Standing and grounding help our emotional body because we’re breathing our energy (which could be sick or could be stagnant when we first start the practice) down into the earth. Then, we’re bringing up the Earth’s energy back into us and circulating it through the microcosmic orbit, moving it through our body, and transforming it to positive virtues with the inner smile meditation.
From The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching, Andrew McCart
Once the bone marrow is revitalized through Iron Shirt 3 practice, the energy that is absorbed into the bones can replenish the blood cells that are manufactured in the bone marrow.
The Taoists believe that the strength created through these practices help the body to not only fight off disease, but to also prevent illness before it occurs. Additionally, Iron Shirt 3 practices target the lymph nodes of the body through gentle hitting that detoxifies and eliminates waste water in the lymph system.
-From The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching, by Andrew McCart