ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tai Chi Knee Pain: Which Is the Better Cure - Reiki or Yoga?

Updated on January 20, 2015
Tai Chi Can Give You a Tai Chi Knee - a Condition Much Helped With Reiki And Cured With Yoga
Tai Chi Can Give You a Tai Chi Knee - a Condition Much Helped With Reiki And Cured With Yoga | Source

Tai Chi Can Cause Knee Pain

One of the most difficult things I've done is learning Tai Chi. My master would tell me that he was glad I didn't have three legs! Out of the six students who had signed up for classes, only I hung on. I was told this ancient Chinese exercise with martial roots was superior to yoga which I have practised for many years (in hindsight, I dont think any form of exercise is superior to yoga). I even learnt Qui Gong along with Tai Chi. Once I mastered the rather complicated movements of the short form, it was a joy to do, much like dancing, only much, much slower. I never missed a session and would do half an hour of Tai Chi and qui gong every day.

My balance improved considerably. I learnt to breathe from my belly instead of my chest, which I was told was the ideal way to breathe. I stood straighter.

However, a year later I developed slight pains in my right knee which wouldn't allow me to fold my legs beneath me a stance required for my prayers . I knew the pain was Tai Chi related because the short form focuses on the right side of the body. I checked my stance. Was I bending my knee too much? I wasn't. My excellent and ever watchful master would have caught my mistake.

Knee Pain is a Common Problem

If you do some research online, you'll discover that the Tai Chi Knee is pretty common. Lots of Tai Chi practitioners suffer from it. A lot of people suffer from knee pain whether caused by Tai Chi or something else. And finding a cure isn't easy.

Herbs and the Migun Jade Therapy Bed Fail to Lessen the Pain of a Tai Chi Knee

I stopped my Tai Chi right away. I tried a herbal treatment where I would make a gummy cold paste of a resin and the white of an egg, You had to keep your knee straight or the egg in the paste would pinch your skin once it dried. It didnt help.

I tried applying the infra-red heat from my new Migun Jade Therapy bed to my knee. It helped to an extent, but then the pain would return.

Osteopenia and Knee Pain

I got the calcium levels in my blood checked, discovered that they were pretty low and started with calcium supplements. I had my entire bod checked for bone density and found I had osteopenia which at age 55 wasnt a surprise. My left forearm was prone to fractures. I thought, well at least its not my knee.

But nothing helped. I then resorted to Reiki. It had cured a donkeys shattered gangrenous leg and made the bone grow back. Why couldn't it help my knee?

Reiki Temporarily Cures Knee Pain

I began treating my knee with Reiki for about 15 minutes every morning. In about 4 days, the pain abated and I could deep kneel in prayer again. When the discomfort returned after a couple of days, I went back to the Reiki and once again, the pain went away in a couple of days. Since then about a month now I have continued with the Reiki and there's been no more pain.

Yoga Is The Best Cure For A Tai Chi Knee
Yoga Is The Best Cure For A Tai Chi Knee | Source

Before Doing Tai Chi, Strengthen Your Ankles

Much later, a Japanese practitioner of acupressure techniques told me that people who learn Tai Chi in Japan spend ages strengthening their ankles before they even begin with the Tai Chi. No wonder I developed knee pain.

She also revealed that at an invisible energy level, the exercises (and Qi Gong too) can attract and trap unwanted energies. The famous Qi Gong exercise, Circle Walking for instance, can create an energy vortex in the centre which can attract negative entities. That's something nobody speaks about. Perhaps no one is aware of it. I'm glad I learnt about it.

The Yoga Bible

Yoga - Best Cure For a Tai Chi Knee

However, the pain did sneak back in. In a fit of desperation I turned to my Yoga which I had practised for many years and then stopped when I started Tai Chi. Just a week of Yoga and the pain vanished - never to return. In fact, I didn't have any trouble doing exercises that required bending of the knees. I was amazed. I continue with my Yoga.

Check out 8 Yoga Poses For Knee Pain.

WebMD on Yoga for Pain Relief

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

Easy Exercises and Yoga Asanas For Knee Pain Relief From Baba Ramdev

How To Relieve Knee Pain With Yoga


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Anita Saran profile imageAUTHOR

      Anita Saran 

      3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you janshares! It's wonderful to find just the right info for you, isn't it? I hope you will try yoga. I'm doing yoga seriously for the past 4-5 months now - with a yoga master. So while I almost always did yoga, now I'm doing it correctly. In the past a yoga teacher had shown me some asanas once and those I did for all those years that followed. It's best to have a master who can check your posture etc. regularly.

    • janshares profile image

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      This article is informative and right on time for me, Anita. I've been practicing tai chi and qi gong for many years. I am currently in physical therapy for knee pain, and a problem with my right ankle. I have "tai chi knees" but the right one is the worse. Everything you've shared resonates with me. It's so divine that I found this hub at this moment. I will consider yoga once I complete my physical therapy. Thank you, namaste.

    • Anita Saran profile imageAUTHOR

      Anita Saran 

      4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you! I can swear by Yoga - a panacea for all discomforts.

    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      It is very impressive that you have seriously engaged in tai chi, yoga, qugong and the like. Thanks for the tip that nothing beats yoga. Some people are too old to do all these sports to find out what's best, but you have done the work for them. Great hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)