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Power of “Nei-Gong”

Our body is made up of millions of minute living cells. Healthy cells constitute a strong immunity system and hence a healthy body. To this end, the condition or state of the living environment within which the cells thrive on is of paramount importance. The circulatory system of the human body, specifically the lymphatic system, plays a key role as a ‘cleansing’ medium – collection and removal of waste products left behind in the tissues.   The importance of this function is quite obvious. A good analogy would be running your car without changing the engine oil for as long as you can and I would be surprised if it outruns its warranty period. In essence, the lymphatic system can be likened to the body's drainage system. Every cell is surrounded by lymph fluid, and because cells are living units they will excrete toxins. It is the lymphatic system that helps to siphon away dead cells and toxins excreted by the living cells. In effect it drains away harmful elements, which are neutralized or filtered by the lymph nodes located throughout the body. So, how important is your lymphatic system? If the lymphatic system shuts down for 24 hours you will be dead because of the toxin build up and the entrapment of blood protein in your system. Like the auto-mobile engine, which requires regular oil change to maintain optimum power and minimize general wear and tear, we need to be able to control and ensure the circulatory system functions well. Proper breathing, apart from bringing oxygen directly to the cells, controls the lymphatic system.   Both the lymphatic and blood systems are vital to proper functioning of the body. Whereas the heart has a pump that regulates the flow of blood, the lymphatic system does not have such natural mechanism. Instead, the flow of lymph fluid is a passive one, aided by other body movements such as deep breathing and muscular actions. And this, through no mere coincidence, is also the key focus of Nei-Gong. Nei-Gong practice dates back to ancient Chinese history and existed long before these scientific medical discoveries. In essence, Nei-Gong comprises 3 elements: (a) Action – Movement (active);  (b) Inaction – Mind (passive); and (c) Deep diaphragmatic breathing (Qi Gong).   Scientific studies have shown that deep diaphragmatic breathing increases the rate of cleansing within the body and the combination of exercise and breathing can accelerate this process up to 15 times the normal pace, thus greatly enhances the immunity system. Deep breathing (Qi Gong) also ensures ample oxygen intake, which is equally important as studies have found that cells thrive and live longer in a highly oxygenated environment. On the other hand, they can become cancerous and even malignant when placed in an oxygen deficient environment.   In conclusion, from a scientific perspective, the practice of deep diaphragmatic breathing that is part of Nei- Gong practice is likely to produce a highly conducive environment for your body cells to thrive on. The end results are better health, increased vigour and significant improvement in muscle and skin tone.