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Overcoming Mental Depression

There is a chi kung technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is given to help those who suffer from an excess of the seven human emotions-joy, anger, anxiety, worry, grief, apprehension and fear. These emotions, in excess, are the cause of much depression and sentimental diseases. Sentimental diseases are caused by the misuse or abuse of the emotions. For the most part, these emotional illnesses are based on negative mechanical emotions. For example, we have all heard of people who have died of an excess of grief. One's hair can turn white almost overnight from an excess of fear or stress. Losing a job or a break-up of a relationship has caused people to stay depressed for years - also causing headaches, bulimia, anorexia and crying spells. One can worry themselves sick. Diarrhea or a loose bladder can be caused by fright. People have had heart attacks after "winning" at the race track. Anxiety and fear has kept many people from success, with its paralyzing effect. Excess anger can cause strokes and weaken vision. These are just some of the many examples of "sentimental diseases." Zen, Taoist and yoga Masters say that we use our "brain-machine" far too much to our detriment, unlike the ancients who had slower brain activity, less worry and anxiety and less thinking. Too much thinking and emotionally caused diseases create an excess of energy up in the head, instead of down in the hara or abdominal area where it belongs. The hara and solar plexus are called the second brain. This is where we get the "gut" feeling or intuition.
Because modern day people overuse their brains, they are more strongly afflicted with the "seven negative sentimental emotions." As a result, we suffer from an excess of energy (Qi, Chi), in the upper part of the body and a deficiency in the lower power center of the body (Hara/abdominal area). By reversing this energy, we can restore balance between the Yin (lower), and the Yang (upper) part of the body to enhance health.
Technique to Strengthen the Kidneys and adjust the Chi
The regular practice of this chi kung technique has shown in Traditional Chinese Medicine to renew physical and mental health and help one to attain superb health and long life.
First Part
1. Sit on a chair
2. Close eyes
3. Relax body
4. Breathe naturally
5. Rid the mind of distractions
6. Be silent for a few minutes
Second Part
1. Open eyes
2. Place right foot on left knee (reverse this position for females)
3. With open palm, slap the arch of the right (left for female) foot with the palm of the left (right for females) hand. In the palm is located the "Laogong Point" acupoint. The acupoint on the foot is called the Yongquan Point. The hand acupoint (Laogong) is slapped on the bottom of the foot_- Yongquan Acupoint.
4. While tapping (slapping or clapping, hit with an even force and a relaxed tempo) - not too hard. Then do the same with the opposite foot.
5. Meditate or be silent for a few minutes.
6. Frequency: Slap or clap your foot at least 50 times in the morning and 50 times at night. Work up to 100 times. If you are a beginner at foot clapping go easy. Do not cause pain or redness.
Just slap your foot gently for the first 2 weeks. Take it easy and relax. Once the foot acupoint is opened, the
sting or redness will no longer be there. After the point is opened, perform the foot clapping only 50 times
before bed. If one has low blood pressure or hypoglycemia, place one had on the top of the head, while the
other hand taps the foot. Do not practice the tapping if you suffer from a serious condition or are extremely
weak (cancer, heart conditions). For the seriously ill just rub the foot and finish by rubbing the belly a few
minutes. Chinese medicine teaches that water naturally moves downward and fire moves upward. For good
health, the body requires that water move upward and fire move downward. The head must remain cool,
while the hands and feet remain warm. When one is ill, the head is hot with fire, and the hands and feet are
cool, cold or clammy (moist).
Tapping or slapping the bottom of the feet brings the fire down and helps the water to go up. Good health requires that we maintain sufficient kidney-chi or strong functioning kidneys. When the kidney Yongquan Point is opened you will be able to draw the energy of the earth into your body (earth magnetism).
Slapping the Yongquan Point can help those who have performed chi kung incorrectly or who have had a bad kundalini experience (chi energy not flowing smoothly throughout the body) -constant nausea, headaches, dizziness, hot head, cold hands, ear ringing etc.
Foot slapping harmonizes the heart and kidneys. When the kidneys become healthy and vigorous, they nourishes the liver, which also improves its function, and enhances the eyesight - near and far.
While visiting Zen-Taoist Master Hyunoong Sunim in Washington State several years ago, I was awakened early one morning by a loud clapping. I found out later that he was slapping his foot. I tested his eyesight a few years later, and found that he has better than 20-20 vision - his eyesight is 40-10, much better than 20-20. He can see and read the 10 foot Snellen Eye Chart at 40 feet away without glasses or contacts! An amazing feat for someone in his 40s.
Here are some ailments Chinese medicine attributes to being helped by foot tapping or slapping: Yin (cold) deficiency, yang (hot) excess, upper body heat excess, lower body deficiency (ungroundedness), kidney and heart problems, excessive rise of liver yang. seminal, emissions, night sweats, heart palpitations, poor memory, insomnia, mental stress, neurasthenia, migraine headaches, knee and back pain, blood deficiency, burning red face, mental depression, poor eyesight, liver and gall bladder problems etc.
According to Chi Kung Master Huang Runtian, "In practicing this Chi Kung, you need not believe in it, but you must do the exercise earnestly. You will get benefits from it, whether you believe it or not."
I have been performing this foot slapping technique for several months, and my health and energy is the highest its ever been. Practice this technique daily, and see for yourself the positive benefits you will see and feel. Good luck and happy foot tapping!
Runtian, Huang, Treasured Qigong of Traditional Medical School, Hai Feng Publishing Co., Hong Kong. 1994.