What is Qi?

It is very difficult to translate the word "Qi". Many different translations have been proposed, none of them approximates the essence of Qi very well. It has been translated as "energy", "vital force", "matter", "ether", "matter-energy", "vital force", "life force", "vital power", and "moving power", etc. The reason it is so difficult to translate the word "Qi" correctly, lays precisely in its fluid nature whereby Qi can assume different manifestations and be different things in different situations. The word "Qi" denotes both the essential substances of the human body, which maintains its vital activities, and the functional activities of the internal organs and tissues.

What is Blood?

Blood in Chinese Medicine has a more meaning than in Western Medicine. In Chinese Medicine, Blood is not only a red liquid circulating in the vessels, but also a vital nutrient substance in the body. Blood circulates throughout the body to nourish and moisten the various tissues and organs of the body. Blood is also the material foundation for mental activities.

The concept of "internal organs"

Ancient Chinese people had very different ways to understand our internal organs. There are five Yin organs, which are heart, lung, spleen, liver, and kidney. There are six Yang organs, which are stomach, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, bladder and Sanjiao (triple burner). They understood these organs from different ways. For example, Kidney has the function of governing growth, reproduction and development; Spleen controls blood in blood vessels. Traditional Chinese Medicine does diagnosis based on such knowledge.

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