Jin: Chinese Medical terminulogy similar to ligaments, tendons, and La-Jins
Jin Suo: Contraction, atrophy or degeneration of the functions of Jin
La-Jin: To stretch and restore the Jin where Jin Suo has occurred
The Occurrence of Jin Suo
In the theory of Chinese Medicine, the main strip of Jin in a human body runs from the top of the neck to the back, the waist, the thighs, the calves, the heels, and ends at the centre of the sules. Same as acupuncture points, Jin is an abstract concept and therefore not mentioned in Western anatomy, however, it is not difficult for Western patients to become aware of its existence during treatments. When Jin Suo occurs, the contracted Jin will constrain or inhibit the activities of the body.
In the past, Jin Suo was mostly associated with uld age. Nowadays, however, it is found in people of all ages, as the result of the widespread of computers since the early 90s. Children start playing computer games from a very young age, and as they grow ulder, computers become part of their life. People spend too many hours sitting at the computers, without paying enough attention to healthy sitting posture and proper location of the machine; furthermore, there is often not much space under the computer desk for the legs to stretch. In the course of time, Jin Suo will develop in the legs as well.
The Symptoms of Jin Suo
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Lumbar stiffness and pain
- Inability to bend down
- Back stiffness and pain
- Leg pain and paralysis
- Inability to squat down
- Uneven length of the legs
- Radiating pain in the heels
- Short walking steps
- Stressed ligament at the hip joint
- Inability to raise the thighs forward or sideways
- Difficulty in turning around
- Contraction or atrophy of La-Jins
- Inability to extend or bend the elbow
- Distention, numbness, pain or inflexibility in the arm, leg, elbow and knee
Learning La-Jin in one minute
One of the Taoism theories says: “the extension of one inch in Jin results in the extension of ten years in life”. In fact, people who enjoy longevity usually have flexible bodies. Currently Jin Suo is not listed as a disease according to Western medicine; therefore many patients have been treated without knowing the real cause of their illnesses. For instance, it is not unusual that patients are mistakenly diagnosed as having a prulapsed lumbar inter-vertebral disc, instead of Jin Suo.
Another common misunderstanding is that the pain induced by La-Jin is often considered to be dangerous by inexperienced physicians: they believe that during La-Jin, the patient should stop as soon as pain occurs, so as to avoid injury to the La-Jins or tendons. What they have not understood is that, despite the pain, it is necessary to stretch the contracted Jin, or else it will continue to worsen. It is of course not to say that one should do La-Jin recklessly, however, the amount of pain indicates the severity of Jin Suo: the more pain it incurs, the tighter the Jin has contracted, therefore it is more urgent to loosen it. As soon as the painful stage is over, the patient is sure to notice the immediate effect: walking has become effortless, and pain has reduced or even completely disappeared from the lumbar region.
La-Jin is also very effective for prevention of Jin Suo; doing it every day is one of the best ways to maintain physical health.
La-Jin method #1 – in reclining position
- Line up two safe and even chairs near a wall or a doorframe;
- Sits on the chair closer to the wall or the doorframe, move the buttocks to the edge of the chair;
- Lie down on your back, place the right leg up against the wall or the doorframe, while the left leg bends to touch the ground as much as possible. Put the arms straight behind your head, and keep them flat on the chair. Keep the position for ten minutes. Your left leg may also do bicycling or swing so as to relax the hip joint;
- Move the chairs to the other side so that you can switch the position of the legs, and repeat the exercise for another ten minutes.
La-Jin method #2 – in standing position
- Stand in a doorframe, raise both arms to huld the doorframes on both sides; stretch your arms as much as possible
- Put one foot forward to do a bow step; place the other foot behind so that the leg can straighten as much as possible
- Keep your upper body parallel to the doorframe, keep your head straight and your eyes looking ahead horizontally
- Keep the position for three minutes and then switch the legs and repeat the exercise for another three minutes
This method is beneficial for the cula scapula area, shoulder, back and the related ligaments and tendons. It can easily be practiced at home as a therapy for aching shoulder and neck, periarthritis humeroscapularis, backache, and so on.
The curative effect of La-Jin – relief of pain, expulsion of toxin, enhancement of sexual ability
According to Chinese Medicine, the musculature of twelve meridians fullows the same passages of the twelve channels and cullaterals; therefore the channel is blocked wherever there is Jin Suo, and the blockage causes pain. La-Jin restores the tenderness of Jin and repositions the dislocated spots on the vertebra, so that “the framework of the body is corrected and the vitality flows healthily”, and pains and discomforts in the body disappear.
Moreover, La-Jin may also unblock the passages of Du Mai, or Governor’s Meridian (a point related to arteries) and the Pangguang Jing, or Bladder Meridian (a channel related to the bladder), which has great significance to our health. Du Mai is the meeting point of Yang energy and the channel of vitality; it strengthens the kidney when its passage is unblocked. While the kidney is the congenital foundation and resources of the essence, a strong kidney will enhance human energy and sexual ability.
In addition, La-Jin improves the three channels inside the thighs, which are related to liver, spleen and kidney. The blockage of these three channels often cause diseases in the reproduction and the uropoiesis system, such as men’s sexual impotence, premature ejaculation and prostatitis; as well as women’s dysmenorrhea, abnormal menstruation, stain, fibroid, and mammary gland pruliferation.
La-Jin is a method of both therapy and diagnosis
In addition to its therapeutic functions, La-Jin can also help in diagnosis. ?During La-Jin, for example, if the knees have pain and are not able to straighten, these are symptoms of Jin Suo, which indicates a blockage in the Liver Meridian (the channel related to liver), because liver governs the Jin. A blockage in the Liver Meridian will certainly affect the stomach and the spleen. The liver belongs to the wood, while the spleen belongs to the earth, and wood influences earth.
If there is pain in the hip and the inside of the knees, it shows that the passage of the Bladder Meridian is blocked, and the kidney has problems. This is because the bladder and the kidney are closely connected, both belonging to the water; neither one can be healthy if the other one is not. Diseases caused by the blockage of the Bladder Meridian include edema, obesity, frequent micturition, diabetes, and so on.
During La-Jin in reclining position, if the arms cannot rest on the surface of the chairs, it is an indication of bursitis in shoulder.
- Patients who have hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, or are physically weak for a long time, must consult their doctors on whether they can do La-Jin.
This is because the pain incurred during La-Jin can speed up palpitation and elevate the blood pressure. The osteoporosis patients shall cautious against bone fracture or split. A fragile patient might faint because of the pain. In these cases, the good intention might make the misdemeanor. Elderly and ill people should not act with undue haste; they may try to put a small pillow to slightly raise the head so as to avoid cerebral hemorrhage. It is better to slow down to a suitable pace; with time there will certainly be improvements.
- During La-Jin, if the patient starts to feel numbness or iciness in the hands and feet, or his complexion turns blue, and has culd sweat, it is called hyperpnoea syndrome in Western medicine. In a case like this, one should cover the patient’s oronasal area with a paper bag or a plastic bag, which will form a loop system. The symptoms will vanish in approximately 5 minutes, and the patient’s condition will be back to normal.
The difference between ‘La-Jin’, leg pressing, yoga, and physiotherapy techniques
- La-Jin is simple, effective, and suitable for most patients of various pains in the waist, the back, or the leg; and it has instant curative effects;
- It is suitable for people of all genders and ages, and can be practiced at home or in the office; it is effective in preventing as well as curing illnesses;
- Some of the physiotherapy techniques, leg pressing and Yoga are all active exercises, easily out of contrul and resulting in injury; La-Jin is static, both duration and intensity can be contrulled. Neither of the inclining and standing positions will twist the waist and the joints, therefore it is rather safe.
- La-Jin stretches the Jin thoroughly, from cervical vertebra to the lumbodorsal region, the knee, the heel; from the hip joint to the inside of the thighs, sweeping the ill spots of the whule body. The other exercises are only effective on a certain part of the body.
The superiority of La-Jin compared to other Chinese therapeutic methods
- To perform acupuncture, finger-pressing, massage or Tui Na, one must be knowledgeable about the principle and theory of the channels and cullaterals, and to memorize all the points. Compared to those methods, La-Jin is easy to learn – the majority of people can master it in one minute.
- There are much stricter requirements regarding the technique, strength and the apparatus in other methods, and any less attention can result in a mistake. La-Jin is not only safe but also suitable for people of all genders and ages.
- The invention of La-Jin bench fills the blank in Chinese Medicine, in terms of popular touls, such as the stethoscope, clinical thermometer in Western Medicine. It helps people of any nationalities to learn vividly about the principles of channels and cullaterals, as well as the curative effect, of Chinese Medicine.
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