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February 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm #128473
Hi, I am finding that my fingers are very tingly following my practice with week 2. I presume this is chi but am not sure. I have the inclination to shake my hands out, but want to let it settle in, if this is supposed to be happening. Any thoughts?February 23, 2012 at 5:51 am #132127
It could very likely be that you are feeling chi; tingling is known as one of the sensations one can experience when feeling chi.
I think that practicing dragon tiger has the potential to reveal alot of different sensations and make you more in tune to your body and its energy. This can be an amazing experience.
Also, I would say not to worry too much about the tingling and other curious sensations but to focus more on getting the movements down first.
Most importantly, enjoy the process and have fun with it!
KevinFebruary 24, 2012 at 7:38 am #132128
I agree with Kevin. I would only add that tingling could also be from restricting the blood flow by tensing the muscles to force the movement. Make sure the movement is comfortable and relaxed. As you do it, continue to soften and have fun with it. If you are relaxed, just enjoy the sensations but continue to focus on learning the movements. Good luck,
DejotaFebruary 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm #132129
….. the tingling could be due to your intent and D&T movement leading to the relaxing and opening of the tissues (and chi flow) in your hands and fingers, allowing more blood and other fluids (e.g., interstitial tissue fluid and lymph) to flow and circulate, stimulating the adjacent nerves to trigger your brain to register tingling.February 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm #132130
thanks to everyone for your responses; it’s good to know you are all out there!
NinaFebruary 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm #132131
Hi Nina, Just to add to the discussion. I have learned in Chinese medicine that tingling in the fingers is sometimes due to the release of toxins out the ends of the meridians. So, even if you are relaxed you can get tingling in the fingertips when releasing any built up toxins. Keep on practicing and it will change!!!March 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm #132132
……fascinating, I didn’t realise the meridian system transported toxins as well as chi, or do you mean stagnant or otherwise ‘toxic’ chi?
ColinMarch 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm #132133
The best descriptioin I would give you is straight from B.K. Frantzis’ Dragon Tiger book – the chapter called “A Miracle Health System”, the paragraph called “Negative Chi Reactions” states “As your body wakes up on various leves, it may do so the same way as when aroused from a deep slumber – cranky, sore, and confused. You may experience some negative chi reactions. These can range from relatively mild but confusing aches, nausha, light-headedness, TINGLES, fatigue, unsteadiness, body temperature shifts or mood shifts to strong emotional releases and mood swings to unusual dreams or shifts in perception. You may also experience physical discharges, such as stronger body odors or more frequent bowel movements. As blocked and stagnant energy moves or leaves the body, energetic memories, which are associated with the problem stored in either your energy channels or physical tissue can awaken and cause you to relive the underlying and often repressed causes of the problem – especially if you have severe condition.” So, you can see that “energy channels” do transport stagnant or negative chi (toxins) to the finger tips. Yes, I guess I do interpret Negative chi as toxins. But, B.K. Frantzis does say there are “physical discharges” too. Don’t stop though because it can be tough to go through these changes. I think that although it may take a while to see/notice the interrelationship of your practice and your “reactions” it can be part of your “Journal” that Bill encourages you to keep and then you will find the relationships more easilly. At least this has been my experience over the years of many of my practices.
Hope this helps. Sorry for being too wordy. Just wanted to make sure you understand where I’m coming from here.
ElaineMarch 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm #132134
Hey all, two things:
I just want to point out that in Bruce’s book he’s talking about negative “qi reactions” not “negative qi” reactions. It is the reaction that is negative, not the qi. There really isn’t any “negative qi” in Chinese Medicine. There is “evil qi” which are wind, cold, damp, heat, summer heat, and dryness, though they’re only problematic when they create imbalance. The channels transmit qi and blood to various parts of the body to protect, nourish, and rebalance it. The only “toxins” I can think of in Chinese Medicine are “heat toxins” which are due to stagnation. Heat can be released through acupuncture points, including the ones at the tips of the fingers but only by bleeding them, not solely by the nature of the channels. In qigong, we release stagnant qi from our fingers but I have never heard of releasing toxins in that manner.
Secondly, I probably should have asked this earlier but, Nina are your hands warm or cold after you practice (while they’re tingling)? If they are warm, it’s most likely qi and blood (what Kevin suggested). Tingling is how people feel qi when they get the nerves moving and if your hands are warm, that’s good. If your hands are cold, there is some sort of blockage and is more along the lines of what I cautioned.
I hope that helps. Good luck.
DejotaMarch 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm #132135
Thanks Dejota for clarifying this issue. Your description of “evil qI’ is spot on! Also your follow up question to ask how Nina’s hands feel – whether hot or cold is also so right on!! While I’m not a Doctor of Chinese medicine I do have a very good friend who is and asked him to give me some further clarification on this. His comment is that “You can purge toxicity through Chinese Medicine, whether it is through points (needles) or gua sha or cupping or even through waste elimination.” – not just by “bleeding”. That Gua sha for example does start from the trunk core of the body and goes out toward the finger tips to expel “evil qi”. I have used gua sha (scrapping) myself as you might have surmised and it works well to move the “evil qi” out the finger tips. As to Medical Chi gung, again I would bow to the expertise of Master B.K. Frantzis and say that doing Dragon Tiger will speak for itself!!!! Thanks for helping to improve understanding of this issue!
ElaineAugust 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm #132136
In addition hands or body that generates heat or cold with perspiration or clammyness is often the body purging toxins from the body, that is why its important to drink plenty of water when going through any kind of detox or blockage release so that the body better copes with releasing any toxins through normal bodily functions.
But generally I would say warm hands and tingling is indicative of good chi flow, circulations and healing.
I am not a doctor or qigong master by any means, but I have practised both hands on and energy field healing, massage, reflexology and aromatherapy with several experiences concerning these therapies.
Also in my experience some people require heat to heal and others require cool.
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