Qi (Ch'i) "life force" or "spiritual energy"
Yin Yang | Qi | Elements | TCM | Causes | Diagnosis | Meridians

Chinese medicine looks at internal and external influences that have disturbed the harmony and balance of the whole energy system. The internal organs influence not only the physical functioning but also the psychological and spiritual aspects. The ancient Chinese believe that an excess or extreme of emotions affect organs and energy flow. For example anger knots liver Qi and is related to pre-menstrual syndrome or over worry affects stomach Qi.

The external causes are hostile climatic conditions that influence the body. These include wind, cold, damp, dryness and heat. Other causes of disease are also looked at such as toxins, over-work, lifestyle, poor diet and exercise. Accidents, trauma – physical or mental, and a weak constitution also play a role. All this information is gathered to help discover imbalances in your body and the reasons for ailments and illnesses.
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