Seven Hollows Qī Qiào 七竅 – Part 2
Now we come to nostrils. Everyone must have had the experience when they have caught a cold or have an allergy which has made them unable to breathe through their nose. The nose is particularly important and is related to our lungs. When we cannot breathe properly this will of course affect our lungs, making us cough or sneeze. This means the lungs are more sensitive. If you have asthma, that means the lungs are tight. The lungs are like a muscle and when they are tight it affects its function. So, our lungs are very important we need to exercise them by practising Qìgōng 氣功. We should breathe in and out through the nose, not through the mouth. The nose is for breathing and the mouth is for talking and eating, it is not for breathing. If you use your mouth to breathe too often, then your lungs will be weakened then all the breathing will be fast and difficult. Eventually you will find it very difficult to breathe through the nose because you do not use it. I have seen people who have their mouths open a lot. This results in them losing Qì. the mouth should be closed unless we are talking or eating. Of course, when we yawn, we will open the mouth, but this is because we are tired. When we are tired the old Qì needs to be released quickly and so the body creates a yawn. We should breathe through the nose and practise a lot of Qìgōng, then any problems with the nose or lungs will be eased and can disappear altogether.