practicing wu ming qigong

Here are guidelines for practicing these special Wu Ming Qigong energy movements.
  • Practice the entire series of movements in the order listed at least once a day. If you have breast cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, practice twice daily.
  • If you have breast cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, practice twice daily
  • Wu Ming Qigong can lessen the side effects of these treatments by helping your body expel toxins.
  • Do not practice for at least half an hour after eating a meal or engaging in sexual intercourse.
  • Do not practice when you are menstruating.
  • Try to practice at the same time each day.
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. are the best times to build Qi.
  • Besides practicing these movements as a set, do each one individually whenever Possible, especially if you are in the later stages of breast cancer.
  • Almost all of the movements can be done anytime, anywhere.
  • Take advantage of every moment to build up your energy foundation: waiting for the train, watching television, or even talking on the phone.
  • Adapt the exercises to your own ability. If it is difficult to stand, do the movements seated. Movements that use both arms can be done with one arm if the other is immobilized. The important thing is to keep doing the movements. You will gain strength!
  • Skip any movement that you feel is impossible to do for now, but do the rest.

Preparing for Practice

Before you begin practicing, take a few slow deep breaths. Close your eyes and clear your mind. Let go of everything that is bothering you.

As you build your energy foundation, breathe naturally. These movements may look simple, but they are very powerful. They require no special breathing techniques and no visualizations. Wu Ming Qigong principle states: "No technique is the best technique."

Concentrate on each movement as you do it. Do not focus on a particular organ or body part.

If your mind wanders, imagine that you are drawing energy from the sun, the moon, and the stars. Imagine that this energy from the Universe is filling your body and destroying all cancer and illness. See your whole body becoming healthier.

Most importantly, take joy in the knowledge that you do have the ability to heal yourself. As you build energy or Qi, you will begin to notice that your feelings become more joyful and peaceful. You are beginning to reconnect your body, mind and spirit through this ancient energy practice.

After you learn how to perform each movement, slow each one down. Remember Wu Ming Qigong is not an aerobic activity. It is not designed to build muscle (though you will gain physical strength with regular practice!).

what is qigong

Dealing with breast cancer makes tremendous demands on your energy or life force. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), we call this life force, Qi (chee). Its critical to have a healing plan that helps build your energy foundation. The most powerful tool traditional Chinese medicine has to offer women undergoing breast cancer treatment is Qigong (chee-kung). This ancient system of exercises can increase Qi, your vital energy, boost your immune system, and unlock your body's own healing power. Practiced on a regular basis, it can also help prevent a recurrence of breast cancer.

Qigong has been shown to strengthen the immune system, help alter metabolic rates, harmonize endocrine system function, lower blood pressure, adjust pulse rates, and adjust oxygen demand, among a wide range of positive health effects. At our foundation, the Breast Cancer Prevention Project offers wellness programs based on Wu Ming Qigong, a unique energy system to help balance the body, allow energy to flow through the breast area and achieve total health.

Wed like to introduce you to seven unique Wu Ming Qigong exercises to use on your healing journey. Each movement can help unblock stagnant Qi in the meridians, invisible energy pathways that run through the breast area. These meridians are the Stomach, Liver, and Kidney.

Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation also offers a DVD of healing Qigong movements for breast health. Learn more about how energy stagnation in the breast area can lead to masses and tumors and even breast cancer.