What is QI?

To the vast majority, Qi is a vague concept. The various types of Qi, what actions they execute and how they are created are all foreign concepts to the unacquainted.  In Chinese medicine, the cultivation of Qi is extremely important and a person's Qi is critical in determining patient assessments. Imbalances in ones body are perceived as disturbances in the function of ones Qi.  An imbalance of Qi can affect an organ, a meridian and anywhere from one to several body parts simultaneously.

The essence of acupuncture lies in the notion that Qi flows throughout the body.  Qi provides the life force that travels through the physical body, and it serves as the body’s health and protection mechanism.  The amount of Qi, and its ability to flow freely without obstruction, is what influences a persons health.

How is QI Disrupted?

Qi becomes obstructed on a daily basis, but the body naturally reverts back to a near state of equilibrium.  Qi can become blocked when a lingering or suddenly severe disruption in the natural flow occurs.  Blockage can cause the body to become weak, creating an opportunity for pain and sickness to invade the body.

How Does Qi Move?

Qi moves in the body via fourteen meridian passageways that connect to specific organs. When Qi flows freely through the meridians, it enables proper sustenance to occur within the body.

What Can Cause A Disruption In Qi?

Every day stress, emotional disruptions, injury, inadequate nutrition, lack or excessive physical activity and seasonal or environmental changes, can all lead to the disruption and depletion of Qi.