What is Mother Qi Medicine?
Kirstienne Lim, Std. Class Acupuncturist
TCM 101: Let’s start with Qi (pronounced /CHē)
What is Qi?
It is sometimes referred to as: vital energy, life energy, or life force. In TCM theory, it is the vital substance constituting the human body.
So what does that really mean? Qi is energy; like electricity, it flows through your body to power your physical, mental and emotional self. And it is Qi that supports proper Blood flow. The quality of our Blood, in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is dependent on the food we eat, the depth of breath and oxygen that reaches our internal organs and how well the blood flows to every part of our body. Therefore, Blood is the Mother of Qi.
Qi needs Blood for nourishment
Blood moves Qi to nourish every organ and every part of our body
Who and what is Mother Qi Medicine?
Mother Qi Medicine represents the divine feminine energy and nurturing womb where life is created, held and nurtured into existence. It is something that we all encompass inside of ourselves. It is the balance of yin and yang that makes us who we are and how we live our lives. Mother Qi Medicine utilizes the Five Element Cycle to better help explain how TCM can be applied to your life and needs at any given moment.
In TCM, the Five Element Cycle consists of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each element correlates with a major organ system, a season and a predominant emotion. Each element is also generated by another: Fire is the child of Wood, Earth is the child of Fire, etc. In nature, we witness this interaction in the beauty of seasonal changes: Winter melts and warms into Spring, Spring evolves into Summer and so on. As individuals, the elements are also largely correlated to our environments, personal constitution, much like personalities and physical attributes, as well as life cycles.
The Mother Qi Medicine approach to health and wellness can be understood by identifying your needs and focuses of treatment to a specific element or two.