In traditional Chinese medicine, qi is defined as a substance contains properties of motion and invisibility. It comes from 3 sources
1. Primordial qi ( Heredity)
2. Inhaled qi ( Air inhaled by lung)
3. Qi essence (Absorbed from food by spleen)
I. Symptoms of qi deficiency
1. Shortness of breath
2. Fatigue, loose stools
4. Pale face,
5. Weakened voice/reluctance to speak,
6. Sweating with little exertion
7. Loose stool
II. Causes of qi deficiency
1. Stomach abnormal function
Stomach is important to digest food when it enter the body. If stomach qi is deficiency or can not digestive food properly due to intake of raw foods or cold foods, etc. for a prolonged period of time, it will cause less qi to be converted, resulting in lessening the function of spleen in qi formation and distribution.
After food is digested by the stomach, food qi and essences are absorbed by spleen. Intake of certain food and weakened parental qi will cause spleen qi deficiency that leads to not enough qi to perform its function in assisting liver and lung in qi distribution to the body.
Lung move qi in lung channels, if for what ever reason, lung is damaged due to smokes, diseases, etc. It can not perform its function in combining the qi from the spleen and inhaled qi from the air to move blood and fluids to the abdomen.
Liver is vital in blood formation and moving blood yin in blood vessels. If lung qi is deficient, it causes sluggish liver qi in moving blood to warm the uterus, leading to blood stasis and cold uterus.
A. With herbs
1. Ren shen (Ginseng)
Ren shen is considered as one of most powerful herbs in strengthening the original qi in the body. Besides improving the spleen function in qi absorption, thus reducing the symptoms of distended chest and abdomen cramps and pain, it also enhances the lung qi by moistening the channels.
2. Xi yang shen (American ginseng)
Besides promoting the lung and spleen qi, it also increases the digestive system in absorbing vital energy and reducing the heat causes of qi stagnation by moistening the all qi transportation channels.
3. Dang shen (Pilose asiabell root)
Dang shen is a spleen and lung tonic herbs. It improves the lung function in moving qi smoothly through its channels and spleen function in absorbing qi after foods entering the stomach.
4. Tai zi shen (Pseudostellaria root)
Besides helping to increase the spleen and lung qi, it also generates fluids to prevent the heat causes of qi stagnation.
5. Huang qi (Astragalus root)
It is one of the herb that helps to increase the function of liver in generating more blood and liver qi in blood transportation.
B. With acupuncture
1. ST36 (Zu san li)
2.SP6 (San yin jiao)
3. KD3 (Tai xi)
4. LU9 (Tai yuan)
C. With diet
7. Sweet potato
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All information is for general illustration only, please consult with your Chinese medicine practitioner for exacted differentiation.
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