|Definition of Qi:
in traditional chinese medicine, roughly corresponds to concept
of energy, but also to concept of subtle quintessential substances
that assure achievement of human vital and functionnal activities.
Qi is aquired or congenital.
There are 4 kinds of Qi:
-Congenital or Original Qi (Yuan Qi) coming from the
2 parents (mother and father).
-Zong Qi coming from nutriments, and also inhaled air,
his role is promotion of circulation of Qi and blood, and
-Nutritive Qi (Ying Qi)
-Defensive Qi (Wei Qi)
of Yin and Yang explained by TaiJi
Wen, Chapter 3: " Yin is harmonious, Yang is resistant
, then mind remains undamaged" " If separation of
Yin and Yang occurs,quintessential Jing Qi stops "
Tai Ji (or Tao) is used to explain relations between
Yin and Yang
functions of Qi
| Propulsion: Growth and
development of human body, organs and visceras activities,
meridians functions, blood circulation, organic fluids distribution,
all this is dependant on Qi propulsion power.
Thermoregulation or regulation of body température, by
Wei Qi action, though the function of heating body, organs,
visceras, tissues, depend on Yuan Qi and Wei Qi in same time.
Protection against pathogen agents : Qi defends body
interface (with outside) against attacks of perverse Qi. It
is above all function of Wei Qi.
Homeostasic action: balancing Yin/Yang, 5 elements...
Qi can regulate, retain some substances and metabolic products.
For exemple blood, sweat, urines...
Qi Hua action is transformation, metamorphosis of
organic fluids, and especially elimination through kidneys
and bowel. Bowel Qi Hua is then urinating function.
Nutrition: Qi can feed body, organs, visceras, it is above
all Ying Qi leading role. It is equivalent of blood function
in modern medicine.