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and the concept of Qi
What is Acupuncture?
What are the benefits of acupuncture as a complementary
or Chi (pronounced chee) is a "concept"
that is at the very heart of Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) and consequently
It is a mystical and somewhat philosophical
idea that has no direct equivalent in western
medicine. It has variously been thought
of as "life force", "energy",
or "vital energy" but none of
these fully realise the full concept of
TCM embraces the idea that everything in
the universe is composed of Qi yet it cannot
be conceived of as mere energy or as a fundemental
particle or substance.
Chinese have a somewhat mystical saying
that states "When Qi gathers,
so the physical body is formed; when Qi
disperses, the body dies".
We all begin with Original Qi
which is inherited from our parents when
we are conceived.
When we are born Original Qi is enlarged
by Post Natal or After Heaven Qi being
basically, food and air, drawn from the
world we live in.
Qi from the food we eat is associated
with the spleen (Food Qi) and Qi from
the air we breathe is associated with
the lungs (Air Qi). These two forms of
Qi are said to mix together to form Gathering
Qi this is in turn catalysed by the action
of Original Qi to form Normal Qi.
The resulting Normal Qi is what circulates
through the organs and channels (meridians)
of the body.
The Qi flowing through the organs of the
body is often known as Nutritive Qi and
is responsible for the nourishment of
the organs and tissue of the body. Qi
flowing through the meridians is referred
to as Defensive Qi which circulates on
the outside of the body protecting it
from any external factors (cold, heat,
damp etc.) which may give rise to illness
has five main health giving functions
within the body: -
is the source of all body movement and
activity; as every movement of the body,
voluntary or involuntary, is an indication
of the flow of Qi. The level of Qi is
always descending or ascending as it
leaves or enters the body. Health and
wellbeing are dependent on this activity.
The normal body temperature is maintained
by the function of the warming action
Qi protects the body from invasion by
environmental external factors such
as Heat, Cold, Damp etc.
Qi has a vital role in changing air
and food into other necessary substances
- Qi itself, Blood and Body Fluids.
The maintenance of a healthy and strong
Qi is hugely important in holding the
various organs, vessels and tissues
of the body in a correct functioning
health and poor wellbeing within the body
can be affected by Qi disharmony and this
generally manifests itself in four different
A deficiency of Qi will result in the
functions being reduced, an example
would be Qi not being able to carry
out its warming function correctly.
If the Qi level is badly deficient (Sinking
Qi) it will fail in its holding
capacity, this can be seen in organ
If the flow of Qi is in any way restricted
through sluggish flow or blockages the
body can be adversely affected around
these stagnations in the meridian. A
further affect can be suffered by the
Qi can sometimes flow in the wrong direction
(Rebellious Qi). An obvious
example would be Stomach Qi
which is considerd to flow downwards,
carrying food to the intestines, any
"rebellion" reverses the flow
of Qi causing nausea, hiccups and often
maintain good health it is important Qi
flows through the body uninterrupted by
means of, what acupuncturists refer to
as, meridians (channels).
If an imbalance occurs or the flow of
Qi becomes blocked then illness will occur;
these malfunctions are what the acupuncturist,
with the use of needles, can restore to
a harmonising balance.
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