Answers to the Health Qigong – Liu Zi Jue

1. Where does the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue originate?

Liu Zi Jue, which is also called Liu Zi Qi Jue, is one kind of traditional health-care methods that is mainly exercised by ways of inhaling and exhaling. Liu Zi Jue has very long and widespread history and cab be recorded back to the Southern and Northern Dynasties (A.D402-581). During its widespread transmission, Liu Zi Jue has been replenished and consummated by medical practitioners or regimen practicers of different dynasties.

Based on the traditional Liu Zi Jue, Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue is invented and arranged by means of modern scientific theories and methods. In order to make it more scientific and reasonable, the order of the six words Xu, He, Hu, Si, Chui, Xi, their pronunciation and the form of mouth are modulated and regulated during its invention and arrangement.

2. What are the characteristics of the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue?

Each word of the six words of Liu Zi Jue is one part of the integrity and also has its own solitary feature. There is systematic and standard pronunciation and the type of mouth when it is practiced together with simple guiding action. In all, as one of the regime including inhaling and exhaling and guiding, the characteristics of Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue can be generalized as follows: inward and outward exercising, flexible, slow and graceful actions, dynamic and static combination, being simple and easy to be studied, safe and effective.

3. What are the body-building actions of the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue?

Scientific research test demonstrate that the total life quality of the practicers can be boosted after the exercise with the ameliorated tendency of physiological and psychological state as well as more harmonious interpersonal and family relation. What’s more, the result of investigation about the disease rehabilitation in the subject group show that the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue is effective for the middle and aged people on relieving some chronic diseases to some extent.

4. The Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue is a little unique among the four kinds of Health Qi Gong, why?

It is different from the other three kinds of Health Qigong that the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue takes breathing as the mainstay and simple guiding movements accompanying the breathing routines such as Xu, He, Hu, Si, Chui and Xi to regulate the function of the liver, heart, spleen, lung and kidney, Sanjiao and strengthen the bone and musculature, enhance the health and recover the diseases. The guiding movements must be relaxed, gentle, flexible and slow. Breathing and pronunciation can’t be disturbed by the guiding movements. It is why the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue is different from the other three kinds of Health Qigong.

5. Why must the reverse abdominal breathing be applied during the exhalation in the practice of the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue?

There are two common breathing training methods including thoracic breathing, which is mainly characterized as the intercostals muscle movement, and abdominal respiration which is characterized as the diaphragmatic muscle movement. The latter includes abdominal breathing and reverse abdominal breathing. The natural breathing method is taken in the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue in most time. But reverse abdominal breathing is taken during the exhaling pronunciation in each time, that is to say, the lower abdomen is mildly adducted in the course of the inhaling and relaxed in the course of exhaling to let it naturally pluck up.

According to the theory of the traditional Qigong, when you inhale by ways of reverse breathing, congenital vital Qi is heaved from your lower abdomen to your chest; in the meantime, fresh air in the nature is absorbed in your chest and then the former and the latter are mixed there. Then turbid air is exhaled outside your body and enriched vital Qi are descended to your lower abdomen. This way of breathing can practise Qi, cultivate Qi and make your body healthy but also prevent dry mouth and tongue, dizziness, head distension or even fatigue from incorrect pronunciation. It is also one kind of practicing methods that is concerned with Kan Li intersection, heart and kidney in balance, heart and kidney intersection with markedly body-building effect in the traditional Qigong theory. That’s why it must by used in the course of exhaling and pronunciation in the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue.

6. How to make pronunciation and reverse abdominal breathing match well in the exercise of Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue?

It is one of the keys to make expiration and pronunciation and reverse abdominal breathing match well in the exercise of Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue. Otherwise the effect of practice will be impacted or dry mouth feeling or fatigue is possible to ensue. You must pay your attention to feel the gradual relaxation and enrichment of Qi from your mouth, throat, chest, to your abdomen step by step rather than to the breathing in the course of pronunciation and exhalation. That is the method called mind participating with Qi, mind following with Qi and Qi storing in the Dantian.

7. Why is it that mind should be combined with breathing and body in the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue?

As breathing is the mainstay accompanying with movements in the exercise of Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue, so strong mind and thought maybe result in rigid movements, which is easy to cause rapid breathing or even affect the quality of three kinds of regulation function. Then the practicers can’t get to the state of relaxation and quietness. Internal balance of the body will be destroyed and disorder of movement of Qi will be likely to ensue. Therefore the practicer should make his mind fit with breathing and movements and pay attention to be relaxed, harmonious and natural, not forgetting nor helping. He can’t intend to prolong the slow exhalation and pronunciation as well as gentle movements nor make mind scatter to separate it from breathing and movements.

8.What are the methods and main points of the breathing in the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue?

The method of breathing is mainly reverse abdominal breathing, in which the chest is slowly expanded and the abdomen is mildly abducted while the air is absorbed in the nostril and vice versa while the air is exhaled in the mouth. This kind of breathing can increase the amplitude of the rise and fall of the diaphragm and be able to promote the whole circulation of Qi and blood and act as health protection for Zang and Fu.

In the breathing of Liu Zi Jue, mild rather than strong mind should be paid attention just like to be a little on purpose or a little by accident. Breath should be fine and long during the exhalation. It should be weak and natural and not straining while the air is absorbed through the nostril. Expanding or retracting the abdomen on purpose is not suitable.

9. What is the body-building theorem of the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue in Chinese medicine?

According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, man is one part of the universe and human as well as heaven and earth is integrity. So man’s physiological function and health will be affected by nature. It is correlated and corresponded among the man’s Zang and Fu that include liver, heart, spleen, lung and kidney and five elements that include wood, fire, earth, gold and water and the pronunciation of six kinds of mouth form such as Xu, He, Hu, Si, Chui and Xi.

So the pronunciation that the six sounds are uttered is used to regulate the corresponding Zang and Fu according to the corresponding relation between the five Zang and five kinds of sounds in the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue, that is to say, Xu can regulate liver, He can regulate heart, Hu can regulate spleen, Si can regulate lung, Chui can regulate kidney, Xi can regulate Sanjiao. The practicer can expire the turbid air produced by the Zang Fu in the course of uttering and exhalation and absorb the fresh air in nature in the course of the corresponding movements and inhalation. Such course can regulate the circulation of Qi and blood of the practicer and make Yin and Yang of five Zang and six Fu balance and then play the role of body-building, health-care, get rid of diseases and prolong the lifespan.

10. How does the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue reduce the body fat of the middle and aged people?

The ratio of the body fat is the index reflecting the component of the body, it is usually 20-30% for the adult female and it means obese over 30%. The study show that the ratio and weight of body fat of the practicers are drastically decreased after exercising the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue for half a year, that is to say, it can prevent obesity and make their configurations more favorable for the middle and aged practicers.

Reference:
Answers to the Health Qigong –Liu Zi Jue Chinese Health QiGong Association

Books:
Liu Zi Jue: Six Sounds Approach to Qigong Breathing Exercises (Chinese Health Qigong Associat)
by The Chinese Health Qigong Association
ISBN 1848190069

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