Author: Chu Joe Hing Kwok
Academy of Shaolin, Redwood City, California, USA
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Congress Qigong
Date published: 1998
Other: Pages: 38 , Word Count: 307
Subjects selected for study: 21 patients who had been suffering from asthma for at least 5 years. They were interviewed on lifestyle, background, emotional issues, etc. They were advised to avoid factors that could trigger asthma. After 3 weeks of qigong and waiqi therapy, all of them reported relieved symptoms.
Methods of therapy: Subjects were divided into 3 categories according to methods used in qigong and TCM: (1) Kidney yang deficient group, (2) Kidney yin deficient group, and (3) Kidney yin and yang deficient group. Different qigong programs were prescribed and appropriate waiqi methods were applied for each group.
Results: The 17-KS/24-hour urine sample tests for adrenocortical hormone was done before and after the therapy. Ranges of 17-KS of Group 1 became normal. Those of Group 2 showed little change. Some of those of Group 3 showed improvement.
Conclusion: cAMP and cGMP are secondary messengers. Together they assist the functioning of norepinephrine and epinephrine and the production of adrenocortical hormone, all of which play an important role in the blood circulation, which in turn affects the distribution of oxygen. Incorrect levels of cAMP and cGMP of kidney-deficient sufferers affect the activity of the 3 hormones. Lack of adrenocortical hormone causes poor capillary circulation and lowers the ability of the body to combat inflammation. Anaerobic metabolism elevates the levels of histamine production. High levels of histamine cause the bronchi to constrict and local blood vessels to dilate. Over dilation causes excessive seepage of fluid from the blood vessels, which results in inflammation of the bronchi and mucus area. Then the airflow into the lungs becomes restricted, thus inducing the body to produce more histamine. This can become a vicious cycle that produces severe asthma symptoms. Qigong training and waiqi application can help to achieve yin-yang equilibrium, regulate the balance of hormones, and enhance circulation, improving the distribution of oxygen, relaxing the bronchi, and solving the problem of asthma.