Free seminar on heart health is Sunday at Qi Center in Lihu‘e

Grandmaster Hong Liu leads a free seminar, on heart disease and high blood pressure, Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Qi Center at the old Immaculate Conception School site tion in Lihu‘e’s Isenberg Tract subdivision, according to a press release.

“The Heart of the Matter” is the topic of discussion, and Hong will offer natural healing approaches to prevention and recovery of heart disease and high blood pressure.

One of the most common clusters of symptoms and diseases in Hawai‘i today is the highblood- pressure, heart-disease, diabetes syndrome, he said.

Diet, stress and aging all have an effect on the onset and development of these destructive diseases, as well as on general health, said Hong, trained as a doctor in both Eastern and Western medicine.

He will offer alternative healing methods that he has been taught from the once-secret, 5,000 year-old tradition of Chinese medicine, called qi gong.

The qi gong (pronounced “chee gong”) practitioner, Hong says, “after 5,000 years of empirical observation, has discarded the cures that don’t work, and kept the approaches to disease, including exercise, natural medicine and diet, that do work.” Though the event is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted with gratitude, a Qi Center spokesperson said.

This Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Hong leads a qi gong rejuvenation workshop, that carries a tuition charge for new and returning students. It will also be at the Qi Center.

Participants will learn and experience rejuvenating exercises to balance the body for greater health, he said.

The rejuvenation series has shown documented positive effects on persons challenged by diabetes, heart, and other medical conditions, he added.

The effect on the hormonal system has led some individuals to report the reversal of menopause, strengthening of the bones and joints, a return to earlier sexual functioning, and improvements of other longterm conditions.

For 5,000 years in China, people have sought longevity, and this practice is the cream of the crop. A secret transmission handed down from one generation master to the next generation master, the rejuvenation form was transmitted to Master Wen to Grandmaster Hong, and he brought it to the United States.

At a healthy 108 years young, Master Wen is well, climbing mountains, and still continuing the practice. The jewel of the form is that it is inside out. Balanced internal organs result in radiant outer beauty, Hong said.

The practice is simple, and seasoned seniors can do the practice with ease. The greater degree achieved, the greater the degree of longevity that can be enjoyed.

Hong has reached the highest attainable level in qi gong.

This rejuvenation workshop is suitable for new students of qi gong, he said. To register or for more information, call 639-4300 or 639-0859, or e-mail Qi@hawaii.rr.com.

Other regular qi gong classes are offered at the center as well.

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