Take Your Detox to the Next Level with TraditionalChinese Medicine Many of us concentrate on detoxing our bodiesfrom the numerous environmental and metabolic chemicals that clog us up through practiceslike drinking water, or taking sitz baths, but from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM-based)theory, if we are feeling sluggish or sick, we�ve got a blood and or Qi deficiency.
The 10,000 Diseases All Have a Root in ImbalancedBlood/Qi Masters of Chinese Medicine understand thatwe only thrive in our full health when we boost and balance the yin (blood) and yang(qi) of the energetic/physical bodies.
This usually boils down to a deficiency inone, or both.
This deficiency is what causes a myriad ofdiseases as varied as bad acne to full morbidity.
A Little Background on the Types of Qi As the Chinese Taoist Sage Lao Tzu once stated,�The human body is only Jing (ancestral essence), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit).
These are the three treasures.
These three treasures are complete as a humanbeing.
In order to attain true health and happiness,you must value them.
� Before explaining more about how to boostblood/qi, we need to understand a little about the types of Qi, or life-force energy as itis explained in TCM.
There are two types: Congenital Qi which weare born with and Acquired Qi which we can get from the food we eat, the air we breathe,physical exercise, the balancing of our emotions, etc.
We can do little about Congenital Qi, acquiredfrom the actions and thoughts of our parents and grandparents (which appears as our tendencytoward the same thoughts and lifestyle choices), but much about Acquired Qi.
Congenital Qi is thought to be stored in thekidneys, and determines our basic constitution.
It is composed of the Jing essence and Yuan(Original Qi).
Acquired Qi is a combination of: Gu Qi � the essence of food we eat,Kong Qi � the air we breathe, and the way we breatheZong Qi � called the gathering Qi, and finally Zhen Qi � a composite of Ying Qi and WeiOi (Nutritive and Defensive Qi), and finally The Origins of Blood Over 4000 years ago Chinese medicine said,�Blood is the mother of Qi�.
According to TCM practitioners, our bloodis derived from the gu qi (food qi) produced by the Spleen.
The Spleen sends gu qi upwards to the Lungs,and through the driving action of Lung qi.
Lung qi is then sent to the heart, where itis transformed into blood.
The Ling Shu, also known as the Divine Pivot,an ancient Chinese medical text, says in Chapter 18: �The stomach is the middle burner.
It opens to the upper burner, it receivesqi, secretes the dregs, evaporates the fluids transforming them into a renewed essence.
This pours upwards toward the lungs, and istransformed into blood.
� Qu Qi is aided by Yuan Qi, a vital substancewhich has its roots in the kidneys, and has the following functions: It motivates the internal organs and is thefoundation of vitality.
It circulates through the body�s channels(or energetic meridians) with the energy of the San Jiao (Triple Burner.
) It is the basis of Kidney Qi, dwelling inthe Ming Men (Gate of Vitality.
It facilitates the use of Qi by transformingit into usable energy, first from Zong Qi then to Zhen Qi.
It participates in the production of bloodby facilitating Gu Qi transformation.
It emerges and circulates at the 12 SourcePoints (acupuncture points often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
) The Importance of the Kidneys The kidneys store jing which produces marrow:this, in turn, generates bone marrow which contributes to making Blood.
A doctor of the Qing dynasty, Zhang Lu, inhis book Medical Transmission of the Zhang Family (1695), says: �If qi is not exhausted, it returns essencesto the kidneys to be transformed into jing; if jing is not depleted, it returns to theliver to be transformed into blood.
� How Do You Know if Your Blood or Qi is Deficient? There can be different types of blood deficiencieswhich cause different diseases.
Here�s how to tell if you have a liver-blooddeficiency: You�ll suffer from insomnia and excessivedreaming Your hair and nails are often brittleYou can have blurred vision (floaters) You can have irregular menstrual cycles ornone at all.
Here�s how to tell if you have a heart-blooddeficiency: You can have heart palpitationsYou suffer from insomnia You may have a dull complexionYou may sometimes feel dizzy You feel mild anxietyYour memory is poor Here�s how to tell if you have a spleen-blooddeficiency: You have a poor appetiteYou tend to be thin in build You are often tired and weakYour stool is loose You may have a dull complexion and pale lipsAdditional symptoms can vary: Frequent miscarriageHeadaches TinnitusBack pain SweatingExcessive heat, and more Someone who is easily angered (think of theexpression �blood boiling�) In most cases, when a TCM master says we havea blood deficiency, they mean that we have a liver-blood deficiency because the liverhouses our blood.
As one master explains, �There are several different patterns forthese qi manifestations: the first one happens when qi and blood are both deficient, or inexcess in the body, the others being when qi is in excess and blood is deficient andvice versa.
� In short, qi and blood are so closely relatedthat you can�t treat one without influencing the other.
The Super Detox to Restore Blood/Qi Balanceand Vitality Aside from changing our diet to support AcquiredQi, getting exercise, and practicing healthy breathing techniques, there are several waysthat TCM masters cleanse the blood and balance our Qi: Herbal Remedies � Creating highly individualizedtonic herbal formulas is an ancient Chinese practice that requires a large degree of knowledgeand education; however, herbs like ginseng root, sweet wormwood, astragalus root, asparagusroot, Chinese cinnamon, Cistanche stem, Cordonopsis root, cordyceps mushrooms, Dong Quai root,and more.
Acupuncture � Acupuncture is the Europeanterm invented by Willem Ten Rhyne, a Dutch physician who visited Nagasaki in Japan inthe early part of the seventeenth century, but it has been used for at least 2000 years,and is a very small part of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a whole.
This ancient healing technique of placingneedles in specific areas of the body, aligned with the meridians, and organ points helpsto move stagnation and invigorate slow-moving Qi.
Moxibustion (Moxa) � Mugwort smoke is usedto help move Qi during acupuncture treatments to help remove stagnation.
Wool from the artemisia vulgarisor artemisiaargyii (Mugwort) plant is burned as charcoal on the end of acupuncture needles as a wayto remove stubborn toxins and slow-moving energy.
According to the Lingshu (Miraculous Pivot,or Spiritual Pivot), one of 2 parts of Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor�s Classic of InternalMedicine), the earliest book written on Chinese Medicine, compiled around 305-204 B.
�A disease that may not be treated by acupuncturemay be treated by moxibustion.
� Cupping and Wet Cupping � Blood toxins areextracted by placing cups on the body and adding suction.
Advanced practitioners use Qi to augment thetreatment and further improve the blood.
Gua Sha� this is a practice where a smallscraper is moved across the surface of the skin.
It stimulates circulation, and by dilatingthe pores, pathogenic factors in the blood are expelled.
Removal of Bad Blood Using Qi Gong � Usuallyused by advanced practitioners who have learned to manage their own Qi, with just a few handmovements Qigong masters move a lot of blood and generate ample energy without very littlemovement and no stress.
There have been studies proving that the relaxedmovement of the blood through the body affects or Qi differently than if we just did someexercise.
Utilizing these ancient Chinese healing methods,one can vastly improve their blood, the Mother of Qi, and find that their health and vitalitysoar as a result.