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The Nutrient Qi Cycle

By |2018-05-25T12:19:56-06:00August 19th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Nutrient Qi Cycle

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Ever wonder why some physical complaints seem to pop up at a certain time?

Understanding the Nutrient Qi Cycle or Cycle of Tides might be helpful.

Qi (pronounced “chee”), a key concept in Chinese medicine, is as immaterial as a thought or as dense as a table. Ever changing, Qi moves from material to immaterial and vice versa, sometimes very quickly and sometimes very slowly.  When looking at the body, there are many flows of Qi, and we identify and name each based on what it is currently doing–its function rather than its structure.

The Nutrient Qi cycle is just one of the main flows of qi in the body.  This rhythmic flow circulates Qi, Blood and Fluids  in an orderly 2 hour sequence from one organ channel to the next throughout the entire day.  Understanding this flow can be helpful in creating greater wellness and  in identifying disharmonies that  seems to happen at a particular time. Whether you wake up every morning at 3 am, or feel tired at 2 pm in the afternoon can be an indicator of an imbalance in this flow.

In the Nutrient Qi cycle is the energetic flow that occurs along the 12 primary channels or meridians in a constant ebb and flow.  The cycle begins at 3 am starting in the Lung channel flowing as follows:

Lungs: 3-5am– Wonderful time to get up and breathe or meditate (5ish). It is not uncommon for people with Liver and Lung issues to pop awake at 3am, simply because the Qi is having difficulties jumping from Liver 14, below the nipple line on the chest to Lung 1 below the clavicle. Coughing may be worse at this time for those with allergies and asthma.

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Understanding The Season of Late Summer

By |2018-05-31T13:35:43-06:00September 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Living, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

The days are growing shorter, the air has a crisp bite, the kids are back in school and the first leaves are starting to change.  It’s not Summer anymore, yet it’s not really Fall either.  We are drifting from Summer into Late Summer.  Most of us have heard of  Indian or Late Summer,  there is a sudden warming glow again before Autumn takes hold.  In Chinese medicine this is a special season all its own.  In truth, the season encompasses four particular times of year, not just Late Summer.  Late Summer or ‘Dojo’, as it is called by the Japanese, is the buffer between each of the four main seasons. It is a time of balance, a buffering from shifting from one season to the next corresponding to the week before and after each equinox and the solstice.  This time of year is all about centering and it provides us some excellent opportunities to nourish our bodies, especially the digestive system.   […]