Saturday, September 19, 2015

How you can fight cancer with Walking Qigong?

About Walking Qigong

Walking Qigong, as the new Qigong style, has been first introduced to the Chinese community sometimes in the early 70s. The first developer of this practice was female Qigong master Guo Lin.  Since then, the number of practitioners slowly grew, and it became one of the first styles to be officially practiced by the large groups throughout China.  It was also one of the first styles of Qigong, which became a subject of the scientific research. Following the thorough investigation, the final report presented the high therapeutic value of this practice.

Unlike many other schools, Walking Qigong was intended to help the group of very desperate cancer patients, who have lost all hope for recovery through the traditional medical procedures, and were looking for the special exercises to ease the severe symptoms. Encouraged by the initial positive results, they continued their practice until the partial recovery, or, in some cases, for their own surprise, for the complete disappearance of their disease. 

Word of mouth and newspaper reports made more people aware of the positive results Walking Qigong brings, thus attracting more cancer patients to learn this amazing technique.  Additional scientific studies confirmed the amazing unexplainable positive results, and not only for cancer, but also for many other diseases as well.

Medical magazines, books, popular magazines, radio and TV programs did all the rest.  In less than ten years, it became one of the most established Qigong styles with several million practitioners.  At one time, there was a TV program in China, completely dedicated to Walking Qigong, where they not only introduced its benefits, but also taught the audience how to practice it at home.  The program ran for months and has been repeated several times.  The response was overwhelming.

Faced with the growing number of cancer cases, that had improved after practicing Walking Qigong, many doctors realized there is something in it and it changed their attitude. The next thing that happened was the opening of the Walking Qigong hospital in one of the northern suburbs of Beijing in the late 80's.  The idea of having a central place where a combination of Walking Qigong, traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine could be administered, using Walking Qigong as the main method of treatment, became very popular.  The patients would be hospitalized the same as any other "normal" hospital.  They would be regularly examined, their progress monitored and they would accept all other necessary forms of treatment, including Chinese herbs and western drugs.

Walking Qigong's founder never suggested avoiding other forms of treatment, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.  On the contrary, for the best results she suggested strongly using everything there is to slow down a disease or speed up recovery.  Even so, many patients, for all kinds of reasons, only relied on Walking Qigong and had excellent results too.  Many of them, in the process of treating cancer, got rid of other ailments such as asthma, migraine, ulcers, sight problems, or had their negative side effects caused by western medical treatments subside or completely disappear.

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Master Guo Lin - The Founder of Walking Qigong

Master Guo Lin, born in 1909, was not only one of the most famous female Qigong masters of the 20th century but also a famous painter who specialized in traditional Chinese paintings.  From the early age of eight, she followed her Taoist monk grandfather's teachings by learning Qigong from him, which gave her a solid Qigong foundation.  Later on, she travelled across China and studied from many famous masters of Qigong before the World War II. In 1949, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  She followed traditional medical treatments by having a hysterectomy, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Even though Guo Lin medical conditions have stabilized, she had realized the traditional medicine has its own limitations.

After her last surgery, which involved removing part of her bladder, she decided to adopt the standard Qigong practice, she was practicing all these years, to faster recovery.  Using the huge experience and personal intuition, inspired for the potential benefits for her own health, she gradually developed a Qigong style to effectively combat cancer.  She called it "The New Qigong" and after she died (of natural causes, many years later), it became known as "Guo Lin Qigong" or, because the main part of the practice consists of walking, it is also known as Walking Qigong.

Firstly, she adopted so-called "breathing like the wind" technique, for Qigong practice. Known for hundreds of years, it was always considered as very questionable and potentially dangerous for human body.  Guo Lin has practically confirmed that while the technique might be damaging for the average healthy person, it might be most for the cancer patient.

Secondly, when developing her Qigong, she introduced the concept of focusing the mind on things outside the body rather than within the body, the approach, commonly used with most other Qigong styles.

Thirdly, she tailor made the style to suit each person's needs and condition.  For example, the movements for men differ from those of women.  People with strong as opposed to weak constitutions, people with high blood pressure as opposed to low blood pressure would all practice slightly different movements.

It took her ten years to create the style, whilst getting rid of her cancer in the meantime.  After her tests showed the all clear, she decided to help other people with similar problems.  From the early seventies, she started teaching people in the many parks of Beijing.  When her little group's results proved to be favorable, the number of new students grew.

Cultural Revolution put the end to this and other techniques’ development, and only after the rehabilitation, Guo Lin has restarted her efforts to popularize her cancer fighting exercises with the general public. Guo Lin became one of the most famous Qigong masters. 

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Many foreigners came to China to learn the technique.  Among them, a Ph. D. of Physics from Texas' Cancer Research Institute who combined his institute's findings with Guo Lin's experience into a document that was later published, stating that:

1. Cancer cells lack oxygen; therefore, many normal functions are negatively affected, causing uncontrolled cells growth.  Based on this assumption, supplying a lot of oxygen to the affected body components, the cancer cells growth can be stopped and they can be eventually destroyed. Practicing Walking Qigong involves special breathing techniques, where huge quantities of oxygen are inhaled, supporting scientific predisposition for success in treating the cancer.

2. Our emotional state ultimately affects the physiological functions of our organs and systems.  A lot of studies have supported the notion, that many cancer patients survived trauma prior the disease discovery, or are prone to depression, anxiety, worries, pessimism, had been mistreated or were subject of the stressful life events. As the emotional state of cancer patient changes to better, the cancer growth may slow down.  Walking Qigong promotes calmness, spiritual wholeness, relaxation, and other emotional benefits, which have their part in fighting the cancer.

3. The bio-electromagnetic field of cancer tissue is substantially different from the normal body tissue; the bio-voltage of cancer cells is much lower than that of normal body tissue.  For example, with liver cancer, the bio-voltage of the cancer part of the liver is negatively charged, similarly to the negative pole of a battery. As the Chi energy, among other things, consists of an electromagnetic field, by practicing Walking Qigong, you are able to enhance your bio-electromagnetic balance.

4. Group practice is the best way to arouse interest and bring good cheer. Interest helps one concentrate on doing the qigong exercises, and cheerfulness produces a beneficial effect on the organism. As the first step in curing cancer, Guo Lin had the patients come together as a group and swear an oath to resist cancer, for increasing their fighting spirit. Willpower was applied as a healing technique. In a large group of patients (Guo Lin's cancer therapy groups usually consisted of seventy people), there would be one or two of a more sensitive disposition, achieving the beneficial effects of qigong earlier than the others. As soon as one or two patients had shown good results, the rest of the patients would be encouraged to have greater confidence, and as we know, a positive attitude plays a role in curing disease.

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Walking Forward and Walking Backward

* Walk slowly forward eight steps.
* When you lift your leg up the arm on the same side as that leg should rise up. Right leg up and right arm up. Left leg up and left arm up.
* Lift your heel, then knee, then foot as high as you can, but keep your balance. Your foot might be one inch or 12 inches above the floor, depending upon your ability and physical condition.  Do not strain - go easy. 
* Keep your body upright, head up, and relax.
* As you lift a leg up, your weight should be in the opposite leg with the knee bent.
* As you place your foot down place your heel down first. Step out only as far from the other foot as necessary while keeping the weight on the opposite leg.  Do not overstep. 
* Step gingerly, carefully, gently, and with caution.  Walk like a cat. 
* Transfer weigh to the front leg and roll onto the ball then toes.
* Lift your back heel, then knee, then toes.  Move the leg to the front. 

* Walk slowly backward ten steps.
* When you lift your leg up and back, the arm on the same side as that leg should move back. Right leg up and back, and right arm back. Left leg up and back, and left arm back. 
* Lift your toe, then knee, then heel.
* Lift your leg as high as you can, but keep your balance.
* Keep your body upright, head up, and relax. 
* As you lift a leg up, your weight should be in the opposite leg with the knee bent.
* As you place your foot back and down place your toe down first.
* Keep your feet apart and your foot to the side.  Do not cross your feet.
* Step gingerly, carefully, gently, and with caution.  Step like a cat.
* Transfer weigh to the back leg and roll onto the ball then heel

* Repeat the exercise numerous times. Concentrate on some aspect each time: balance, heel placed first when stepping forward, same arm as leg, knee as high as possible, walking slowly, shifting weight from side to side (empty-full), enjoying learning something new to do with your body like a young child, smiling, breathing naturally but fully, retreating safely, gracefulness, martial implications, etc.

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