What's in the Summer 2021 Issue?

Integrating Qigong into Healthcare

The Quest for Internal Energy

The American healthcare industry is in a challenged state because it is an expensive system focused on financing medical intervention for treating disease after people are sick and not on safety, cost effectiveness, prevention, and actual health care before people get sick. The pandemic crisis with COVID-19 has exposed the need for personal and public health-care practices to enhance immunity and resilience. The nation has an opportunity to reimagine health care. By Tom Rogers and Josie Weaver


The Theory of Taiji Pushing Hands

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Taijiquan pushing hands theory is deep and wide and covers many related subjects. The basic concept of taiji pushing hands is to master the skills of eight basic jing patterns and the Five Steppings (ba men wu bu, 八門五步). Once you have learned and mastered these skills, you will be able to perform pushing hands actions effectively and eventually you will be able to develop your skills of freestyle sparring.
By David Grantham & Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming


Sorting Out Taiji, Bagua and Xingyi

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Generally, people think traditional Chinese martial arts can be separated to two big groups: Waijiaquan (i.e., external martial arts) and Neijiaquan (i.e., internal martial arts). Usually Taijiquan, Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan are considered the traditional internal martial arts. Even though these arts were generated from different places at different times, each had its own principles and ways of training and all won great reputations. In the late nineteenth century, senior practitioners of these arts met together and influenced each other. This article attempts to scratch the surface of some of the similarities and differences between Taiji, Xingyi and Bagua. By Zhang Yun


The Five Taxations

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The word taxation (勞) is a medical term that refers to some sort of physical exertion, or fatigue resulting therefrom. It also can describe some sort of significant wear and tear on the body. Thus, the Five Taxations describe five different overuse or overexertion injuries and how they affect the organs of the body. They track closely along Five Phase theory and also allow the reader a deep look into the various interrelationships that Chinese medicine sees in the body. Let’s explore these Five Taxations, looking at the various levels of meaning and how they can deeply illustrate Chinese medical concepts. By Dr. Henry McCann


Departments:

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Our departments contain “Mr. He’s Black Hair” by Luo Shi-Wen who explains how one of TCM’s most popular and powerful herbs, HeShouWu, got its name. “7 Tips to make Qigong Practice a Habit!” by John Munro is a great article for anyone having trouble sticking to a practice schedule or for those who want to incorporate qigong in a daily routine despite having an already tight schedule. “5 Quick Tips for a Beginning Tai Chi Teacher” by Williams Phillips is a guide for anyone starting to teach others. It is often difficult to remember what it was like when we first starting learning, so these tips can help you communicate with students of various learning styles. And of course we have our usual news from around the globe and other tidbits of interest.

I hope you enjoy this, our 122nd issue.