Balancing Excess and Deficient Qi
The movement of Qi (life-force energy), like water, flows from areas of high-intensity (excess) to low-intensity (deficiency). Excess Qi in any area of the body can lead to an overactive cellular function (radiating from the increased energy production of the accumulated cells). This concentrated energetic stagnation creates what is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an Excess condition and can result in symptoms such as pain and inflammation. Any area of the body that is in an Excess condition displays a high-intensity field surrounding the tissue area. An Excess condition can eventually lead to the development of unusual tissue growths such as cysts, tumors or cancer, and can also cause hyperactivity in the internal organs, leading to hypertension, heart attacks, stroke, etc.
Lack of Qi in any area of the body can lead to underactive cellular function due to lack of energy flow and a lack of ability to transmit Qi throughout the body. This lack of energetic stimulation creates what is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Deficient condition and can lead to the hypo-function of the cells, tissues and organs. Any area of the body that is in a Deficient condition displays a low-intensity field surrounding the tissue area. A Deficient condition can lead to symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, decreased immunity, tissue atrophy and prolapse.
It is important to regularly balance and regulate the Qi in order to maintain health, vitality and longevity. A regular practice of Qigong, or ‘life force cultivation’ is an effective way to do so.
From: Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy – Volume 4 by Jerry Alan Johnson