Today I’d like to look at the concept of Root and Branch in relationship to Chi Kung healing. The short version of this blog post is that Chi Kung healing works on the Root and not the symptoms or the Brach. But what does this really mean?
When I say the Root I mean this is the main problem or cause and when I say Branch I mean the symptom or the result of the main problem.
Here’s an example. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) viewpoint on obesity is that it is caused by hormonal imbalance. Obesity is the symptom, or result of the main problem – hormonal imbalance.
We can go a level deeper here, because from the Chi Kung perspective the Root is always a problem of energy or a malfunction of harmonious energy flow due to blockages in the meridians of the body.
Now the really brilliant part of practicing Chi Kung exercises is that we do not need to know where these blockages are. We generate energy/Chi flow and then let go and LET the Chi flow to the area of low energy = where the blockage is.
I have pain in my knees, so when I generate Chi flow, instead of letting go and doing nothing, I try to be smarter. I focus on my knees (the symptom) – Chi/energy flows where attention goes, so your Chi travels to your knees.
3 months later your knees are even more painful! What’s going on you may ask yourself. Well the answer is simple. Knee pain, is usually a symptom of a malfunction of energy with or to the Kidneys. i.e. knee pain is the Branch but the Kidneys are the Root.
Instead of LETTING your Chi travel to the Root, you have been moving it to the Branch! No wonder your knees haven’t got better.
This is why I advise all my students to ‘Let go and enjoy their Chi flow’. It’s not a suggestion, it’s a vitally important instruction.
Whilst were on this subject, this brief exploration of Root and Branch raises another interesting reason why Chi Kung is so brilliant.
The Grand-daddy of all Root causes is a malfunction of energy or Yin/Yang disharmony, which can manifest as a million and 1 different Branches or symptoms.
If you practice Chi Kung correctly, i.e. you have the skill of Energy/Chi flow and you can let go and do nothing during energy flow – then it doesn’t matter which of the 1000′s of different Chi Kung Exercises available you practice. As long as you have energy flow – that’s what is important for healing.
So why are there so many different Chi Kung Exercises? Well, let’s say you wanted to go to London, you could walk, you could ride a bike, you could drive a car, you could travel by plane. You would choose the best mode of transport based on your needs.
And so it is with Chi Kung Exercises, if you know that there is a problem with the Kidneys then it is most ‘cost effective’ to practice Reverse Hands Bend Waist (a.k.a Nourishing Kidneys) than Second Son Carrying Mountains. Yes Carrying Mountains will still ‘solve’ the cause, but probably not as quickly as Nourishing Kidneys.
Whether you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or any other ‘symptom’, the Root is Yin/Yang disharmony (a malfunction of energy). Energy flow helps to restore harmony and if harmony can be restored fully then good health is the result.
But I must go on record here as stating that Chi Kung is not capable of curing all illness. If an illness has been left treated for too long, or if the blockage is too severe, it may not be possible to fully restore Yin/Yang harmony or harmonious energy flow.
A Chi Kung healer will usually seek to treat the Root, but if the Branch is serious or life threatening then it may be necessary to treat the Branch first.
Armed with this information I’m hoping you can see another one of the many reason that make Chi Kung such a powerful tool for living a healthy, happy and long life.