Low in Qi? Enhance Your Life Force and Fight Fatigue in 5 Steps
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A Qi (life force) Deficiency is linked to fatigue and other symptoms. Several treatment options can help regulate it and provide relief.
The human body produces qi, a life force that helps maintain a balance between yin and yang. A person is healthy when yin and yang (passive and active energy) are in harmony.
However, a decrease in the production or disruption to the flow of qi can cause
Read on to learn more about qi-related disorders and the steps you can take to maintain good health.
Imbalances That Can Be Detrimental to a Person’s Life Force
If the functions of the organ system are impaired, Qi Deficiency can occur. It’ll deprive the different organs of nourishment and suppress their functional abilities. Consequently, a person may find themselves prone to sluggishness and fatigue.
In addition, they can develop symptoms like:
- Loose stools
- Loss of appetite
- A pale-yellow complexion
- A weak pulse
- A swollen tongue with teeth marks on the sides
Stress can affect the Liver, inhibiting the movement of qi throughout the body
When diagnosing fatigue, a licensed TCM practitioner will observe your behaviour and analyse your medical history. The colour and shape of the tongue, as well as tongue movement, can also show signs of a body constitution imbalance.
Sometimes, the practitioner may take
5 Easy Steps to Overcoming Qi Deficiency-Related Fatigue
Practise healthy habits
A person with Qi Deficiency can achieve balance by
The Chinese also believe that mealtimes are important and should not involve other activities. Performing another activity while eating may affect proper digestion.
Eating in moderation and at regular times is important to keep your digestive system healthy. Consuming food in moderation and chewing properly lessens the burden on the digestive system and encourages nutrient absorption. It can also prevent bloating or fatigue symptoms
Eat a therapeutic diet
To fix a Qi Deficiency, a person can consume foods that tonify qi and invigorate the Spleen. Examples of these are chicken and soybeans.
On the contrary, they should avoid foods that
Engage in regular physical activity
Use herbal remedies
Cordyceps (dong cong xia cao, 冬虫夏草) is a prized mushroom that naturally enhances stamina and endurance. It has proven
Chinese yam (shan yao, 山药) and American ginseng (xi yang shen, 西洋参) can aid digestion and alleviate fatigue, respectively. The essence of chicken tonic may also be consumed to achieve the latter effect.
Physically stimulate points on the body
Acupuncture treatment uses fine needles to manipulate energy flow. Hence, it can relieve exhaustion by correcting imbalances and producing a calming effect on the body.
A person can also activate specific points on the body 20 to 30 times daily. The acupressure points that can be worked on are zu san li (ST36, 足三里) and bai hui (GV20,
A healthy lifestyle and alternative remedies can balance a person’s life force. However, it’s best to consult a TCM practitioner on the suitability of herbal ingredients and traditional physical therapies for your unique body constitution.
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- Eu Yan Sang. TCM: Understanding The Role Of The Spleen. [online] [Accessed 4 September 2022]
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- All Things Health. 2022. Tired All the Time? Here’s How You Can Boost Energy Without Caffeine. [online] [Accessed 4 September 2022]
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