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What is Qi?
By Peter Games, L. Ac.

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If we don’t have enough Qi, we will feel tired and weak, similar to the way plants and animals will not thrive in an area where a river is drying up. This is because Qi activates, enlivens, and vitalizes your entire being and when there isn’t enough of it, we feel fatigued. Qi can also become restricted or blocked, and not flow properly through its pathway, similar to the way a dam Boise, Idaho Acupuncture - River Dam Obstructing Flowstops the flow of water in a river. When Qi gets stuck like this, everything downstream does not receive the proper support and nourishment required to keep the body and mind healthy. Over time, obstructions weaken the body and make an individual more susceptible to disease and ill health. These blockages often results in pain or discomfort, which is summed up by the following Chinese saying: “If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain.”

It is the job of an acupuncturist to determine where in a patient the Qi has become disrupted or out of balance. Then, using a variety of techniques, the acupuncturist will adjust the flow of Qi, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and clearing blockages where it is stuck. This process rebalances the patient’s energy, thus restoring or maintaining health. In this way, Chinese medicine activates the natural, self-healing abilities of the body.

Chinese medicine has a proven track record. It has been used for thousands of years and currently one quarter of the world’s population makes use of it. Although the Chinese medical approach to health and healing is radically different than the Western scientific (modern medicine) approach, both methods can be very effective in helping individuals to feel better and healthier. Ultimately, the two systems combined together have the greatest potential to support, strengthen, and nurture a patient back to health and well being.


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