What is Qi?
Qi (pronounced chee) is the “vital energy” or “vital life force” within every person. Qi is all manifestations of energy, whether that is material or immaterial. Because it is energy, it is neither created nor destroyed, and is in continuous flux and transformation.
When talking about Qi, the concept of “yin and yang“ are used to understand the manifestations. Yin is Qi that is cold, passive, solid, heavy, descending, moist and dark, the physical side. Yang is Qi that is immaterial, hot, active, dry, rising, and aggressive. In the context of Chinese Medicine, the flow of Qi in the body is used to diagnose conditions. Illness occurs when there is either an excess or deficiency of Qi.
Types of Qi
The most essential!
Inherited from your parents
Stored in the kidneys
Circulates through the organs, muscles, skin, and meridians
Power for all activities
Stored in the chest
Air combined with energy from the spleen and stomach
Moves outward and inward from breathing
Affects how loud the voice is
Derived from food
Circulates nutrition in the body
Circulates through blood vessels
Protects against illness
Protects against environment
Acts like the Immune system
Functions of Qi
What does Qi do?
Ascends, descends, exits, and enters the body
From one part of the body to another
Regulates body temperature
Deficiency: lower body temperature or cold hands and feet
Defends against environment and disease
Acts like the Immune System
Holds the organs in place
Deficiency: hemorrhage, frequent urination, stomach or kidney prolapse
Transforms food into fuel
Sorts through what can be used and discarded