We are not medical professionals, nor should any of this be taken as medical advice above your doctor’s recommendations.
In our school, we discuss and share traditional Kung Fu and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it relates to common remedies for injuries and illness. At a recent Mastery Roundtable, we discussed how practicing Kung Fu can benefit illnesses and injuries in a variety of ways, as well as popular TCM remedies.
How Does Traditional Kung Fu and Martial Arts Help Heal and Prevent Injury and Illness?
The general health benefits of practicing martial arts are plentiful. While some are specific to martial arts, others are secondary as a benefit of regular exercise. The cardiovascular workout and strength-building moves are great for heart health, high blood pressure prevention, lowering cholesterol, increasing lung capacity, strengthening muscles for bone structure support, weight management, and improved diabetic conditions.
Optimizing your metabolic function boosts your immune system! Aerobic exercise stimulates the natural production of antibodies and reduces inflammation. These benefits make you less susceptible to colds and flu.
Since traditional Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong focus very closely on movement and functionality of the body, they all have proven themselves effective against chronic pain, especially in bones and joints. Practitioners will increase mobility, improve posture, and gain a better range of motion. The major and minor muscles strengthened in Martial Arts training are much more widespread than in other popular forms of exercise, maximizing the benefits for everyday movements.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Health
The ancient healing system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) features a variety of methods and theories to address both mental and physical wellness. As we apply TCM to physical illness and injury, we explore the four main healing methods.
The healing properties of food are embraced entirely by TCM. What you put in your body every single day supports or doesn’t support your health and wellness. Beyond calories and nutritional content, TCM knows the essence of each food and uses the Five Element theory mapping the interrelationship of all things. The theory assigns specific foods and tastes with each season of the year. Our bodies benefit from feeding them the right foods in the right season. Each food’s essence also heals particular organs, so TCM practitioners may prescribe specific foods for specific ailments. Eating for Healing.
Herbal therapy has been utilized in healing for thousands of years. Throughout time, TCM has identified and classified how thousands of herbs affect the body, mind, and spirit. TCM uses a combination of various herbs to create healing substances that achieve a specific objective. With thousands of years of knowledge, and thousands of herbs to combine, herbal remedies are available for many ailments and illnesses.
Acupuncture is probably one of the most well-known TCM methods. The theory behind acupuncture is that the needles are used at key acupoints to relieve energy (Qi) blockages. The Qi in your body flows through invisible paths known as meridians. Unblocking meridians with acupuncture needles restores the internal balance and harmony within your body. Acupuncture can be used for relief from a variety of pains, injuries, and illnesses.
Acupressure is very similar to acupuncture, but it utilizes hand techniques at specific acupoints and meridians to unblock energy flow. Acupressure is more popular than acupuncture for sports injuries and sprains and can be just as effective.
When it comes to practicing Kung Fu and Traditional Chinese Medicine for various preventative and healing measures, we encourage you to always check in with your physician first. It is important to coordinate efforts and ensure any potential risks with other medications or existing ailments are avoided.