Ancestral Air Qi Zong Qi

With each breath, ancestral qi contributes to the total energy of the body, making up about one third of the total renewable energy. Proper breathing and good, clean air enhance its energetic quality. Ancient Chinese techniques can contribute to an increase in ancestral qi through specific breathing exercises, such as qi gong or tai chi, or exercises from the Asian martial arts.

The three energy sources congenital essence (jing), gu qi (drum qi), and ancestral qi (zong qi) merge into true qi (zhen qi), which flows through the body in channels as construction qi (ying qi) and defense qi (wei qi).

These basic concepts highlight the need for TCM therapy to encompass several complementary therapeutic principles.

Acupuncture especially influences true qi (zhen qi). However, acupuncture, with the exception of moxibustion, does not supplement qi in a patient: instead it moves qi, balances it, and disperses stagnation.

^ Before employing acupuncture treatment for qi, yang, or yin vacuity, please note that qi vacuity or yang vacuity require expanded treatment modalities involving dietary measures and Chinese herbs to supplement qi, yang, body fluids, and blood. Successful treatment of yin vacuity requires replenishing the physical body and its substance with dietary and herbal therapy. These build the foundation for effective acupuncture treatment.

The Concept of Qi Production

Prenatal essence (jing)

Channel qi (ying qi)

about 5%

Food essence (gu qi)

True qi (zeng qi)

about 70%

Air essence (zong qi)

Defense qi (wei qi)

about 25%

Possible Therapeutic Approaches

Prenatal essence (jing)

Channel qi (ying qi)

about 1-5%

(acupuncture and moxibustion)

(virtually nonrenewable,

hence protect: lifestyle, diet)

True qi (zheng qi)

Food essence (gu qi)

(diet, phytotherapy, qi gong)

about 70%

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(primarily diet, accompanied ^

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by phytotherapy and ^^

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acupuncture)

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Air essence (zong qi)

Defense qi (wei qi)

about 25%

(acupuncture and moxibustion)

(qi gong, tai chi)

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