure to affect the change at the cell level, which includes:
(1)Activating a physiological response.
(2)Transforming matter/energy in energy fields.
(3)Generating new matter and energy.
(4)Balancing Yin and Yang.
Qi energy and movement energizes cell opening and closing. When the stagnated cells do not radiate energy, the matter or energy is not transformed, regenerated, or rebalanced. The healing stances redistribute the flow of matter or energy.
It is suggested to practice the exercise and not pay much attention to breathing. Just keep the breath smooth and natural. The source and nature of Qi (energy and activity) are actually the change of energy brought about by the opening and closing of the cells. The motion of energy in the body space is the life activity of cells of the human being. If the cells are motionless and do not radiate energy, there will not be any energy activities, and illness will appear. The stances for radiating energy are to regulate the pressure of the energy wave. Holding one hand 10–20 cm away from the stagnation part or high pressure area of the body, while holding the other hand 30–40 cm away from another part, may help lower the pressure area for 3–5 min (see the figures below). The cell energy flow is affected and guided. When one is doing these stances properly, the cell energy flows to those abnormal cells, and the rebalanced energy restores the body health.
Use the following beginning stances to improve functions for the following organs:
Kidneys — both hands hold an energy ball in the low back, with the palms in, and the fingers upward and inward to the kidneys; stomach and spleen — both hands hold the ball in front of the stomach; heart and lungs — both hands hold the ball in front of the chest.
With correct instruction, the unhealthy parts will be improved by the affection of positive thinking and good imagination, which will promote the cell energy radiation in an affected part to a lower energy part. In this way one can use the stances to restore balance, resulting in a healthy condition of the body.
The exercise can be practiced by anyone, regardless whether he or she has practiced any other breathing exercise before. Completely relax every part of the body, calm the mind, and treat diseases with positive thinking.
These stances help pump energy down, accumulate energy in lower areas, and stimulate cell motion in internal organs. After 2 or 3 min of practice, the upper areas become less full and the lower areas more full. These types of stances are quite effective for a swollen face, nasal obstruction, chest tightness, and depression. However, this exercise may not be suitable for hypopiesia and prolapsed organ patients.
Anyone can do this, but a totally relaxed body enhances the effect of healing stances. Energy flows unrestrictedly only when the body is completely relaxed. A single stance can regulate cell movement from head to toe. For example, the palms can rise a little to the Yintang (an extraordinary point) to develop intelligence, or they can lower to the cardiac region, then the gastric region, then the knees.
A bent arm is a route for Qi and blood circulation. Therefore, the distance, direction, and manner of stances must be precise. When one is treating high blood pressure, an incorrect stance can raise the pressure. One hand should keep a certain distance away to make energy conduct in a circular motion. The other hand should not be too close to the body, or energy radiation will be reduced. If the hand touches the body, the healing effect is halted. The small fingertips must never point to the outside, or energy will be lost. However, if you have excessive Fire that is caused by a cold, with swelling lips, a swelling throat, or chest pain, you can extend one hand close to the chest and the other outward to release the Fire. All stances should be exact, but relaxed.
Mutual healing at “well points”
In traditional Chinese medicine, the fingertips are considered as well points that represent earth, wood, fire, metal, and water, respectively. The five natural elements communicate with the five visceral organs. For the healing stance, while keeping the mind void of thought, and the fingers extended, hold the fingertips 2 or 3 cm away to exactly reflect each other for 10–20 min (Mutual healing at “well points”). With energy radiated from the fingers, this stance stimulates internal organs to strengthen disease resistance.
One-hand healing stance
One person’s energy can radiate to another person through well points, and can stimulate cell motion in the stagnated area. A healthy person’s well points can stimulate cell motion in another person’s diseased area, because they both have nearly the same energy or matter, and their cell motion synchronizes. The healthy person should not think of it as radiating energy but, with one hand, just point to the patient’s illness: the throat if it is sore, the shoulder if it is arthritic, and the liver if it is inflamed.
The healthy person’s energy is not consumed by the patient because the energy is exchangeable. The patient has abundant stagnated energy — say, in the hepatic region. Of course, the patient will release the stagnation; but during the exchange, the healthy person’s liver will be more energized and become healthier. Those who exchange energy with cancer patients benefit the most, because malignant tumors condense more energy.
Self-healing (self-mirroring with palms)
This stance stimulates cell opening and closing, and promotes the flow of energy/matter. With the palms toward the disease, the healing stance redirects the cell’s energy or matter flow in the direction of flow, which is decided by the stance of your hands. For instance, if your palms bend to the up side, the energy goes up, and vice versa. When a healthy person stimulates cells on the unaffected side of a half-paralyzed patient, the patient’s own energy will flow from the unaffected side to the paralyzed side.
This treatment can be applied to a group of participants, all in a correct stance, and all kept completely relaxed. As they stimulate each other’s cells, their energy exchange is enhanced, the group field energy is balanced, and the group health condition is improved.
Headache results from distended blood vessels and obstructed blood circulation. It can be treated by promoting blood circulation with a healing stance. One hand hovers over the painful area closer (10–20 cm), while the other hovers over the abdomen a little further away (30–40 cm) (The posture for headache). This stance also helps treat high blood pressure, vascular headache, nervous headache, and sinus congestion. The fingertips hovering over the abdomen must not point down, as that will release energy, and cause diarrhea. The stance transfers the head’s energy to the lower Dantian (elixir field), and needs to be held for 2 or 3 min until the headache is gone.
The left brain directs the functions of the right side of the body, while the right brain directs the left side of the body. A healing stance with the right brain and right hand treats left side paralysis, and vice versa. Energy radiated from the hand promotes cerebral cell opening and closing, restores normal blood circulation, and treats the disease (Cerebral thrombosis).
To heighten blood vessel flexibility, place one shaking hand over the head. Faster hand vibration radiates more energy to the vessel, and increases the effect on cerebral cells. The other hand can be positioned over any part of the body (Cerebral angiosclerosis).
The cerebrum must be treated with two hands to increase energy accumulation. The middle finger of one hand, which is 10–20 cm away from the head, is bent and pointed to the tumor to increase pressure. The other hand hovers over the upper abdomen far about 30–40 cm to reduce the lower pressure, and encourage the body to absorb the tumor. The healing stance can prevent tumor growth. If one is seeing double, or having frequent headaches, possible brain pathology should be checked for to prevent exacerbation of the tumor (Cerebral tumor).
The kidney must first be strengthened to replenish the brain’s energy, and treat insufficient brain energy. One hand hovers over the Mingmen point (GV 4) closer to 10–20 cm, while the other hand hovers over the head about 30–40 cm, to supplement brain energy with Mingmen (“gate of life”) energy (Encephalatrophy or brain atrophy). Encephalatropic patients may have been intelligent, but constant mental stress may have caused the disease.
Hypotension is caused by insufficient upper body energy, and is treated by transferring energy to the head. One hand closely hovers over the Dantian (lower elixir field or Energy Sea), while the other hand hovers over, and 30–40 cm away from, the Yintang (an extraordinary point). In contrast, the healing stance for treating hypertension is that one hand hovers closely over the Yintang point (10–20 cm) while the other hand reflects the lower elixir field, but at a distance (30–40 cm).
Some hypertensive patients suffer only from high diastolic pressure, caused by energy accumulation around the coronary artery. When the energy is dispersed, the disease is cured. One hand closely reflects the cardiac region at about (10–20 cm); at a distance, the other hand reflects the lower elixir field (30–40 cm). A patient who feels head distension may be diagnosed as having high systolic pressure (Hypotension and hypertension).
TCM holds that the liver has two light rays which radiate into the eyes. A deficient liver dims the rays, and causes pseudomyopia. Children with weak constitutions and blurred vision can be treated with a healing stance that nourishes the liver to improve eyesight. One hand is put near the hepatic region, while the other hand hovers at some distance from the Yintang, to transfer liver energy to the eyes. This way the Yintang energy can replace the eyes’ weak energy, but if the hand hovers directly over the eyes, Yintang energy would stimulate the eyes’ energy too much, and bring on side effects (Pseudomyopia).
This disease is caused when external field energy increases pressure on the face, and cells stop their motion. To release the pressure, one hand is put near the face’s normal side (10–20 cm) to increase tension, and the other hand at some distance (30–40 cm) from the affected side to release the pressure. Energy flows gradually from the normal side to the affected side. Shaking the hands a little achieves a better effect (Facial paralysis).
To treat obstruction of one nostril, point the forefinger tip (well point) to the obstructed side. To treat obstruction of both nostrils, point the tips of the forefinger and middle finger to both nasal sinuses, keeping the fingertips 5 cm away from the nose. This healing motion activates nasal cell motion and promotes Qi and blood circulation in the nose. It also treats nasal polyps and is better than nasal medication (Rhinitis).
Practitioners with extraordinary ability can see light in a patient’s basiotic. If there is still dim light in this spot, the patient is not completely deaf, and the light will strengthen during treatment and the patient’s deafness will improve. One hand is put near the deaf ear (5–10 cm), while the other hand reflects the normal ear at some distance (30–40 cm) (Deafness). If both ears are deaf, the two hands practice the healing stance alternately.
Kidney deficiency brings insufficient nutrition and energy to the ear’s nerves, blood vessels, and micro-circulation, and causes tinnitus. To remedy this, place one hand near the renal region (10–20 cm) and the other hand at some distance from the ear (30–40 cm), and practice this healing stance as much as possible to nourish the kidney and notify the brain (Tinnitus).
Pharyngitis is a strip of congested throat capillary. It can be treated with antibiotics or herbal medicines. When it is treated by the healing stance, one hand is put near the throat (10–20 cm) while the other hand reflects the abdomen (30–40 cm) (Acute pharyngitis).
This disease is caused by stomach “fire” and lung “fire” interaction. It can be treated with herbal medicine, but the disease develops quickly to suppuration, and medication should be coordinated with the healing stance. One hand is put near the parotid region, while the other hand reflects the lung. Children who have mumps should not eat ice-cream, because a gelosis will form and remain at the parotid region after the disease is cured.
Protruding eyes, an enlarged neck, rapid heartbeat, and a thin body are symptoms of hyperthyroidism, an endocrine dysfunction, caused by slowed return of blood to the right atrium. A congenital hyperthyroidism patient’s right atrium is notably smaller than the left atrium. This condition can be treated by increasing the return of blood to the heart. One hand is put near the neck while the other hand reflects the cardiac region to increase external pressure and promote faster blood return. The healing stance should be practiced for 2–3 min, two or three times a day. Western medicine often treats this condition with surgery.
15. Trachitis, Pulmonary Emphysema, and Asthma
Pathogenic changes in the lung are treated by a healing stance where both hands reflect the body’s pulmonary region from different distances (one at 10–20 cm, the other at 30–40 cm) (Trachitis, pulmonary emphysema, and asthma). The various kinds of lung energy stimulate each other and promote lung cell motion. During the healing stance, expectoration should increase, which is a sign of improving symptoms.
Whooping cough is hard to treat, and is sometimes not cured after quite a few injections. The cough does not stop until the patient vomits, and the cough seems to drain all body energy. CWM holds that the cough is caused by pulmonary inflammation. TCM holds that the cough has different causes, and hence recommends differentiating gastric cough, renal cough, small-intestinal cough, cystic cough, large-intestinal cough (cough with the urge to defecate), and hepatic cough (cough with pain in the liver region).
Whooping cough is due to pathogenic wind’s invasion of the body when it is exposed to cold weather right after eating. It can be cured by stimulating the appetite, using fried turnip seeds. Also, a healing stance where the fingertips (well points) of one hand point to the patient’s gastric region will stop the cough.
An imbalance in heart cell motion causes pathogenic changes in the right and left atria, and the right and left ventricles. Myocarditis, atrial fibrillation, hydropericardium, pulmonary heart disease, and left atrial dilatation can be treated by holding the left hand 15–20 cm away from the cardiac region and the right hand 30–40 cm away from the chest. This healing stance increases the blood pressure on the left ventricle and atrium, and reduces pressure on the right ventricle and atrium, which heightens pressure on blood vessel extremities and increases blood return. This healing stance should be practiced for about 5 min at a time, and as many times as possible, to recover the heart function.
When the upper right zone of the right atrium is in dark light, the diagnosis is neurosis. When this dark zone brightens, blood flow normalizes, and the disease is cured. When the upper right zone of the right atrium is a red thread-like shadow, there is pathogenic capillary change, and the diagnosis is myocarditis. When the capillaries are on the right side of the right ventricle, the diagnosis is atrial fibrillation, which can be treated by regulating the capillary blood flow. When there is a notable dark zone between the left atrium and the left ventricle, the diagnosis is mitral stenosis, which can be treated by brightening the dark zone.
When a striped dark zone appears at the end of the aorta above the heart, the diagnosis is coronary disease.
When a gray or light–dark zone is on the heart’s right side, the diagnosis is depression, and the cause is too much energy around the heart. It cannot be cured with heart disease medication. If there is insufficient brightness below the heart, it confirms insufficient stomach Qi in the Dantian (Middle Elixir Field), or the stomach Qi’s failure to support the heart, resulting in energy accumulation around the heart. The spleen and stomach should be tonified to treat depression.
When the dark zone is on the right atrium’s right side, there is insufficient lung-Qi, shortness of breath, and chest distress. If the dark zone is at the back of the heart, the heart’s posterior has problems, which may be expressed as depression, or back and shoulder stiffness. The problems are caused by insufficient Qi at the back of the heart. When a dark zone is on the heart’s exterior lower right side, there is a liver deficiency, or “wood failing to generate fire.”
If a quite bright zone is on the heart’s exterior upper right side, it is “fire inhibiting metal.” The patient may suffer from a dry cough and be spitting blood. If the bright zone is quite high above the heart’s upper right, the patient probably has a heart inflammation, often caused by severe cold, because too much lung-fire, in turn, affects heart fire. Thus, some heart diseases are really caused by the energy field around the heart. If there are spots inside the heart, the patient has cardiac muscle strain.
Medication that promotes blood circulation activates cell motion in the atria and ventricles. Some herbal medicine can push energy into the heart’s left side cells. Some can push energy to the heart’s right side. One must choose diagnosis and herbal medicine carefully. For diagnosis, the healing stance diagnoses diseases more clearly. If practiced seriously, the healing stance can be developed and popularized.
Insufficient stomach energy causes gastroptosia, and this can be treated by a healing stance. One hand is put near the stomach’s lower part at 10–20 cm, while the other hand reflects the upper abdomen at 30–40 cm. This healing stance pushes up the stomach’s energy.
In TCM, atrophic atrophy is non-coordination between stomach and liver, so described after feeling the pulse, and noting the pathogenic change of functional activities. In CWM, dilatation of the gastric vessels and atrophied gastric walls are observed directly.
To treat with a healing stance, overall pathogenic changes should be considered. Dim light and shadow in the gastric cavity, and in the area between the stomach and the liver, indicate capillary blood stasis, and cell atrophy. Because something obstructs the stomach vein’s micro-circulation and osmosis, the artery’s osmosis is reduced, and causes vascular dilatation in the gastric wall. When the micro-circulation is improved, the cell condition is improved. Treatment increases the pressure on the stomach to promote micro-circulation, and decreases pressure on the liver. One hand is put near the stomach at 10–20 cm, while the other, more distant hand at 30–40 cm, reflects the hepatic region for about 4 min, two or three times a day. Atrophic gastritis is curable and is not a predictor of cancer. Cancer is due to increased energy pressure on the cavity between cells, while atrophic gastritis is due to increased pressure on blood circulation caused by micro-circulation obstruction.
High pressure on the portal vein influences blood return, and causes splenomegaly. Healing stances are practiced in three steps. First, practice the healing stance for atrophic gastritis. The left hand is put near the stomach at 10–20 cm, while the more distant right hand reflects the hepatic region at 30–40 cm. Second, treat the liver by putting the right hand near the liver while the more distant left hand reflects the chest. Third, practice the healing stance for treating heart disease. Three steps are required because the first promotes stomach and spleen blood to return to the liver, which would cause liver fullness, and so the second healing stance is needed to make the blood flow upward. This healing stance should not be practiced for more than 3 min, because it increases pressure on the inferior vena cava, and may cause internal hemorrhage if the patient has varicosity of the inferior vena cava. The last healing stance increases the amount of blood return, and drains the inferior vena cava blood as soon as possible. Blood circulation is regulated, and blood flow is returned to the extremities. The third healing stance can be practiced a little longer.
Diabetes is caused by too much energy in the pancreas, and causes constant thirst. Or, the energy mass consumes so much water that providing it is difficult, no matter how much water is drunk. The healing stance is to use both hands to reflect the upper abdomen, with one hand near, and the other more distant. Diabetics urinate frequently because of weak vesicle sphincters which cannot hold the urine in the bladder. That symptom can be treated by placing one hand near the upper abdomen’s left side, while from a greater distance, and with palm turned a little upward, the other hand reflects the lower abdomen. If the disease is not very serious, and the patient has a painful knee, one hand should reflect the painful knee to prevent energy from escaping the body.
Dark shadows in the hepatic can be seen by persons with extraordinary abilities, and can be treated by a healing stance in which the HAA positive reaction is converted to a negative reaction. The right hand is put near the hepatic region, while the more distant left hand reflects another body part. The right hand should shake a little, so that the hepatic cells ceaselessly contract and dilate, and reduce energy concentration in the cells.
The disease can also be treated with Xiaoyao powder. Mentha haplocalyx in the powder can clear away liver-fire. But those who know nothing about Qi’s function cannot really understand the formulaic recipes in the classic book Treatises on Febrile Diseases .
Hepatocirrhosis reduces hepatic cell motion and delivers insufficient energy to the liver. The liver must be replenished with energy from other parts of the body to treat this disease and resulting ascites (accumulated serous fluid in spaces between abdominal cavity tissues and organs).
First, energy should be transported to the liver, and then conveyed up to the heart, to promote kidney health through the right atrium and left ventricle, which is a macrocirculation that promotes urination. If the ascites is drained directly by urination, it will cause heart failure. The healing stance is to put one hand near the lower elixir field (Dantian) at 10–20 cm while the other more distant hand reflects the hepatic region at 30–40 cm to transport energy from the lower elixir field to the liver.
An uremia patient has no trace of urine in the bladder, and cannot treat himself through a healing stance. Several people must reflect the patient at the same time. From different distances, some reflect his abdomen while others reflect his renal region. The healing stance will treat the patient, and will strengthen the others, because the uremia patient has accumulated so much energy that the cells stop motion. Several people, reflecting the patient’s bladder, kidney, and lower abdomen at the same time, promote cell motion, and treat uremia.
These diseases can be treated by putting the right hand near, and pointing to, the bile tract. Energy radiated from the fingertips will stimulate gall bladder motion. This stance also treats other bile tract diseases. If the patient is in great pain, which may be caused by gallstones, other body parts, especially the lower elixir field (Dantian), need to transport energy to the bile tract, so as to crush the stones. The more distant right hand reflects the biliary region while the nearer left hand is put near the lower elixir field, to destroy the stones faster. If the patient cannot stand the pain, the left hand could be placed near the heart, to access left atrium and ventricle energies. However, the heart must be energized by other stances or it will be weakened.
Hepatic hemangioma should be treated by promoting blood return. Herbal medicines can contract liver cells and blood vessels. Zhenzhumu (Concha margaritifera usta) promotes right atrium and ventricle contraction to put pressure on the return vein. Jiegeng (Lignum sappan) controls the pulmonary cell opening and closing. When the pressure around the liver is increased, blood return to the liver is speeded. Phlebitis can be treated by adding Qianghuo (Notopterygium).
Ancient Chinese pharmacists made clear that cells, in motion, can radiate material energy, as Qi, and support body changes. Hepatic hemangioma is treated by promoting blood flow in the liver’s vessels, and in the heart’s vessels, inferior vein, and portal vein.
Chronic cystitis and urethritis could be treated as above, but acute conditions are treated differently, and are caused by contracted capillaries and micro-circulation in the urinary bladder’s outer walls. The healing stance for chronic cystitis uses two hands, with the fingers pointing down, as the near hand reflects the upper abdomen, and the far hand reflects the lower abdomen. This healing stance is held for about 2 min, then the hands exchange positions, and the reversed energy surges through the bladder, and promotes the opening and closing of bladder cells. While one is practicing, better results can be achieved if the patient also imagines the bladder contracting and dilating.
One healing stance treats all these diseases. One hand is put near one kidney, while the other hand reflects the other kidney at a greater distance. After about two days, the distances are exchanged in order to increase renal cell motion. The near hand fingers should shake a little to increase pressure on their kidney, which will transmit surges of energy to the other kidney. The kidneys may seem to shake, which would indicate a strengthening of kidney functions.
Prostatauxe is caused by failed re-absorption of unused semen, which then flows into the bladder and urethra and causes dribbling urination. The healing stance is that both hands reflect the lower abdomen for 3–5 min. With the fingers pointing horizontally, the left hand is near and the right hand is far.
Frequent diarrhea is often caused by inflammation, and can be cured by medication and fluid infusion. It is a sign that too much energy has accumulated in the intestines and should be released, so just let it go. The healing stance for frequent diarrhea is to put one hand near the upper abdomen while the more distant hand reflects the lower abdomen.
Less frequent diarrhea might be due to irregular cell motion, and can be treated by a healing stance in which one hand is put near the lower abdomen while the more distant hand reflects the upper abdomen. It indicates that the intestinal cells have not accumulated enough energy and must be strengthened.
Irregular menstruation is often due to liver channel stagnation. Persons with extraordinary ability can see blood stasis in the vessels around the uterus, which causes abdominal pain during menstruation. A striped dark zone on the side uterine walls may indicate the patient’s anxieties. A light zone with a scattering of dark on the lower uterus indicates inflammation in the cervix’s vaginal part. A widely scattered dark zone indicates white patches of epithelium on the mucous membrane of the vulva. These may all be treated by regulating menstruation with healing stances.
A large area of blood stasis on the rear uterine wall, and dark spots in the uterus, might be diagnosed as a uterine tumor, which can be treated by having both hands reflect the lower abdomen, with one hand at a distance of about 30–40 cm and the near hand’s middle finger bent to point to the uterus at 10–20 cm. This healing stance removes energy from the uterus and may cause profusion of uterine bleeding, which may be clotted blood. This is a normal sign during the healing stance. But, if not clotted, the bleeding should be stopped with another healing stance, which is to put one hand more distantly reflecting the upper abdomen, while the near hand, with the palms up, reflects the lower abdomen.
For retroversion of the uterus, two hands are put on both sides of the lower abdomen, with the fingers slightly bent and slowly moving in and out. While in the stance, one should imagine the uterus being pulled forward by the fingers. This stance is also effective for uterus deficiency syndrome, and for sterility.
Enlarged mammary glands have too much energy and form lumps which can be treated by dispersing the energy with a healing stance. One hand, with its fingers shaking a little, is put near the hyperplasic breast, while the more distant hand reflects the non-hyperplasic breast. If both breasts are to be treated, the distances should be changed at intervals.
This symptom is treated by transmitting energy to the cold side from the hot side. One hand is put near the chest of the hot side while the other hand reflects the chest of the cold side to balance the body’s energy distribution.
Traditional doctors treat a cold by promoting the lung’s dispersion to expel the pathogen. Clinical observation has found that lung heat relates to pathogenic changes in many parts of the body. The lung must be kept clean and clear, because it influences blood circulation, metabolism, and other viscera. Interior heat should be dispersed to the extremities by putting pressure on the lungs. One hand is put near the chest to heighten the pressure on the lungs, while the other hand reflects the side of the body to decrease the pressure on the extremities.
Angitis can be treated by increasing energy in the left atrium with a healing stance in which the right hand is put near the cardiac region while the left hand reflects the affected part.
Phlebitis can be treated by increasing energy in the right atrium with a healing stance in which the right hand is put near the leg at 10–20 cm, while the left hand reflects the cardiac region more distantly, at about 30–40 cm. This stance, which promotes blood return from the legs, also releases tiredness after heavy physical work or long walks.
A new energy field must be added to the original field around the cervical vertebrae to treat their enlargement. One hand, with its middle finger bent toward the affected cervical vertebrae, is put near the nape of the neck at 10–20 cm, while the other hand reflects the lower back at 30–40 cm. This also treats cervical vertebra neuralgia. The added energy field puts pressure on the affected part with more strength. So the formation of excessive bone, tumors, and stones are all treated by adding an energy field.
This disease is treated with a healing stance in which the hand of the unaffected arm is put near the painful shoulder at 10–20 cm, while the other hand reflects the lower elixir field, the Dantian point, at 30–40 cm. This healing stance increases pressure on the shoulder to stimulate the cell motion around the elixir field (small intestines), transfer energy in the affected shoulder to the lower elixir field, and release the pain in the shoulder and energize the Dantian area at the same time.
This illness is due to deficiency of the kidney and must be treated by practicing the stance of reflecting the Mingmen point (GV 4) with both hands. This is the fundamentally effective method. At the same time, if the energy of the Dantian (CV 4) is transmitted to the affected part, the powerful energy is enough to support the lumbar vertebrae, so a good result may appear. One hand is put near the lower elixir field at 10–20 cm, while the other hand, with its fingers pointing to the affected vertebrae, reflects the lumbar vertebra. The fingers must not point to the ground, or energy will escape from the body.
This disease is treated by adding an energy field to the lumbar vertebrae. One hand is put near the back with its middle finger bending to point to the affected lumbar vertebra at 10–20 cm, while the other hand reflects the elixir (Dantian) point in the lower abdomen at about 30–40 cm, or vice versa for hyperosteogeny, which requires more impact force. It also helps treat neuralgia of the lumbar vertebrae. Adding an energy field means increasing the central pressure on the affected part. Hyperosteogeny, tumor, and lithogenesis are all treated with the healing stance of adding a new energy field.
Kidney deficiency disease is treated by reflecting the Mingmen point (GV 4). The stance is more effective if the lower elixir field energy is transmitted to the affected part, because sufficient energy in the waist can support the lumbar vertebrae. Put one hand near the lower elixir field at 10–20 cm, while the other hand, with its fingers pointing to the affected vertebrae, reflects the lumbar vertebrae. The fingers must not point to the ground, or energy will escape from the body.
This disease is a pathogenic change caused by insufficient energy at the femur head, which weakens the osteocyte motion. One hand is put near the lower elixir field at 10–20 cm, while the other hand reflects the femur head at about 30–40 cm. The healing stance transmits energy in the elixir field to the femur head to promote its cell motion.
Psoriasis is treated by reflecting the affected part while imagining the psoriasis as detached. Persons with extraordinary abilities may see a tiny tube inset in psoriatic skin which leads to lymph tissue. If the tiny tube is cut, the psoriasis is cured, because it cannot exist without lymph tissue. One hand reflects and stimulates the psoriatic skin with energy, while the patient imagines the psoriasis being cut off with a scraper.
Daoyin healing stances have proven to be very effective through thousands of years of TCM practice. This practice is easy, time-saving, free, and without side effects. Besides specific stances for certain diseases, some basic stances need repeated practice, support quick recovery, optimize energy circulation, improve energy level, and maintain good health. This is especially true for those who have chronic or severe disease, or who want to cure/treat others.
The eight verses should all be visualized. When your coach says “raining,” think of standing in a downpour; when he says “dew,” think of being washed by dewdrops; when he says “milk,” think of bathing in milk. These visualizations promote energy transformation in the body. Actually, all the breathing stances contain visualization. Some basic stances introduced below belong to the great Chinese cultural treasure with thousands of years of history. It is the fundamental for every kind of mind–body training other than any individual method with a person’s name.
These verses interpret the stance rules and practice levels, and serve to fundamentally change body functions through visualization.
Stand like a pine tree
Imagine yourself sitting and standing as a straight pine tree to call in all the ideas and relax the body. The physical body and consciousness blend and enter an imaginary pine tree, which facilitates your leaving what you know of yourself.
Sit like a great bell
Imagine yourself as a big bell in a temple. Your upper, lower, exterior, and interior parts are all one piece and, like a bell, the inside is a vacuum. The tailbone is the bell’s pendulum, and it drops freely, and as it sways you hear the pendulum striking the bell.
Let Qi descend to the Dantian (elixir point)
Imagine the Dantian being bathed in bright light which it absorbs, and stores as an energy sea, to strengthen the waist, supplement the lower Dantian, and vacate the upper. Think of light, which will bring breathing and consciousness together.
Move and be motionless at the same time
Though divided into “moving” and “still,” actually the stance is motionless. You cannot really forget yourself unless you reach a superior degree of stillness. Your consciousness should sink deep into the body, and should completely exclude the external world. This stance seems motionless, but actually the body’s internal organs are in ceaseless, invisible motion. So the stance is “motionless and moving at the same time.”
Consider your snowy mountains
Think frequently of bathing your “snowy mountains,” close to the sacrum, in imaginary light, or of absorbing bright sunshine on your snowy mountains. The more vivid the mental picture, the better the effect.
Promote energy activities
This was originally Daoist visualization. Buddhists always visualize Buddha, while Daoists visualize the Green Dragon and the White Tiger. To “promote energy activities” means to visualize a golden tripod in your abdomen, with fire burning below it, with water boiling in its caldron, and with steam evaporating above it. The steam washes and cleans the pores of the entire epidermis. Visualize Qi mixing with energy to change some interior matter, or “inducing reality by imagination.” Visualize some things other than snowy mountains, but the visualization must be marvelous and unique. If always restricted by logical thinking, you cannot reach a higher level of practice. You must detach yourself from reality and imagine that everything in the universe is included in your abdomen. These visualizations can activate the flow of Qi and promote its transformation.
Illuminate and cover the body with intelligent light
While in the healing stance, visualize an aura, halo, or intelligent light that illuminates and covers your body’s interior and exterior. Only at this level can cells be activated, and illuminated parts be healthy. It is difficult to visualize light illuminating every part of the body, especially diseased and abnormal parts because of their different constitution. But only when illuminated can abnormal parts recover. Intelligent light is actually the superior energy radiated from the cells.
Leave the body empty
Leaving the body empty visualizes the body without internal organs, and the body in chaos without a supreme ultimate, a Yin, or a Yang. Only in this state can the body integrate with the spirit and return to its inborn state, which is an un-ultimate period. This modern approach still follows ancient doctrine, which focused on breathing, and used that distraction to prepare for the higher level where your body is no longer distracted. The modern approach also eliminates distraction, and when this level is reached, a higher level appears ahead, which urges even more practice. So, leaving the body empty is a major achievement level, and the starting point of a higher level.
After first relaxing the whole body, bend both knees a little; position the two hands, palms up, about 10 cm away from each other, with the left hand below the navel and the right hand above the navel. This stance straightens the upper, middle, and lower Jiao, and promotes the body’s interior and exterior coordination.
Standing with the hands overspreading the mingmen points
This stance opens the main points of the body, such as the Tanzhong (CV 17), Zhongwan (CV 12), and Qihai (CV 6) points along the Ren channel, and the Mingmen (GV 4), Jiaji (extra), Yuzhen (B9), and Yintang (extra) points along the Du channel. It replenishes the essence that determines the inborn constitution. After birth, the acquired condition replenishes the constitution. This stance also activates the snowy mountain area, located below the middle channel, and at the end of the Ren Du and under the belt channels. Cell motion at these places influences secretion of some endocrine hormones, including epinephrine. Different organs secrete different essences.
Standing with the palms together
First, point the fingers to the Yingtang (extra) to open the Tanzhong (CV 17), which is pectoral Qi’s central connection, and which affects all functional activities. Enhanced intelligence requires development of energy and of functional activity. This requires training the brain, and opening the Tanzhong (CV 17), or the point of information exchange between the body and nature. The Buddhist stance opens the Well points at the fingertips, and promotes energy exchange between the body and nature. Well points give and receive energy and information from nature. Great changes occur when the palms are put together as preaching. Slightly lower your eyelids, gaze at your fingertips, and your fingers seem thicker, thinner, or even more numerous. If you envision four hands, your brain activity starts to change. Some can envision 6, 8, and, rarely, 16 hands. As brain activity changes, the body’s functional activities also change. So, intelligence can be developed not only by thinking of the upper elixir field, but also by gazing at fingers.
Reflecting the lower elixir field (hitching stance)
All of these stances emphasize accumulating energy in the lower elixir field (Dantian), which is empty at birth, but is filled by the digestion and absorption of food. The hitching stance is to hold both hands in front of the lower abdomen, with the palms reflecting the Dantian point. When the lower elixir field is reflected, the hands’ bio-energy radiates into the abdomen, stimulates the cell motion, and promotes the absorption of food essence. Disturbed food absorption is caused by blood micro-circulation in the mesentery of the small intestines. Patients with hematosepsis, collagen disease, thrombocytopenia, or aplastic anemia benefit from practicing the hitching stance. This stance activates the small intestines’ absorption function, which allows internal energies to be transformed and transported more successfully.
This stance, also called “Intelligent Light Illumination,” promotes cell motion in the head. Both hands reflect the head from above, with one more distant from the head and the other close to the head. The distance and height of both hands from the head should be changed frequently to open the upper elixir field, and promote opening and closing of cerebral cells.
Put one hand above the other on the navel, and think of nothing for a while. The above stances regulate and strengthen functions of important body parts, including the Mingmen points (GV 4) between the two kidneys, the stomach, the Tanzhong (CV 17) point, the Qihai (CV 6) point, and the Chong channel. These stances link body parts, heal the body, and develop intelligence. The stances can be practiced continuously or at different times. The stance can last 3 min or 3 h, depending on your health and experience. These stances affect all important parts of the body.
Developing intelligence stance
With the body relaxed, either sitting or standing, put both hands, palms up, in front of the chest and point the fingers out. Energy radiated from the fingers stimulates cerebral and facial cells, and may seem to cause distension or motion in the brain, a sign that intelligence is developing. Those with high blood pressure should not practice it. Children may practice for less than 5 min every day. When it is practiced too long, the head seems distended, painful, and may seem to be cracking or shaking. Even if the headache seems intense, try to tolerate it as long as possible to achieve some changes. If the headache is intolerable, reflect close to the vertex of the head with one hand, while the other hand reflects another body part, and the energy will descend to the lower body part.
Laying the foundation stance
If laying the foundation for the kidneys, put both hands, palms down, with the fingers pointing in, in front of the abdomen; for the stomach and spleen, in front of the stomach; for the heart and lungs, in front of the chest. Energy descends and accumulates in the lower part, stimulates internal organ cell motion, and keeps the body healthy. When it is practiced for 2 or 3 min, the upper part feels vacant and the lower part solid, which is quite effective for face swelling, nasal obstruction, nostalgia, and chest distension. It is suitable for hyperpiesia but not for prolapsed organs and hypopiesia.