Qigong for Immunity with Nick Loffree
Qigong for Immunity with Nick Loffree. The movements strengthen digestion, the root of your immunity. You will learn more about how Chinese medicine views immunity and enjoy bear qigong movements that strengthen your immune system.
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One of the foundations of immunity Nick discusses is Gu Qi.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) is a fundamental concept that refers to the vital energy or life force that flows through the body and the universe. “Gu Qi” specifically refers to the energy derived from the transformation of food and fluids within the digestive system. It is often translated as “Food Qi” or “Grain Qi.”
Here’s a brief overview of the concept of Gu Qi in TCM:
- Formation of Gu Qi: Gu Qi is produced through the digestion and assimilation of food and fluids in the stomach and spleen. The spleen is particularly emphasized in TCM for its role in transforming food into Qi and Blood.
- Transportation and Transformation: After its formation, Gu Qi is transported to the lungs, where it combines with the air (from the breath) to form the essential substances Qi and Blood. These are then distributed throughout the body to nourish and support various organs and tissues.
- Role in Immunity and Energy: Gu Qi is considered crucial for maintaining overall health and vitality. It plays a role in supporting the immune system, providing energy for daily activities, and nourishing the body’s organs and tissues.
- Balancing Gu Qi: TCM practitioners often focus on balancing Gu Qi to promote good health. This involves dietary recommendations, lifestyle modifications, qigong and other similar exercises, and sometimes the use of herbal remedies or acupuncture to address imbalances in the digestive system and support the transformation of food into nourishing energy.
- Symptoms of Gu Qi Imbalance: An imbalance in Gu Qi can manifest in various ways, such as digestive issues, fatigue, weakness, and a compromised immune system. TCM practitioners assess these symptoms along with other signs to determine the specific nature of the imbalance and develop a treatment plan.