Qi Gong and Energy Medicine

 

This month we interview Arnold Tayam, Doctor of Medical QiGong (China) from San Jose, California.

As the Director of The Longevity Center with over 30 years experience, Dr Tayam conducts a Clinical Qigong and Chinese Bodywork practice.  He teaches Chinese Medical QiGong, Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi), Bagua Zhang, Yi-Quan and the Taoist arts. 

He is a nationally and internationally recognized Senior Instructor and a graduate of Haidian University of Bejing, a graduate of the International Institute of Medical Qigong, Dean of Infinichi Institute International at Yo San University, Professor at Five Branches Institute and featured instructor and designer for several professional Qigong and Tai Chi video and book publications. 

He teaches for universities, hospitals and clinics, including Stanford CIM, SCSP and IVF.  Dr Tayam also has served on the Board of Directors for the National Qigong Association.

To reach Dr Tayam, check out his website www.longevity-center.com or call him for appointments and classes at 408-985-8008

 

Daya: If you were going to explain Qi Gong to your local layperson, someone who had no background in energetic theory, how would you explain what Qi Gong is? 

Arnold: I just simply start with what is Qi Gong and I talk about energy because energy really is… of course the Qi is really what everything is about.  The ancients, and when I say the ancients I am talking about the ancient Taoists, the naturalists of China, the ones that have been accredited with evolving and developing Qi Gong in ancient China, realized that everything came from the Tao, and the Tao means way or way of nature, and the way they realized this was from a very deep introspection and a keen observation of this nature.  So what the Taoists realized was that everything in the entire universe actually manifested as this Qi or this life force.

Qi is life force and Gong is the cultivation of this life force or skill or work. So this Qi or this energy – this life force – is something that the ancients looked inward to find and what they realized is that since everything is made up of this life force energy, the difference from one individual object to another or one process to another was basically the level of the vibrational frequency.  So in our body, our physical body, our physical tissues, is life force energy.  It is Qi but it vibrates at a coarser level compared to emotions and thought, which is a little bit more refined or more refined than physical energy and then of course, our spirit or soul is a vibrational frequency that is even higher.  But all of it fundamentally is Chi. 

Daya:   You know that is so fascinating because in science they have just come to that same conclusion, that everything is energy. 

Arnold:    Yes.  In fact, as science progresses, science, when it becomes more centralized and more evolved, will actually come to very much the same conclusions.  I mean, that is where the whole talk of quantum physics and quantum mechanics versus the old physics; that is where it differs.  And what happens is that as people continue to work with these sciences, I think what they are going to do is slowly validate what the ancients have known for a while. 

There is a saying, I believe it was Einstein who said this, and he said that when science reaches the crest of the hill, they would find religion there waiting.  I think it is really an interesting thing.  I will have to say; it is not even really religion but spirituality, which is a whole other subject in itself.

Daya:    How did you first get involved with and start learning about this?  Did you grow up knowing about this or is this something that you came to in your adult life?

Arnold:   Actually, it is something that I always had an inkling of; this whole idea of what is behind life itself.  So where many people might grow up, you know, traditionally with a background or exposure from family, I actually grew up here in the west.  My family actually was not involved with the healing arts or the martial arts at all. 

It is interesting because in Qi Gong, there are three main schools.  There is the medical school, the martial arts school, and the spiritual school.  All three of these paths actually overlap into each other and they utilize this life force energy system.  And I think that they are very, very important as one evolves along the way of self-cultivation, that they understand what types of benefits they can derive from each path. 

So what happened is I simply got involved in the martial arts early on but not for what most people might think.  Most people first get involved in martial arts for self-defense.  I was very intrigued by the mysticism and the philosophy; the very deep, deep meaning behind the philosophy.  That is the thing that I felt drawn to. 

It was very impressive for me to see how some of these martial arts masters were able to conduct themselves in a certain way showing and exhibiting certain martial arts prowess.  But at the same time, there was a mature wisdom behind this prowess.  It wasn’t just a high level of physicality that you might see with certain sports figures. 

My early exposure actually happened when I was about 11 or 12, mostly through exposure to seeing martial arts, reading about it, and then, of course, my father being a military man actually was my first exposure to martial arts training.  So it was from the martial arts that I grew into the philosophy.  And there are different types of martial arts.

I trained the harder style of martial arts and also was exposed to different martial arts along the way along with Qi Gong and meditation.  Of course the thing is that much of this was self-driven and it wasn’t until later, after seven years doing Korean karate, in which I received or trained up to a second degree black belt, that I later moved away and got involved with the healing arts.  So it was more of going through the martial arts training that led me to medicine, which is very, very interesting. 

As you know, of course, the healing goes together with the martial arts and the way the martial arts actually works with the healing is simply this:  Many times when you train, you get injured and if you are interested in your recovery, then it is very difficult not to get involved in the healing arts. 

Daya:   Can you heal yourself?!? 

Arnold:   Yes.  As a matter of fact, I will have to steal a story from one of my teachers, actually.  When he was training with a traditional teacher, he was doing some of the training and he complained to his teacher.  He said, “Well, you know, if I am going to train in martial arts, the traditional Chinese Kung Fu, you know, I thought I was supposed to be learning about healing.  I thought traditional Chinese Kung Fu is famous for all it’s healing.  When do I get to learn that?”  And his teacher looked at him and smiled and said, “Very soon.” 

The way they learn the herbs and healing techniques is when you start fighting, you incur injuries.  You learn your herbs and when you learn your healing techniques according to the injuries that many times result from the mistakes you make in the martial arts you never forget them.  So the martial arts and the healing arts, they go together.  And what is quite interesting is that the martial arts and the healing arts are both a natural outgrowth of the oldest school, which out of the three schools of Qi Gong, is the spiritual school. 

The whole idea of the evolution of martial arts and the healing arts was to protect the vehicle that was necessary to evolve to these higher heights.  So in order for a person to achieve these higher levels of spirituality, oftentimes you know this took quite a bit of time to reach those levels, so during that time, it was important to get involved with learning how to take care of your body, learning proper lifestyle – a healthy lifestyle – and then learning the different branches of medicine and, you know, the way that you can utilize them according to whatever you are doing.

So you can see how it could be very natural in the process of a person that has been trained in martial arts, along the path, the cultivation, how they could quite easily get involved with becoming a healer.  And of course in Qi Gong…Qi Gong actually has two main modalities.  There are general Qi Gong sets that could be used to open up the energy meridian systems that I was talking about, but at the same time, this energy actually in the practice of Qi Gong, could also be practiced in a way that is specific for different patterns of dysfunction. 

In Chinese medicine, fundamentally, you have excess patterns and deficient patterns and the whole idea is to reach a point where you can balance out your energy.  So what you are trying to do is to utilize these different methods of Qi Gong to achieve this balance.  So this is then according to general Qi Gong sets, for again health maintenance and disease prevention, and then specific Qi Gong techniques for individualized health concerns, individualized patterns of disharmony.  And then there is also the aspect of energy projection, which oftentimes is something that a person, if they want to learn how to do this as a therapy, they need to undergo some specialized training. 

But the two modalities applied in medical Qi Gong, are basically the movement and the external or projection of Chi. These interface very well, as one of the major five branches of Chinese medicine, with, of course, acupuncture and herbal medicine, the nutrition or dietary therapy, as well as the body work. 

Daya:   Qi Gong uses movements to maintain health and to prevent disease.  The idea that disease is preventable is sort of a radical one, especially when it comes to breast cancer in Western medicine.  How can you prevent disease from happening?

Arnold:   Well, in the Chinese medical model, it is very simple and the idea that the Qi is the essence of life.  It is your life force energy.  So it is as simple as this.  There is Chi. There is life force energy, and it follows according to the rules of nature.  So if you violate the rules of nature, then what happens is this Qi flow in the body is disrupted in some way. 

You know, many times it is obstructed or what happens is that if there is an actual trauma or damage to the tissue, obstruction can ensue but then also too, the tissue itself can cause irregular flow or incorrect flow of the energy.  Weakness can come about, which actually slows down the flow of Chi. There are many different things that can happen.

The main goal with the practice of Qi Gong for health, really, is practicing these different sets of movement so that each different individual movement can open up these flows of Chi.  The sets, actually on a basic level, are designed to open up and maintain the flow of Qi through what they call the 12 organ meridian and 8 extraordinary meridian networks.  And these are the major meridians that transport the flow of Qi throughout the body and, of course, nourish the body.  It gives the life to the body.  It gives sustenance to an individual.  So by doing the Qi Gong and keeping and managing the flow of this energy, then one could basically prevent disease from happening. 

Now, remember.  Qi Gong is one of the five branches of Chinese medicine.  So what you need to do with Qi Gong is you also need to combine it with proper nutrition, and, of course, in Chinese dietary therapy, what you are doing is you are borrowing the healing properties from the herbs and the foods and you are utilizing this to, again, manage the flow of the Chi. 

For instance, if the body is cold, maybe more warming foods are needed and then also, Qi Gong-wise, maybe movements that are going to activate and raise the temperature in the body are, again, needed.  If the body is blocked or tight from, maybe, lifestyle stresses, then what happens is certain Qi Gong that will open up these gates of the body, the joints, for instance, and release the tension. 

So you can see how the Tui Na (massage) and acupuncture come in the picture.  So this is all very, very important.  But I will have to stress that the original goal of course was the spiritual school and the whole idea was to connect with the grand nature.  So by using these different methods of Qi Gong, what happened is that a person would first take care of their health and then once they reached the optimum level of health, that would provide them a springboard to evolve to a higher consciousness and that was part of how the different schools of Qi Gong went together. 

Daya:   So keeping your body healthy was as a means to an end?

Arnold:   Yes.  Or, actually, a means to a higher level of transition, which of course opens the door to the infinite. 

Daya:   Interesting.  These are pretty simple movements.  You know, I’ve been doing Qi Gong and it has made profound changes in my body.  How do people learn how to do Qi Gong?

Arnold  Well, the best way actually, of course, is to find a qualified instructor.  And many times because people see Qi Gong – I would say one of the strengths of Qi Gong, one of its main strengths is that it is simple, but also at the same time, unfortunately, that is also one of its weaknesses.  People that don’t have a background in Qi Gong will often look at the Qi Gong and their first impression is that they are very unimpressed. 

They tend to look at it and they think, “Well, these simple movements and breathing and flapping your arms and focusing here or there, with your visualization – that is supposed to keep me healthy?  This is supposed to change?  This is supposed to make my body stronger?  And this is supposed to prevent disease?”  It is difficult for somebody who is uninitiated to really accept that.  It is really quite a bit of a challenge. 

But, like I said, at the same time, because it is simple, I think that it is very easy for people to enter into the Qi Gong if they simply give it a chance.  And it is something that they can apply right away directly and something that they can do for themselves. 

Which is very interesting because, you know, working with cancer supportive care at Stanford, one of the big things that I have heard from people is that because the patients have to go for many appointments, they are always seeing somebody with a white lab coat on and this is one comment that I remember.  There was a person that came in for a Qi Gong session and they said to me, “Oh, great!  Finally!  There is a person without a white lab coat!  And rather than being pushed and prodded, this person is actually going to look at me as a person and they are going to teach me something that I can do for myself!” 

I think that one of the greatest things that have come out of Qi Gong practice that I have seen working with cancer patients, or just people in general, is their level of self-empowerment that one actually starts to receive.  Then, of course, if they latch onto it, this could become a very powerful tool. 

You know one of the things about Qi Gong that is really quite unique is that Qi Gong is not practiced only by people that are sick or unhealthy.  Qi Gong is practiced by those people that are healthy and strong and what happens is that if a person finds Qi Gong early enough, then rather than just bringing the physical body back to balance, again, they could use this energy, this certain balance as a springboard to evolve further and, you know, this is what the martial artist, for instance, uses. 

You know, when a person comes in to train martial arts, what they need to do first is to take care of their health.  Then once they take care of their health, and a balance is reestablished, now you can talk about training the Qi and then reaching other levels and developing other skills. 

Same thing too for the healer.  You know many times people come in and they want to become a healer and I say to them, “Well, you know, how is your health?”  Look at your health.  It is difficult, if you want to become a professional healer to help other people if you haven’t helped yourself. 

So usually in the process of learning to help yourself you much better learn how to help others.  And it is such a fundamental idea it almost seems cliché to mention it but I have seen so many times over the years, practitioners – very well-meaning, very well-skilled practitioners, unfortunately lacking this energy connection to their health.  There is a saying.  They say, “Healer, heal thyself.” 

Daya:   When you talk about health, you know, the thing that is so amazing to me in Chinese medicine is that it is assumed that emotional health is part of that picture and that there is an emotional component in disease development.  How does that work?  It seems like it works to stabilize emotions, but could you talk about emotional roots of disease and how that plays in Qi Gong? 

Arnold:   Absolutely.  It is interesting because oftentimes when you ask a person that has a typical Western mindset about health, they will usually only talk about the physical body.  The second thing that they will usually talk about is that they will talk about the physical body in a very mechanistic type of a manner, meaning that you know it is kind of like, “Okay, well let’s find which part of the body is going wrong and let’s just basically replace that part,” almost like a car. 

Well, humans, of course, needless to say, are far more complex than any kind of a machine.  We not only have a physical body, but we also have the emotional sphere, the mental sphere, and the spiritual sphere.  And all of these things – body, mind, emotion, and spirit – are connected together through this energy body.  So often times when I say energy body, I want people to understand, I want my students to understand that I am talking about all aspects of your being that are affected through this energy sphere, not just the physical body.

 

So given that, what is interesting is that while certain diseases could come into play because maybe they were genetically passed down, what happens is that oftentimes once a person is born into the world, they have different influences in their environment and usually these different influences could be quite challenging bringing about emotion distress. 

So what happens is that working with the Chi, we work directly with clearing the emotions on the basic or foundational level of Qi Gong because if there is too much emotion that is stuffed in the body, then what happens is that starts to lead to imbalance, that starts to lead to blockage, that will eventually lead to a type of disarray in the body. 

There are specific healing sounds, for instance, that work with clearing the negative emotions.  There are specific emotions associated with each one of the major internal organs in the body. 

For instance, fear is in the kidneys.  And in the liver we have anger.  And in the heart we have over excitation or over excitability.  In the spleen, we have worry.  In the lungs, we have grief, sadness, and disappointment. 

I mean, just from that little list there, if you were to ask people how many of these different emotions did you experience this week and how often, you know that you would really get a very good answer.  Well what happens is this. 

The goal with these different healing sounds of course is not to rid you of emotions.  I think emotions are an important part and actually a natural part of having a human body but what happens is that when you allow the emotions to be stuffed and they well up and they create blockages and imbalance, it can be very disrupting to your life. 

If you are not able to process certain challenges that you have in your life by dealing with the emotions, what happens, of course, is that over time your energy body will deteriorate. 

And it is interesting because even though some things may not originate from an emotional balance, for instance if there was a car accident or some other type of trauma that the person experiences, there is always an emotional overlay.  Why?  Because you cannot separate the physical body from the emotional body from the mental or intellectual sphere from the spiritual sphere. 

Daya:   So there are a number of ways that Qi can get blocked in the body but they relate.  For example, if there was some blockage along the kidney channel, the blockage could create an emotional state even if the emotional state wasn’t the original cause?

Arnold:   Yes, absolutely.  For instance, if a person has an accident and say, for instance, in the accident the part of the tissue ran along the kidney channel, if it was a bad enough of an injury, the kidney channel energy can be blocked and with that what happens is that the individual maybe is hampered from being able to process or deal with emotional insecurity and fear and insecurity is basically what is associated with the kidneys.  So, if a person already has that tendency, then it could easily magnify and become worsened from not being able to take care of the blockage. 

Daya:   So, if you said that emotions or thought patterns were the root of all diseases, would that be an oversimplification?  That wouldn’t be correct in all cases, would it? 

Arnold:   Well, I think that what would be correct, really, is that the emotions and the mental sphere is involved in all aspects of being – unhealthy or healthy – and we need to always look at the whole picture. 

That is one of the things I will have to say is really quite unique in terms of Chinese medicine is that what we do is we look at whatever area is of particular concern but we always look at that particular area with respect to the whole. 

And that is a very important part because what happens is that the importance of that individual part has a synergistic interplay that takes place with all other parts of the body.  So you could see how this idea of the microcosm actually being a reflection of the macrocosm and it is a very complex but yet at the same time simple idea. 

Daya:   Now specifically for breast issues.  What can women do, Qi Gong-wise to correct breast imbalances or breast diseases?

Arnold:   Yes.  In fact, it is interesting.  I think I have mentioned before; I’ll mention it again.  Of course, the whole idea of Western medicine compared to Chinese medicine, in terms of disease is that in Chinese medicine, we don’t really have diseases.  Instead, we have patterns of disharmony or patterns of dysfunction or imbalance.  And by recognizing these different patterns of disharmony, one can actually work with the body before actual disease takes place. 

So, sometimes working with a person who is, again, unfamiliar or if the concept of Chinese medicine is relatively new, if you say for instance, “Oh, I was feeling your kidney pulse and your kidney pulse is weak,” a lot of times they will say, “You mean I have disease in my kidney?”  and I will have to always explain, “No.  You don’t have disease in your kidney.”  “Well, you just told me that there was something going on with my kidney.”  Yes.  It is a pattern of imbalance and it is something that everybody experiences in the sense that everybody has patterns of imbalance.

 

The whole idea, though, is that these patterns of imbalance can possibly lead to a disease in the future but what we are doing is we are going to give you methods by which you can rebalance this pattern and by doing this then what we can do is we can then nip this progression in the bud so that nothing will happen down the road or there will be much less chance of something occurring down the road.  And it is a different kind of a concept but I think a very important one if people really want to start to absorb or start to use Chinese medicine. 

I think that many times that peoples’ general impression of Chinese medicine is that it only has to do with symptoms.  It is applied in such a way that, first you have a complaint and then Chinese medicine takes care of it or it doesn’t take care of it and then once the symptoms disappear, then you don’t have to apply the medicine anymore.  And that is probably one of the most incorrect ways of understanding what Chinese medicine is about. 

Actually, the best way to apply Chinese medicine is to absorb it as a way of life.  Once you actually start to live your life using the wisdom of Chinese medicine, again not when you are sick only but also when you are not sick, then you start to really benefit from what Chinese medicine is about.  And this is a very important concept. 

It is kind of a funny idea that people have because, you know, people have a tendency to think that well, if you are going to do the healing and you heal the person, then, you know, then the disease, or the imbalance, or the complaints of symptoms should disappear and shouldn’t come back again if Chinese medicine really did its job. 

Daya:  Right.  I like the idea, because with Qi Gong you can do it yourself, whereas a lot of people cannot necessarily afford to go get acupuncture every week or do something with a healthcare practitioner on such a regular basis forever.  These are things that they can learn how to do themselves so it becomes a matter of self-care as something that you have with you forever and you can go back, sort of, for checkups, but you don’t have to be reliant on going to someone else all the time to fix you. 

Arnold:   Absolutely.  And, again, this is the wisdom of using Chinese medicine as a way of life.  Again, not only when you are sick, but especially when you are not sick.  And what happens is this, if you do Qi Gong on a regular basis and you also regulate according to, again, the Chinese medicine principle, your food intake and you live a healthy lifestyle, meaning that you are basically getting the proper rest, proper sleep, proper activity, you are in an environment that is healthy, then what happens is that you have much less of a chance for any sort of imbalance to occur.

The different ways of living your life become the basis for actually evolving to a higher level of consciousness.  You know, oftentimes you have different people that practice different paths of spirituality pay very close attention to their health because, again, the human body is a vehicle for the spiritual transformation. 

Daya:   Regarding breast disease and the idea that symptoms are a sign that there is an imbalance. Western medicine has numerous studies that say that breast pain does not indicate a higher rate of breast cancer; fibrocystic breasts do not indicate a higher risk of breast cancer but in Chinese theory there is some indication that if an area is painful, there is an imbalance happening that could lead down the road to disease.  Is that correct? 

Arnold:   Oh, very much so.  In fact in Chinese medicine, what is really interesting is that looking at any type of a cancer, tumor, or cyst; basically it is a stagnation of Chi, blood, and fluid in the body.  So what happens is that a person has to basically break up this stagnation of Chi, blood, and fluid. 

There are a number of things that a person has to look at when they deal with stagnations, especially cancer, tumors, and cysts.  For instance, besides breaking up the Chi-blood-fluid stagnation, they also need to regulate the correct flow of the Chi. 

Another thing that is usually connected is liver-Qi stagnation, which is something that often happens when somebody stuffs their emotions or they are not able to actually express themselves in a healthy way.  There is a stagnation, a pressing down of these emotions.  And what happens is the flow of the Chi, blood, and fluid in the body is disrupted and again, this can lead to physical blockages and manifest in terms of tumors, and cysts. 

So by just simply regulating the flow of Chi, blood, and fluid, this is, again, a very important part of the healing sounds that I mentioned earlier.  For instance the liver; the liver is associated with anger, frustration, and resentment and by using the liver-clearing sound as well as movements for the liver, one can clear this from their body. 

It is also very important to note that in working with the tumors and cysts, a person also has to strengthen their immune function as well.  Before any type of negative energy or emotion, or influence enters in, they have to get past one’s defenses. 

This is also something that I have to stress, that is, again, more energetic, is that once a person practices Qi Gong on a regular basis and they lead a very healthy, balanced lifestyle, their energy increases and strengthens.  And once their energy increases and strengthens, they actually will have a stronger energy field that can help keep out exogenous pathogens from coming in.

Daya:   So you are less influenced by toxins that are outside the body if your body is able to be strong? 

Arnold:   Yes.  You are actually, if your body is stronger and strengthens the Wei Qi (external energy field), then what happens is that there is this whole protective energy field that can help fend off toxins or negative energy; toxic behavior for instance, or toxic environments that one might be exposed to.  This is all very important. 

Daya:   Yeah.  That is amazing!  And it is such a different concept than many of us were raised with in the West in terms of disease just being something that can happen and purely a genetic issue but not that there was anything that we could necessarily do prevention-wise.  So it is not like Yoga, where you could just pick up a video and learn how to do it yourself?  You suggest that someone find a practitioner to help you? 

Arnold:   Well, I think that videos could be very important in one’s learning process because Qi Gong is simple enough where one can start to practice some Qi Gong and receive some benefits but when we start talking about advanced practices, intermediate to advanced practices, as well as specific Qi Gong healthcare methods, then you really need to see a practitioner.  I wouldn’t recommend that a person self-diagnose and then they start to just simply pick some Qi Gong videos to just do if they have a specific healthcare concern. 

Daya:   Okay.  So if there is something they are concerned about, they should go to a practitioner.  But just to start to play with this, a book or video could be helpful? 

Arnold  Yeah.  It would not be bad to and this is the thing that I also have to stress that is really important, especially here in Western culture.  Oftentimes, people get on the internet or they read a lot of books or they go to attend a talk or a one-day seminar, and all of a sudden they think that they know a lot more than they do and it could be dangerous because what happens oftentimes is that if they follow the instructions, a lot of times they are fine.  But many times people will try to mix and match all of the different pieces of information they are receiving from various sources. 

This is where one could really get into trouble.  For instance, there are some basic Qi Gongs that one could easily do to maintain their health but if a person is exposed to an advanced concept or advanced technique and then, because it was really interesting or kind of cool, they wanted to incorporate that with another practice, that can get people into trouble.

Daya:   So, is there a video that you could recommend to people or a book if people wanted to learn more for people who aren’t located in the bay area who couldn’t come to see you? 

Arnold:   Yeah.  Well, actually, there are a number of good videos.  One video I will have to say that is very good that I actually helped create was when I was sitting on the board for the National Qi Gong Association, there was a free Qi Gong video that presents about a 15-minute simple set, a complete set based in five main simple movements. 

If a person was actually interested in getting this they could go to http://www.nqa.org/healingwave.html.  (This video or DVD is given for a donation of any amount)  This video was put forth and they encourage people to copy it and share it with their friends. 

Daya:   Oh wow!  Great!

Arnold:   Yes.  So I really recommend that.  And as far as books; there are different books written by different people.  One book that I think is a very good book to read on a basic level is called The Way of Qi Gong by Ken Cohen and it is a good overall Qi Gong.

   

Since we are on the subject, also people wanting to know more about Chinese medicine, I believe a very good book written for Westerners is a book entitled Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korn and that can help a person start to understand more about Chinese medicine and see if that is something that they might consider in their health and healing process. 

A final thing, in terms of scientific validation.  Oftentimes, I will get this question.  People will say, “Well, is there any scientific evidence?”  And, of course, we were talking early on about how the scientists, as they explore more, the discoveries actually are leading them further and further down the road of finding out and validating more of what the ancients have known or have at least been able to integrate into their practices. 

Well, there is a friend of mine by the name of Kenneth M. Sancier, Ph.D. He is a retired research scientist and he heads up something called the Qi Gong Institute in Menlo Park http://www.qigonginstitute.org and what he does is he offers a database of over 2,000 entries.  These are abstracts and many of them have been presented at the International Symposium for Qi Gong that is usually held annually held in Asia and this Qi Gong database is an excellent way in which people can start to look at some of the research that has been done.

Daya:   Oh great!

Arnold:   …and they are, I believe, categorized according to many, many different areas, so a person can look up, for instance, Qi Gong for breast cancer or Qi Gong for stress reduction.

 

Daya:   Oh great!  People can link directly to his site. http://www.qigonginstitute.org

Arnold:   Yes.  So he would be really good.  And I think that he actually brings forth some of the best material you can find today in terms of Qi Gong and energy medicine research. 

Daya:   Oh great!  That is very helpful.  Thank you!  Qi Gong has been invaluable for building the skills of self-awareness and empowerment in me.  It has really helped change my recurrent breast pain and menstrual difficulties.  I also have so much more ENERGY – I can hardly believe it!  So I hope that other people get that from our enthusiasm in the interview, the benefit of the potential here is really huge.  Thank you so much Arnold for your time. 

Arnold:   That is really great.  Well, great!  Great!  Well, if there is anything else that comes up, of course, I will see you in class and you can let me know…

Daya:  Thanks and again if any of you want to reach Arnold Tayam for personal healing sessions or for Qi Gong instruction, please contact him thru his website at http://www.longevity-center.com or email him at info@longevity-center.com

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