One of the first things we tell patients when they come in for a treatment is about the concept of Qi. It’s a funny word. It’s a magical word. It’s one of those words that when you look at it on paper, you don’t know what to make of it. Like awry or queue. Things went awry when the colonel queued up the machete. Wahhh?
And then there’s the many derivatives of the good word Qi. There’s chee (pronunciation is self explanatory- I hope), ki (kee), chi/c’hi (chee) and just to make it more confusing, some people pronounce qi as “kee.” QI IS EVERYWHERE. For instance, Prana is the concept of qi in the hindu culture.
The concept of qi became more familiar to my generation due to the blockbuster film Star Wars. “Obi-Wan Kenobi, the ultimate sage teacher, describes the Force as “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.” “ This is analogous to the concept of Ch’i, the Chinese word used to describe the spiritual energy of the universe. It may be likened to the Buddhist view of the vast Godlike reservoir of energy that connects all living things.” –Pswinson,Art of Dharma, 12/7/09.
So what is Qi? Qi loosely translates to our Life Force, our Energy. Disease and discomfort occur when our:
-qi is out of balance
-qi is not flowing smoothly
-qi is stuck, or stagnant
This can effect our physical body, the emotional body and the spiritual body.
Acupuncture’s healing effect is based on balancing qi and unblocking it’s flow. Placing needles in acupuncture points can open up energy flow and help correct excesses and deficiencies. Picture a river of energy running throughout the body. If the river is overflowing in one area, and just a trickle in another area, there is an imbalance. If there is an obstruction, a dam in the river of qi, perhaps caused by an injury or illness, then symptoms will occur. We place the acupuncture needles in specific points according to the signs and symptoms that are present.
Try acupuncture to break down those dams, open up, and let the qi flow. May the Force be with you.