There are three areas of Tai Chi healing. The first area is that of healing oneself. Here, we use the postures from the Tai Chi form as a qigong exercise. The ancients who invented the postures of what is today known as Tai Chi had an in-depth knowledge of what movements caused what meridians and hence what organs to be worked thus sending life-giving and Tai Chi healing Qi to that particular part of the body. The movements were based upon martial arts as China's history is steeped in the wushu or 'war arts'. So they worked out what movements caused Qi to be sent to the area that was doing the work and through which organs etc. So a movement such as "Brush Knee and Twist Step" sent the Qi through the heart in order to do that kind of work dictated by the application of the movement. Hence it is very important to also know about the martial applications of the form so that the mind is able to visualize these applications thus fooling the subconscious into sending Qi to these areas to do that kind of work.
The second area of Tai Chi Healing is that of teaching others to do the moments so that they are able to gain the Tai Chi healing benefits from the postures. So the Tai Chi 'doctor' would send his patient home with a posture to perform, as well as some herbs to take to enhance the movement.
The last area is that of 'Medical Tai Chi' where the 'doctor' actually performs the martial arts applications (in a soft, healing manner) on the patient. Another important reason to know the martial applications.
You cannot divorce the martial from the healing, to do so you are not performing real Tai Chi.
This section deals with the T'ai chi self healing and what it means. It's not just a matter of doing the form and hoping for the best! And it is also not a matter of just doing the postures and knowing what each posture is meant for. There are also secondary postures to use along with the major postures when the opposite condition applies, for instance if we are using a heart posture for a heart ailment which is yin in aspect, then we would use this posture only if we were treating a yang state i.e.; too much yang, too much sexual urge or pre ejaculation etc. If however we were treating a state that required less Yin, is the case of not enough sexual urge etc., then we would also use the small intestine qigong which is yang. The small intestine is the heart's opposite organ, they work together and must be kept in a state of balanced yin and yang. For this we have a number of Qi massage routines that will balance out the Qi in the six main pairs of meridians. We also have specific self qigong methods that will do the same when a qigong doctor is not available.
In my book series, "Internal Gung-fu, the Complete Story", I will be covering all of the Tai Chi healing methods in the three areas.
Use the posture of "Grasping Bird's Tail" up to the posture of "Push. Repeat ten times.
If treating a yin disease such as diarrhoea use this qigong only.
Use the qigong for the Lungs, i.e.; The posture known as "Fishes in eight". Go into it ten times and hold at the end of each time as qigong for one minute.
Use this as well as the above if the state is Yang such as constipation.
The posture of "Fishes in eight". Do the posture as a continuing movement in groups of six repetitions.
Use by itself if a Yang condition like inflammation etc. But OK for all lung ailments.
Use the posture of
"Grasp Bird's Tail" as above.
Use if liquid on lungs etc. Along with the above as an adjunct to it.
Use the posture of "Single Whip" or Tan Pien for Digestion as a static qigong, or Wave Hands Like Cloudsto balance out the energy.
Use by itself for all stomach ailments or in particular if too little stomach activity e.g.; too yin.
STOMACH & SPLEEN
Use the posture of "PartingHorse's Mane" with Wave Hands Like Clouds. Do one set of postures then go straight into the next.
Use with the main one of Tan pien if too yang activity in the stomach. Heart burn etc.
LIVER & GALL BLADDER
Use the posture of: "Lift Hands" as a static qigong for three minutes on each leg.
Use by itself for all liver ailments but in particular if too angry, red face etc. i.e.; too yang.
Use the posture of: "Step Back And repulse Monkey". Do the set three times on each side.
Use with the above if a yin condition exists, dull and listless etc.
Central Nervous System
Use the posture of "Shoulder Press". Go into it from Roll Back and hold for 5 minutes, then go intoStork Spreads Wings and hold for five minutes.
This qigong is one by itself and also acts upon the cerebrum making it more alert, good for exams etc.
Use the posture of: Brush Knee Twist Step. Simply do the set of postures on each side equally in sets of three as a Moving qigong.
Use for all heart states, but in particular if too much fire in heart, can't sleep etc. For pre-ejaculation.
HEART and SMALL INTESTINE
Use the posture of: "Fan Through Back" as a static qigong, holding it on both sides for three minutes.
If too much sleep, not enough sexual urge etc.
Do the posture of "Play Pipa", go into this from Brush Knee Twist Step. Hold for 5 minutes and repeat five times.
Use "Step Forward, Parry and Punch", from B.K.T.S, up topunch, hold at end for 3 minutes, repeat five times.
GENERAL GASTRIC TROUBLES
Repeat from the posture at the end of the third of Press, toApparent Close Upand hold at end for one minute and repeat ten times.
GENERAL REJUVENATION OF THE INTERNAL ORGANS
Use Embrace Tiger, Return To Mountains, go into it from Cross Hands, repeat ten times.
GENERAL GASTRO INTESTINAL
Wave Hands Like Clouds. Repeat as many times as you like. But usually ten X four steps.
From the Old Yang Style, use Fist Under Elbow. This should only be form the Yang Lu-ch'anstyle of Taijiquan and not from the yang Cheng-fu system! As many times as you like. Also use Lotus Kick.
Use Fist Under Elbow from Yang Cheng-Fu Form and hold as qigong for five minutes each side.
Use "Step Back And Repulse Monkey" from the Yang Cheng Fu form.
If too yin, not enough bile etc., not working too well. If you have bad lower back pain especially in the mornings. Repeat five times X five. But also use for overall Gall Bladder.
GALL BLADDER LIVER
Lift Hands from 'Stroke Horse's Mane' into it and hold for five minutes on both sides.
Use if too much bile or too yang activity. Use it with the above.
LUNGS/SPLEEN IN GENERAL
Use Stroking The Horse's Mane, be sure to swivel on the heels. Repeat five times holding the finishing posture for three minutes.
NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTOM. This one is also use to increase the life force to the spine especially when used with LOTUS KICKYANG CHENG-FU STYLE. Go into this one from BKTS and hold for one minute then slowly come up and repeat on the other side.
Fan Through BackHold the Static Qigong for five minutes.
Use by itself for overall but in particular if too little activity in small intestine i.e.; too yin.
SMALL INTESTINE HEART
Brush Knee Twist Step
Use with the above if too much small intestine activity, i.e.; too yang.
TO REMOVE EXCESS FAT
Turn Around And Chop With Fist, Yang Cheng-Fu Style. Do it as many times as you like.
Wave Hands Like Clouds: Do the set of postures on both sides as many times as you wish. You could even go around in circles if you wish. This is the only set of postures that you are able to change from both yang style forms.
If not enough activity, but overall good qigong for stomach.
Parting the Horse's Mane, use with the above
Use with Wave Hands if to yang in Stomach.
High Pat On Horse, use as static qigong, hold for five minutes on each side. Or usePartingHorse's Mane as moving qigong.
Use if too much Yang in spleen.
Wave Hands Like Clouds.
Use with the above if too little spleen activity, i.e.; too yin.
LUNGS AND COLON
Pulling The Bow, plus Lift hands to heaven, that whole section that involves those two. Repeat five times.
General Overall toning of both these areas
PERSON TOO YANG
Separation Of Right And Left Leg in Yang Cheng-fu Style.
PERSON TOO YIN
Separation Of Left And Right Leg, Old Yang Style.
Use the Sitting Like A Duck Posture, from the 'Old Yang Style'. Go into it from standing if possible, no good for older people who are arthritic etc., Hold for three minutes on each side.
Spin around and kick. Yang Cheng-fu.
Use with the above.Mailed Fist, Old Yang as well as Tan Tien Pushing bit from Old Yang, Bit from end of Old Yang when you take the fist over your face and around bending backwards etc.
Takes Fear Away.
Mailed Fist and Tan-tien pushing, and bit at end as above. Fist around head.
Spin around and kick
Use with the above to balance emotions.
Overall, Snake Creeps Down.
Repeat and hold three times on each side for 3 minutes if possible, less if not.
Overall, use Golden Cock Stands On One Leg
Use as static qigong for 3 minutes on each leg.
BLOOD CIRCULATION GENERAL
Step Forward to Seven Stars
Hold As static qigong for 3 minutes on each leg X 3 times.
Use moving 'Single Whip' or tan-pienfrom fishes into it and hold for 3 minutes on each leg.
Use lift hands as moving and static to make Spinal Column elastic and maintain a youthful appearance.
General, Hold BKTSas static on each side for five minutes X 3.
These yin organs store energy for use later.
These Yang organs ACTIVATE energy, i.e.; they cause the energy from the storage organs to do something.
An imbalance of yin or yang energy in these main organs causes disease so we try to balance the yin and yang energy using the above postures as Qigongs.
We use the 3 warmer qigong exercise. This organ generally not known about in Western medicine is used to regulate the other organs and the amount of yin and yang energy. This is why we usually start with this one.
GATE OF LIFE ORGAN
Again usually unknown in West. It produces semen in males and is the uterus in females. It regulates the regenerative energy and is therefore in control of happiness. We use the 'opening of the gates qigong for this one.