June 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm #40862
I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to determine if I am too much Yin or not enough Yang. I have read that these are two different things with very similar symptoms but different treatments. I have been very fatigued and have a light kind of sick feeling. I tend to have some anxiety, can be temperamental and moody have aches in my muscle and joints and headaches as well as muscle tension. I have been like this for many years. The standing exercises in, i believe, the internal chi breathing video and the microcosmic orbit meditation help a lot. The standing meditations I am referring to are the set that starts with arms stretched out to the sides breathing in through the heels and out through the fingertips and then back through the fingertips and down through the heels.
any help or advise would be wonderful!
WTPJune 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm #40863
Sorry, I meant too much yin or not enough yang. I have trouble with concentration and cloudy thinking as well. hahaJune 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm #40865
First, I recommend you go to a medical doctor and rule
out any obvious medical issues, such as thyroid imbalance,
diabetic/hypoglycemic, cardiovascular issues, sleep apnea, etc.
Always good to first be cleared of any underlying issues
that could be dangerous left unchecked.
Second, I’d recommend checking your habits. Do you
consistently get a full night’s sleep each night? Or you
do try to get by with less? Do you go to bed at the same
time each night? Do you drink coffee or eat irregular meals?
Are you an over-achiever, perfectionist, or someone who tries
to do too much? ETC. ETC. Try correcting these first.
Third, after doing items #1 and #2, if still no improvement,
I’d recommend going to a licensed acupuncturist and/or herbalist
schooled in Chinese medicine and tell them of your issues.
There they can take your pulses, do a case history, etc.,
and be able to make diagnoses/recommendations based on their
knowledge. Don’t self-diagnose either through your own ideas
or from listening to random things people say.
Outside of doing the first three things–which I think would be
pretty important to do if this were a problem that has bothered
you for quite some time–I would (if I were you) not put my
personal attention on what is wrong, but rather put my attention
and energy on things that promote health and wellness. Try to
identify healthy behaviors and habits . . . things that align you
with optimal health, and try to incorporate more of these into
The body wants to be healthy and well. The body has a built-in
innate intelligence for healing (just think about how cuts
heal and disappear over time). So regardless of what
is wrong, if you align yourself with health and wellness, your
body will naturally move in that direction regardless of the
circumstances of your starting position. So from a qigong
perspective, whatever your problem is, is ultimately irrelevant.
If you simply create health in your body, there is nothing to fix.
How does one do this?
I think you are already on the right track if you listen to your
intuition. If you believe the standing-in-stillness postures
and the microcosmic orbit meditation are helping you, then continue
to do them and perhaps gently increase the amount. Don’t be
afraid to listen to your own intuition and to follow what your
body seems to be telling you is helping it.
Personally, in my view, standing meditation (in its various forms,
such as the QF4 video, Iron Shirt 1, Yiquan, etc.) is a critical
component of any physical healing protocol. Other body-oriented
practices such as Tai Chi, Tao Yin, etc. are also very supportive.
Another personal favorite of mine for physical healing
would be Michael Winn’s Deep Healing Qigong Form.
If you are dealing with chronic health issues, I would get this,
and add this practice to your daily routine.
StevenJune 16, 2013 at 9:24 am #40867
Sorry, I meant too much yin or not enough yang. I have trouble with concentration and cloudy thinking as well. hahaJune 23, 2013 at 3:44 am #40869
Thank you for your advise. Yes, I have seen many doctors and have many tests, I probably should have mentioned that. I ordered Deep Healing QiGong and I love it! Thanks again!
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