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Small, consistent steps really is the best path to shift anything that's causing anxiety, or discomfort.
Of course, guided support and some fresh new perspectives never hurts either.
I hope you'll enjoy the insights and tools on this page.
Important Health Notices
If pregnant or nursing, please do not practice any of the Qìgōng exercises, meditations, visualization, or breathing techniques presented on this website. If pregnant or nursing, please do not use any essential oils presented on this website. Always get a complete health checkup. ⇒ View Complete Health Disclaimers
WHAT IS MEDICAL QIGONG? - Listen HERE
"In this new episode of the Jing Herbs podcast, Dr. George and John interview an expert in Medical Qìgōng. Maria Furlano is a Qìgōng mind/body expert, and actually one of Dr. George's mentors in this powerful eastern tradition."
During this interview you'll learn:
– What is Qìgōng? (Pronounced "Chee Gong")
– How does general"Health" Qìgōng differ from "Medical" Qìgōng?
– How is it different than Tai Chi?
– What benefits are received from practice?
– Qìgōng's influence on telomerase activity in the chromosomes.
– Clinical studies showing clear benefits.
– What are your "Wei Qi" fields? How are they connected to your intuition?
For more information on Chinese Herbs please visit: JingHerbs.com
STRESS, ANXIETY & EMOTIONAL OVERWHELM - info
The good news is, a little stress (acute stress, aka "short lived stress") in our lives is not a bad thing. It can motivate us to meet our goals.
Our body's stress-response system is usually self-limiting and returns hormone levels to normal once the stressor has passed.
We are efficiently designed to deal with short-term stressors.
Emotional and physical issues arise when we live in a consistent state of stress. Our body loses its feedback mechanism of knowing when to turn off the stress responses (aka "fight & flight" response).
Ongoing stress (called chronic stress) can negatively effect every cell in our body.
Why is turning OFF our stress response so important?
We have a fantastic feedback mechanism that signals the chemical cascade of stress hormones flowing through your body to turn off when the immediate stressor is gone.
If your stress response does not shut off (because you are living in a consistent state of chronic stress), the major systems of your body (nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, digestive & musculoskeletal systems) are impacted in negative ways.
How do you feel?
Effects of chronic stress…
Mental focus: Inability to concentrate or complete tasks, forgetfulness, disorganized, pessimistic, poor judgment, & consistent worrying.
Immune system: Increased infections, frequent colds, & autoimmune flare-ups.
Musculoskeletal system: Body aches, pains, muscle tension, & headaches.
Endocrine system: Menstrual imbalances, sexual function, sleep, mood, & stamina.
Digestive system: Stomach upset, bowel irregularity, nausea, & appetite changes.
Cardiovascular system: Chest pain, racing heart, & heart disease.
Addictive coping mechanisms: Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sugar & caffeine cravings.
Nervous behaviors: Pacing, fidgeting, nail biting, & teeth grinding.
Emotional balance: Easily agitated, depressed/moody, angry, anxious, & irritable.
“Everyone keeps telling me – exercise, you'll feel better!
But I’m exhausted & honestly exercise is the last thing I feel like doing right now.”
When we are overwhelmed we are usually also exhausted. This is normal, as our body is using all its energy to deal with our overwhelm of stress. This causes us to use up our energy reserves quickly.
Eastern restorative techniques help to restore your energy reserves.
DESCENDING OVERWHELM - info & audio relaxation tool
Information about energy flow & a short guided breath/visualization tool to reduce anxiety.
ROOT YOUR MIND - breathing & visualization tools
“Rooting the Mind”
A guided visualization you can do seated or standing to decrease mental chatter, relieve anxiety, and refocus your mind.
CLEARING & RESTORING - Practice Video
"Pulling Down Heavens"
Medical Qìgōng exercise
21-min. video full practice set.
Contraindication (means "should NOT be done" if): Do not practice "Pulling Down Heavens" exercise if you have hypotension (low blood pressure).
Contraindication (means "should NOT be done" if): If you are pregnant please do not practice these exercises. Please see Health Disclaimers linked at the top of this page & in footer section.
"Pulling Down Heavens" is a great tool for an afternoon "pick me up!"
The movements combined with slow & even breathing help to descend the energy of anxiety & tension.
Recharging this way "reboot's" for your mental focus.
MOOD LIFTERS & ANXIETY TAMERS - essential oils
Allergic Reactions: Allergic reactions can occur with essential oils. Always dilute with a carrier oil & never apply oil directly to your skin.
Contraindication (means "should NOT be done" if): If you are pregnant or nursing, please do not use essential oils. Always consult your physician before using. A complete list of Health Disclaimers is linked at the top of this page & in the footer section.
Store essential oils in dark glass bottles & in a cool, dark place.
Frankincense essential oil
One of my absolute favorites for stress, anxiety, my meditation & Qìgōng practice. This oil induces a feeling of relaxation & peace. It is known to allow for introspection & to awaken spiritual insight. It is also said to promote deep breathing, which will also assist a more relaxed emotional, physical & mental state.
Caution: Always dilute Frankincense Essential Oil with a carrier oil & never apply the essential oil directly to your skin.
Calming your spirit with Frankincense:
Close your eyes & softly inhale the scent of the Frankincense oil into your being.
Allow the scent of this oil to move deeply into the energy of your heart as you sit quietly breathing in the pure essence of this oil.
This is also a great oil to inhale before beginning your meditation or Qìgōng practice.
Tea Tree essential oil
This oil has natural antibacterial, antifungal & antiviral properties. It boosts immunity and stimulates blood circulation and hormone secretions. I also love it for cuts & scrapes.
Opening your lungs with Tea Tree:
Put one drop on the top your sternum(bone in the center of your chest), just under your throat.
Do this just before practicing your Morning Qìgōng “Invigorating Lung & Digestion" (See under Morning Vitality). Using this essential oil is a great added tool to wake yourself up and activate breathing.
Experiment: Add a few drops of Lavender Oil to create a clearing & calming oil blend.
Grapefruit essential oil
Grapefruit has a fresh, uplifting and energizing scent. In Chinese Medicine grapefruit is considered a "Qì mover." Use it as a spray for your office, car, or anywhere that you need to uplift the energy and create clear focus.
Caution: Certain chemicals in grapefruits interact with different medicines. Please consult your physician before using, for any interactions either with ingesting grapefruit, or using its essential oils.
Caution: Always dilute Grapefruit Essential Oil with a carrier oil & never apply the essential oil directly to your skin.
Reviving Fatigue with Grapefruit:
Use as a room spray.
In a dark colored glass spray bottle – add several drops of grapefruit essential oil to distilled water.
Spray the mist up (towards the ceiling) throughout your space (avoiding any electrical equipment, computers, phones, stove tops, etc.).
Experiment: Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil, creating a detoxifying oil blend for your space.
Bergamot essential oil
A natural mood lifter. The flavonoids in the oil soothe nervous tension. It’s energizing, but calming properties helps to ease: Depression, anxiety, tension & stress.
Caution: Stay out of direct sunlight after applying bergamot essential oil. Bergamot is phototoxic & attracts sunlight & the photosensitizing effect can last for several days. Use with caution on people with very sensitive skin.
Caution: Always dilute Bergamot Essential Oil with a carrier oil & never apply the essential oil directly to your skin.
De-Stress with Bergamot:
Use as a room spray.
In a dark colored glass spray bottle – add several drops of bergamot essential oil to distilled water. Spray the mist up (towards the ceiling) throughout your space (avoiding any electrical equipment, computers, phones, stove tops, etc.).
LAVENDER essential oil
Lavender is a natural antidepressant, sedative, natural antibiotic & antiseptic.
Lavender's detoxifying qualities promote healing & prevents scar tissue. “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood, states that natural Lavender essential oil “stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly.”
Peaceful Sleep with Lavender:
A little lavender goes a long way.
Caution: Too much lavender can have a stimulating effect on your system.
Assisting relaxation: Put one drop either on your upper chest, or on each temple.
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