While Qigong and Chinese tonic herbs1 are used generally for maintaining health and curing diseases caused by Shen, Qi and Jing deficiency, and obstruction of the physiological function in the organs of the body, most people are not aware of the necessity of Qigong and tonic herbs in sports and enlightenment.
Important Note for those who Exercise a lot: Nowadays, external appearance is very important to many people. They believe that as long as one looks good, one is healthy. As long as one is moving, one is exercising. These are fallacies. We know that external appearance does not indicate what is inside. The same is true in exercise and sport. There is a common phenomenon we observe everyday where professional athletes often do not have long careers when compared to average people. This is especially true when the sports they play are very physically demanding. Many athletes have a career that lasts an average of 10 to 15 years and then they are forced to retire due to health problems. Many of these retired athletes come down with immune related diseases when they are in their middle age. Recently, there are few top athletes who die of heart complication which is the result of high physical and emotional demands they experience in sports competition. The main reason for this tragedy is that they use up a lot of energy known as "life force" or "qi" in traditional Chinese medicine theory to maintain the physiologic organ functions, and they do not supplement enough energy through Qigong2 during their careers. See Why is Qigong superior for health than ordinary exercise?
Even more so for those who seek whole body enlightenment -- where the whole body chakras of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual subtle lightbodies are activated or enlightened experienced as overwhelming love, joy, bliss and happiness, as opposed to head enlightenment popularly promoted nowadays by western and other yoga meditation teachers -- Qigong is a necessity and a must for safety reasons. There are many unreported cases of post kundalini syndrome such as spaciness in the head, psychosis, headaches or heart complication as a result of kundalini awakening which can be prevented through a proper understanding and application of Qigong3 under a certified Pan Gu Shengong instructor who is knowledgeable in these subjects. See Enlightenment Qigong Forms for Returning to Oneness
For those who are interested to learn more regarding the necessity of qigong in health, sports and enlightenment, my Pan Gu Shengong ebook has explained these topics thoroughly.
Sculpture of Sun Simiao (581-682 A.D.), a famous physician who became popularly known as "The Medicine God," seated on the tiger. Among those depicted above him are Fu Xi (center), to his left Huang Di, and to his right Shen Nong.
Footnotes (Excerpts from Dr. Ni's Neijing Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine):
1 The following quotations answered the question on how to maintain health and well-being:
Chapter 70, Rules of Phase Energetics
Huang Di asked, "How does one go about maintaining absolute health and well-being?"
Qi Bo replied, "Health and well-being can be achieved only by remaining centered in spirit, guarding against the squandering of energy, promoting the constant flow of qi and blood, maintaining harmonious balance of yin and yang, adapting to the changing seasonal and yearly macrocosmic influences, and nourishing one's self preventively."
2 The following quotations from Dr. Ni's Neijing talked about the practice of Qigong and the Tao, the Way of Life, for healing and life extension:
Chapter 1, The Universal Truth
In ancient times the Yellow Emperor, Huang Di, was known to have been a child prodigy. As he grew he showed himself to be sincere, wise, honest and compassionate. He became very learned and developed keen powers for observing nature. His people recognized him as a natural leader and chose him as their emperor.
During his reign, Huang Di had discussions concerning medicine, health, lifestyle, nutrition, Taoist cosmology with his ministers, including Qi Bo, Lei Gong and others. Their first discussion began with Huang Di asking, "I've heard that in the days of old everyone lived one hundred years without showing the usual signs of aging. In our time, however, people age prematurely, living only fifty years. Is this due to a change in the environment, or is it because people have lost the correct way of life?"
Qi Bo replied, "In the past, people practiced the Tao, the Way of Life. They understood the principle of balance, of yin and yang, as represented by the transformations of the energies of the universe. Thus, they formulated practices such as Dao-in (Qigong), an exercise combining stretching, massaging, and breathing to promote energy flow, and meditation to help maintain and harmonize themselves with the universe. They ate a balanced diet at regular times, arose and retired at regular hours, avoided overstressing their bodies and minds, and refrained from overindulgence of all kinds. They maintained well-being of body and mind; thus, it is not surprising that they lived over one hundred years.
"These days, people have changed their way of life. They drink wine as though it were water, indulge excessively in destructive activities, drain their jing - the body's essence that is stored in the Kidneys - and deplete their qi. They do not know the secret of conserving their energy and vitality. Seeking emotional excitement and momentary pleasures, people disregard the natural rhythm of the universe. They fail to regulate their lifestyle and diet, and sleep improperly. So it is not surprising that they look old at fifty and die soon after.
"The accomplished ones, of ancient times, advised people how to guard themselves against zei feng, disease-causing factors. On the mental level, one should remain calm and avoid excessive desires and fantasies, recognizing and maintaining the natural purity and clarity of the mind. When internal energies are able to circulate smoothly and freely, and the energy of the mind is not scattered, but is focused and concentrated, illness and disease can be avoided.
"Previously, people led a calm and honest existence, detached from undue desire and ambition; they lived with an untainted conscience and without fear. They were active, but never depleted themselves. Because they lived simply, they knew contentment, as reflected in their diet of basic but nourishing foods, and attire (clothing) that was appropriate to the season but never luxurious. Since they were happy with their position in life, they did not feel jealousy or greed. They had compassion for others and were helpful and honest, free from destructive habits. They remained unshakable and unswayed by temptations, and they were able to stay centered even when adversity arose. They treated others justly, regardless of their level of intelligence or position."
3 The following quotations from Dr. Ni's Neijing talked about the long life, extraordinary accomplishments, and exemption from pathogenic influences of the enlightened immortals, and the sages, achieved beings and naturalists who practice Qigong and the Tao, the Way of Life:
Yellow Emperor Huang Di asked, "I've heard of people in ancient times, spoken of as the immortals, who knew the secrets of the universe and held yin and yang, the world, in the palm of their hands. They extracted essence from nature and practiced various diciplines such as Dao-in and Qigong and breathing and visualization exercises, to integrate the body, mind and spirit. They remained undisturbed and thus attained extraordinary levels of accomplishment. Can you tell me about them?"
Qi Bo responded, "The immortals kept their mental energies focused and refined, and harmonized their bodies with the environment. Thus, they did not show conventional signs of aging and were able to live beyond their biological limitations.
"Not so long ago there were people known as achieved beings who had true virtue, understood the Way of Life, and were able to adapt to and harmonize with the universe and the seasons. They too were able to keep their mental energy through proper concentration.
"These achieved beings did not live like ordinary humans, who tended to abuse themselves. They were able to travel freely to different times and places since they were not governed by conventional views of time and space. Their sense of perceptions were supernormal, going far beyond the sight and hearing of ordinary humans. They were also able to preserve their life spans and live in full health, much as the immortals did.
"There was a third type of a person, known as the sage. The sages lived peacefully under Heaven and Earth, following the rhythms of the planet and the universe. They adapted to society without being swayed by cultural trends. They were free from emotional extremes and lived a balanced, contented existence. Their outward appearance, behavior and thinking did not reflect the conflicting norms of society. The sages appeared busy but were never depleted. Internally they did not overburden themselves. They abided in calmness, recognizing the empty nature of phenomenological existence. The sages lived over one hundred years because they did not scatter and disperse their energies.
"A fourth type were the natural people who followed the Tao, the Way of Life, and were called naturalists. They lived in accordance with the rhythmic patterns of the seasons: Heaven and Earth, moon, sun and stars. They aspired to follow the way of the ancient times, choosing not to lead excessive lifestyles. They, too, lived plainly and and enjoyed long life."
Chapter 68, the Six Atmospheric Influences
Huang Di asked, "Are there any persons who are not affected by the pathogenic influences?"
Qi Bo replied, "You have asked a very special question. It is not possible for ordinary beings to escape the effects of the atmospheric influences. However, only the immortals and highly achieved beings who merge their beings as one with the universe are exempt from the effects of the atmospheric influences."
Updated January 26, 2006 by