"The Tao of Revitalization, also called Internal Exercises, are divided into
    three categories.  The first category of Internal Exercises includes those
    designed to direct the innate healing power to specific internal organs and
    glands to energize the entire body, balance the energy level, and promote a
    more effective functioning of the internal organs, in order to heal, adjust,
    correct, and above all prevent disease.  These exercises are the Five Animal
    Exercises, Eight Directional Exercises, Twelve Zodiac Exercises, and
    Twelve Nerve Exercises.  Also included are the basic exercises known as the
    Deer Exercise, the Crane Exercise, and the Turtle Exercise, used for
    correcting sex related problems, digestive and weight problems, and nerve-
    related problems.  [See also Taiji Quan, Qigong and to read about the Taoist
    roots of Kung Fu]  

    The second category includes Meridian Meditation, also known as Trip
    around the World Meditation or simply Taoist Contemplation.  A tremendous
    healing art, Meridian Meditation is used to adjust, balance and elevate the
    energy level in the body.  By meditating on the pathways of energy in the
    body, anatomically known as the meridians, a person is able to feel the
    energy flow along these pathways and balance the energies within the body.  
    The mind, body and spirit are completely integrated, and the individual is
    completely enlivened.  (Acupuncture and acupressure techniques, which
    originated from Meridian Meditation are used to help others, whereas
    Meridian Meditation is used to heal oneself).  The third category of Internal
    Exercise concerns energy breathing techniques.  Through these techniques,
    energy can be absorbed through the acupuncture points which lie atop the
    meridians which traverse the body.  Energy breathing is a vital step in self
    healing and in forming an indivisible link with the energy permeating the
    In sum the main purpose of the Internal Exercise is to promote longevity (Dr.
    Stephen T. Chang, The Tao of Balanced Diet, Secrets of a Thin & Healthy
    Body, pp.23-4)".

    Tao of Revitalization

    The Complete System of Self Healing
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    Internal Exercise
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