Life energy or Vital Essence
” Qi ” in Chinese and ” Ki ” in Japanese
is the word to describe ” life energy ” can also be
translated as ” air, breath, force, and power ”, however
character is most commonly used to represent the meaning of energy
or vital essence.
According to Chinese belief and medicine, qi is the animating power
that flows through all living things.
A healthy individual has more qi than one who is ill, a dead person
has no more qi, the warmth, life qi is gone. Health is more than
a lot of qi, health means that the qi in our bodies is clear, rather
than polluted and turbid, and flowing smoothly like a stream, not
blocked or stagnant. Qi is also the life energy one senses in nature.
One of the great contributions of early Chinese culture, going back
thousands of years, was the discovery that it was possible to trace
quite accurately the patterns of energy surrounding all living things,
and in the human body this life energy is circulated through what
is referred to as ”meridians”.From these studies and
1. The foundation for Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) including accupressure ( in Japan known as Shiatsu
), accupuncture, and herbal medicine.
2. Forms or sets of exercises that
strengthen the body internally, stimulating good health, and long
life. ( Nei jia )
3. An effective knowledge of the
anatomy, and the sensitive points, for combat both unarmed and with
weapons known as the Martial Arts.The ”Qi Network” is
like any transportation system, if there is a blockage at any junction
this will overload the entire system, in the short term this overload
can be compensated in some way, but in the long term serious damage
can occur if not attended to.
In the human body these blockages can be caused by bruising, muscle
injuries, sprains, especially if they are not treated properly,
Long periods of lying, sitting or working in the same position together
with the type of work or nervous tension involved, can also result
in blocking the qi.