Cancer Active
Navigation
 
Cancer Prevention Cancer Treatment Support Us Online Shop
Chris Woolmams
Tai Chi - an energy therapy for cancer patients

Tai Chi is an energy therapy and can be of much benefit to cancer patients.

James Man doing Tai Chi

Tai Chi: The Energy Within

When Westerners think about exercise, it´s often still about "going for the burn", "pumping iron" or other vigorous activities to get our heart rates up. But walk into any park in China, just as day is dawning, and there will be hundreds of people performing graceful, almost balletic, movements while breathing deeply and slowly.

They are practising Tai Chi.

Originally developed as a martial art for self defence, Tai Chi Chuan is nearly 2,000 years old and is a highly effective exercise system.

It has been described as "moving meditation", and is centred around breathing exercises (Qi Gong or Chi Kung) with the combination of motion and stillness.

"When practising Tai Chi, a person looks as though they are moving slowly on the outside, but on the inside the body´s metabolism is running at a much, much faster rate," explains Tai Chi master James Man.

What Is Tai Chi?

The words mean "supreme ultimate". It is the connection between the two energies that creates new life and everything that comes from that. From this interchange of the two opposing, yet complementary energies, everything else is created.

Although we talk about Tai Chi, what is actually practised is Tai Chi Chuan. "Chuan" means "fist" or "boxing", so it is the art of supreme ultimate boxing. As for chi (or qi), simply, it is the very essence of life. Not only in the air we breathe, but also the vital energy of the body. In Chinese belief, the body is a series of energy conduits and chi flows along systematic meridians.

Open quotesThe body is a series of energy conduits and chi flows along systematic meridiansClose quotes

When a patient is ill Western doctors look for physical or chemical abnormalities, whereas Chinese doctors search for hidden forces that are out of balance. They restore unseen harmonies by sticking needles into the body to intervene in an energy system. By using acupuncture, herbs and massaging pressure points, Chinese doctors are said to control the flow of chi.

Through Tai Chi they teach their patients to master the flow of energy in their own bodies, through combined mental and physical practice. Once you have learned to relax, to focus on your breathing and to let go of all thoughts, then you can actually find a spot in your body where your chi begins. They call this the dan tian point, which is just below your navel. You concentrate on the ball of energy and learn to move it.

The Benefits Of Tai Chi

Chinese sages taught that treating someone who is already ill is like beginning to dig a well after you become thirsty. There is an ancient idea that if you don´t move the body every day, it becomes stagnant. The body is like a hinge on a door: if it is not swung open it rusts. Ancient Chinese physicians only received a fee as long as the patient remained in good health, so it was their task to teach patients to stay healthy.

Open quotesTai Chi strengthens the immune systemClose quotes

"Tai Chi strengthens the immune system," says James Man. "It can balance the body when you practise it regularly, and breathe properly. It helps a person take in more oxygen than a normal person. It improves respiration and raises the internal core temperature of the body."

Mental Benefits

improved focus

clarity of thought

a calm, relaxed mind

more patience and understanding

less susceptibility to stress

balanced approach to conflict

Physical Benefits

improved immune system

greater flexibility

postural awareness

more effective use of the body

better balance

increased energy

less stress-induced pains

Tai Chi and Cancer

"Training like this can strengthen the weaker person, and fill the healthy person with energy. It gives the practitioner sound sleep, improved digestion, clear skin and an enhanced immune response," says James.

Open quotesIt gives the practitioner sound sleep, improved digestion, clear skin and an enhanced immune responseClose quotes

"This will improve and extend life expectancy and maintain youthful vigour. Most general chronic diseases and non-active ailments can be treated with these exercises. There are no exercises to avoid in Tai Chi, because it´s good for the body and helps cleanse you internally -ridding the body of toxins. It improves the bioenergetics of the body and the blood. All the internal aspects of the body move quicker. The chi works on every cell. It works on the cell walls and prevents the spread of cancer. Cancer can´t stick to the cells because they are moving so fast. I am not saying it will take cancer out of the body, but practising Tai Chi does make it easier to control."

One of James Man´s students, David Robinson says, "A colleague´s wife did some Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the final stages of her cancer. She was desperate to try anything that might help. My colleague said that of all the complementary therapies she tried, the one that gave her the most relief from the pain, and helped her anxiety and stress, was Tai Chi."

There are a number of variations of the original style of Tai Chi. As with any art form popularity spawns many imitations, so be careful you learn the authentic art. But how can you tell? James suggests that word of mouth is often the best way to find a good teacher, and that "if after 14 days of practising you notice a good reaction and feel warmth somewhere, then you know you´ve found a master".

Golf pro and teacher Ken Phillips would attest to this. He was diagnosed with non Hodgkin´s lymphoma last Valentine´s Day and has been going to James Man´s classes for five and a half months now.

Open quotesI get an uplift from Tai Chi and feel warmth in my palmsClose quotes

"Master Man concentrates on the internal, on the chi," he explains. When I finish a class I can feel this energy that I didn´t have before -or even during it. I get an uplift from Tai Chi and feel warmth in my palms. I call it a magnetic force, almost a pressure between the hands, and my palms are getting warm just talking about it now!"

A Footnote From Geoff Pike

In his inspirational book The Power of Chi, Geoff Pike wrote, "Five years ago, I was found to have cancer. Today at 50, I am fit, healthy and a great believer in the breathing exercises I have demonstrated in this book. I have no way of proving how much their daily practice had to do with my recovery, but I do know that they have given me a new outlook and renewed vitality.

Open quotesKeeping fit and able is not just a fad, it is a
dutyClose quotes

I had a tumour on my larynx and throughout the five weeks of super-voltage radiation, I practised The Eight Precious Sets of Exercises known to the Chinese as Pa Tuan Tsin. This was not only a great source of physical and mental well being, but it produced tangible and somewhat amazing results. Exposure to intense radiation is expected to have its negative side effects.. weight loss, loss of appetite, loss of sleep and a general downturn in spirit are the most typical. I am glad to say that at no time did I experience any of these. I slept soundly without sedatives, ate ravenously, drank my quota of draught Guinness at the ´local´ each evening, and maintained a steady certainty about the outcome. Even case-hardened doctors and nurses were impressed and asked me to demonstrate the Precious Set Of Eight.

So get your feet wet. The yogis of old were right: in this competitive and demanding age, keeping fit and able is not just a fad, it is a duty. A dutyto yourself, the one that gave you life and those who depend upon you to remain strong. Stop relying on those inadequate little breaths and start learning to fill your lungs the way you were intended to.

Start breathing for your life and love. And when you have found what it can do for you, teach it to others so that we can all live longer and love longer through the power of chi."

James Man

James Man

James Man is a Tai Chi Master and Mo Gik Mon kung fu expert, who has been passing on his skills both here and in China for 17 years. James came to the UK in 1989 and founded the Tai Chi Association, Yishin Tang, in 2002. As well as teaching Tai Chi teachers and students, James has a Chinese herbal shop in Newcastle. Mo Gik Mon has many substyles of which Tai Chi Chuan is just one.

About half the style shares similarities with other styles of Tai Chi Chuan. The internal aspects are taught first, followed by the external form. The movements of the form are very natural with the yin and yang movements being easily discerned. When training in the internal arts it is important to have a true master who can guide a student through training.

If a student develops a problem a good master can help the student correct the problem; James´ teaching is adapted to a student´s needs and wishes, whether they be martial or health.

To find out more about this style of Tai Chi call James Man on 0191 262 4404, send a fax to 0191 262 6002 or write to James Man Herbalist, Yishin Tang, 86-88 High Street East, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear NE28 7RH. If you would like to find a fully qualified Tai Chi teacher in your area, call the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain on 0141 638 2946, or log on to their website: www.taichiunion.com.

FURTHER READING: The Power of Chi by Geoff Pike (Harper Collins. If out of print, try www.amazon.co.uk), Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers (Doubleday), Tai Chi (Collins Gem)


Click here for more details.
Want the latest news on this?
Email:
Print This Page
 
  Search Website
 
table-top

Sign up for icon

 






Our 68 page icon magazine is available free in over 500 UK hospitals, cancer centres and libraries. Full of great articles and the very latest cancer information, you can have it sent to your own home.

Buy online
table-top

The CANCERactive Patient Group (CAPG) – Run by Patients, for Patients

  • Tell your Story
  • Start a Blog
  • Start a Diary Blog
  • Start a Discussion
  • Ask a Question

Search Drugs
table-top

CANCER DRUGS

Quick search for YOUR DRUG here  

Search Drugs
table-top

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES

Quick search for a COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY here 

Search Complementary Therapies
table-top

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Quick search an ALTERNATIVE CANCER TREATMENT here

Search Alternative Therapies
table-top



Important Notice

At CANCERactive we provide information that is already in the public domain.  It is not our intention to provide advice. It is up to the reader to decide if any of the matters to which any article refers might be suitable for them.

table-top
table-top
table-top



Follow CHRIS WOOLLAMS, the UK's number 1 cancer researcher, on his free e-news and keep right up to date with the very latest cancer information and research





 click here


  click here


table-top



CANCERactive information and publications (books, magazine and leaflets)

CANCERactive compiled books

The Secret Source of Your Good Health



A real paradigm shift - this book will help you really understand exactly what to do to be in great health.

Click here to find out more.

The Brand new 4th edition of Everything You Need to Know to Help You Beat Cancer



"This book is head and shoulders above the rest". Geoffrey Boycott

Click here to find out more.

The Rainbow Diet - and how it can help you beat cancer



"At last the definitive book on a diet to fight cancer". Mrs BS Devon.

 Click here to find out more...


Brand new 3rd edition of Oestrogen The Killer in our Midst



"Learn how to take control of your oestrogen levels"

 Click here to find out more...

CANCERactive magazine (free in hospitals and complementary cancer centres)

icon

Free downloadable prevention leaflets

Cancer




Buy online
table-top

Donate to Us

We can only help people like you - if people like you help us!

Buy online
table-top

Fund Raising

SKYDIVING/
PARACHUTING


Interested? Click here for more information


Click here to see all our fundraising events.


Click here and see what events are taking place and perhaps sponsor one of our supporters. 

Click here for other ways to raise money for CANCERactive.

Or if you want more information about our other fun activities, the Peru trek, our sky diving etc. click the button below.

Click here for our Just Giving page and see what our supporters are doing for us.

Buy online
table-top

Visit a Catherine Corner

Catherine Wollams

Buy online
table-top

Need a Support Group?  

Find a cancer support group near you, now.
Buy online
table-top

So what is the truth behind mammograms, drug clinical trials, the PSA test and prostate surgery, and the stories you read in the press? Go to Junk Science to read the unbiased truth. Click Here.

table-top

Do you have a problem with our factual content?

If you have research which conflicts with ours, just address it to 'The Medical Board'. Ever since we started this site we have had an 'open-mind' policy and have expert oncology doctors and professors who will address your concerns.

 
© Copyright 2012 CANCERactive. All Rights Reserved. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format and provided, where used to publish on a website, that website provides a link to www.canceractive.com. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from CANCERactive is required.
All content and images © Copyright 2009 - Website design and maintenance by Dualmedia.co.uk a Web design and Search engine marketing company