Qi and Meridians

Qi is considered as the essence of life (i.e., "vital energy") that cycles around the body and maintains all organs' functions (Fig. 16.4). Qi flows through a hypothetical network of channels called meridians that interconnect the various organs. Figures 16.5a and b are illustrations of Conception Vessel Meridian and Heart Meridians listed in the TCM textbook. Along the meridians, there are acupuncture points where Qi travels immediately below the skin surface. Qi appears to not only provide the linkage between internal organs but also carry vital information from internal organs to the skin surface. In the normal healthy condition, Qi flows in regular rhyme. However, any state of disharmony or any imbalance in Yin-Yang will also cause disturbances in Qi flow. The disturbances of Qi lead to manifestation of symptoms of illnesses.

Figure 16.4 Chinese character for Qi.
Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Qigong also spelled Ch'i Kung is a potent system of healing and energy medicine from China. It's the art and science of utilizing breathing methods, gentle movement, and meditation to clean, fortify, and circulate the life energy qi.

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