Be Good to Your Qi!

As an acupuncturist, much of my life revolves around Qi. I spend my days moving it, boosting it, and sending it in the right direction to resolve a variety of issues that occur within the human body. But what is it?

There are essentially two types of Qi in our bodies: the kind we inherit and are born with, and the kind that we can cultivate here on Earth. I’ll give you the bad news first: the “pre-natal” Qi that we are born with cannot be replenished and we are basically at the mercy of what we were given. The good news is that we can do all we can to conserve what we have and make the most of it. The moral of that story is this: You’ve already been dealt a hand. Play it wisely. And if you are looking for more inspiration, Kenny Rogers has some additional advice. As for the “post-natal” Qi, or the kind that we can cultivate leaves us with the most control. And that’s a good thing. If we choose to eat healthy, exercise, and manage our stress, we can make a huge difference in keeping that “life force” bountiful and flowing. I particularly like this quote, and I think it applies to just about everything, including our precious Qi.

During all of our lives, no matter how healthy we may be, there will be times where our Qi needs a little extra TLC. It can get depleted, it can get stuck, it can go up when we want it to go down. Luckily, with the help of acupuncture, Qi is easily coaxed back into behaving properly. That said, we still need to eat, sleep, and conduct ourselves as if our Qi depends on it. It pretty much does.

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