What is Qi?
Qi is one of the fundamental concepts and roots of Chinese medicine. It translates to “vital energy” and it, along with yin and yang, are the forces that make up existence. Qi embraced all manifestations of energy – everything from material energy like the earth, your flesh, blood and even your computer – to immaterial energies like movement, light, heat, thought or emotion. It is in continuous flux, and it cannot be created or destroyed. Qi only changes.
What is Qi Stagnation?
Qi can stagnate – otherwise known as becoming blocked – due to stress of anxiety. Stagnation leads to slowing of blood flow, which means it can manifest as many different health issues. Signs of Qi stagnation include, but are not limited to:
- Mood swings
- Inappropriate anger
- Feeling as though there’s a lump in the throat
- Pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- Irregular or painful periods
- Lack of appetite
- PMS with irritability and tender breasts
Acupuncture as a Treatment to Qi Stagnation
Energy imbalances or constricted flow of energy can cause and accentuate pain. It stops the body from being able to heal himself. Acupuncture is an ancient treatment method of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate the natural release of endorphins in the body, which can help to promote better energy flow and Qi throughout the body. The needles are left in place on the body for 15 minutes to a half hour, during which time the practitioner may manipulate the needles in order to strengthen or reduce the flow of Qi. The therapeutic effects of acupuncture include:
- Pain relief
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- Improved body function
Acupuncture as a treatment for Qi stagnation addresses the whole of a person – mind, body and spirit. Want to learn more about Qi and how you can become a part of a growing industry focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine? Learn more about AIAM’s Acupuncture program requirements or apply here to jumpstart your career as a licensed acupuncturist therapist.