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Emotional Freedom Technique – Qi Gong

Routine presented by Lisa Wilder

A deeper understanding offered by Marina Mataraga

Qi Gong is the name for Traditional Chinese Medicine and exercises for health, balance, strength, and cleansing.

Qi Gong moves earth and heaven energy through our body to replenish:

  • Yin and Yang – our measure to balance
  • The three Dan Tian – our inner balancing units
  • The 14 Meridians – conduits of our vital flow
  • The 7 Chakras – our inner energy lilies (endocrines)

Qi Gong is also the foundation for Tai Chi and Internal Martial Arts by which the mind is trained to move the qi.

•   Ascending•  Descending
•   Soft•  Hard
•   Smooth•  Rough
•   Velvety•  Shiny
•   Serpentine•  Upright
•   Cool•  Hot
•   Contracting•  Expansive
•   Receptive•  Creative
•   Introvert•  Extrovert
•  InhaleExhale
In the WestIn the East
•   Sophia•   Logos
•   Earth & Water•   Air & Fire

What Are Meridians?

  • In Qi Gong, or Traditional Chinese Medicine, meridians are the channels through which energy animates the body.
  • If you think of our nervous system as our plugged in, or wired, network of energy, think of the meridians as our wireless network.
  • Qi Gong means energy work or route.
  • Energy focuses on each meridian for a period of 2 hours and travels their span in 24 hours.
  • Health is maintained by this uninterrupted flow.
  • Disease enters the body when the channels are blocked.
  • Acupuncture, acupressure and tapping reengage blocked acupoints by pushing blockages out.

EFT – Why it works?

  • EFT taps away blockages that impede energy flow.
  • These occur primarily between channels (meridians).
  • Yang (masculine) channels flow sky energy in our finger- tips, down our arms, up to the head where they switch to a new yang channel to flow down on both sides or center of the body, then legs, feet, and out our toes.
  • Yin (feminine) channels flow earth energy up our toes, feet, legs, through the two sides or the center of our body, to the heart where they switch to the next yin channel to flow up our arms out our finders.
  • Anger, stress, overthinking block yang energy in our head.
  • Worry, grief, fear block yin energy in our heart.

The 14 Meridians

  1. LU LUNG
  5. HT HEART [H]
  8. KD KIDNEY [K]
  10. TW Triple Warmer
  11. GB Gall Bladder (G)
  12. LV Liver
  13. DU  Governing Vessel (GV)
  14. RN  Conceptual Vessel (CV)
  • Sequenced based on 24-hour clock
  • Alternate short names in parenthesis
  • YANG – descending meridian *YIN – ascending meridian
  • The reverse for GV & CV

Five Yin Organs

  1. LU LUNG
  3. HT HEART [H]
  4. KD KIDNEY [K]
  5. LV Liver

Five Yang Bowels

  5. GB Gall Bladder (G)

4 Functional Vessels

  1. PC  Pericardium
  2. TW Triple Warmer
  3. DU  Governing Vessel (GV)
  4. RN  Conceptual Vessel (CV)
  • Sequenced based on 24-hour clock
  • Alternate short names in parenthesis
  • YANG – descending meridian *YIN – ascending meridian
  • The reverse for GV & CV
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EFT Routine

EFT taps away blockages that impede energy flow. These occur primarily between channels.

Tap using three to five fingers to a 4-beat rhythm :

  • Thumb – end of LU (yin) channel
  • Index – beginning of LI (yang) channel
  • Middle – end of PC (yin) channel
  • Ring finger – beginning of TW (yang) channel
  • Pinkee – end of HT (yin) channel & beginning of SI (yang) channel

Tapping Sequence

Body LocationAcupoints
Karate handSI 3-4, H7
Over & between the browsGB14, Yintang
Temples by the eyesTW23 -> GB1, Taeyang
Under the eyesSI 18 (-> UB 1), ST2
Under the noseLI 20 -> ST1, GV26 (Du 26)
On the ChinCV24 (Rn 24)
Below the collar boneK27->PC1, LV14->LU1, ST13
Below the arm pitSP21 -> H1
Top of headGV19-23 (Du 19-23)

Karate Hand

SI 3-4 treats:

  • Pain in the scapula, arm, or hand
  • Stiff neck, cervical strain/sprain, pain of the back of neck
  • Occipital headaches, night sweats
  • Excess from the head, ears and eyes, inflammation, visual dizziness, earache, tinnitus, sore throat.
  • Calms the spirit, anxiety, manic depression
  • Shoulder, arm, hand, finger and wrist problems

H7 helps nourish the blood and clam down the internal fire of the mind, emotions, and heart-related issues such as stress, anxiety, and insomnia, palpitation,

Over & Between the Brows

The Yintang or 3rd Eye acupoint:

  • calms the spirit, eases anxiety and worry
  • activates intuition and brings profound presence.

GB14, helps with:

  • Facial paralysis, ptosis of the lower eyelid, difficulty in closing eyes
  • Blurring of vision, eye pain
  • Forehead pain, vertigo

Points over the brows help radiate the skin and reduce wrinkles.

Temples by the Eyes

TW23 -> GB1, is where the Triple Warmer meridian transfers to the Gall Bladder meridian.

Triple Warmer is the meridian that controls our fight, flight, or freeze response. When activated, the body is on high alert. Tapping flows its energy into the GB meridian.

  • Restores healthy sleep patterns
  • Impacts immune system and ability to manage stress
  • Sedates or calms the fight or flight response

The Taeyang point:

  • Increases blood flow to the eyes
  • Reduces one-sided headaches and dizziness

Under the Eyes

SI 18 (-> UB 1) is where the Small Intestine transfers to the Urinary Bladder meridian. UB 1 is in inner corner of the eye.

SI 18 treats:

  • Facial spasm, twitching of the eyelids, facial muscles.
  • Upper jaw toothache

ST2 treats:

  • Facial pain, redness, itching and pain of the eye.
  • Twitching of the eyelids, excessive lacrimation
  • Wry face grimaces.

Under the Nose

LI 20 -> ST1 is where the Large Intestine meridian transfers to the Stomach meridian. ST 1 is too close to the eye to tap.

LI 20 is used to:

  • clear the nasal passages to improve breathing
  • Relieve congestion and itchy nose.
  • It is a good point to use when suffering from Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Acne, Abscesses of the Mouth, and Toothache.

GV26 (Du 26) is used for:

  • Restoring focus
  • Calming the mind

On the Chin

CV24 (Rn 24) is the Intersection Point of the CV, GV, LI & ST Meridians.

CV24 (Rn 24) treats:

  • Facial pain/paralysis – Bell’s palsy, stroke affecting the face, mouth and/or tongue.
  • Dental pain – teeth and/or gums.
  • Speech issues – loss of voice, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing.
  • Dry mouth as seen in wasting and thirsting disorders (i.e. diabetes).

Below the Collar Bone

K27->PC1, is where the Kidney meridian transfers to the Pericardium Meridian. PC 1 is not reachable by acupuncture.

  • relieves throat, chest and back pain,
  • helps you breathe deeply and
  • helps release endorphins.

LV14->LU1 marks the transition from Liver to Lung meridian.

  • regulates Lung Qi and stops cough, stimulates the Lung Qi to descend, disperses fullness in the chest and stops pain.

ST13 tapping helps:

  • Asthma, cough, wheezing, chest congestion, hiccups.
  • Rib pain, inability to turn head, neck pain

Under the Armpit

SP21 -> H1 is where the Spleen meridian transfers to the Heart meridian. SP21 addresses:

  • General aching and weakness of the limbs
  • Asthma, pain in the chest and hypochondrium

H1 (Jiquan), the starting point of the Heart Meridian treats:

  • Calming the mind, treating frozen shoulder.
  • Promoting blood flow, stabilizing blood pressure.
  • Enabling organs to get a large amount of nutrients.
  • Improving lung function and respiratory tract.
  • Improving urinary function by removing blood uric acid.

Top of Head

Bahui GV20 is where all the yang meridians meet.

GV20 is main point for:

  • headache, dizziness, eye pain and redness, irritability, hypertension from excess yang in the upper body, patterns of excess Liver yang or Liver fire.

GV 21 treats:

  • Headaches, migraines, blurry vision, swelling along face.
  • movement issues, stroke recovery.

GV 19-23 treats

  • Nasal Issues – Congestion, Nosebleed, Polyps.
  • Headaches, Dizziness, Vertigo.
  • Panic attacks, Palpitations.

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