Patient Education

What is Qi?

The term Qi, pronounced chee, literally means vital breath, or air. It is frequently translated as life force, for it is necessary for life of any living being. In Chinese medicine, Qi moves blood, warms the body, and defends the body of pathogens, transforms and transports everything within the body, and is ultimately another word for function.

It can be considered oxygen, electromagnetic energy, nutrients, or cellular energy (ATP), in western physiology. Every one of our cells requires oxygen, nutrients, electromagnetic energy, and ATP to survive, perform their life processes, and stay healthy. The life processes of our cells creates us. The healthier the cell the healthier we are.

This is also another Chinese medical concept. It is known as the macrocosm and microcosm. They are a reflection of one another. If our cells lose health, or function, it will cause the reflection of us losing health and function. Think of a watch with a battery “cell”. Once the cell starts to lose energy, the function of the watch becomes impaired, it is no longer able to tell the time correctly. Once the cell dies, the watch “dies”. However, restore a new battery “cell” that is full of energy, and the watch’s function is restored.

The ancient Chinese didn’t have the same terminology as us, for they didn’t have the same technology. However, our technology is proving their health theories to be right. Qi is vital for cellular health, and cellular health is vital for our optimal health. Our current medical system does not honor the cellular level; it suppresses cellular function and hides symptoms via pharmaceutical drugs, and or by surgery.

The natural approach of nourishing the cells and promoting proper flow of qi (oxygen, electromagnetic energy, cellular ATP,) and nutrient, rich blood to every cell allows the body to heal.