Massage, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Resources
Pronounced as “chee”, Qi is the vital energy that flows throughout every living thing, and provides the dynamic force for all of the metabolic processes in the body. In acupuncture, Qi is thought to flow in channels or meridians that form a network throughout the surface and deeper layers of the body, and on these channels, certain points can be found that have profound effects on the person’s Qi. It is these points and channels that are used when you are receiving an acupuncture or acupressure treatment.
Blood in TCM can be both the blood as we know it in Western Medical theory, and also the Yin aspect of the vital substances that our body requires for proper functioning. However, often if a practitioner is discussing with you that there is a disharmony of your Blood, they will mean it in the framework of the TCM medical model, not the Western medical model.Blood and Qi are closely connected and interdependent on each other – when one is not functioning correctly, the other will always be effected eventually. Many conditions that people suffer from are the result of a disharmony in both the Qi and Blood of their body
YIN AND YANG
Chinese Taoist ideology, where much of TCM theory stems from, states that all things can be divided into Yin and Yang. Yin being the dark, feminine, storing, quiet nature of things, and Yang being the bright, dynamic, male, energetic nature of things. Within Yin and Yang are elements of each other, so Yin and Yang are never truly separate and rely on each other to function correctly. This can be seen clearly in the black and white picture of the ‘Tai Chi’ (Supreme Ultimate) that many people are familiar with:
Within TCM, the beginning of disorder or disease is thought to stem from a disharmony between Yin and Yang, so that one becomes too much or not enough for the other to handle. This can be from internal imbalance such as a person’s constitution or change of life (eg. Menopause), or can be from external causes, such as external pathogens. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine are geared at achieving the correct balance between Yin and Yang to enable the body to heal itself.
GENERAL INTEREST READING