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Qigong Physiology Chart

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Physiological mechanisms and the activities in Qi Gong and Yoga/Pranayama which are their triggers:

I. OXYGEN

Physiological Mechanisms

Structures and Substrates

Qigong Activity

1. Energy Generation

Oxygen Uptake

Movement/Breath

2. Aerobic Water

Oxygen Uptake

Movement/Breath

3. Immune Enhancement

Oxygen Uptake

Movement/Breath

4. Free Radical Neutralization

Oxygen Uptake

Movement/Breath

II. LYMPH

Physiological Mechanisms

Structures and Substrates

Qigong Activity

1. Aerobic Generation

Oxygen

Movement/Breath

2. Propulsion

a) Aerobic

Oxygen

Movement/Breath

b) Intrinsic Contraction

Interstitial fluid volume

Breath and Relaxation

c) Muscle Pump

Muscle Contraction

Movement

d) Gravitational

Body position

Postures and Movement

e) Breath Apparatus

Lungs, diaphragm, cisterna chyli

Breath Activity

3. Immune Function

Propulsion (2a-e)

Breath, movement and posture

4. Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow

Propulsion (2a-e)

Breath, movement and posture

5. Nutritive Function

Propulsion (2a-e)

Breath, movement and posture

III. NERVOUS SYSTEM

Physiological Mechanisms

Structures and Substrates

Qigong Activity

1. Autonomic

Brain, neurochem., nervous system

Relaxation and Breath

2. Nerotransmitter Profile

Hypothalamus

Relaxation and Visualization

3. Microcirculation

Hypothalamus

Relaxation

4. Immunity

Macrophages, leucocytes, neurotrans.

Relaxation, Meditation

5. Brain Hemisphere Control

Brain, nervous system

Alternate Nostril Breath and Right /Left Side Movement

6. Brain Wave Frequency

Brain, nervous system

Meditation

7. Neuroreflex Stimulation

Neuro-reflex system

Rubbing Points

8. Brain Structures

Hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, 3rd ventricle

Intention, Meditation and Visualization

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