Vital Energy or Qi

 

The ancient Chinese discovered that the health of the body depends on the state
of Qi (pronounced chee).  Qi is the life force or vital energy.  There are two opposite forms of Qi  -  Ying and Yang.  Physiologically, Qi flows throughout the body 24 hours per day, maintaining a balance of Ying and Yang.  When the flow of Qi is interrupted by any pathological factor (such as virus or bacteria), the balance of Ying and Yang will be lost and, consequently, a disease may occur.

 

Pain is interpreted as the blockage of Qi flow (or no free flow of Qi).  Acupuncture stimulation resolves this blockage, freeing the flow of Qi and enabling the body to heal itself.  Homeostasis is restored when Ying and Yang (Qi) are in balance.