Qi (Energy), “the breath of life,” is the second Treasure. While Essence is our deep reserves, Qi (Energy) is is our day to day vitality. It is the vitality we derive from the air we breathe and foods we eat. As such, our Lungs and digestive organs (Spleen and Stomach) play a critical role in building this Treasure. Blood is also a complementary aspect of the Second Treasure as Blood and Qi have a symbiotic mutually interdependent relationship.

In Classical Chinese Medicine, Qi has five major functions in the human body. The first is movement, that includes the movement and function of all organ systems in the body as well as the muscles. The second is warming, as in maintaining a constant body temperature. The third is protecting, this usually refers to the immune system and all of its functions. The fourth is holding, this has to do with holding all the organs and tissues in their proper place and also holding the blood in the vessels. The fifth is transformation, and this may be one of the most important because all human biological and physiological processes are based on the transformation of Qi.

Lastly, the production of post-natal Qi in the body is related to two major organ systems, the Lungs and the Digestive system (Spleen and Stomach). The reason we call Qi the ‘breath of life’ is that is has such an intimate relationship with the Lungs. Through the transformation of the food we eat and the air we breathe, the body is able to digest and assimilate nutrients to sustain our lives.

The quality of our the air we breathe and the food that we choose to eat will have a direct impact on the quality and quantity of the Qi we are able to produce on a minute to minute and day to day basis.




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