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Qi in Chinese and Medical Acupuncture

Qi in Chinese and Medical Acupuncture
Qi in Chinese and Medical Acupuncture

What is Qi ??

I remember the Dragonball series and how strong a character depends on how Ki (Qi?)the character has and able to control.

For example, in Dragonball Super, Son Goku with his Ki can transform himself to Super Saiyan Blue (Unfortunately, its power has been taken over by Ultimate Instinct).

Super Saiyan Blue Form
Son Goku in Super Saiyan Blue Form

While in Naruto series, each person has chakra that can be trained to become stronger.

The most interesting episode is when Neji using his byakugan power is able to see the flow of chakra surrounding his enemy’s body. 

But isn’t that the meridian?

Generally, Qi is a force of life energy streaming through our entire body. So, each and every part of the human body needs Qi to do its own function.

In other words, blood won’t be able to flow without Qi, heart won’t be able to beat and pump blood without Qi, and all essential body fluids won’t be able to flow without Qi.

Obviously, the distribution of Qi is very crucial and the distribution pathways of Qi to all body parts is what we know as meridian.

Meridian, huh?

Illustration of Qi and Meridian (?)
Illustration of Qi and Meridian (?)
Source: of-a-man-standing-gm172637118-4882487

The Channel

I personally despise the term of meridian. Because that term makes the pathway seems unreal and fictional. Even though, many researches and documentations have been proven that meridian pathway is an actual one.

So, i prefer more to call the Qi distribution system as the “channel”.

The channel is composed by uninterrupted web throughout our body.

It is very important to learn about channel because any disruption or blockage of Qi flow can cause issues or problems on the organs or parts of the body within its pathway.

Then, throughout the channel there are acupuncture points as the centers of Qi

The Description of Channel

There are 12 standard channels throughout human body and they are named based on 12 standard organs.

Then, those 12 organs are divided into Zhang organs and Fu organs based on its contradictive functions.

All organs that receive and process food, and distribute food essence are the Fu organs. While all organs with storing capability are categorized as Zang organ.

From Yin Yang perspective, Fu organs are Yin and conversely, Zang organs are Yang.

Both Zang and Fu organs have strong relation known as inner-outer relation. Zang is the outer (suitable with Yang character). While, Fu is the inner (suitable with Yin character).

Altogether, the channel connects the upper side of the body with the lower side, right side with left side, zang organs with all four of body motion instruments, zang with fu, zang with zang, fu with fu, to form an inseparable system to work simultaneously.

Then, these 12 standard channels must be integrated with Yin Yang theory and Zang Fu organs theory, combined with Wu Xing (five elements) theory. 

These are the standard channel categories based on Qi stream integrated with the theories above:

1.Lung (LU): zang (Yin), metal 

2.Large Intestine (LI):  fu (Yang), metal 

3.Stomach (ST): fu (Yang), earth 

4.Spleen (SP): zang (yin), earth 

5.Heart (HT): zang (yin), fire 

6.Small Intestine (SI): fu (Yang), fire 

7.Urinary Bladder (UB / BL): zang (Yang), water 

8.Kidney (KI): zang (yin), water 

9.Pericardium (PC): Zang (Yin), fire 

10.Triple Energizer/ Warmer (TE/ TW) : fu (Yang), fire 

11.Gall Bladder (GB): fu (Yang), wood 

12.Liver (LR): zang (yin), wood 

As mentioned before, the channel is an inseparable unity with the organs and whole body. Any disorder suffer by the channel can affect the organ and likewise, any disorder with the organ can affect the channel.

The Extraordinary Channel

Beyond the 12 common channels, there are extraordinary channel throughout human body.

Unlike the regular patterned standard channels, extraordinary channels have random pattern. So, this is the reason the common channels have stronger relation compared to extraordinary channel.

The most common extraordinary channels used in clinical therapy are:

1.Conception Vessel (CV), that forms center line of the front side of the body (torso) and responsible to all Yin channels.

2.Governor Vessel (GV), that forms central line on the rear side of the body (back) and responsible to all Yang channels.

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