Master Liu’s training background, qualifications, and modalities
As well as his high-level Qigong training with many top Qigong masters, in 1981 Master Liu began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. He began his professional practice in 1988. Master Liu is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, and always tries to combine his Qigong abilities into his TCM practice for diagnosis, herbal prescriptions, acupuncture, and Qigong massage, thus obtaining the best results for his clients.
In 1986 Master Liu studied with Doctor Wang Ning Sheng, a Chief Doctor and highly skilled specialist who is involved in passing on traditional knowledge to new generations. This involved further study of in-depth traditional types of therapy. Afterwards, Master Liu was appointed to work in several different TCM hospitals in Nanjing. He utilised holistic concepts of treatment and prevention, often combining TCM and Qigong together. He focused on chronic and difficult conditions, including cancer, experiencing good results in the support of his clients.
Master Liu has a great interest in supporting cancer patients and those with chronic and difficult conditions, with over 20 years clinical experience in this area. He always tries to provide a program to suit each individual’s needs. From the last 20 years’ clinical and teaching experience, he has formulated a multi-level theory of health and disease, and applying this theory in his practice has resulted in a very positive response from clients, students and practitioners.
This theory is not simply a health and longevity guideline but is also very useful in analysis, diagnosis, and treatment of difficult and complex health conditions. Most clients with these kinds of conditions have generally experienced positive outcomes. Even most cancer patients have received benefits that have improved their quality of life and helped to prolong it.
Master Liu has attended many national and international conferences for TCM and Qigong, at which some of his papers have been selected and presented, and he maintains his involvement with study and research in TCM, Qigong, and cancer support.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine has a history stretching back thousands of years, and its roots are deeply entwined with the philosophies of Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It is an holistic, integrated system used to treat (and prevent) many illnesses, injuries and diseases.
TCM likens the human body to a complex eco-system. In nature, if a predator declines in numbers, a new pollutant is introduced, or a food source disappears, the negative results can echo through the surrounding area, causing major disturbances in the environment. Similarly, in TCM it is understood that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that illness is due to an internal imbalance.
This imbalance, which can be the result of a complex set of interactions between external and internal factors (e.g. genetic predisposition, nutrition, physical and emotional influences, and environmental factors), can lead to problems in the flow and function of Qi, and thus to many other health problems and conditions. TCM asserts that a smooth and adequate flow of Qi defines health by regulating spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance, and thus aims to restore the body to this state.
What to expect from your consultation
Your first consultation with Master Liu will take 30-60 minutes. Initially, there are some forms to be filled out, then a discussion to determine what symptoms and problems you have experienced, and an idea of your medical history. Next, Master Liu will begin a comprehensive diagnosis and health assessment, which will lead to a recommendation as to the course of treatment you should pursue.
Qigong diagnosis is different to common TCM pulse and tongue diagnosis. In ancient China, Qigong diagnosis was common, and it was used in close combination with the pulse and tongue method, as mentioned in classic texts such as Huang De Nei Jing. Modern TCM favours pulse and tongue diagnosis, mainly owing to it being the chief method taught in schools, while Qigong diagnosis is primarily learned from a Master via personal instruction.
Some TCM practitioners may not have received a complete education regarding the body’s Qi-energy structure and field. Correspondingly, Medical Qigong practitioners are often not fully trained in pulse and tongue diagnosis. The solution then, is for a practitioner to re-combine the two methods, thereby improving the likelihood of a very accurate diagnosis. Master Liu is such a practitioner.
Qi flows through the body along invisible channels/pathways known as meridians. When it is out of balance or blocked, a person becomes ill. To remedy the illness, fine needles are inserted in specific points along the meridians to stimulate, regulate, and balance the Qi, thus addressing both cause and symptom.
Acupuncture is a safe, common, and effective form of therapy that promotes natural healing of the body, building up its inherent powers of self defense, rather than bringing in outside forces such as drugs to help fight the problem. It is an increasingly popular form of healthcare that is used by a wide range of people from many cultural and social backgrounds. By re-establishing the body’s vitality, this treatment makes the patient healthier, stronger and more resistant to future problems.
In accordance with Health Department guidelines, single-use disposable needles are always used in treatments, ensuring good hygiene and negating any risk of infection.
Herbal medicine is one of the most important aspects of Chinese Medicine treatment, with a long history in Chinese culture. Herbal medicine uses many different natural products (herbs, plants, fruits, bark, minerals, etc.) for their various qualities, and the effects and functions these can produce. Usually, a combination of different herbs is prescribed to treat most conditions. Long-term use can be necessary for lasting results.
Herbal medicine operates internally on the body, working to balance Qi and blood, Yin and Yang, organs, and meridians. It can broadly address many health conditions in a deep and lasting way, especially chronic conditions. Being time-tested natural products, herbs produce minimal side-effects, especially when compared to many Western medications.
Herbal medicine can be taken in three forms:
- Raw / natural herbs:
- This is the product in its most natural state (often dried). The herbs are boiled in water, and the resulting broth consumed at certain times of day. This method is the strongest form of herbal treatment, involves the most efficient absorption of nutrients, and has the most immediate and powerful effect, although it should be noted that it is also more expensive than other methods, that the cooking process takes some time, and that the liquid is universally acknowledged to be unpleasant-tasting.
- Pills / tablets:
- These are usually ground herbal material, mixed with a binder, and moulded into a small pill. They are most beneficial for less complex chronic conditions, and can take over after an initial period of raw herb usage, as a form of maintenance. For long-term herbal treatment, they are often the preferred method. They are also a cheaper and more convenient form of herbal treatment than the raw herbs. However, being a standardized product, they are less likely to match an exact formula for treatment, and it may be necessary to take a number of different pills together.
- Powders are the mid-point between raw herbs and pills. Essentially a powdered / ground form of herb, they can be adjusted for individual conditions and are convenient for travel. The cost can be less or more than raw herbs depending on the quality of product used. Ease of absorption is slightly less than with raw herbs, but higher than pills.
- Tui Na massage
Tui Na massage (which includes acupressure) is a hands-on form of therapy performed by a qualified practitioner who applies physical manipulation using many different hand techniques, according to Chinese Medicine theory. It works primarily on muscles, tendons and meridians to improve circulation of Qi and blood, clear blockages and stagnation, and improve the function of both specific body parts, and the body in general.
While Tui Na is generally used as a therapeutic method, it is also very good for general relaxation, and in fact, like the principles of Yin and Yang, a therapeutic approach will bring some relaxation, while a relaxation aim will have some therapeutic benefit.
- Qigong Energy Healing
This is a unique form of energetic healing performed by a qualified Medical Qigong practitioner or a Qigong Master. The practitioner uses their mind to guide either their Qi or Universal Qi into the client’s body, with the aim of improving the function of the client’s own Qi, thus leading to an improved state of health. Methods used can include strengthening, releasing, exchanging, and balancing. It is a suitable treatment method for most health problems, but especially for complex, deep-seated conditions and those in which Acupuncture and Herbal treatment have proven ineffective.
As well as improving Qi function, Qigong healing gives energy to the client. It has no side-effects, usually feels pleasant, and can sometimes result in enhanced sensation. It can be delivered via individual treatment, or as part of a group (see below). Authentic Qigong healers differ from other kinds of energetic therapists in that they have built on a good foundation with many years of training, practice, and experience following an established and time-tested system, attaining a different quality of energy that is well developed on many levels.
- Group Healing
- This is a form of Qigong healing used by a qualified Master, which uses specific methods to combine the Qi of the Master, the Universe, and the clients, to achieve the best results for the group. The energy field used is very strong, and is specialized to improve the group’s own Qi fields in a holistic way, supporting the body’s ability to self-regulate. When combined with individual instruction, clients can use this technique to help heal individual problems. It is also a more affordable way to experience Qigong healing.