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What is Qi?
Qi (pronounced "Chee") was best described by Bill Moyers, the renowned journalist, as a verb. Qi is a form of Yang that flows through the body, thus sustaining life. It is one of the many things an Acupuncturist consults during treatment. During treatment, patients will feel the movement of Qi. As the flow of Qi becomes stronger, disease ceases to exist, pain resolves, and patients experience a fluidity similar to that of their youth.
The concept of Qi, the body’s vital energy, is fundamental to traditional Oriental medicine. There is nothing comparable in conventional Western medicine. Oriental medicine is focused on dynamic interrelationships, especially those of Yin and Yang, which regulate the entire universe.
What are Yin and Yang?
Yin and Yang are forces of nature which are inextricably bound together, creating a core measurement of life. Yin and Yang define all life's essential activities, including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms of one's 'being'. When Yin and Yang become unbalanced, the normal flow of Qi and blood become altered, allowing illness to occur. When Yin and Yang are balanced, health is optimal, thus the body can regulate itself, offering no place for diseased states.Yin and Yang are the foundation of the Tao and Oriental Medicine (acupuncture and herb formulas). These manifestations of Yin and Yang are precisely measured through the 69 qualities of one's pulse, which are located in the six positions of the distal radial artery, along with the 22 complementary pulses. The pulses are the most important diagnostic tool in Oriental medicine and give the practitioner a clear understanding of the body's imbalance.
Although this philosophy may seem vague, it is more specific in distinguishing diseased states from one another and ultimately allows the body to heal itself with little intervention.
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