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Qi Stagnation & Bracing

Posted by Judy on June 22, 2001 at 15:23:43:

There are a number of things which can trigger Qi Stagnation and/or bracing. They're not always equivalent, but they frequently overlap.

Qi, also spelled Ch'i, pronounced chee, is translated roughly as "energy". Qi flows through the body in pathways called meridians or channels. Acupoints are points where Qi can be manipulated.

Some of the symptoms and signs of Qi Stagnation are pain and lumps which tend to move around and wax and wane in severity, a bloated feeling in the chest or abdomen, a feeling like a stone in the throat, a "bowstring" or "taut" or "thight" pulse, a "dusty" discoloration of the tongue, distending pain, swelling (in some cases - like the breasts), and frequent mood swings including depression and irritability (especially if the Liver is affected). Qi Stagnation is the most common TCM Root found in cases of PMS.

A number of things can trigger Qi Stagnation. Some of these can best be handled by TCM, some by chiropractric treatment, some by counseling, etc. There are some cases in which surgery may be the best solution.

Blocked and repressed or overexpressed or sudden severe emotions can trigger Qi Stagnation and/bracing. One effect of emotions is that they can trigger changes in the proper flow of Qi. (Each meridian has a proper direction of flow. In some it's descending, in others is ascending.)

Magnesium Deficiency can cause muscles to stay too contracted and this will interfere with the flow of Qi.

Trauma can trigger both bracing and Qi Stagnation. This includes things like physical child abuse as well as accidents. It also includes things like misalignment of the spine. In cases of trauma there also probably is Blood Stasis, and Blood Stasis can trigger Qi Stagnation and Qi Stagnation can trigger Blood Stasis. In cases where Blood Stasis is a factor, herbs to move Blood will need to be used in addition to herbs to move Qi. There also are acupoints which can help. In cases where misalignment of the spine is a factor, a chiropractor or D.O. will be needed.

Pernicious Evils like Wind and Cold can trigger Qi Stagnation and/or bracing. When Cold invades to the Interior of the body or arises because of Yang Deficiency (the energy which warms the body), Qi Stagnation almost always results. Cold congels. Think of a river which is freezing. As more and more of the river freezes, the water flows slower and slower. It's blocked.

Wind invasion also can trigger muscular tension which in turn causes Qi to Stagnate and triggers pain. There can be a number of reasons why individuals are unusually sensitive to Exterior Pernicious Evils. Chief among these are Deficient Protective Qi. Protective, or Wei Qi, is the energy which circulates at the surface of the body and gives resistence to Pernicious Evils, infections, allergens, etc. Astragalus root is particularly good for increasing Protective Qi. In addition, certain acupoints can expel Exterior Pernicious Evils. Massage also can help.

Some (not all) cases of TMJ are related to weather fronts and Cold, Wind, and/or Dampness invading certain meridians.
Dampness accumulation can block Qi. Dampness accumulation usually arises because of a weak Spleen. Supplement with herbs tonic to the Spleen as well as herbs to get Qi moving.

Qi Gong (aka Tai Ch'i) exercises will get Qi moving. So can certain yoga exercises. So can some massage techniques.

These are a few of the possible causes of Qi Stagnation and/or bracing. Different healers will be best for different individuals because the cause of the Qi Stagnation and/or bracing will be different.

In TCM, treatment is highly individualized depending on exactly which imbalances are present. TCM also is very concerned with identifying and treating underlying Roots instead of merely treating symptoms. Sometimes TCM works best, sometimes another branch of healing works best, and sometimes a combination works best.

Judy



interesting observation....

Posted by LT on June 23, 2001 at 18:19:07:

In Reply to: Qi Stagnation & Bracing posted by Judy on June 22, 2001 at 15:23:43:

I've been working with a holistic vet versed in TCM to heal my dog. Before this, I knew very little about this stuff, and still only know some, since it seems it can be quite complex.

My dog always had this "pockets" of stagnation along her back -- the were sore, and I could see that the shape of her body wasn't as it should be. Acupuncture helped some, but chiropractic worked an immense amount. I have also noticed that since starting the chiro treatments, she has an incredible amount of heat throughout her body, whereas she was always very cold before.

Thanks for your posts, I enjoy them.



Re: interesting observation....

Posted by Judy on June 24, 2001 at 07:20:30:

In Reply to: interesting observation.... posted by LT on June 23, 2001 at 18:19:07:

One of the functions of Qi is to warm. When Qi is not flowing properly to an area, the area often is cold. (Like some cases of cold hands and feet.)

When Qi is blocked in an area, Heat can turn into destructive Fire. Like some (not all) cases of inflammation.

Judy



Re: Qi Stagnation & Bracing (Archive in Energy Healing.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 24, 2001 at 11:05:46:

In Reply to: Qi Stagnation & Bracing posted by Judy on June 22, 2001 at 15:23:43:

Thanks, Judy.

Namaste`

Walt

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can a person (or dog)...

Posted by LT on June 24, 2001 at 16:58:35:

In Reply to: Re: interesting observation.... posted by Judy on June 24, 2001 at 07:20:30:

have both a yin and yang deficiency? I was reading about the kidney in a book I have hear and my dog seems to half of the symptoms of each...

Thanks,

Lisa



Re: can a person (or dog)...

Posted by Raisa on June 24, 2001 at 17:12:50:

In Reply to: can a person (or dog)... posted by LT on June 24, 2001 at 16:58:35:

Hi,Lt - Are all these things that are bothering your dog caused by the reaction to the Lyme vaccination? How sad!!
She sure is lucky to have you for her master (and vice versa, I'm sure) Raisa



yes, it's a terrible vaccine...

Posted by LT on June 24, 2001 at 17:58:06:

In Reply to: Re: can a person (or dog)... posted by Raisa on June 24, 2001 at 17:12:50:

we're just over the 3 year mark since she had it -- she sure is lucky she is such a special girl, it does make it easy to do all I can for her. and thanks!

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Kidney Yang & Yin Deficiency

Posted by Judy on June 24, 2001 at 22:42:58:

In Reply to: can a person (or dog)... posted by LT on June 24, 2001 at 16:58:35:

It's not only possible for a person (or dog) to have both Kidney Yang and Yin Deficiency at the same time, it's common. If one is present in the Kidneys, the other is almost always present. This is why Kidney Yang formulas will have at least one herb for Kidney Yin Deficiency and vice versa.

One is always more servere than the other. Sometimes, the variantion will be slight. In other cases one can mask entirely the symptoms of the others - until the person starts to improve.

BTW, the Kidneys supply the Yin and Yang for the entire body. This is why Kidney Yang and Yin Deficiency can have such severe and far-reaching symptoms.

Judy



thank you....

Posted by LT on June 25, 2001 at 00:51:09:

In Reply to: Kidney Yang & Yin Deficiency posted by Judy on June 24, 2001 at 22:42:58:

this makes alot of sense.

perhaps, finally, I know where to start.

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