Simple Qigong Exercises Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer
A set of simple exercises, part of an ancient Chinese exercise system called qigong (aka chi kung), has proven very beneficial in helping to prevent breast cancer. Qigong exercises well-known in the West. In China, they have been practiced for over 2,500 years. Hundreds of years of experience in China and, in recent years, scientific medical research have demonstrated that qigong is beneficial in preventing and healing many diseases. The exercises for prevention of breast cancer are widely practiced in hospitals in China.
Although the way qigong exercise works to prevent and heal illnesses was a mystery for many centuries, modern scientific research is increasingly providing an explanation. In the simplest terms, qigong exercise is designed to stimulate the flow of internal energy, what the Chinese call qi (pronounced chee), inside the body. Medical science now recognizes bioelectricity as one of the forms of qi in the human body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, many diseases have their origin in problems with the flow of qi: the flow is too strong, too weak, or stagnant. Since qi is one of the key factors in the vital process of cell reproduction, too much or too little qi can cause that process to go awry, giving rise to cell mutations, premature aging, cancer and other diseases. Lack of exercise, muscle tension, and stress can all cause problems in the flow of qi.
It seems as if we have an epidemic of breast cancer and other form of cancer today, and you can link the increased incidence of cancer to changes in human life style that have occurred over the past 100 years. One hundred years ago, daily life for most people involved a lot more physical activity and body movement. Women washed clothes by hand, hung them up to dry, cleaned floors with brooms and mops, ground coffee in a hand cranked grinder and even churned butter. My grandmother’s generation of women also bore and nursed many more children than today’s generation. These activities kept qi flowing and reduced chances for breast cancer to develop. The same phenomenon can be seen with men and prostate cancer. Walking, horseback riding, field work and other forms of activity kept qi flowing in the prostate area for men, before we took on today’s sedentary life-style. Of course, there are other factors also involved, including diet, chemical and electromagnetic pollution in the environment, and heredity, but the exercises will likely help lessen the detrimental effects of those other factors.
The qigong routine for preventing breast cancer begins with the simple exercise of swinging arms forward and backward. Swinging arms relaxes the shoulders, which are the junctions between the chest and the arms. Qi from the chest, heart, and lungs flows out channels or meridians in the arms. If the shoulders are tense, the flow is constricted. We swing the arms loosely to the front and back lifting the arms to shoulder height but no higher. If you pay attention to the feeling in the arms and shoulders as you do this exercise, you will become aware that raising arms higher than the shoulders increases tension in the shoulders. Once the upper arms and shoulders are loosened by swinging forward and backward, we change the angle and swing the arms out more to the sides. While swinging arms to the sides, we turn the palms up when we swing backward and down when we swing forward. Twist the thumb and little finger to emphasize the palm turn and stretch the muscles in the chest. Swinging arms is also very good for the heart and lungs.
There are several other exercises in the qigong set for prevention of breast cancer, but they are more difficult to describe in words. Qi Elements will hold a free public demonstration of the set on Wednesday August 6 at 6:15 PM at its location at 464 Herndon Parkway Suite 215 in Herndon. Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing and flat, rubber-soled shoes. If you would like to attend the demonstration, please email qielements.com to reserve a space. A DVD of the exercises will be available for purchase.