Ch'i is the
creative and formative principle associated with all of the integral processes
of life. The term Ch'i has been translated as the "life force". It is
the interaction of Yin and Yang.
At birth a
person is said to possess a strong vital ancestral energy (Ch'i). Every Organ
Network in the body has its own energy flow. This Ch'i diminishes with aging
gradually and naturally. It is believed that the secret to a long and healthy
life is in conserving this energy as long as possible by protecting it from
abrupt stresses and depletion. If the Ch'i flows evenly through the meridians
of the Organ Network, and the body is kept in balance, new Ch'i is created
(through good food and oxygen), and a smaller amount of the ancestral Ch'i is
used for daily living. However, if the body is out of balance, due to improper
food, drink, or excessive emotions, the body will utilize more of the original
Ch'i and hasten the process of aging.
The spleen, pancreas and stomach through the process of digestion extract Ch'i
from food and drink and move the Ch'i upward to the lungs where it combines
with the Lung Ch'i, which has been extracted through breath from the air. When
these two forms of Ch'i meet in the blood stream, they merge into vital energy
. The quality, quantity and balance of this Ch'i which determines the state of
our health, is influenced by the weather, change of seasons, and especially by
the foods and drinks that we consume.
Good eating habits
and deep breathing exercises are very important in regulating good Ch'i.
Another very important factor in having good Ch'i is the healthy condition of
the organs which absorb the Ch'i. If the stomach and lungs are not functioning
properly, they are unable to extract and absorb the vital energy in pure form
and sufficient quantity. As a result of this, the whole body suffers and the
energy becomes depleted.
physicians were authorities on longevity through nourishing and protecting this
life energy. They perceived their primary function to be helping their patients
attain long and healthy lives by supplementing and sustaining their life energy
through proper nutrition, acupuncture and Herbal
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