When I became fascinated with Chinese medicine it was not due to the fact that I got to help people get will by sticking them with needles. I became enamored with the philosophy behind it. The medicine itself is based on the idea that we have something innately inside of us that wants us to be healthy. Not only wants us to be healthy, but works towards that goal at every moment. Chinese medicine calls it qi, Aryuvedic calls it prana, and it is defined as the life force that propels everything. It would seem to be quantum physics at the level of creation.
Not only does this qi/prana want us to be healthy, the medicine itself works it’s best if applied in a wellness situation. Yes, you heard that correctly! It is meant to keep us well, it is proactive in essence. It certainly works to make people better. However, imagine being well all the time, being in balance, feeling good. Imagine having a quality of life that is not impeded by illness. What do you think? Is it worth it? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to utilize our resources to stay well versus get well?
So, how does qi work? For starters there are different types of qi. The one we refer to in treatment is usually the qi that flows through our body in well defined areas we call meridians. When the qi flows smoothly and is balanced we are typically in a healthy state. Although, when imbalances start to happen we are more likely to become sick or possibly have sustained a trauma that caused it to fluctuate. People can have stuck qi, which may present as pain. If there is not enough qi, it could look like lack of energy. Finally, qi that is out of control, well that could look like the angry person next to you on the interstate with road rage.
Qi can be assisted in a number of ways. Only one of which is acupuncture. There are plenty of things you can do on your own to help the flow of qi sustain a healthy continuous movement.
What You Can Do
- Exercise: Physical movement is very important for smooth qi, particularly if it seems to get out of control. A regular exercise routine is a great way to support your emotional and physical health by regulating your qi.
- Food: You are born with some qi and you make some qi. Nourishing foods help you make the best quality qi you can, which ultimately affects your energy levels. Eating organic, plenty of fruits and veggies, and eating over 50% of your food cooked and warm instead of raw will help.
- Sleep: Good quality, decent amounts (8 hours minimum), and uninterrupted provides the best known health benefits. If you have trouble sleeping, acupuncture can help with that.
- Stress Management: Get a hobby, go out outside, hang out with friends, meditate, pray, or do whatever else helps you manage day to day stress. Guess what else helps with that? Yes, acupuncture.
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