What's in the Spring 2022 Issue?

Scientific Foundation of Brain Washing Qìgong

Brain Washing Qigong

It was recognized long ago that there are two specific points in the human body that are two poles of a very important polarity. They were considered of the utmost importance for health and well-being. One was determined to be the center of the head, and it was named "Mud Pill Palace" or "Upper Dāntián". The other was identified as the center of gravity (i.e., your physical center) and named "Real Lower Dāntián").
By Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

Silk Reeling & Six Harmonies Motion

Silk Reeling and Six HarmoniesMany of the admonitions that are included in the Taijiquan Classics from the Yang-style Taijiquan are actually just repetitions of the old lore about six-harmonies movement and are not necessarily specific to just Taijiquan. However, Taijiquan is one of the arts that use the full six-harmonies movement, even though they normally use the reeling-silk (chansijin) term. The "reeling silk" movement of Taijiquan is actually just another way of describing focused six-harmonies movement.
By Mike Sigman

Qigong 101: How to Get Started

Qigong 101An introduction to the ancient system of improving your life through practice and perseverance. As a lifelong student of both Eastern philosophy as well as martial arts, I've been curious for some time about the ancient Chinese healing practice of qigong. When I began this study, I expected much less than what I got. Now, it would be crazy to say that this article will teach you how to do qigong. This would be akin to writing an article to teach you kung fu. Qigong is a practice, with attenuate levels of skill and mastery. What I can teach you is how to start, while also providing you an image of just what qigong is and how it can benefit you over the course of a lifetime.
Keenan Eriksson

Chinese Medicine Nutrition: Spleen Health—Dampness & Dietary

Spleen Health - Dampness and Dietary SuggestionsIn TCM, the Organs are known as the zàng fû and are grouped according to yin-yang pairs and Element. The yin organs being relatively solid in structure and involved in production, transformation, and storage of vital substances, and the yang hallow structures involved in the transportation, transmission, and digestion of these transformed substances. The pair that is associated with the Earth ­element is the Spleen and Stomach. They are the main focus when speaking of digestive function, as their essential purpose is to transform and transport our food into nutrients, which is the basis of our Qi and Blood
By Lenore Cangeloso LAc. MSAOM



We have a great selection of department articles in this issue. "The Miracle of Qi" by Grandmaster Nan Lu reminds us of the ancient saying "There are many ways up the mountain" as he explains the concept of Qi. History and lineage is important to understanding the origins and styles of taijiquan, and LeRoy Clark shares "The Three Sons of Yang Jianhou and Their Relative Mr. Zhao Bin". Then Rene Qian explains several qigong "Breathing Techniques" from a chapter in his book. Citlalli Alvarez posts the results of a 2 month research study done at a food plant in Mexico using zhìnéng qigong and its impact on the workers. "T'ai Chi and Balance" by Nancy Deye explains how t'ai chi (taiji) can help prevent the leading cause of injuries for older Americans. I love her comment "At first glance, tai chi doesn't seem all that remarkable. Don't be fooled." And Steven Luo shares "Chinese Spring Tea" in a brief cultural article.

I hope you enjoy this, our 125th consecutive issue of our journal.