Daoism and Qi Gong
Acupuncture and Tui Na (推拿) massage are elements of the wider system of Chinese energetic medicine. This umbrella practice is highly influenced by (and some would argue that they originate from) the esoteric tradition of Daoism. This means that understanding the nature of Chinese medicine means that a practitioner must first learn to understand the philosophies and practices which underpin it. Daoism views human beings as an integrated part of the wider macrocosm that exists between the two poles of Heaven and Earth. In this manner they would never have viewed human health and well-being without taking into consideration these two great powers.
It is understood that within the space between Heaven and Earth exists a vast range of energetic frequencies that they entitled Qi (氣). Often the term Qi (氣) is rather over-simply defined as meaning ‘energy’ when in fact the term has a great deal more connotations to it. The study of Qi Gong (氣功) is the study of learning how to connect with and ‘master’ your relationship to Qi (氣) in all of it’s forms. First this needs to take place within our own body and then we need to learn how to transfer this skill to the governance of Qi (氣) within our patients. If we are unable to do this then the effectiveness of Chinese medical treatments will be greatly lessened.
An Aspect of the College
Daoist philosophy and teachings are interwoven into the teachings of the school. Acupuncture is as much an alchemical tradition as it is a medical system and so this is reflected in how and what we teach. Alongside these students learn the nature and study of Qi Gong (氣功) which will form a regular part of their daily practice whilst they complete the course. The Qi Gong (氣功) exercises taught involve learning how to breathe, ‘adjust frequencies’, contact the needle and lastly to work with the information moving through their patients body. In this way students will learn how to work with Qi (氣) rather than treating it purely intellectually.
One important aspect of Chinese medical practice that is rarely considered is ‘energetic burn out’. This takes place due to the level of energetic information being exchanged between therapist and patient during a treatment. Over time, busy therapists start too accumulate many of the negative Qi (氣) toxins of their patients. The result of this is that many therapists grow sick as they continue to practice. It was considered an important aspect of Chinese medicine that therapists learn to clear their body’s of these pathogens and protect themselves from their patients imbalances.
What begins as a form of practice that sits alongside conventional Chinese medicine study should evolve into an important form of self-cultivation that our students carry with them into their daily lives.