Have you ever felt off balance but couldn’t nail down the exact reason why? Chi may be to blame for your fatigue, brain fog, or irritability.
“Chi is the energy current that runs through our bodies, providing us with circulation, nutrients, and minerals that we need to be whole,” says Taz Bhatia, MD, integrative health expert, founder of CentreSpring MD, and author of Super Woman Rx. “In Traditional Chinese Medicine, chi was thought to be the life force and ultimate measure of one’s vitality.”
The ancient art which has been well-vetted and considered safe practice by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has been used by doctors of integrative medicine and acupuncturists to restore the body to its natural, healthy state, and to help people generally achieve a state of zen.
Knowing When Your Chi Is Blocked
Chi—deficiencies can be caused by a lack of sleep, food, shelter, clean water, fresh air, and other physical elements the human body needs to properly function.
An imbalance can also be caused by insufficient mental stimulation, love, and social interaction, according to Reshma Patel, PA-C, MMS, founder and CEO of Ananda Integrative Medicine in Los Angeles.
She says it’s also possible to have excess qi as a result of environmental toxins like polluted air or waiter, or from too much physical activity, stress, negative emotion, or overeating.
Balance Your Chi
Luckily, there are ways of getting a little more centered. Try mind-body techniques and practices such as tai chi, qigong, yoga, meditation, reiki, or a massage. The best thing you can do, Patel says, is to prioritize sleep to avoid getting tired.
Wells also suggests taking on acupuncture, or hobbies that encourage movement, stretching, and blood flow throughout the body—which can be particularly helpful for injured patients.
When your body energy (Chi) is blocked, you cannot sustain a good quality of life. A good flow of vibrant Chi is necessary to support successful productivity and good health.
Categories: Feng Shui