Monday, 13 July 2009

Foot Tapping Qigong

By Robert Lewanski

Chi Kung Master Huang Runtian, writing in “Treasured Qigong of Traditional Medical School,” states that this “Foot Tapping Technique” can nourish the liver and improve eyesight; curing chronic diseases of the liver, gall bladder and eyesight diseases (near-sighted, far-sighted, and poor-sighted) .

“As a result of conscientious practicing of the Qigong exercise, the liver-wood nourished by sufficient kidney-water and abundant “earth Qi” would be full of vigor and vitality. Thus the Qigong can nourish the liver and make eyes clear.”

Frequency and duration of exercise - slap or clap your feet 50-100 times. For health protection, once a day before going to bed.

How to perform the “Foot Tapping Technique? Take a sitting posture (crossed-legged or simple-sitting…). Close eyes slightly. Rid the mind of all distractions. Relax the whole body. Breathe naturally. Open the eyes.

Put the right foot on the left knee {reverse for females}. Tap [slap] the arch of the right foot with the palm of the left hand. Do the same with the other foot. Slap your foot in a relaxed manner with cupped palm; do not slap your foot with a stiff or rigid hand. Just be relaxed and slightly loose in the wrist area while slapping.


Here are some ailments Chinese Medicine attributes to being helped by foot tapping or slapping: Yin (cold) deficiency, yang (hot) excess, upper body heat excess, lower body deficiency (ungroundedness) , kidney and heart problems, excessive rise of liver yang, seminal emissions, night sweats, heart palpitations, poor memory, insomnia, mental stress, neurasthenia, migraine headaches, knee and back pain, blood deficiency, burning red face, mental depression, poor eyesight, liver and gall bladder problems etc.

In practicing this Chi Kung, you need not believe in it, but you must do the exercise earnestly. You will get benefits from it, whether you believe it or not. While visiting Zen-Taoist Master Hyunoong Sunim, in Washington State several years ago, I was awakened early one morning by a loud clapping.

I found out later that he was slapping his foot. I tested his eyesight a few years later, and found that he has better than 20-20 vision–his eyesight is 40-10–much better than 20-20. He can see and read the 10 foot Snellen Eye Chart at 40 feet away without glasses or contacts! An amazing feat for someone in his 40s. I have found this exercise to be one of the best Chi Kung techniques for improving one’s health and eyesight.


I perform foot slapping 75 times in the morning and before bed. If you have more energy, you can “slap” your feet 200 or 300 times. The goal of this “foot slapping” technique is to open-up the energy points on the foot kidney point and the acupoint on the palm. Once they are opened, slapping 50 times before bed is sufficient. Do not overdo it to exhaustion. Just relax and slap at an even slow tempo, about one second between each slap.

1 comment:

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