Healing is in Your Hands: The Four Energy Gates

The Four Energy Gates were created by Grand Master Nan Lu at a time when “tapping" into the Meridian system using the hands was being widely accepted as a healing modality.    

The Meridian network is an energy grid that connects above, below, and within to each and every organ system, tissue, and cell in the body.  How energy is flowing within this network directly impacts organ function.  When flow happens, healing naturally follows.  We also rely on this energy grid to help us connect to our world: Nature, our work, co-workers, family, and friends.  Supporting flow thus supports clarity and connection in these relationships.  


The Four Energy Gates are locations along the Meridian network that have profound impact on many levels within the body, mind, and Spirit, each has its own unique “sub-specialty.”  By accessing the Gates through self-acupressure, you open energy pathways that create healing flow helping to relieve joint, neck, and back pain, headaches, anxiety, as well as digestive issue such as bloating, constipation, and heart burn.  When energy is flowing you also have less fatigue and greater mental clarity.

Our meridian energy grid is connected to the function of every organ system in the body.  When you open the gates with acupressure, you are providing yourself a whole body “tune up!"

Located on the web between the thumb and index finger

Outer hand supports, provide enough pressure to feel an ache

Circle for 4-5 minutes each side 

Opens the wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, head.

Benefits Lung and Large Intestine (which by the way connect to skin so you are giving yourself an energetic facial with this gate : )

Located in the center of the chest between the breasts

Right palm to chest / left on top

Circling with light pressure 200 times / 2 minutes in each direction

Impacts the upper chest / upper back

Benefits the physical / emotional Heart, calming (excellent practice if you have insomnia!)

Four fingers aligned below the navel

Alternate tapping in the midline for 3 minutes: yes feels like you are drumming!

Impacts the pelvic area and underlying organs

This is a location that connects to our Life Force Energy / baby ignite that fire!

Located in the center of the buttock

Using the arm as a pendulum, punch this area with a loose fist for 4-5 minutes

Allow yourself to twist left and right while you do this for deeper impact

Important to keep the arms, shoulders, and hips relaxed

Impacts the low back, knees, ankles, feet

The two energy lines that intersect at this junction cover the length of the entire body!

Make the Gates Your Healing Habit!

The practice has a flow covering you from head to toe

Each gate can be practiced alone

Have fun / be creative: outside, with music, while on the phone, in transit…anytime / anywhere!

Tap into a gate to impact symptoms arising in each region:

Gate One: arms / head / neck

Gate Two: chest / upper back

Gate Three: pelvis

Gate Four: Low back on down

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Qigong versus The Four Gates

Both Qigong and The Four Energy Gates are practices that allow us to connect into our Meridian system to support Body, Mind, Spirit healing.  The Gates are like a healing habit and an energy support tool that you can access anywhere anytime.  Their effect is like an internal energy shower!

Qigong is a practice that gently stretches and opens the Meridian lines to support flow from a different angle.  In addition, the standing postures of Qigong allow you to position your Meridians so that you are more open to receive.  This is similar to the concept of “plugging” yourself into Universal energy source or opening to the Cloud for a download / update / upgrade!  The longer you hold the standing posture, the more you will receive.  

The power of a Qigong practice depends upon the strength of its lineage and the quality, quantity of your commitment.  Dragon’s Way Qigong has been traced back over 10,000 years to the Taoist Masters Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu.  The practice has been passed down to us by my teacher Grand Master Nan Lu.  

Learn more about 

Dragon’s Way Qigong


Grand Master Nan Lu

Grand Master Nan Lu on Youtube


The pandemic is challenging all of us at a level most of us have never experienced.  And we must meet this challenge to heal.  To do so, we must go to the level of Spirit.  The pandemic is here for a higher purpose for ALL of us.  Open your beliefs to this possiblility and it will reveal itself to you!  In addition, practicing the meditative Qigong pose “The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth” will help you build energy and support you to taking your practice to the level of Spirit.  In Chinese culture, the Dragon represents absolute fearlessness, mystery, and the power to breakthrough ANYTHING!  When you stand in this powerful pose, it is like you are plugging yourself in or opening up for an update.  

Begin by standing with your feet hip distance apart.  Raise the hands to chest level and point your thumbs at each other in a loose fist.  Draw your hands back to the chest, maintaining the position.  Now, allow the elbows to relax so that it also relaxes the shoulders and neck.  Not horizontal and not dropped fully to the sides.  Feel that sweet spot inbetween.  Bend your knees slightly and close your eyes.  You can practice with or without music / meditation and in or outdoors.  Allow your breathing to be natural.  If balance is an issue you can open your eyes or stand against a wall or a piece of furniture.  

The longer you hold the pose, the more benefit and energy you will receive.  Start with 5 minutes and push yourself to hold the pose continuously for 15, 20, 30 minutes and beyond!  Learn more about Dragon’s Way Qigong.  

Join us everyday at 12 PM holding this pose connecting our healing consciousness across space and time!

Watch this video to learn the pose from Grand Master Nan Lu


indyhealingcenter@gmail.com  Melissa Laborsky, MD 2014