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Simple Qigong Exercises for Arthritis Relief [DVD] [Region 0] [Region 1] [NTSC]

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  • Directors: Yang Jwing-Ming & David Silver
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Yangs Martial Arts Center
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U0G3W4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In China, the ancient art of Qigong has been practiced for centuries to relieve, heal, and prevent arthritis. "Qigong" means energy work', and it is the practice of using the mind to naturally develop and circulate the body s Qi energy for improved health, vitality, and longevity. In this program, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and senior student Ramel Rones demonstrate over 30 simple and effective qigong exercises to relieve arthritis pain and rebuild the health and flexibility of your joints. These qigong movements gradually recondition the joints, and they're a natural way to heal and prevent arthritis. Most of the exercises can be practiced in either a seated or standing position. Also included are simple qigong massage instructions for specific pressure points, which can be practiced by yourself or with a partner. This acupressure massage works to alleviate arthritis by increasing circulation of blood and Qi, which stimulates healing. The exercises and massage techniques on this DVD are categorized by body part, so you may easily find the technique to relieve your own arthritis in just a couple of clicks. This program is a must for Qigong students, teachers, and those interested in preventing and healing arthritis naturally.

Review

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming Yang, Jwing-Ming Ph.D., is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Newton, Massachusetts. --T M Noftzger

This is an excellent DVD for dealing with arthritis. Additionally, even if one does not suffer the effects of arthritis, the exercises on this DVD will still maintain one's health and possibly prevent the onset of arthritis. Locally, there is a Taijiquan group called the Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, CA. The former leader/main consultant of the group was Wu Ta-yeh. He studied under Tung, Hu-ling, who was the son of Tung, Ying-chieh. Tung, Ying-chieh was the main student of Yang, Cheng Fu in the last twenty years of Yang's life. Allegedly, Wu Ta-yeh suffered from an arthritic condition in his forties which prevented him from being able to hold a pen and sign his name. He learned Taijiquan and lived into his late eighties. According to his biography on the organization's home page, he rarely suffered any medical problems, including arthritis, for the last thirty years or so of his life. In my own family my mother has suffered arthritic pain in her hands. After using the Qigong balls, so commonly found in any Chinese community, she was able to alleviate the pain and suffering from arthritis. The balls are usually metal and two of them are rolled around the palm of the hand, causing one to focus on the hands while attempting to roll them around each other. By focusing on the hand and doing a non-load bearing exercise incorporating circular movements and coordination, Qi is directed to the area, allowing the body to heal itself. As I was watching this DVD I was not surprised to see Master Yang using these Chinese balls to demonstrate an exercise. They are very effective and low in cost. Approximately a year ago I apparently had appendicitis for eight days, prior to having an operation to remove my appendix. During the eight days I found myself covering my lower abdomen with my right palm, with the left palm sitting on top of the right hand while I rubbed my abdomen in a clockwise circular movement. Somehow, it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. While watching this DVD I was surprised to see the same exercise being offered by Master Yang. After my operation, the surgeon remarked to me that he had never heard of anyone having appendicitis for eight days without the appendix bursting. When I told him that I taught and practiced Taijiquan and Qigong, he said that was probably the reason that it had not burst. He also said that when he operated, he was surprised at how little swelling there was of the appendix. I attribute this to my generally good health as well as the qigong massage that I was administering to myself. The surgeon also stated that I had a surprising amount of abdomen muscles. I don't do crunches or lift weights, but I practice extensively moving my waist separate from my hips, which stretches and exercises the abdominal muscles. On this DVD, at the very beginning, you can see Master Yang practicing just such an exercise. Well, I guess my point is that the exercises on this DVD work, and I've got personal and family experience with their beneficial effects. --Patrick Dickson

This is an excellent DVD for dealing with arthritis. Additionally, even if one does not suffer the effects of arthritis, the exercises on this DVD will still maintain one's health and possibly prevent the onset of arthritis. Locally, there is a Taijiquan group called the Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, CA. The former leader/main consultant of the group was Wu Ta-yeh. He studied under Tung, Hu-ling, who was the son of Tung, Ying-chieh. Tung, Ying-chieh was the main student of Yang, Cheng Fu in the last twenty years of Yang's life. Allegedly, Wu Ta-yeh suffered from an arthritic condition in his forties which prevented him from being able to hold a pen and sign his name. He learned Taijiquan and lived into his late eighties. According to his biography on the organization's home page, he rarely suffered any medical problems, including arthritis, for the last thirty years or so of his life. In my own family my mother has suffered arthritic pain in her hands. After using the Qigong balls, so commonly found in any Chinese community, she was able to alleviate the pain and suffering from arthritis. The balls are usually metal and two of them are rolled around the palm of the hand, causing one to focus on the hands while attempting to roll them around each other. By focusing on the hand and doing a non-load bearing exercise incorporating circular movements and coordination, Qi is directed to the area, allowing the body to heal itself. As I was watching this DVD I was not surprised to see Master Yang using these Chinese balls to demonstrate an exercise. They are very effective and low in cost. Approximately a year ago I apparently had appendicitis for eight days, prior to having an operation to remove my appendix. During the eight days I found myself covering my lower abdomen with my right palm, with the left palm sitting on top of the right hand while I rubbed my abdomen in a clockwise circular movement. Somehow, it just seemed like the right thing to do at the time. While watching this DVD I was surprised to see the same exercise being offered by Master Yang. After my operation, the surgeon remarked to me that he had never heard of anyone having appendicitis for eight days without the appendix bursting. When I told him that I taught and practiced Taijiquan and Qigong, he said that was probably the reason that it had not burst. He also said that when he operated, he was surprised at how little swelling there was of the appendix. I attribute this to my generally good health as well as the qigong massage that I was administering to myself. The surgeon also stated that I had a surprising amount of abdomen muscles. I don't do crunches or lift weights, but I practice extensively moving my waist separate from my hips, which stretches and exercises the abdominal muscles. On this DVD, at the very beginning, you can see Master Yang practicing just such an exercise. Well, I guess my point is that the exercises on this DVD work, and I've got personal and family experience with their beneficial effects. --Patrick Dickson

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I bought this for my mother and within one month her rheumatoid arthritis was in remission, having had it for 4 years. Until qigong, it was getting steadily more painful, with more and more bits of the body succumbing to it. It is still in remission 3 months later. She had previously tried conventional medicine (which worked, but had some ghastly side effects, so she came off it). Several weeks after coming off the conventional medicine, the condition came back, so she tried homeopathy, and EFT. EFT helped to some extent, but never got rid of the most part of it. It was qigong and this DVD, as well as some youtube videos on qigong for arthritis, that put it into remission. And of course, no ghastly side effects. She's also managed to cure a long-term insomnia problem through doing this qigong. The homeopathy didn't seem to work - but I wouldn't knock homeopathy on this basis, since we normally find it very effective medicine for other ailments - may be she wasn't prescribed the right stuff. And if qigong works - it's for free, and its generally beneficial. I'm very grateful to this DVD as her RA had begun to make me feel desperate on her behalf - and she was very desperate - her life was eaten up in pain. She's not of the internet generation, hence why I'm writing this review.
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I bought this DVD for guidance on some basic slow exercises that I could do to help me limber up in the mornings (I have arthritis in my knees). In terms of the exercises, it gave me some ideas which were helpful- I actually noted them down and now refer just to my notes whilst listening to good music.

In terms of the DVD itself, it was very amateur in quality for £20 and also covered some random bits like massaging your organs (?!) Maybe I'm just unfamiliar with Qigong, but I'll stick with the Tai Chi-style exercises it covers at the beginning!
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I do love Dr Yang. I am into quite a few qigong, yoga and meditation styles and teachers, and there is some really nice stuff in here

Would like to give it 5 stars but had to decide between 2 and 3 as I just cant help thinking this is aimed at the able bodied who have really mild arthritis, or those who are totally fine and are looking to prevent it
If it was titled that it would be much better
And then he could release a second copy where it has a totally different emphasis
Its not that its not really useful stuff for anyone with arthritis, its just not aimed very well at all people
I really hope someone important reads this so that the lovely Dr Yang can do some more research and work with people that are really suffering with arthritis as these are the ones that need the most help
Dear Dr Yang, please sort this out!!!!
I got this for my Mum but she really needs something else to bridge the gap,not on theory, just on application

Dont get me wrong, his approach and manner are great as usual its just the little things like
1) people with arthritis in this country generally dont use squat toilets and generally cant squat to the floor and rock on their feet, albiet a nice thing to aim for
2) standing on one leg for five minutes moving your joints? Support is not really mentioned at all
3) he doesnt break things down into enough steps eg spinal wave rolling exercises might be easy for some, but my mum could never work that out unless she was taught the proper way to learn, i e against a wall and on the floor for biofeedback/proprioception enhancement.
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