APPLYING THIS KNOWLEDGE EFFECTIVELY
The method to apply this knowledge effectively is to stimulate imagination, reasoning, emotion and will.
As we have already discussed, the objective of the practice of Medical Qigong is to obtain the uninterrupted flow of blood and energy through the body. With regard to the mind, flow of blood and Qi is obtained through use of techniques that activate the will, reasoning, emotion or imagination. The human being is in fact a set of emotions, reason, imagination and will, and we must use all these components to mobilize energy; however to obtain the greatest effectiveness it is important that each patient and practitioner apply these methods in the manner that resonates most for that individual.
If a person, for example, is more imaginative, he must use visualization and imagination. If he is more emotional, he should use techniques that awaken and ignite emotion. If the use of reason and logic is his predominant temperament, he must use reason and reflection, and base his healing on an understanding of the disease that threatens his health. Finally, if the patient has a strong force of will, it is will that can facilitate healing.
I first seek an understanding of the situation by applying my power of reasoning, then use the aspect of my personality that the situation indicates (emotion, imagination, reasoning or all three). Finally I seek to use my force of will.
THE LUOHAN GONG WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Luohan Gong, as well as other Qigong systems, should be considered a preventive therapeutic method. The highest objective that must be pursued in medical practice is the education of people with regard to health and hygiene. It is most crucial to emphasize the prevention of disease, and Qigong is a very important tool in prevention. It is also important to eliminate the submissive feeling of patients with regard to diseases and doctors, as well as their passivity in the face of health problems. In this regard, Qigong is also important because the patient, through his own action, realizes that he is in fact able to make a change in his condition.
Therefore, in the clinical context, Qigong must not be considered the only therapeutic method, or even as the most important one, but rather as a supplement to more direct practices of conventional medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, moxibustion, massage therapy, light therapy, etc.). The main function of Qigong is to strengthen the body and increase the energy level to complement the efficacy of other techniques. Qigong must be considered mainly as a therapeutic long-lasting method, because its purpose is to increase the body’s Qi and therefore, it is very efficient in the treatment of chronic conditions or diseases due to deficiencies (Xu).