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Qi Gong system for chronic fatigue?

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Hi Bums,

 

I got Covid a year ago and have been suffering from post viral chronic fatigue syndrome since. My symptoms now are mainly headaches, fatigue (the kind you feel when you have a flu, not just "tired") and sometimes, difficulty thinking and pain in the center of my chest.

 

For the past few months, the symptoms come and go. So I might feel OK for a week, then sick for a few weeks. Too much of any activity makes the symptoms worse - exercise, talking, thinking, working etc. This makes it difficult to manage. I have to take things very easy.

 

I discovered Qi Gong might be good for these symptoms after reading a Zen meditation book that talked about how monks in Japanese monasteries sometimes overworked themselves into this condition and used Qi Gong to heal themselves. I realized I could also use it to get a little movement in and would be much safer than yoga for my symptoms.

 

I started practicing Spring Forest Qi Gong since November. I've really enjoyed it. It's helped me emotionally and spiritually a lot I think, for physical symptoms, it's hard to say. I often feel good while doing it, but the effects don't last long after. I practice nearly every day, often one 30 minute session.

 

Since January I'm having more energy and would like to learn a system that has more movement than Spring Forest. It seems very static compared to others? I was looking at Bruce Frantzis's Dragon and Tiger system for example, that seems like a good medical Qi Gong, but with more motion. I discovered Damo Mitchell recently too, and am very interested in building my LDT. Perhaps this would even help with my energy issues? I also really like his knowledge level and presentation of Qi Gong.

 

So I'm looking for advice on which practice set to explore next out of the ones I've mentioned. Would trying to develop my LDT be too much energetic work right now? Stick with SFQ or check out Dragon and Tiger? Any input from experienced practitioners appreciated.

 

Outside of Qi Gong, I have a Tibetan calm abiding/open awareness meditation practice that I practice daily.

 

Thank you

 

 

 

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Hello spanda,

 

Welcome to the bums; your account is approved.

 

Sorry to read of your on going difficulties. Hopefully you find what you are looking for, and some respite from the continuing symptoms.

 

warm regards,

ilu

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3 hours ago, spanda said:

I was looking at Bruce Frantzis's Dragon and Tiger system for example, that seems like a good medical Qi Gong, but with more motion. I discovered Damo Mitchell recently too, and am very interested in building my LDT. Perhaps this would even help with my energy issues? I also really like his knowledge level and presentation of Qi Gong.

 

I enjoy D&T a lot. Bruce's system gets some flak on here, and his persona can be a bit off-putting, but it is the only qigong I've done that has healed my back (combined with energy gates standing). It has also helped my own meditation practices tremendously. Bruce's teachings dovetail nicely with Tibetan practices. 

 

Damo's MCO course is not suggested for beginners, but it is free. Also, he has a Foundations course you can look at on Vimeo. 

 

In both cases, I am skeptical about how much one can learn via online without in-person adjustments. 

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56 minutes ago, forestofemptiness said:

Damo's LDT course is not suggested for beginners, but it is free. Also, he has a Foundations course you can look at on Vimeo. 

 

I assume you mean the Microcosmic Orbit course he published freely? Activating the lower dantien and building it is included in the internal arts academy in the weekly neigong classes where you gradually learn how to build the field and the mechanics behind it. Safety is encouraged at all times. 

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Hi spanda,

 

It´s not a qigong system but you might check out the dynamic neural retraining system (dnrs).

 

https://retrainingthebrain.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-covid-long-hauler-brain-fog-connected/

 

I ordered the online program recently and am finding it pretty fascinating.  There are testimonials from people with both chronic fatigue and long-haul Co-vid.  Good luck!

 

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2 minutes ago, anshino23 said:

 

I assume you mean the Microcosmic Orbit course he published freely? Activating the lower dantien and building it is included in the internal arts academy in the weekly neigong classes where you gradually learn how to build the field and the mechanics behind it. Safety is encouraged at all times. 

Correct, I made the edit. 

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I strongly recommend you Fragrant Qi Gong, I can guarantee you it does miracles

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4 hours ago, ilumairen said:

Hello spanda,

 

Welcome to the bums; your account is approved.

 

Sorry to read of your on going difficulties. Hopefully you find what you are looking for, and some respite from the continuing symptoms.

 

warm regards,

ilu

Thanks so much for the warm welcome ilu.

 

And thanks all for the suggestions!

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@Toni I've seen FQ recommended on here. It does sound amazing. Would you recommend the DVD's from the Australian teacher, whose name is escaping me...? His website was the only one I could find out there on FQ.

 

@forestofemptiness Thanks for sharing the personal experience. I can see how Bruce would come off negatively, but his systems seem legit. I agree. At some point I'd need (and would like) in-person instruction, so the overall vibe of the teacher and school is of some consideration for long term fit. I enjoy what little I've learned of Qi Gong so far and can see myself continuing a practice even if I get over this health issue.

 

@liminal_luke Thank you. I'm using a similar program called Reset. It uses some similar techniques, but I've read it's a little safer, or maybe, sophisticated. I've heard mixed things about DNRS from the CFS/ME community. Reset has an emphasis on keeping you from entering into the sympathetic state. For the first 6 months of my illness, this was a big issue for me. My hear rate was constantly elevated.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, spanda said:

@Toni I've seen FQ recommended on here. It does sound amazing. Would you recommend the DVD's from the Australian teacher, whose name is escaping me...? His website was the only one I could find out there on FQ.

 

@forestofemptiness Thanks for sharing the personal experience. I can see how Bruce would come off negatively, but his systems seem legit. I agree. At some point I'd need (and would like) in-person instruction, so the overall vibe of the teacher and school is of some consideration for long term fit. I enjoy what little I've learned of Qi Gong so far and can see myself continuing a practice even if I get over this health issue.

 

@liminal_luke Thank you. I'm using a similar program called Reset. It uses some similar techniques, but I've read it's a little safer, or maybe, sophisticated. I've heard mixed things about DNRS from the CFS/ME community. Reset has an emphasis on keeping you from entering into the sympathetic state. For the first 6 months of my illness, this was a big issue for me. My hear rate was constantly elevated.

 

 

yes, John Dolic is a good teacher. However is not the only one, this video is quite good:

 

 

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