Tai chi is a powerful healing art. It is medicine for the mind, body, and spirit. This is obvious if you’ve practiced tai chi long enough; not immediately if you’re not familiar with tai chi. You have to do tai chi in order to grasp that tai chi is a powerful healing art.
The body is designed to heal itself and, as long as it has the right tools, it does a great job of it. For a lot of people, that means getting the right kind of exercise, eating well, and reducing stress, especially the kind that weakens the immune system. Effective physical activity and good nutrition feed the body’s inherent ability to heal.
Allergies are one modern ailment that I’ve alleviated by practicing tai chi and eating more consciously. The symptoms of allergies—congestion, itchy eyes, headaches, fatigue, low energy and so on—result from the body trying to heal itself; they are not the illness itself, nor the cause or source.
Over-the-counter drugs and doctor-prescribed medicines don’t necessarily cure the cause in the case of allergies; they might help, but they don’t get to the source of the problem. They didn’t in my case more than 15 years ago when I suffered from the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease.
Years ago, I realized—haphazardly—after having practiced enough tai chi, that not getting enough exercise and eating poorly were causing my deteriorating health. Stress from work and life in general further also hindered my body’s ability to fight the effects of pollen, dust, the Southwest’s arid air, chemicals, and food allergies that mounted one on the top of the other throughout the year.
Unexpectedly, after I had practiced tai chi long enough, I began to feel relief and now if allergens do get in my body fights them more readily and effectively.
In tai chi, energy (chi) movement is a key to healing. Healing occurs once chi is released from mental and physical constraints and it flows like water flowing down a mountainside or a breeze through the trees.
Doing tai chi relaxed my body (and my mind), and allowed it to heal itself of the allergy symptoms and help eliminate the source of the problem. It helped having a good teacher, as I did with Dr. Susan A. Matthews, by the way.
We should be able to eliminate allergies these days. Alternative methods like tai chi are available. With tai chi and nutrition at the core of my strategy for health. I’m still learning about nutrition and what diets, or parts of diets, are the most effective.
I have found good information reading Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, including pretty good plant-based recipes. My acupuncturist recently recommended Practical Paleo, so I just ordered that on Amazon.
It should be simpler to eliminate allergies in these times. Most of us wait until we’re sick, hoping that drugs and surgery will come up from behind and clean up the mess. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Either way, it takes a change in outlook to switch lifestyle choices and refocus daily routines with the intention of avoiding illness and developing a healthier, more resilient immune system. Prioritizing health over other things in life is not easy to do, but tai chi (and other Chinese internal martial arts) is a way to do it.
By focusing attention on learning specific, simple movements and techniques, and practicing them regularly over time, you can strengthen body and mind, and see healthy results surprisingly quickly.