Qigong For The Liver

Qigong For The Liver

In this post I am going to show you some qigong for the liver and go through four short exercises that will help open up your thoracic and intercostal area to get the blood and energy flowing more freely throughout the liver and surrounding tissues. Indications that you may have some problems with the liver can be experiencing excessive anger, rage, frustration and resentment, as well as hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, migraines and eye issues. Practicing qigong daily can have a profound effect on your mood and therefore help you feel you can flow with life more.

This little routine is only 3 minutes long, and can either be done as a standalone exercise when you are short on time, or as part of a larger qigong routine. Feel free to watch the video below to experience a relaxing routine I have carefully choreographed to cinematic music, or scroll down to read the instructions.

Exercise 1: The Crane

Stand with your feet hip distance apart and rest your hands on your thighs.

Bend your knees and reach forward with your chin extending out, then roll through the spine and tuck your chin in

As you reach the chin out, exhale

As you roll up and tuck the chin in, inhale.

Imagine you are drawing a large forward circle with your chin as you create a wave through the spine

This exercise facilitates the energy flow of the microcosmic orbit, which is an energy pathway that runs up the back of the spine and down the front of the spine.

Exercise 2: Picking Cherries

Start by standing in a wide stance in a relatively shallow squatting position.

Reach up with one hand and extend the fingers as high as they can go.

Alternate with the other hand.

AS you reach up, inhale deeply

As you switch hands bend into the knees and exhale.

Exercise 3: Hands Push/Pull

Start with holding an imaginary energy ball, then push your right hand forward and extend through your fingers.

The left arm pulls back with the palm facing the sky.

As you stretch through the right fingers, breathe in.

Switch to the other side and pull your right hand back, palm facing up with your left hand extending through the fingers.

As you switch your hands, breathe out, and then breathe in as the other hand pushes forward.

Feel the rotation through your torso and hips as you move with your breathe.

Exercise 4 : Puling Down The Heavens

Circle your arms out and up as you inhale.

As you exhale, face your palms towards the ground as you draw the hands down in front of your body.

Repeat this movement and imagine you are pulling energy from the heavens and bringing it into your body and down into the earth helping to ground your mind and be int he present moment.

Why is the liver so important for good health, well being and feelings of happiness?

The liver is the largest organ in the body. It has over 500 jobs to do and works to detoxify our blood.

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    Cathy Cavarzan

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    Great easy to follow videos !  I never knew eye issues were related to the liver. I tried the exercises in the video and am amazed at how I am feeling already. 

     I have issues with my lungs can you suggest any exercises for that? I have actually had a lung collapse in the past and you mentioned opening up your thoracic area.

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      Liz

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      Hey Cathy, yes! I do have some suggestions for the lungs. Check out this post where I go into some details about qigong and bronchitis. Even though your issue may or may not be bronchitis, the principle is still the same-clearing energy in the lungs through specific qigong exercises will help to tonify the lungs. There is a video you can follow along with in this post. 

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    Dylan

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    Really cool post! always looking for new fun exercises into my routines never heard of this before but super interesting. Is there more advanced stances to or are these just the ones for the liver? Like would you use a different four stances for say the heart? Thanks for the great video.

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      Liz

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      Hi Dylan, there are actually thousands of different qigong exercises and yes the heart has its very own kinds of exercises as do the stomach, kidneys and lungs. These exercises are based on the Chinese 5 elements and qigong is a branch of Chinese medicine. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Cath Anon

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    I’m glad I came across your article.

    I was actually intrigued enough to stand up and try out the 3 minute exercises!  It’s amazing how something so little can have an immediate impact on how you feel.  Somehow, I feel better for having tried it – short though the experience was.

    It just goes to emphasise that any exercise, no matter how little, is better than nothing at all.

    Thank you for the little breather!

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      Liz

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      Really glad you enjoyed it Cath! My goal is to create little qigong bites that people can have a quick experience with and notice a shift in the way they feel. Qigong is so simple, but can have quite dramatic results when practiced as a habit and daily routine.

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    Renton

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    Well I definitely an identify anger problems in myself from time to time. I think these exercises look quite interesting. The liver has a pretty tough job to do and an unhealthy lifestyle only hinders the livers ability to do its job.

    I think that diet and exercise are very important to overall health. I think that people need a way to channel all the excess energy in their bodies in a constructive way.

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      Liz

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      Yes! Agreed! And Qigong is perfect for that purpose-it channels and dispels excess and negative emotion and therefore energy and cultivates positive energy and therefore positive emotions.

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    Jill

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    Hi Liz, This is exactly what I need as have liver problems. Have bookmarked this and will do the exercises regularly. I loved watching the video as it all made so much sense as I did the routine with you.

    Will you be bringing us more of these exercises? 

    Not sure if there are Qigong classes here in South Africa but in the meantime will be doing these.

    Thank you so much.

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      Liz

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      Hey Jill! Glad you liked the video. I will definitely be doing more! There are more than likely some classes in South Africa that you could attend, but there are also many excellent online programs of which I will be reviewing over time. But one good place to start is here

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    Babsie Wagner

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    These Quigong exercises are relaxing and enjoyable (and easy to do).  Stress relief is important to me.  I have a lot going on, and anything I can do, especially in 3 minutes, that relieves stress, is good for me.  I had actually never heard of Qigong, so I’m excited I came across your site.  Thanks for the great information and exercises, because I’m going to incorporate them in my daily routine.

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      Liz

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      Hi Basie, glad you enjoyed it! More exercises to come!

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    Heidi Yates

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    It has been recommended that I look into qigong to help with my migraines and after checking out your article I’m wondering if perhaps they stem from a liver problem I am not aware of. I have been tested for all sorts of things over many years and still can’t come up with a reason for them. Either way I will be giving your routine a try.

    I always seem to be short on time so love the 3 minute routine, means I have no excuse not to do it each morning before work. 

    Do you see any problem with any of these specific exercise for someone who suffers from migraines?  

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      Liz

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      Hi Heidi, no there would be no problems with any of the exercises here if you are a migraine sufferer. The only thing I would say is perhaps avoid them when you are in the middle of a migraine. The other thing to consider if you get regular migraines is to think about seeing a Chinese medicine practitioner and make qigong a daily part of your life. These exercises are most effective when embraced within a longer routine. Western medicine often does not have any satisfactory answer when it comes to migraines, but the Chinese go much more in depth with their knowledge when it comes to preventing migraines. Wishing you all the best!

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