'Za Bing Yan Liu Xi Zhu' --an exploration of ancient qigong

Author: Song Tainbin
Affiliation: Beijing College of Tradtional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China [1]
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Conf Acad Exch Med Qigong
Date published: 1993
Other: Pages: 150 , Word Count: 207

This book was written in the 38th year of the Qian-Long Reign, Qing Dynasty (1773 A. D.) by Jin Aosheng, a scholar good at qigong therapy research. He thought qigOng exercises were for longevity but they were in fact the therapeutic methods able to aid the herbs to cure some knotty cases. He affirmed the particular effect of the qigong therapy.

In the first chapter of the book, there are seven general principles: 'Guiyuan', 'Zhoutian”, 'Kengbei' , 'Xingting' , 'Tongguann”, 'Toufa' and 'Dihui'. After an introduction of 46 diseases, various qigong methods and ways of practice were mentioned, involving not only for windstroke, tuberculosis, ascitis and difficult in swallowing, but also some common diseases, e. g., headache.diarrhea, etc. These methods are just what we intend to develop from the ancient qigong and to study. Nowadays, the qigong therapy is indicated mainly for rehabilitation of chronic diseases. Some acute cases, such as fever caused by common cold is not its indication. But in this book, there are some recordings about qigong exercises for common cold and ascitIs (especially for cirrhosis of the liver). The main idea of the method is to keep free circulation of qi in the body. The effect of these methods has been proved by modern clinical practice.