Unblocking Your Qi Through Acupuncture

By:  Jason Tarter

Life is full of stress and today’s world economy has put everyone in a stressful atmosphere.   Even if you have not lost your job, plummeting sales, increasing cost of living, angry bosses, rude people, crowds, disobedient kids and most importantly other stressed out people, can make anyone start to experience the symptoms of stress. Are you stressed out?  If you frequently experience headaches, excessive sighing, shortness of breath, mood swings, unclear thinking, insomnia, bouts of anger and shouting and irritability, you may be experiencing stress overload.  You need to reduce it! Breathe deeply and take a break.  It is time you take matters into your own hands and find alternative ways of dealing with stress overload.  There is no escaping stress in today’s modern world, but managing it will put you back into control.

When you are not functioning at your best, it affects every aspect of your life including your relationships, access to opportunity, your lifestyle and makes you into a person you do not want to be. Chinese Medicine offers several ways to help your body and mind reduce stress by regulating the flow of energy in the body.  The Chinese call the energy flowing through every cell “Qi”.  In acupuncture, there are specific channels that flow on the surface of the body, and link deeper to internal organs.  When Qi flows smoothly throughout the body there are no signs and symptoms of disease.  Everyone has some form of Qi flow impairment, so we all need some help form time to time.  Chinese medicine theory is profound in its understanding of this vital life force, the energy which makes your body work in specific ways.   The modalities used to alter or change the functioning of Qi in the body are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Massage, and most importantly diet and lifestyle.

Traditional Chinese Medicine helps balance and regulate the function of our internal organs so they can do their jobs efficiently.  The Qi is what makes the internal organs function.   When the Qi is impaired to and from organs they become either deficient or excessive in nature, either overloaded, or extremely weak.  When the organs are deficient you will feel weak and powerless.  When the body is in excess, you feel overloaded and sluggish (yes you can be excess and deficient at the same time!).   When the body is functioning well, the mind also reaps the rewards, and you will feel the stress melt away like magic.  The loud, smelly, obnoxious person on the subway just doesn’t seem so annoying anymore! 

Frequently in clinical practice I notice how people’s energy is not free flowing, and becomes stagnant.  It stops moving. This causes a series of events to take place.  Most often, the energy which is not moving freely causes stagnation in the body and we call this “Qi Stagnation”.  When the Qi stagnates, it can cause different symptoms depending on the person. Generally it impairs the function of the digestive system, which is responsible for making new energy (Qi).  We obtain new Qi from two sources, eating food and breathing.  If either one of these systems is not working at peak performance, it can alter the functioning of every cell in the body. Qi stagnation attacks the digestive organs, which are responsible for the production of Qi.    If the lungs or digestive organs are not functioning at their prime, we can end up with a Qi deficiency.  If we become Qi deficient we can become tired or get cold sensations such as cold hands, feet, limbs, nose along with many other symptoms.   We can overcome this by regulating the flow of Qi in the body and enabling the organs responsible for the movement and production of Qi to work better! 

 When Qi stagnates it can also lead to excess heat in the body which tends to rise to the head or upwards.   People with this rising heat may also have cold in the body, but may experience headaches, insomnia, red faces or anger. If the heat is affecting your digestive system, you may be constantly hungry and have heartburn. Generally, if you have qi stagnation, you will be experiencing pain somewhere in your body.  Do you have lower back pain, headaches or muscle tension?   If you do, your Qi is stagnated.

The best course of action is to use acupuncture to help move and unblock the Qi.  When you do this, we can improve the digestive functioning which  will help create more Qi.  Using acupuncture will improve the functioning of the organs which rely on Qi. It will help ease your mind which feels better when your body is working better.  

To learn more, visit my website at www.traditionalhealingcentre.com

 Jason Tarter, D.Ac
(647) 346-278

jason tartarAbout the Author:

Jason Tarter, D.Ac graduated with a Diploma of Acupuncture from The Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. His training included the theory and practical application of acupuncture, herbs, massage, cupping, diet and lifestyle, and all other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He uses these tools to help balance and improve the lives of his patients. Mr. Tarter is completing his doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine while he manages the Traditional Healing Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The clinic offers patient-serviced care in a community setting to help lower the cost of treatments, and provide access to Chinese Medicine Health Care to a greater portion of the population.