Exercises for Health Preservation
Daoyin Baojian Gong
This set of exercises is designed for general health and is based on the theory of the 14 meridians or channels. It is a system of dynamic exercise with the function of balancing and improving one’s general health.
Practise of Daoyin Baojian Gong helps to regulate your breathing, to make the breathing more efficient, to regulate the working of your heart, and to calm your spirit and your approach to life.
Much of the work of the set is internal, and will therefore benefit the organs of the body, but there is also a great deal of external movement involved, and the benefits to the muscles, tendons and ligaments can easily be felt.
The movements should be performed coordinating the mind (intention) and the body, and therefore beginning the set in a calm state of mind gives the best results. Having said that, the act of practising the movements will also calm both the mind and body.
As with all the sets, this set should be practised 3 times a day to get the full benefit from it.
Notes from the Chinese text:
1. Qigong for General Health is a series of preventative and curative physical exercises for common diseases: hypertension, cardiopathy, sclerosis of the coronary arteries, bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, gastro-enteritis, ulcers, nephritis, diabetes, seminal loss, impotence, menstrual problems, insomnia, headaches, pains in the neck, shoulders, dorsals, and legs.
2. In addition to the practice of Qigong for General Health in its entirety, one is also advised to practise separately some of the particular movements of this series:
to treat hypertension, cardiopathy, sclerosis of the coronary arteries, bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, one may separately practise the 1st movement "Regulate the Breath", the 2nd movement "Push the Boat in the Direction of the Current", and the 7th movement, "Drive Out Dust Against the Wind".
to treat nephritis, diabetes, seminal loss, impotence, menstrual problems, etc., separately practise the 3rd movement, "Carry the Sun and the Moon on the Shoulders", and the 6th movement, "Push the Window to Look at the Moon".
to treat gastro-enteritis and ulcers, separately practise the 5th movement, "Raise a Large Stone with Force".
to treat bloating, separately practise the 4th movement, "The Roc Spreads its Wings", and the 8th movement, "The Wise Old Man Smooths his Beard".
3. Qigong for General Health can be combined with the practice of any other series of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong in order to increase its curative effect.
4. Depending on the illness, it is preferable to practise this sequence following the schedules indicated by the 'Chinese clock' in TCM; however, one can also practise it at one's convenience in the morning, evening, or at any suitable time of the day.
5. Avoid an excess of emotions, and keep a positive state of mind.
[Disclaimer: PLEASE NOTE that the translation may be inaccurate, and that any claims to be able to cure certain illnesses are unfounded!]