Chi – what is it?

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.

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

The mental and physical benefits of chi

When our chi is unbalanced, we can feel unhappy and distressed. By balancing our chi, we can smoothen out our emotions and reach a more satisfying mental state.

Balancing and enhancing our chi enables us to boost our creativity and productivity. We can optimise our health by allowing chi to become balanced throughout our bodies.

When a blockage is preventing chi from spreading across our bodies, pain and disease or teng can occur. However, when chi is enabled to flow freely, we can experience tong jr bu teng and therefore be free of disease and pain.

The history of chi

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We cannot see chi, but we can feel it. ‘Qii’ is the Chinese word for breath.

Ancient Taoist masters spent many years studying the flow of qi, of chi, which is regarded as the glue that connects the mind, body and spirit.

As their studies progressed, they were able to identify and differentiate between different types of chi. It’s said that there are now over 30 different functions of chi within our bodies.

Acupuncture That Works

At Acupuncture That Works, we provide therapy for dealing with various ailments.

The principle of acupuncture is that pain occurs when chi has been disturbed. During acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into the body to help chi / qi flow and balance the Yin and Yang within the body.

Why opt for acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years. The needles used in acupuncture are normally no thicker than human hairs and are deployed to stimulate the channels or meridians inside our bodies.

Many people turn to acupuncture after various other methods to resolve their problems have failed. We frequently use acupuncture-based treatments to help individuals with a range of issues.

Acupuncture for all

We are able to provide acupuncture treatments for adults and children. Acupuncture has no major side effects and is used by the NHS as well as by private clinics.

When acupuncture treatments take place, the sensory nerves underneath the skin and inside the muscles are stimulated. This enables the body to produce natural substances such as endorphins to release pain.

Lifting Chi At Home

This video explains how you can use acupressure to lift fallen chi. DU 20 or as Emma calls it, the ‘rainbow point’ can lift fallen chi as well as helping with headaches and tinnitus.


Getting in touch

Contact us today to find out more about acupuncture and chi. We have assisted people from all walks of life and are always ready to hear from you if you think you could benefit from acupuncture treatments.

You can get in touch today by completing our contact form or by calling us on 0800 051 76 88.

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Disclaimer: At Acupuncture That Works we are conscious that there are lots of claims made about the results that people can get from using Acupuncture. To be clear, we aim to make no such claims ourselves. We will never claim that Acupuncture will work within a specified time nor that it will bring a specified result. We can say that is possible to deliver short term improvement and short term relief in certain circumstances. It is not and never will be, a miracle cure.