Meridian Dynamic Exercise with 49 Postures
Sishijiushi Jingluo Donggong
These are the original exercises of the Daoyin (Qigong) Yangsheng Gong system devised by Professor Zhang, and still considered by him to be the most important. They are the most complete and deep acting routine of all those in Daoyin Yangsheng Gong. They are the core exercises from which the other sets have emerged. It is said that by practising these exercises diligently, the Professor recovered from lung cancer in the 1970s, where the conventional methods of the time had failed.
They are therefore a set of exercises for the prevention and treatment of difficult conditions such as cancer in the lungs, intestines, or stomach, as well as chronic illnesses of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and digestive systems.
Some notes that I have, translated from a Chinese text read:
"Some typical cases of cancer cured by this exercise have been reported. The rates of effectiveness in treating respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive diseases with this set of exercises as a therapy are 94%, 90%, and 88% respectively, which indicated that this exercise is a magic weapon for curing diseases and improving health in general, for the benefit of the sick, and the aged, infirm and weak people."
[Disclaimer: PLEASE NOTE that the translation may be inaccurate, and that any claims to be able to cure certain illnesses are unfounded!]
The 49 Movements sequence encourages the energy to circulate in the 12 principal meridians and the 8 “extraordinary” meridians, thus completely nourishing the energy circulation of the body.
It has a particularly beneficial action on the Liver, Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, the immune system, and circulation of blood. The movements are based on traditional Chinese medicine theory and apply the “Greater Energy Circulation”.
Everyone can use this method for maintaining and reinforcing health. It is also indicated for people suffering from chronic diseases, weakened by, or following heavy infections, to support the return to good health and to increase the vital energy.
It should not however be practised at a time of acute crisis or in the event of intense weakening. If in doubt, do not hesitate to seek medical advice.
Although in the West one cannot claim that these exercises can cure any of the above ailments, there is no doubt that regular practise of this set has noticeable beneficial effects on the health.
The exercise consists of 4 sections and takes approximately 25-30 minutes to perform. There is no set rhythm as with many of the other sets. Practitioners should practise as slowly as their breathing pattern allows. Initially this will mean that the whole set will take about 20 minutes, gradually extending over time.
However, each section of the exercise is self-contained, and the first two sections are very beneficial and well within the scope of even the most inexperienced. Section two, from a health point of view, has particular value.
The complete sequence is divided into four sections:-
1. Opening the Channels
2. Circulating Energy
3. Guiding Energy
4. Returning Energy to the Source
The practice of the 49 movements requires the concentration of the mind on the points and paths of channels being used at the time of the movements. Indeed, it is this concentration or ‘intention’ which makes the movements effective on the energy level and increases the results of the method.