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  1. Digestive Problems

    I sincerely appreciate all of your kind feedback. Thanks! I'll check it out. I've been practicing it for the last four years, find it to be a wonderful way to stay in the body and be more centered, but, alas, it does not seem to have helped with my digestion. Regarding liquids, I don't drink immediately before and after meals. I will definitely try to increase my liquid intake and will take to drinking some green tea. Mmm, good point. I can't say for a fact that I was expecting it to resolve my problem so quickly, but, what I did have in mind considering the fact that I've just started and am very new to QiGong, is to introduce more specific practices or forms that might be salubrious to my condition. I practice some exercises from Ken Cohen's DVDs and CDs, namely, a warm-up exercise that consists of synchronizing the inhalation and exhalation with the raising and lowering of the arms; Cleansing the Bone Marrow; a standing meditation (which I do for about 15 minutes) with four different postures and then rocking gently on the feet; circling movements both clockwise and anti-clockwise over the dan tien; and lightly striking the kidneys from the back.
  2. Digestive Problems

    Okay, I guess this was unavoidable. Well then, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of it: In the beginning, it would alternate between constipation and diarrhea and was extremely disconcerting. Over the course of the last few years it has improved dramatically, but is still quite troublesome. A synopsis of the current state of affairs: On average, I'd say I have to empty my bowels around 4 or 5 times a day, although sometimes it could even go up to 8 or 9 or even more. Most of this occurs in the morning. I usually wake up at around 4:30 or 5 with a strong urge to empty my bowels, the result of which is usually not very well-formed, and sometimes I can even observe small, undigested pieces of food. I then usually have to go again for at least 2 or 3 more times over the course of the next two hours; drinking water and stretching usually helps facilitate this. So, it's as if my digestion were very weak and couldn't expel all of the waste in one time. Then, later on in the day, a similar process can repeat itself. Sometimes this is accompanied by pain and discomfort, but mostly, it isn't. Another curious thing is that I have to burp a lot at times, and when I do, I have to position myself upright, otherwise I won't be able expel air. Foods that aggravate this: deep-fried, whole grains (unless in moderate amounts), eating fruits after a meal, pastries, heavily-processed foods, and, cucumbers and most raw vegetables (unless in moderation). Hope this information helps.
  3. Digestive Problems

    Kindred Souls, It's been about 4 or 5 years now since my digestion has gone out of whack and become irritable and irksome. I've tried a whole plethora of therapy modalities. The following modalities actually ended up causing my digestion to deteriorate: allopathy in the form of strong antibiotics; naturopathy; different extreme diets such as raw food and fruitarianism; ashtanga yoga. Other approaches did, in fact, help to alleviate some of the discomfort and improve the condition: vegetarianism; simply slowing down, breathing consciously and letting go of stress; becoming less mental; embracing my emotional being. Interestingly, I had a colonoscopy done several years ago and they found absolutely nothing wrong with my gut. Furthermore, I don't eat out, stay clear from processed foods, and try to buy mostly organic produce. I would even say that I hardly buy foodstuffs with a list of ingredients. I've started practicing QiGong (namely, standing meditation and some warm-up and self-massage techniques) about a month ago and have not noticed any changes to my digestion, although, I do enjoy the practice and would like to deepen it. And now, my reason for writing: does anybody know of a specific system or form of QiGong that can facilitate the healing of my digestive system? I am grateful for any advice or counsel. Moreoever, if you require more information, I would be happy to supply it. TenebrousMystery
  4. Greetings and Salutations

    Hi! I've joined mostly for the purpose of expanding my own horizons, opening up to different and other perspectives, understandings and views. Peace!