What is Chi?

You have probably heard the word Chi before—the word is firmly, albeit vaguely embedded in popular culture, but what does it actually mean?

With its roots in traditional Chinese culture, Chi (also spelled qi) refers to the vital life force or energy that runs through all living beings. It is the essence of existence that flows through each of us, uniting the body, mind and spirit. It is what makes us alive.

This concept of an essential life force is not unique to Chinese culture. In fact, most of the world’s ancient cultures have an equivalent word to describe the intangible vital energy. In India, it’s referred to as Prana, in Japan as Ki. Native Americans refer to the life force as the Great Spirit. In each of these cultures as in Chinese culture, healing and traditional medicine is firmly rooted in bringing the balance and flow of this energy into alignment.

Naturally, the presence or absence of this essential life force can have profound impacts on both physical and emotional well-being. A strong and balanced life force culminates in vitality, increased productivity and creativity. Conversely, blocked, unbalanced or weakened Chi can lead to sluggishness, pain and emotional distress.

The primary goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to optimise health and well-being by cultivating a smooth, powerful and balanced flow of chi throughout the entire body. Suffering (teng) caused by a blockage in Chi (bu tong), can be alleviated through acupuncture, tai chi, or qigong to facilitate proper circulation of Chi (tong) thus achieving teng jr bu tong, which means, a state of freedom from pain and disease. If you want to know more about Chi, then we have an entire page dedicated to it! Take a look.

Are you interested in how improving the flow of Chi in your body might benefit your overall health and well-being?


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Fertility with acupuncture and reflexology

For any woman that has had to experience fertility issues it can be a time of confusion, upset and loss. As a result, many women choose to seek out alternative fertility treatments such as Acupuncture and Reflexology.

A woman’s fertility is dependent on her age and once a woman reaches the age of 35 her ovulation can halve. Infertility is defined as when for at least 12 months a couple have attempted to conceive with no success and it is at this stage intervention is recommended. But, statistically speaking, the longer a couple wait the less chance they have of success even with IVF with the UK national average success rate at just 22% with women under 38.

There are countless global studies carried out each year that show consistent results of alternative therapies such as Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reflexology having positive effects in reversing infertility. These studies include individuals suffering from infertility who are using IVF, IUI and those with no assistance and in each case, there have been significant improvements in fertility and pregnancy rates.

How can Acupuncture help with Fertility?Chinese Statue with Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture aims to help rebalance the energy flow throughout your body and clear any blockages preventing a healthy flow of Xi (Chi). In doing so, your body is slowly primed to increase your fertility and boost your overall health.

There are four key areas that acupuncture focuses on to increase fertility, the first relating to hormones. Any hormonal imbalances you may be experiencing will drastically reduce your fertility and so acupuncture seeks to regulate all hormone functions. The second focus is to increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, in turn relaxing the muscles, once this has occurred the chance of an embryo implanting is greatly improved.

The third is to work on tackling common causes of infertility such as Polycystic ovary syndrome and aiming to subside anything inducing this. The final step is to help generally relive any feeling of stress and anxiety in your every day life. The more relaxed you feel, the more relaxed your body is which in turn will help with fertility.


If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.