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Page 3 - Medical Qigong Therapy & Surgery

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:

  1. Arresting the patient's pain.
  2. Resisting the pulling reflex action or shock reaction of the body's internal tissues and organs when the scalpel is inserted.
  3. Reducing infection.
  4. Reducing the body's opposition or contrary action/reaction to operative wounds (the surgical incision).
  5. Preventing wound shock (response of the body to the tissue trauma).
  6. 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:

  1. According to the channels: this technique includes two main applications;
    1. The selection of points according to the course of the channel which traverses the site of the operation;
    2. 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.
  2. According to the segmental innervation: this technique includes three main applications;
    1. 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;
    2. 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;
    3. 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.
  3. According to the Auricular Points: this technique employs the insertion and stimulation of acupuncture needles with Medical Qigong Therapy, and includes three main applications;
    1. The selection of points according to the corresponding Auricular areas pertaining to the operative site and its involved internal organs.
    2. The selection of points according to the theory of the Yin and Yang Organs pertaining to the operative site and its involved internal organs.
    3. 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.

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