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What Is Qi Deficiency And Why Does It Make You Tired?

Is a Qi Deficiency responsible for your chronic fatigue? Learn how to restore your vital life force and feel your best here.

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A Qi Deficiency could be the reason behind your recent lack of motivation, fatigue, and general malaise.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), 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 you to feel unwell. Read on to learn about qi-related disorders and the steps to maintain good health. 

What Is Qi Deficiency?

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Bloating and nausea may be present along with fatigue if you have a Qi Deficiency.

In TCM, the Spleen is the production site for vital substances such as qi, blood and fluids. 

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: 

  • Breathlessness 
  • Fullness or bloating 
  • Nausea 
  • Spontaneous sweating 
  • Brain fog throughout the day 
  • 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. Over time, the Liver system may affect the Spleen system, resulting in Qi Deficiency. 

When diagnosing fatigue, a licensed TCM practitioner will observe your behavior and analyze your medical history. The color and shape of the tongue, as well as tongue movement, can also show signs of a body constitution imbalance.

Sometimes, the practitioner may take your pulse and temperature and press gently on the skin to identify pain, tenderness, or lumps.

5 Ways To Overcome Fatigue From Qi Deficiency

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Eating small, regular meals and chewing slowly can help improve digestion to alleviate fatigue.

You can reduce fatigue and improve Qi Deficiency by adopting these 5 easy steps:

Practice healthy habits

A person with Qi Deficiency can achieve balance by sleeping at 11 pm and getting seven to eight hours of sleep. It’s also advisable to keep warm at all times and avoid windy areas after a strenuous workout.

The Chinese also believe that mealtimes are important and should not involve other activities. Performing another activity while eating, such as watching TV or scrolling through social media, 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.

Chewing food lessens the burden on the digestive system and encourages nutrient absorption. Refrain from cold or chilled beverages and oily food to avoid Spleen damage.

Eat a healthy 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 consume qi, including garlic, coriander, and raw radish.

Exercise regularly

Qigong can be a complementary therapy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

A 2012 study found that Qigong improved CFS symptoms and mental functioning in people aged 18 and 55. 

A traditional form of exercise, qigong combines focused movement, poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. 

Try herbal remedies 

Cordyceps (dong cong xia cao) is a prized mushroom that naturally enhances stamina and endurance. It has proven successful in addressing the symptoms of CFS. 

Chinese yam (shan yao) and American ginseng (xi yang shen) can aid digestion and alleviate fatigue, respectively. The essence of chicken tonic may also be consumed to achieve the latter effect.

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) and bai hui (GV20). Zu san li (ST36) can improve qi flow and strengthen immunity while bai hui (GV20) can calm the nerves and elevate qi

Tuina – a traditional massage technique – and cupping therapy may also be considered alternative physical therapies for relaxation.

Use Healthy Habits To Combat Qi Deficiency

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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