The movements of the various Qi-gong styles (3500+, one of which is tai-chi) stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system that activates our healing response and switches our nervous system over from the sympathetic or stress related “fight or flight” mode. The resulting effect is that endocrine system is balanced rather than excessively flooded with adrenaline and the nervous system is relaxed instead of overworked.
During the rotation and extension of the limbs of some moving styles of qi-gong, the rib cage and spine are mobilized, further activating the many spinal pumps in the upper middle and lower back which help to nourish the brain.
This causes a significant rise in production of the essential neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin acetylcholine, nor epinephrine) returning to childlike levels after a session of qi-gong. Qi-gong practice teaches us to use and activate the sixty-percent of lung tissue we normally never use(even among athletes). EEG tests have indicated activation of the normally dormant ninety-percent of the human brain . This enhances memory and the ability to learn new things . The Vero Beach Qi-gong Society invites you to experience Qi-gong classes at a location near you.
Insomnia and Qi-Gong Therapy
Insomnia and other sleep disorders have reach epidemic levels in the west. Nearly 70 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from it. Traditional Chinese medicine with it's four main branches: acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, and qi-gong views almost all sleep disorders as stemming from either a deficiency in qi or from a surplus of qi in body organs, mainly the five yin organs which include the kidneys and heart. There is a toxicity of mind (toxic emotions) and body (external poisons or pollutants).
With a nod to the correction of an improper diet, (eliminating the consumption of greasy and sweet foods), qi-gong therapy by itself is an excellent way to sedate and purge the body’s organs, channels and collaterals; to notify and promote qi and blood circulation or to balance the body’s yin and yang organ energy. Qi-gong prescription exercises and meditations can also be given to the student to practice at home. By its own innate naturem, gi-gong creates improved respiratory efficiency resulting in a significant increase in the oxygenation and detoxification of the tissues and cells throughout the body .
There have been some studies that have shown that some insomnia may be due to a deficiency of endorphins (the body's own natural painkillers), and thus qi-gong is often a useful therapy, after a session of practice, there is a significant rise in the level of the essential neurotransmitters, norepinephrine, acetycholine, serotonin & dopamine in the blood, brain & cerebrospinal fluids. Possibly because of increased levels of central nervous system endorphins. Blood tests on practitioners show an increase in the production of t-cells, which are vital in immune response in the thymus gland. Qi-gong practice also stimulates the pituitary, adrenal and other glandular secretions, thereby maintaining proper balance of the entire endocrine system.
During qi-gong practice the students tend to become calm, reducing the pulse by an average of 15%, causing a shift from the stress induced fight or flight sympathetic nervous system to the relaxation/healing induced parasympathetic nervous system and this effect can last for several hours after practice.