Crippling pain and aches may come gradually or from one instant to the next. Has your flexibility disappeared from any part of your body due to osteoarthritis? Or do the aches through your limbs make want you to scream when the barometric pressure suddenly drops?
Seven out of ten Australians and Americans suffer from a form of arthritis sometime in their life. What a dreadful statistic! When we let more oxygen deeper into our body and let out more emotional ups and downs, arthritis can be relieved.
Of course, it helps when you take more care with the body’s nutritional chi (energy) and you actually relax and enjoy more of your life. Combine these with the simple techniques below and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
When done for a short time daily, simple practices can bring flexibility, balanced rhythm and flow back into your life. You probably spend considerable time cleaning the outside of your body, your home, car, your possessions and they last longer. It is the same with the inside of your body and energy field.
Choose even one of the practices below and the inside of your body and your energy field will pay more dividends.
1. Release Pain.
Use your breath and your mind for this one. As you breathe in softly think flow and flexibility. As you breathe out think of the breath letting go of worry, anxiety, or stress out of the painful area/s. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
2. Hand Pain and flexibility loss.
Use one hand to massage (rub up and down) the back of the other hand. If that is too difficult, use the back of the wrist. Next use the thumb of one hand to push up the palm from the wrist to the fingers until the entire palm has been massaged. Follow this by massaging the knuckles on fingers and thumb. Start with the little finger. Massage the joint at the base of the little finger- place pad of opposite index finger and thumb on each side of the joint and massage across the joint. Follow with massage up and down the joint. Massage each joint on the little finger. When you have done the base and two joints of the finger grip each side of the fingernail and put fingers off as you pinch the top of the finger.
Repeat this for all fingers and thumbs. Finally rub wrists together then shake hands out to the side of your body. Rest for a couple of minutes to allow the new energy and the fluids to run freely through your hands. When there is a lot of pain and swelling start with very gently and light massage. Three weeks later you will find you can increase the strength.
3. Use Colour.
Visualize or think of the Colours Red and White for Osteoarthritis and start with Blue and Green for Rheumatoid arthritis. Concentrate on the painful area and set your intent to use colour to heal. With your mind you can visualize, think, or imagine the colour red or blue is filling the painful area. Focus on the painful area and see it filled with the colour. Each time you breathe in the colour becomes stronger and brighter. After 2-3 minutes, do the same this time with the colour white or green. For Rheumatoid arthritis use the blue and green until the pain goes and then use red and white. Do twice or three times daily for 11 minutes or gradually work up to that amount of time.
There are many types and symptoms of arthritis, plus related diseases. There are also many causes. Western medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treat the disease in different ways. Qigong (Chee gong) has been used for thousands of years in China and is used to successfully treat and remove all types of arthritis.
Practices 4 and 6 are Qigong exercises. The first one has been included in Tips on Bones. I think it is so useful I have included it again.
4. KNEE SLAPS/TAPS using slightly cupped palm of both hands.
Sit in a chair (or can do standing) with feet flat on the floor.
Slightly ease feet forward so palms of hands can easily tap the back of knees. This exercise allows the energy and fluids to clear their pathways and flow easily.
Use palm of hands and
- Tap or slap the outside of the knees 9x. This activates the gall bladder meridian point GB-34 – relieves spasms and pains and disperses stagnant liver and gall bladder energy.
- Tap the insider of the knees 9x. This activates the spleen, stomach, and lower body through the spleen Sp-9 – treats knee pain and urinary disorders.
- Tap the back of the knees 9x. This activates the flow from the urinary bladder point UB-40- relaxes muscles and tendons, aids urinary bladder and intestines and strengthens waist and knees.
- Tap below the knees 9x. This stimulates Stomach 36 point which is just below the kneecap and about 2 cm out from the outside of the central bone between knee and ankle. This regulates stomach and intestines and relieves bloating, distension, stagnation and obstructions, alleviates water retention and swelling.
Take Spirulina, a natural blue-green aglae product found in stores and health food shops. Check where the product comes from and is made so you can choose product from the cleanest oceans or lakes. It is a natural super food and yields 20 times more protein than soybeans, 40 times more protein and corn and 400 times more protein than beef. It is a complete protein, with all 22 amino acids, all Vitamin B’s and has many more useful properties. Take as recommended on the produce.
6. KIDNEY MASSAGE
Check out the full kidney massage exercise here.