Breast cancer, like all other “disease” is considered an energy imbalance in the eyes of Chinese medicine. To be in balance, energy must flow freely through pathways called meridians. Meridians carry information that allow the five major organ systems—the Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung and Kidney—to cooperate and achieve the best health possible.
If we look at everything as energy, we open ourselves to unlimited possibilities. A diagnosis, then is a way of saying your energy is stuck, not moving or out of balance. This ancient understanding removes the fear that is so often part of a modern diagnosis and replaces it with opportunities to heal. Healing comes from the inside out, not the outside in.
So, what creates energetic imbalances? In many instances, our emotions and hectic lifestyle throw our bodies out of whack. Becoming aware of your environment and how you relate to your job, family and beliefs begins the healing process.
Learning Qigong practices are key. Qigong works directly on the meridian level to help energy move freely throughout the body. The postures below help move energy through the breast area. For optimal breast health, practice these two postures daily for 2-4 minutes each. Once learned, practice for as long as you can.
These movements have helped women prevent and heal from breast cancer at various stages.
Push Out, Touch the Moon
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
Raise your hands to chest level, bringing your fingertips up.
With palms facing forward, push both hands in front of you, keeping your elbows slightly bent.
Bring your arms back to starting position. Repeat.
Open the Curtain
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent.
Raise your hands to chest level, keeping your fingertips pointing up and palms facing forward.
Push your arms out to a comfortable distance in front of your chest.
Slide your hands to each side and then bring them back to center, as if opening and closing a curtain.
This information is part of the Breast Cancer Prevention Project, developed and supported by TCM World Foundation. For more interactive materials visit breastcancer.com