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Those who are wise do not wait for illness to develop before taking care of its cause. They do not wait for affairs to become disordered before addressing the issues. To wait for illness to arrive and disorder to form before taking care of things is like waiting until one is already thirsty before digging a well, or waiting for the battle to have already begun before forging the weapons. Is this not too late?

- from the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic)

 
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Medical Consultations, Therapy Sessions and Private Lessons
with Christopher Kiely, LAc.

$100/hour

may include any of the following:

  • constitutional Chinese Medicine diagnosis
  • acupuncture and moxibustion therapy
  • herbal medicine and tonic therapy
  • dietary counseling and fasting therapy
  • Yijing reading and lifestyle counsel
  • qigong-style physical therapy
  • personalized Tai Chi Chuan instruction
  • Chinese Medicine mentorship

 

available for private lessons and physical therapy sessions in Kent, Connecticut by appointment

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Tai Chi and Qigong as a Medical Modality

Tai Chi, as both theory and practice, is a highly reliable form of holistic medicine that can be effectively used to treat and cure as well as to prevent and restore. On one hand it is a comprehensive system of self-cultivation based on the ancient principles of Chinese Medicine. On the other hand it is the principle of cure in Chinese Medicine itself. Almost all symptoms and disorders, whether acute or chronic nature, can be effectively addressed with regular application of its principles. The more one practices and the more one learns how to practice, the more therapeutically potent one's practice becomes. Full health in body and mind is essentially a side effect, or sub-skill, that comes from acheiving a certain proficiency in Tai Chi practice.

That being said, one need not have already learned and mastered the correct technique of Tai Chi in order to be able to benefit from its practice. Even in the initial stages of learning about how to learn there are many potential benefits to be gained. But there are potential risks as well. One must always be mindful of practicing correctly otherwise symptoms can be aggravated, tensions tightened, and energies exhausted. It is simply a matter of striking the right balance between dilligence and patience, between discipline and relaxation, between listening and responding. No matter what disorder or limitation is present, once that balancing point is found, then every day's effort will bring more and more benefit and the most effective method of practice will become clearer and clearer. As one's skill continues to accumulate through days upon days of persistent practice, deeper and deeper layers of the body and mind will be brought into circulation, and more and more stubborn disharmonies can gradually be undone and resolved.

Thus the initial goal of Tai Chi practice is to find that balancing point, that central pivot that makes it easier and easier to practice more and more without harm. During this process there are many supplemental exercises and therapies such as qigong, acupuncture, herbal tonics, and dietary cleansing that are part of Chinese Medicine and traditional Tai Chi training that can be used to facilitate the process and help even out the learning curve, particularly when symptoms are simply too obstinate and are getting in the way of practicing.

 
Tai Chi and Qigong in Western Medicine

 

Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong both have been extensively studied in Western Medicine clinical trials over the past 40 years. One recent comprehensive review pulled together over a thousand studies from Europe and North America alone. There are many reasons why these studies are almost ubiquitously flawed, but the sheer mass of them and the redundant recommendation that more and better studies are indeed warranted should be enough to indicate the overwhelming positive effect of Tai Chi and Qigong exercises in a wide range of situations. Here is a short and approximate list of various symptoms and disorders that have received particular attention in these studies:

poor balance and coordination, fatigue and weakness, general stress and tension, arthritis, chronic back/limb pain, chronic musculoskeletal disorders of any type, stroke rehabilitation, heart disease, brain disease, respiratory disease, allergies, immune deficiencies, skin disease, headaches, stomach disharmonies, bowel disorders, osteoporosis, auto-immune disorders, glandular/metabolic disorders, insomnia, anxiety, depression, cognitive deficiencies, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, cancer recovery, general convalesence

There are no doubt many more studies that I've missed, many more symptoms and disorders yet to be studied and many questions about the study methodologies. But regardless of the specific details and minutia of the individual particularities, it is undeniable that there is a clear and wide-ranging health benefit with this kind of exercise.

For those who want to dig deeper and look further in this direction we have put together a listing of some of the more reliable studies with links on where to get more information:

 

Composite Listing of Tai Chi Chuan Health Studies and Reviews up to 2011 (PDF)

More Current Research on Tai Chi and Qigong from 2012-2014 (PDF)

 

 

 
Self-Cultivation and Preventive Medicine

Since the most ancient times there have been people with knowledge of the Way. They pattern themselves after yin and yang and harmonize the arts with the sciences. Eating and drinking have balance. Movement and rest have rhythm. They worked tirelessly to cleanse themselves of falsehood and were able to fully embue their form with spirit and finish the whole of their natural span – one hundred years before departing.

Yet for people of the modern era this is not often the case. Thick and starchy from too much wine and rich food, falsehood becomes the norm. Habitually entering the inner chamber intoxicated, their desires gradually exhaust their essence. Wasting and squandering the truth like this, satisfaction is rarely sustained and there is hardly any chance for harnessing spirit. When hastily devoting the heart and moving contrary to spontaneous joy, completely out of synch with the natural rhythms of movement and rest, of course when only half a hundred years old, decline is actively setting in already.

-- from Chapter One of the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic (Huangdi Neijing), 200 BC

 

 
 
   
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