Friday, March 22, 2013

"Picking wormwood, if one day not seeing it is like three years"

  - 《诗经·王风·采葛》

"Picking wormwood, if one day not seeing it is like three years".
-  from Book of Songs (chapter "Wang Feng. Picking kudzu")

This shows how important was the use of wormwood in ancient China.
The sentence has become a Chinese idiom and means something, which you like and miss a lot.

一日三岁 yī rì sān suì   "One day is like three years".

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Vernal Equinox and the Qi in the Body

   On March 20th is the March (Vernal) Equinox. The three days before and after the Vernal equinox are considered as a valuable time for more meditation. As the qigong saying goes: "the six days around the Vernal Equinox are the most important for the first half of the year".  This is a good opportunity to stimulate the opening of the meridians and achieve a better balance in the body.

The Governing and the conception channels form the Small Heavenly Orbit. At the different 15-day solar terms the energy is concentrated and active at a certain area on the Small Heavenly Orbit, thus making a complete circle in the whole year.
 At the Vernal Equinox the energy is concentrated at the Jia Ji points  (Hua Tuo Jia Ji points of the back). You can easily feel the flow of qi inside this area now.

Enjoy the meditation in the Spring!

Friday, March 15, 2013

"Moxibustion is your happiness"

This Japanese painting from 18th century is named "Moxibustion is your happiness" and shows moxa treatment for hemorrhoids.The moxibustion has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying actions and is traditionally used in China and Japan for curing different diseases, including hemorrhoids.