It is important to fully understand what chi is and how it can lead to illness when it is lacking.
Being able to maintain a steady balance of chi will help to ensure that you remain healthy, happy and in control.
The meaning of the word "chi" is associated with "breath" and "air" and, of course, these are two things that are vital to living. Air is an energy, as is chi. Chi will wax and wane throughout the body as a person's health status changes.
Chi (Qi) within the body is like power in a rechargeable battery. Occasionally it needs to be replenished. The chi of the universe is inexhaustible, yet the body needs fresh chi to maintain its vitality. You take in food, water, and air and convert them to energy within your body. During sleep, while your veins are relaxed and open and your brain is calm, you are able to take in a fresh supply of chi.
By energizing the body with chi it is revitalized naturally, enabling it to fight off illness and maintain good health. The vitality chi gives to the physical body is generally obvious, but it also gives vitality to your mind. Chi is not only physical energy, it is also mental energy. Realization of this is a key to becoming aware of chi in your life.
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If the blood cannot flow smoothly, then the chi will also be unable to flow smoothly. The most common place for this chi stagnation is in the extremities. The toes and fingers are at the furthest point from the heart and the first to be cut off when there is insufficient flow.