Most major cultural traditions identify a “vital energy” that guides someone’s physical and mental processes, says Dr. Jill Blakeway, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In Indian culture, it’s called prana. In Greek culture, it’s called pneuma. In Chinese culture, it’s called qi.
“Chinese philosophy calls this vital energy qi and describes it as the body’s innate intelligence — the intangible yet measurable way we maintain what’s known as homeostasis, or the body’s ability to regulate its internal environment to create good health,” Blakeway says. Qi is an integral component of TCM.
“Everything is based on qi,” says Dr. Greg Sperber, a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine. “Blockages of qi, deficiencies of qi, [and] too much qi are what cause illness. What we do with acupuncture, herbs, and all of Chinese medicine is we try to line up qi.”
Our therapists understand this qi and can restore or remove blockages within the body.