Your Natural Strength: Healing
Your training strengthens your natural immunity. It speeds your recovery from illness and can be used in the treatment of many conditions.
In the Western medical model, various factors are involved in our immunity: the lymphatic system, red and white blood cells, and neurobiological phenomena, such as stress and relaxation, which weaken or strengthen our resistance to infection.
Medical experiments in China have examined these factors. Blood tests conducted on Zhan Zhuang practitioners before and after practice sessions show significant increases in the production of white and red blood cells as well as hemoglobin. Studies of brain wave activity show that stress levels, which can severely impair the human immune system, are counteracted by Zhan Zhuang practice, thus boosting the body's resistance to infection.
In the model of Traditional Chinese Medicine, your immunity is determined by the strength and circulation of your Chi. This is the vital energy that moves throughout the entire body, enriching every cell and extending beyond the body in a protective aura. This is the energy that Zhan Zhuang stimulates and increases, taking your entire energetic matrix to a new level of activity and greatly strengthening the external circulation of Chi in all directions out beyond the level of your skin.
This remarkable medical heritage began over 4,000 years ago. The rock sculpture in Szechuan (opposite) shows Chang Chung-Ching, one of China's most famous medical pioneers. A specialist in internal medicine, he was renowned for his diagnosis and treatment of asthma in the 2nd century CE.
In the course of more than 50 years, Professor Yu Yong Nian has studied the application of Zhan Zhuang in hospitals and clinics throughout China. He has seen how effective it is in treating angina and other heart conditions, arthritis, asthma, hypertension, neurasthenia, gastroenteritis, hyperthyroidism, hepatitis and lipomas. It is also used extensively in China in the treatment of cancer.
My own experience of the medical application of Zhan Zhuang, as well as that of several of my students who use it in clinics in Europe, indicates that it can be highly effective in the treatment of a range of internal disorders: cancer, blood pressure problems, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, infertility and multiple sclerosis. It has also been used to treat disorders related to the nervous system such as Parkinson's disease and chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as an aid in recovery after heart attacks and strokes.
The healing power of Zhan Zhuang is partly due to its impact on the cardiovascular system. In the relaxation phase, electrocardiograph measurements show
the heart beating more slowly but more strongly. In the deeper power postures and the advanced Da Cheng Chuan movements, the heart rate rises to much higher levels, but without forcing an increase in the respiratory rate. As the pulse quickens, the breathing deepens and normally slows down. The result is greatly enhanced circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body. Medical tests conducted by Professor Yu show that the blood capillaries dilate, allowing a greater volume of blood to circulate through the organs and tissues. At the same time, the corresponding increase in hemoglobin production is significant, since this is the protein-and iron-rich substance responsible for transport of oxygen in the blood.
Other tests carried out by Professor Yu show a positive impact on the brain and nervous system: quickened response times and a reduction in headaches, migraines, dizziness, nervous tension. insomnia and depression.
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