Tag Archives: Qi

Ulcerative Colitis

By Dr. Kenneth Wang Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic medical condition characterized by inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and rectum. The inflammation usually begins in the rectum and lower intestine and spreads upward to the entire large intestine, which causes ulceration of the surface of the colon, and results in pus, […]

Shen 神

Shen 神 Shen can be translated as “Spirit” or “Mind”, and implies our consciousness, mental functions, mental health, vitality, and our “presence”. Shen lives in the Heart, where it retires to sleep during the night. If the Shen is disturbed, there may be insomnia. Shen is specifically said to live in the Blood Vessels (part of […]

The Six extraordinary Organs

The Six extraordinary Organs Marrow Brain Bone Uterus Vessels Gallbladder Marrow Marrow is controlled and produced by the Kidneys, and equivalent to the brain and spinal cord. Marrow includes Brain marrow, Spinal marrow, and Bone marrow Marrow nourishes the Brain and Spinal Cord through the Jing Nei Jing “If the Sea of Marrow is abundant, […]

The Internal Organ Relationships

The Internal Organ Relationships Heart and Lungs Heart and Liver Heart and Kidneys Liver and Lungs Liver and Spleen Liver and Kidneys Spleen and Lungs Spleen and Kidneys Lungs and Kidneys Spleen and Heart Heart and Lungs Heart governs Blood, Lungs govern Qi: relationship is that of Qi and Blood. Qi and Blood are interdependent. […]

The Urinary Bladder

Functions of the Urinary Bladder  “Bladder is like a district official; it stores the fluids so that they can be excreted by its action of Qi transformation.”  Bladder has wider sphere of activity than in Western medicine. Stores/excretes urine but also has role in transformation of fluids necessary for the production of urine.  Bladder Removes […]

The Liver

Functions of the Liver  Liver Ensures Smooth Flow of Qi Stores the Blood Controls The Sinews Manifests in the Nails Opens into the Eyes Houses the Hun (Ethereal Soul) Liver Ensures Smooth Flow of Qi  It is extremely common to find Stagnation of Liver Qi in clinic. Liver ensures smooth flow of Qi throughout all […]

The Kidneys

Functions of the Kidneys  Store the Jing and rule birth, growth, development, reproduction, and sexuality Produce Marrow, fills up the Brain, and rule the Bones Rule Water and Water Metabolism Control inspiration and the grasping of Qi Open into the Ears Manifest in the head hair Control the two lower orifices Residence of the Zhi […]

The Spleen

By Kenneth Wang Functions of the Spleen    The Spleen is central Organ in production of Qi. Called the “Foundation of Postnatal existence”. Extracts Food Qi (Gu Qi) from food and liquids taken into Stomach. Food Qi is basis for formation of Qi and Blood. Governs transformation and transportation Controls the Blood Controls the muscles […]

The Lungs

By Dr. Kenneth Wang Functions of the Lungs The Lungs are called the “Lid of the Yin Organs” Rule Qi and Respiration Control the Channels and Blood Vessels (with the Heart) Control dispersing and descending Regulate and move the Water Passages Control skin, sweat glands and body hair (the “Exterior”) Open into the nose House […]

The Relationship of Blood and Qi

By Dr. Kenneth Wang Blood and Qi have a very close relationship. Blood is said to be is a denser form of Qi, and more Yin in nature. Qi and Blood are inseparable, and the Ying form of Qi actually circulates with the Blood in the Vessels. While Blood engenders Qi, Qi is said to […]

Movement of Qi

By Dr. Kenneth Wang The harmonious functions of the organs and various types of Qi rely partly on correct direction of Qi movement. Qi has to flow in the right direction: exiting-entering and ascending-descending. Lungs Control respiration: inhale clear air Qi & exhale impure Qi. Control the descending of Qi: send Qi downward to Kidneys & […]

Forms of Qi

Forms of Qi     Yuan Qi (Original Qi, Ancestral Qi) Gu Qi (Food or Nourishment Qi) Zong Qi (Gathering Qi, Qi of the Chest) Zhen Qi (True Qi) Zhong Qi (Central Qi) Zheng Qi (Upright Qi) Yuan Qi Yuan Qi is said to be Essence that has been transformed into Qi, or Jing in motion. Yuan Qi has it’s root […]

Qi (Vital Energy or Life Force)

It has been translated as “vital energy”, “life force”, or “Breath” but no single English word will suffice. This is because of the nature of Qi. It can have different manifestations in different situations. Qi can even be material and is said to “condense” into matter. This is what occurs according to TCM, when a […]

Body Fluids (Yin Ye)

The word “Yin” means anything liquid or fluid. The word “Ye” means fluids of living organisms. Jin Ye = organic fluids Jin These fluids are clear, light, thin and watery, and circulate in the exterior of the body (skin and muscles) with the Wei Qi. Under control of the Lungs, which disseminate them to the […]

Blood

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is said… Blood is denser form of QiBlood is inseparable from QiQi moves Blood; Blood is the mother of QiQi gives life and movement to Blood, but Blood nourishes the Organs that produce Qi. Blood and Ying (Nutritive) Qi are particularly closely connected: flow together in the vessels. The Origin […]

The Vital Substances

Jing (Essence)The refined and precious substance that is the material basis for all life. It influences our constitution, reproduction, growth and development, and our longevity. It is the foundation for the production of Qi and aids in the production of marrow. There is both Prenatal and Postnatal Jing.  Xue (Blood)Blood is the densest of the vital substances, […]

Peptic Ulcer

By Dr. Kenneth Wang Peptic ulcer disease (PUD) is a mixed group of disorders that involve the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The stomach and duodenum (upper part of the intestine) are the most common locations where ulceration occurs. The rate of occurrence of PUD is variable and depends on ulcer type, age, gender and geographic location. […]

Lung Cancer

By Dr. Ken.  Wang Lung cancer is the most comm only fatal of all cancers, killing more than half a million people worldwide every year. A majority of lung cancers are linked to tobacco use. As this habit becomes more prevalent, lung cancer numbers rise. It is the leading fatal cancer among adult males and is rapidly […]

Acute Leukemia

 Acute Leukemia   Acute leukemia is a malignant proliferative disease that originates from blood producing tissues in the body. It is characterized by symptoms that include anemia, bleeding, fever and infiltration symptoms such as enlargement of the spleen liver and lymph nodes. Acute leukemia, also referred to by its common subtypes of acute lymphocytic leukemia […]

All about TCM Kidney

An Overview of TCM Kidney The TCM understanding of the kidney is more extensive than the Western understanding of the anatomical kidney, regarding it as the root of life and the origin of our individuality as human beings. It is no wonder that the kidneys are considered to be one of the most important organs […]

TCM model of the body

TCM’s view of the human body is only marginally concerned with anatomical structures, but focuses primarily on the body’s functions[ (such as digestion, breathing, temperature maintenance, etc.): “The tendency of Chinese thought is to seek out dynamic functional activity rather than to look for the fixed somatic structures that perform the activities. Because of this, […]