This qi chart explains the relationships between the elements that bring forth protective qi in one’s body and spirit. As you can see, there are many factors that affect one’s ability to be energetic, have a well-functioning body and fight off disease. There are some elements which one cannot change, such as the Tsung and Yuan Qi, however, a person’s practice and lifestyle can affect all other factors that build your protective qi.
One of the most important factors is what we take in, or our acquired qi. How we breathe affects the ability to take in Ta qi, as it also effects out ability to lose stagnant qi that accumulates in the body. Efficient, relaxed diaphragmatic breathing facilitates both processes. You can find several exercises within the Qigong Healing website that will facilitate improved breathing.
We obtain Gu qi from what we eat and drink. Good eating habits that don’t involve eating in excess, eating excessive sugary or starchy foods or too much animal protein will facilitate efficient intake of Gu qi. Specific eating recommedations will vary depending on the type of metabolism and body that you have. It is best to get specific recommendations from your doctor or a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The types of foods that are recommended for boosting your Gu qi will also vary depending upon the season of the year.
One can assist in the flow of energy by qigong exercises, increasing flexibility and the circulation of blood and qi. Regular practice keeps the body mechanism working efficiently. Basic exercises which I recommend are the Dragon-Tiger Chi Gung and Eight Pieces Brocade. A very good video of the eight pieces brocade in found on this youtube link: Eight Brocades Demo
Acupuncture and acupressure treatments will also help improve energy flow by removing blockages within your energy channels. Massage can also help, especially if it is done by a practitioner that understands Tui Na, Jin Shin Do or Shiatsu methods.
In some cases, when one is depleted in energy or has blockages in specific areas, it also helps to take traditional Chinese medicines to help move the healing process along. There are general tonics like astragalus which can help improve the Ren qi and there is the well-known adaptogen ginseng. With these products, however, it is important to not take them for over a month at a time without having a week or so without using them. There are also precautions regarding their use for those who have specific medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, so if you plan to use these herbal remedies, read the precautions for each herb.
So, if you are confused about how to go about improving your wei, jing and jeng qi, review this chart and use it to help you along in your process of improving your ability to live energetically and keep yourself healthy. All of these various factors need to be considered if we are to keep ourselves healthy, both in body as well as in spirit. An integrated approach that includes improved breathing, healthy eating and regular qigong movement practices are essential elements for building qi, but don’t overlook other aspects that can help like herbs and acupressure massage to help you along the Way.