Where does chi or energy flow

"When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in a person." (Chinese wisdom)

Qi means everything in TCM- Energy, air, breath, wind, life force and life energy. Qi is an abstract word for something incomprehensible. Qi is constantly in motion, i.e. flowing, and brings about changes. Every slowdown or stagnation of the flow leads to a disruption of life processes. For example, if you have pain that disappears through movement or massage of the affected area, this is due to a Qi congestion in the respective area. The pain disappears when the qi flows again.

The Chinese do not have a direct definition of qi because it is a constant one flowing and changing greatnessacts. In humans, the Qi is in the organs and flows through all channels in the body.

In traditional Chinese medical understanding there is two essential sources of qiin us humans:

  • Prenatal Qi (Original Qi)which we get from our parents when we are conceiving. This qi is the reserve. One theory is that everyone was given Qi for around 100-120 years of life. How old you actually get depends on how evenly the Qi can flow. Diet, exercise and inner harmony go a long way towards a long, healthy life.
  • Postnatal Qiwhich we can win every day. It is the qi that we need every day and that is absorbed through the food, the breathing, the sleep and the sunlight renewed. In addition, tai chi, qi gong, yoga and meditation can produce qi.

I would now like to illustrate this with an example: Your day was stressful. You have inhaled stale office air, breathed shallowly from sheer stress (note: when we are stressed, we breathe more shallowly), we had warmed-up ready-made products with the meal (note: ready-made products contain no / hardly any Qi) and a pizza on the way home, they have a few coffees through them brought the day and because they cannot switch off they fall asleep late and their sleep is restless. They did not feed the postnatal qi, so the energy has been used up without being replenished. This is not a problem because the body then simply makes use of its memory, the prenatal Qi. It happens automatically without you noticing. Over time, however, the prenatal qi decreases and when it is used up, life comes to an end. If you are lucky, your body will tell you before it is ready that its reserves are being attacked too much or that there is a lack of qi. Signs are tiredness, exhaustion, discouragement, edema, susceptibility to infection (constant runny nose), feeling cold, loss of interest, numbness in limbs, etc.

It is accordingly importantthat you can Qi replenishes again and againwhat on best about the nutrition goes. With the right food, one can replenish the qi and keep it flowing. In addition, one can save qi with the right diet. At this point I would like to share the model with the gas camping stove from Eva Laspas with you:

You go camping and have a small gas camping stove with a certain amount of gas (camping stove is our body). You want to make tea and use as little energy as possible because you want to prepare tea and other food for the whole week. What would you put in the pot as tea water? Ice cubes or warm water?

As you can see - this is exactly what the “saucepan model” of TCM says (see graphic). All food must be made into a boiling soup in the body that steams well. The rising steam is the qi. If the soup does not steam enough, we have too little qi. The saucepan is not warmed enough from below, by the kidney yang, or the food is simply too cold and it takes too much energy to make a boiling soup, which is why there is no more steam left. If (and now it's getting really Chinese) the soup can no longer steam, i.e. our spleen (digestion / stomach) is too "tired", then it simply leaves the cold food and moisture and phlegm develop, which leads to spleen qi -Lack of leads. The Qi, which is important for the immune system and many other functions, including that we go through the day full of energy, is literally suffocated by too much moisture.

Our body can use warm food better than cold and raw food, because it first has to warm it up or cook it in order to use it (Qi can gain from it). We can therefore save and gain energy (Qi) with warm food. Ideal!

Incidentally, warm does not mean that every meal has to be eaten warm. It is only about the thermal effect of food. Some cool our body, others have a neutral or warming effect. In the summer, cooling foods are very important because they help to cool the body, such as melons or bananas. There is more yang in summer. In winter, the cooling foods put a strain on our body, because the Yang alone is necessary to warm the body. The body therefore needs warming food.

Excursus: It's good, of course, especially if you already have Moisture symptoms recognizes that in addition to warm food, the strongly moisturizing and slimy foods should be left out or reduced to a minimum. These are: cow's milk / products, orange juice, sugar, wheat flour, pork, fried foods.

Signs of too much moisture would be: Abscesses, acne, neurodermatitis, eczema, constant runny nose and colds, congested cough, otitis media, herpes, heavy discharge in women, high cholesterol levels, edema, bloated stomach, tendency to diarrhea and mushy stools, exhaustion, hair that greases quickly, excessive sweating, lack of thirst , Etc.

If we live in harmony with the seasons and nature, we naturally manage to give our body what it needs. If we eat what nature has made available in our climate in the respective season, it is good for us. In summer there are fresh vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers (cool), while in winter there are only "storage vegetables" and "storage fruits" that add heat or only cool them gently (such as apples). You can find more information on "Nutrition according to TCM" in the blog article.

Excursus: Don't forget to feed your children accordingly. It is better to eat an apple a day than bananas (slimy) or melons from far away. These tropical fruits cool their weak, sensitive digestion far too much, which can be seen in recurring middle ear infections or generally constant mucous infections. Avoid tropical fruits in winter or especially if your child often catches a cold and reduce milk / dairy products (yoghurt, etc.) significantly. Summer is the right time for it :).

Important is:

Fill your qi regularly with the help of, for example, rice, millet, polenta, potatoes, lentils, butter, whipped cream, pumpkin (pumpkin sauce ... pumpkin soup), beef (especially in vegetable soup and vegetableKRAFT soup - the perfect base is easier to digest / tolerate), venison, grapes, etc. . on. Also, enjoy regular meals and cut down on raw vegetables.

So that there is no stagnation, i.e. no build-up of qi, there are foods that set the qi in motion. Examples are kohlrabi (especially raw), cauliflower, garlic, leek, fennel, onion, radish, lettuce, vinegar, etc.

By the way, it doesn't have to be much of anything - REGULAR - SMALL QUANTITIES - are ideal according to TCM. Regularly sprinkle a handful of kohlrabi cubes over the meal or cook a tablespoon of lentils in rice, a dash of whipped cream in porridge or a sandwich with cress and egg ...

IN CONCLUSION:

According to TCM, the following applies: body and soul are a unit and it is important to provide your body with suitable food, to move it sufficiently and to do something for its psyche.

If you have any questions, please contact me! I am also happy to receive comments :).

You might also be interested in my other articles on TCM: Further basic terms (Yin and Yang, Jing, Shen), 5 elements, spring, summer, autumn and winter.

And if you are not yet sure why TCM is so useful, then read here: http://www.gesundheitspsychologin.net/joomla/index.php/blog/psychologie/140-warum-tcm- psychology