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Medical Qigong Therapy & Surgery
Medical Qigong Therapy is useful for treating patients before, during and after surgery. Qi Emission can be used in order to reduce the patient's bleeding, enhance the immune system, minimize the risk of infection, strengthen the body, and accelerate the recovery rate. Medical Qigong modalities are involved in the following aspects of Operative Therapy: preoperative therapy, surgery, postoperative therapy, follow-up therapies and remedial prescriptions.
Medical Qigong and Preoperative Therapy
Although Medical Qigong Therapy has had incredible results in healing and/or stopping the progression of certain diseases, it is not a "cure-all," and has, as do other clinical modalities, its limitations. Currently, conventional medicine only utilizes three modalities for treating illnesses and injuries (in particular tumors and cancer); these include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. In the healing process, undergoing surgery is sometimes unavoidable and should never be viewed by the patient as a defeat, but only as a necessary step in the healing transition.
Having to face surgery should not be viewed as a negative reflection of a Qigong doctor's healing potential, nor a patient's inability to heal. Surgery should be viewed as a necessary life saving intervention that can firmly establish the patient on the road towards health and recovery. It is a positive affirmation of the patient's commitment to getting well and taking responsibility for healing. Sometimes, surgery is an inescapable progression towards health and healing.
Before surgery, it is important for the doctor to consider the emotional relationship that the patient has developed with his or her tissues. The doctor must also evaluate the mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects of a disease.
The doctor's involvement with the patient and the tissues which are about to be surgically removed is also extremely important, since this emotional interaction affects the patient's healing potential. For healing to take place a trusting relationship with the patient must first be solidly established; this includes the compassionate attitude of the doctor towards the tissues that will be removed. The doctor will model the correct attitude to facilitate an accelerated healing for the patient. It is believed that scar tissue formation is in direct proportion to the patient's fears and negative expectations surrounding the surgery. These fears and expectations form energetic and spiritual attachments to the physical body. Often the patient attempts to disconnect these spiritual attachments out of fear and survival instinct.
Patients are not only enveloped in physical tissue, but are also spiritually, emotionally and energetically interconnected with their bodies. This energetic attachment includes any and all organs, organ systems or areas of their bodies which can be operated on.
Patients may sometimes be disillusioned about their own interpersonal relationship with their bodies' parts, and tend to disconnect from their own energetic attachments to their bodies tissues out of fear and survival instinct. It is important for the Qigong doctor to help the patient to get in touch with the suppressed feelings of loss surrounding the tissues which will soon be operated on (the process of grieving, letting go, and closure). This is because surgery represents the death of a relationship with part of the self. Although the relationship that the patient has with the diseased organ is not considered a healthy one, it exists, nevertheless. Allowing the patient to deny his or her true feelings related to the surgery and loss of tissue attachment will only compound the healing process, and may in turn cause increased scar tissue formation, as well as certain disease formations to return (tumors, cancer, etc.). Therefore, each organ and tissue area is "briefed "as to what it is about to undergo.
Sometimes, after surgery, the patient will experience feelings of loss, grief and depression relating to the surgery (often a reaction to the anesthesia). It is important that these feelings be experienced and expressed before the surgery during the times of preoperative Therapy. After the surgery, the patient may then experience feelings of relief and gratitude about the new changes in his or her body.
To prepare for surgery, the patients are generally given Medical Qigong meditations and prescriptions that strengthen the Lower Dantian, Kidneys and Mingmen areas. One or several sessions may be specifically devoted to allowing the patient to connect with the diseased organ(s), as well as the regions that are to be operated on. An atonement with the Divine is initiated in order to assist the patient in relinquishing control, and for the removal of any and all energetic armor surrounding the diseased area (and the subsequent release of emotions associated with this armoring). The patient is then encouraged to disconnect any energetic attachments that the diseased tissues have formed with the surrounding cells, facilitating a final closure. This allows for an easier transition, as the patient's body must completely release the diseased tissues during surgery.
Just before surgery, the patients are given a meditation and encouraged to imagine a Divine White Light Energy submerging and enveloping the regions of their bodies which are to be operated on. The Lower and Middle Dantians, as well as the areas which will soon be operated on, should also be energized. In addition, the Liver should also be energized in order to make sure that the blood coagulates properly during the surgery.
Using Medical Qigong for Anesthesia
According to research of Western Surgeries (presented at the Second International Symposium on Memory and Awareness in 1992), patients who undergo anesthesia may be aware of both the pain and conversations within the Operating Room. Many kinds of drugs used to supplement anesthesia, such as neuromuscular blocking agents, paralyze all the muscles in the body but do not affect the central nervous system and consciousness. During surgery patients have been observed flinching, twitching and making other facial expressions. Many patients later can give an accurate account of the surgery procedure and conversations between the doctors and nurses in detail. Even when unconscious, a part of the patient (whether energetically inside or outside of his or her body, can record, see and remember everything.
Qigong emitted during surgery, however, reduces pain and wound shock, calms the patient's spirit and leads to faster recovery. It also reduces postoperative complications such as respiratory tract infection, functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, retention of urine, etc.
Medical Qigong Therapy is found to be very useful in relieving pain by manipulating the body's neurochemicals. The energy stimulates the peripheral and cutaneous nerves that carry sensory information, via the spinal cord, to the brain. This stimulation of the cutaneous nerves activates neurotransmitters which carry pain messages to the brain, which facilities a closure of the body's pain-relay gates. This causes the brain to produce endorphins, or endogenously generated morphine like chemicals, which is received by the body's opiate receptors in order to dull the pain, which is the basis for Qigong Anesthesia. Because Medical Qigong Therapy safely produces an analgesic affect on the body's cutaneous tissues, its use in Hospitals for surgery as well as pre and postoperative procedures is gradually increasing.
The first operation in which Qigong anesthesia was applied (recorded in modern times), was performed successfully for the removal of a thyroid tumor in the Shanghai #8 People's Hospital, on May 9, 1980. Qigong Master Lin Hou-sheng demonstrated the ability to induce anesthesia in surgery by pointing his fingers at specific acupuncture points, using external Qi projection and no Western Anesthetic. The patient's blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate remained stable during the operation, and the patient's physiological function remained normal after the operation. The success of the Qigong anesthesia boosted the resident doctor's confidence and laid a solid foundation for future applications of Qigong anesthesia in surgical operations.
Qigong anesthesia has begun to follow in the wake of the widely accepted acupuncture anesthesia as a holistic alternative to conventional pharmaceutical methods. The number of cases treated in China with Qigong anesthesia is steadily increasing, primarily for the following six aspects:
- Arresting the patient's pain.
- Resisting the pulling reflex action or shock reaction of the body's internal tissues and organs when the scalpel is inserted.
- Reducing infection.
- Reducing the body's opposition or contrary action/reaction to operative wounds (the surgical incision).
- Preventing wound shock (response of the body to the tissue trauma).
- Promoting the healing of wounded tissues.
Since Qigong analgesia is effective through stimulating certain points on the body's surface, the location of the points and the type of energetic application are crucial. There are three methods commonly used in selecting points:
- According to the channels: this technique includes two main applications;
- The selection of points according to the course of the channel which traverses the site of the operation;
- The selection of points according to the differentiation of symptoms and signs of a disease, and the responses that may be elicited in the operative procedure.
- According to the segmental innervation: this technique includes three main applications;
- The selection of points according to the adjacent segmentation, or in an area that is supplied by the same spinal nerve or an adjacent spinal nerve to the operative site;
- The selection of points according to the remote segmentation, in an area not supplied by the same spinal or adjacent spinal nerve of the operative site;
- The selection of points according to the stimulation of the nerve trunk within the same segmentation, stimulating directly the peripheral nerve of the operative site.
- According to the Auricular Points: this technique employs the insertion and stimulation of acupuncture needles with Medical Qigong Therapy, and includes three main applications;
- The selection of points according to the corresponding Auricular areas pertaining to the operative site and its involved internal organs.
- The selection of points according to the theory of the Yin and Yang Organs pertaining to the operative site and its involved internal organs.
- The selection of points according to such things as tenderness, reduction of electro-resistance, the appearance of deformation and/or discoloration when a certain internal organ or area of the body is affected.
It is important preoperatively that the patient have confidence in the doctor's Method of Qigong Application. Any misgivings should be dispelled by explaining the procedure so as to gain the patient's full corporation and trust. In order to know the level of response that the patient will experience, it is necessary to test the patient's response to Qigong anesthesia.
To use his external Qi as an anesthetic, the Qigong doctor must first focus his Qi into his Lower Dantian, increase its charge and density and then extend it out his palms, or sword fingers, into the patient's body through specific channel points. The goal is to numb a specific area on the patient's body without touching the patient.
When Qigong anesthesia is being administered successfully, 96% of the nerve fibers responsible for pain sensation become anesthetized and the patient loses consciousness within ten minutes. Ten minutes after cessation of the Qigong anesthesia emission, 24% of the anesthesia has disappeared; while 72% of the tissue remains numb. The remaining tissue quickly recovers from the anesthetic effect and the patient quickly returns to consciousness.
Patients suffering from pain caused by such conditions as cancer or dysmenorrhea also respond positively to Qigong anesthesia. In addition, tests in China conclude that when Qigong anesthesia is applied to patients with schizophrenia (who are in a state of aggression), the patients calm down immediately.
Medical Qigong Therapy and Surgery
Surgery has been performed in China for thousands of years. In ancient times, the legendary physician Hua Tuo was noted, not only for his expertise in Medical Qigong, Acupuncture, Massage and Herbs, but also for his surgical skills as well. In Western Culture, surgical therapies are applied for the removal of tumors, cysts, and abnormal tissue growth, as well as the transplantation of malfunctioning organs (heart, lungs, and kidneys) and the replacement of dysfunctional systems (joint replacement). Surgery, however, having a potential to both hinder and obstruct the body's flow of Life Force Energy, is generally considered a last resort modality.
During surgery, the Qigong doctor will assist the Surgeon by applying External Qi Emission to the patient's body, energizing and strengthening specific areas. This is done in order to: reduce pain and resist the pulling reflex action (shock reaction) of the body's internal tissues and organs when the scalpel is inserted, reduce infection and bleeding, and help prevent wound shock (the response of the body to the initial tissue trauma).
When assisting Surgeons during an operation, I have found that it is important to physically maintain connection with the patient's body before and while the anesthesia is beginning to take its effect. As the anesthesia begins to relax the patient's tissues, the Qigong doctor will actually feel and see the patient's spirit leave their body.
Just before the scalpel begins its first incision, it is important for the Qigong doctor to physically disconnect from the patient's body. Even though the Qigong doctor has physically disconnected from the patient's tissues, it is extremely important for the Qigong doctor to increase his or her energy extension deeper into the center core of the patient's body. This protects the Qigong doctor from experiencing the shock and initial trauma from the scalpel's first incision, which will resonate throughout the patient's entire body.
It is also important for the Qigong doctor to focus his or her attention on extending and circulating his or her energy deep into the patient's Center Core while the surgery is being performed. As the patient begins to lose Qi and Blood, due to the operation, the Qigong doctor will replenish the patient's lost energy as well as energize the incoming Blood from the transfusion. It is also possible for the Qigong doctor to slow the bleeding by slowing down the patient's pulse.
During surgery, the surgeon's scalpel will sever several of the patient's channels as he or she cuts through the surface of the skin and continues into the deeper regions of the patient's body. Each channel that is being disconnected will weaken the patient's energetic field corresponding to that specific organ and/or organ systems, further weakening the patient's body. It is the Qigong doctor's responsibility to maintain connection with the patient's energy field, and also monitor and maintain the patient's energy level. The Qigong doctor will maintain this connection as the surgeons open up the patient's body cavity, move internal organs, remove the diseased tissues (and any associated structures), and then suture and close the patient's body cavity.
When the patient is being sutured, the Qigong doctor must facilitate the patient's circulation of their Micro-Cosmic Orbit in order to stimulate the re-connection of any of the patient's internal and external channels which have been severed. The Qigong doctor must also change and rebuild the Energetic Grid formations in the body's internal and external energetic fields. The patient's Energetic Grid is reconstructed to a pre-diseased pattern in order to prevent the regrowth of the disease.
Medical Qigong and Postoperative Therapy
The separation and restructuring of the inner fasciae that occurred during surgery can cause serious postoperative problems by either stopping the Qi from flowing (causing Stagnations), or altering the energies natural course (causing Deviations). This is why after the surgery has been completed, it is extremely important for the Qigong doctor to immediately dredge and disperse the Turbid Qi from the patient's body. This is performed by energetically combing over the fresh incisions, in order to reconnect the patient's energetic preoperative patterns, promote the rapid healing of the patient's wounded tissues, reduce the formation of scar tissue, and continue to alleviate the effects of the surgery.
In order to facilitate an escalated healing, the Qigong doctor must also energize the patient's Kidneys and any energetic field which may have been depleted. Also, in order to bring the patient's temperature back to normal and disperse any feelings of nausea after the anesthesia and shock of surgery wear off, certain Heart, Pericardium and Stomach Channel points will be stimulated.
It is important to note that after an operation, the patient's Dantians and all his or her tissues have been depleted and need to be revitalized. While the patient is healing, the color of the aura located in the field of Wei Qi surrounding the area of the surgical trauma is usually dark to light gray. In order to increase the healing potential, the Qigong doctor will give the patient specific prescriptions as well as White Light Meditation images. This is prescribed in order to energize and replenish the patient's damaged tissues and energy fields. The Qigong doctor will also continue to work on rebuilding, reconnecting and reinforcing the patient's channels and energetic Grids which the surgeon has severed during the operation.
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