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Supine Qi Gong of Ma Li Tang Part 2

Ma Li Tang (1905-1989) was a famous modern exponent of Qi Gong. He was an expert in martial arts, Qi Gong and traditional Chinese medicine. He is famous for popularizing the Six Healing Sounds, but also synthesized and created other forms of Qi Gong for rehabilitation.

This Supine Qi Gong, created by Ma Li Tang, is a simple, yet powerful set of exercises that harmonizes the Qi Dynamic and regulates the internal organs. [1] This Qi Gong set can benefit anyone, but is particularly ideal for patients who are confined to bed. It is fairly easy to learn and can yield quick results. What I love about these exercises are that they provide a simple and straight forward but very effective method of regulating different aspects of the Qi Dynamic. From: Chinese Qi Gong Essentials. Cen Yuefang (Beijing: New World Press, 1996) p.78-89.

Exercise 3: Harmonizing Spleen & Stomach

Step 1: Start as in Exercise 1 above, but with the palms centers resting on Daheng (Sp 15). This point is about a palm’s width lateral to the navel. As you inhale, the toes point upward and the hands rub upward along the spleen channel, passing through the following points on the spleen channel (Fig. 9):

  1. Xiongxiang (SP 19)
  2. Zhourong (SP 20)
  3. Dabao (SP 21)

Step 2: Move the hands farther upward to massage Qihu (ST 13), just below the center of the clavicle. Then exhale, and return the toes to the start position as the palms rub downward following the stomach channel, passing through the following points (Fig. 10):

  1. Kufang (ST 14)
  2. Ruzhong (ST 17)
  3. Liangmen (ST 21)
  4. Tianshu (ST 25)
  5. Shuidao (ST 28)
  6. Guilai (St 29)
  7. Qichong (ST 30)

Step 3: Repeat Steps One and Two eight times. Then rest by placing both hands on Dantian, and focusing your attention on Dantian (see Fig. 5 above).

Repeat steps 1-3 at least three times, or for up to 30 minutes in the morning and evening.

Internal Action

This exercise promotes circulation of Qi in the stomach and spleen, and harmonizes the functions of the spleen. Aids the ascending action of Spleen Qi and the descending action of Stomach Qi.


Indigestion, anorexia, flaccidity of the muscles, prolapse of the anus, gastric ulcer, gastritis, gastrospasm, and splenomegaly (enlarged spleen).

Additional Exercise for Gastrospasm or Acid Reflux

If there are spasms of the stomach, acid reflux or hiccoughs, press hard with your thumbs on the upper part of the stomach where the Jiuwei (Ren 15) acu-point is located. Then rub downward following the stomach channel on both sides (Fig 11). Repeat 8 times, rest, and then repeat this cycle twice more. Perform this exercise after performing Exercise 3: Harmonizing Spleen & Stomach.

Additional Exercise for Intestinal Problems

Massage the Dantian area with the heels of the palms, rubbing clockwise 100 times (Fig. 12).

Exercise 4: Circulating Qi in the Lungs

Start by lying on your back with your head on a small pillow. Place the hands on the lower abdomen, with the palms facing inward and the fingertips pointing towards each other.

Step 1: Inhale and move the hands along the Ren Channel. As you reach the upper chest, the hands spread out to rub upward through the Zhongfu (LU 1) and Yunmen (LU 2) acu-points (Fig. 13).

Step 2: Exhale and conduct Qi to Dantian, by pushing the palms downward and massaging the chest and lower abdomen (Fig.14).

Step 3: Repeat Steps One and Two eight times. Then rest by placing both hands on Dantian, and focusing your attention on Dantian.

Repeat steps 1-3 at least three times, or for up to 30 minutes in the morning and evening.


Internal Action

This exercise strengthens and harmonizes the functions of the lungs by facilitating the flow of Lung Qi. It also helps to expel pathogenic factors from the lungs. Activating and harmonizing Lung Qi also promotes water metabolism. In addition, this exercise harmonizes the lungs and kidneys by promoting the descent of Lung Qi to the kidneys.


Tracheitis, sore throat, bronchitis, cough and asthma.

Additional Exercise for Serious Coughs

Step 1: With the thumb of either hand on the one side of the throat, and the index and middle fingers on the other side of the throat, massage downward until your hand passes just under the collarbone (Fig. 15) Massage the following points:

  • Futu (LI 16)
  • Renying (ST 9)
  • Shuitu (St 10)
  • Qishe (ST 12)
  • Quepen (ST 13)

Step 2: Use your index finger to massage the Tiantu (Ren 22) acu-point, in the notch at the top of the sternum. Press the point and hold while imagining Qi flowing down the Ren Channel to reach the Qihai (Ren 6) acu-point (Fig. 16).


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