The Dynamic of Qi (vital energy) & Acupuncture – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

The Dynamic of Qi (vital energy) & Acupuncture

Classical Acupuncture Gold Coast

For practitioners of TCM and East Asian medicine, it is the concept of “Qi” (the bodies vital energy) and it’s dynamic within a living organism that most skeptics find hard to swallow. We have to appreciate that the Chinese are an ancient civilization, whom developed a unique approach to healing and medicine, when the world was very different to the one we know today. If I use the analogy of a mechanical engine, it’s easier for us to understand the concept of Qi, relative to the human organism.

Fuel alone is not what gives an engine the “Energy” and power; it is the combustion that follows when fuel is ignited. This combustion is an energetic phenomenon, which then produces the force needed to power the mechanical components. Together with the cooling and lubricating qualities of oil and water, good mechanical function is possible. The fact is, the balance between all of these elements must be maintained, and is absolutely essential for the life of the engine, a disturbance in either of these elements will insure mechanical failure.

Mechanical diagnosis is generally made easy because an engine is a pragmatic and logical system, each element supporting the other. From an East Asian medical perspective, the body functions in a very similar way, fuel in the form of quality food and water is ingested, and through the digestive process the same combustible and energetic phenomena occurs, resulting in what the Chinese refer too as “Qi” (vital energy). At the basic level, the Qi then separates into three parts, a dense portion goes on to form Blood and body fluids and the remainder is left as the original Qi (vital energy).

This remaining Qi then acts very similar to our nervous system, it acts as a communication highway, travelling along pathways within the body known as Meridians. This vital Qi is responsible for all metabolic processes, powering and moving fluids, nutrients, hormones  in and out of our cells throughout the body,  maintaing balance and equilibrium at every level within the organism.

Similar to an engine, if there is a disturbance in the internal and or external environment, due to internal / external stresses,  the balance between its own vital elements, of Blood, body fluids and Qi (energy) is disrupted.  Naturally the body indicates these imbalances with symptomatic changes, and if untreated can go on over time to become disease states.

With Acupuncture & Moxibustion, the therapist then gather’s this organic information and use’s the acupoint network and problematic area’s of the body to balance the disturbances that are presenting. The clinical outcomes are in real time and treatment is based on the positive change that occurs after each session.  It is this pragmatic, logical and holistic perspective and approach to diagnosis and treatment that makes Acupuncture so clinically reliable in treating such a wide variety of conditions.

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