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Balancing Your Energy With TCM

July 21, 2023 by Admin
A woman stands in nature, at peace with her surroundings -- feeling balance in her life. Yin-Yang is all about balance.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Qi is a fundamental concept representing the vital energy or life force that flows throughout the body. Qi (pronounced chi)  is believed to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain, and disease. It circulates through specific pathways known as meridians and is essential for every bodily function, including circulation, digestion, metabolism, and immunity.

The balance and flow of Qi are considered crucial for maintaining health. A deficiency, blockage, or imbalance of Qi can lead to physical, emotional, or mental health issues – a key goal in TCM is to balance and enhance Qi to promote overall well-being. 

The Concept of Yin and Yang in Energy Balance

The balance of Qi is closely tied to the balance of Yin and Yang, two opposing yet complementary forces, symbolizing harmony and balance in health. While many people have heard the term yin-yang or know its famous symbol, few understand what yin-yang truly is. In Chinese philosophy, Yin-yang describes the notion that everything in nature consists of two paradoxical phases or energies.

In TCM the concept of Yin and Yang serves as the foundation for understanding health.

Yin is often associated with the physical form of the body, while Yang represents the body’s functions and the energy required to fuel them. A balance between Yin and Yang is essential for maintaining a healthy flow of Qi, and therefore optimal health.

An imbalance between Yin and Yang can potentially lead to disease or illness. For instance, it is believed that an excess of Yang can lead to overactivity, such as high blood pressure, fever, or inflammation, while a deficiency in Yin may manifest as passive or substantive issues, like dryness, weakness, or fatigue.

How Yin and Yang Affect Qi

Yin and Yang can affect Qi in a few ways:

They support each other to maintain balance.

Yin and Yang are interdependent, and their balance supports the proper flow of Qi. Yin provides the physical basis for Yang, and Yang fuels the activities and functions represented by Yin.

They counterbalance each other to maintain stability.

An excess or deficiency of either Yin or Yang can disrupt the flow of Qi. A balanced state is where Yin appropriately counterbalances Yang and vice versa.

They can transform into each other.

Yin and Yang can transform into each other under certain conditions. A deficiency or excess in Yin could transform into a Yang condition, and vice versa, affecting Qi flow.

What Can Lead to Energy Imbalance?

Several factors, from lifestyle to the surrounding environment, can lead to an imbalance of Qi.

Inadequate Nutrition: An unhealthy diet can lead to a Qi imbalance. Overeating, eating too fast, or consuming too many cold, raw, fatty, or sugary foods can negatively affect your energy. A balanced diet with a mix of different types of foods is recommended in TCM.

Emotional Stress: In TCM, emotions are closely tied to Qi. Each organ system corresponds to a specific emotion – for example, the liver is connected to anger, the heart is connected to joy, the spleen is connected to overthinking, etc. Chronic, unmanaged emotional stress can lead to a disturbance in Qi flow and negatively affect corresponding organs and body systems.

Lifestyle Factors: Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle, with a significant lack of exercise, overwork, and lack of rest can contribute to a Qi imbalance. Regular physical activity is considered essential for maintaining a smooth and balanced flow of Qi.

Environmental Factors: According to TCM, we are deeply interconnected with our environments. Therefore, factors such as extreme weather conditions, changes in seasons, or living in a polluted environment can disrupt the balance of energy and Qi within your body.

Inadequate Sleep: Sleep is considered vital for the replenishment of Qi. Chronic insomnia, irregular sleep patterns, or lack of deep, restful sleep can result in a Qi deficiency.

Injury or Physical Trauma: Any injury or trauma to the body can block the flow of Qi in the affected area. When Qi can’t properly flow through an injured or affected area, it can potentially cause imbalances in the entire system.

Chronic Illness: Ongoing health issues can drain Qi reserves and lead to an imbalance.

Substance Abuse: The excessive use of substances such as alcohol, drugs, or tobacco can cause significant disruptions in the balance of Qi.

Symptoms of Imbalanced Qi

Many factors can lead to blocked or imbalanced Qi, and this imbalance can further result in a variety of physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. Here are some common symptoms associated with imbalanced Qi:

Fatigue and Weakness: When Qi is deficient, you may feel tired, weak, or lack the energy to perform daily activities.

Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling restless during sleep can indicate a disturbance in the flow of Qi.

Mood Changes: Irritability, anxiety, depression, and other mood changes can result from blocked or imbalanced Qi.

Digestive Issues: Traditional Chinese Medicine often links the health of the digestive system to the state of Qi. Symptoms such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or poor appetite could indicate a Qi imbalance.

Pain: Qi is believed to flow along specific pathways in the body known as meridians. If Qi becomes blocked, it can result in pain along these meridians, manifesting as headaches, migraines, or body aches.

Poor Concentration and Memory: Mental fog, poor memory, and difficulty concentrating may be signs of a Qi imbalance.

Frequent Illness: Qi is believed to support the body’s defenses. If Qi is weak or imbalanced, you may be more prone to frequent colds, infections, or prolonged recovery periods.

Breathlessness and Sweating: Shortness of breath, especially after minor exertion, and spontaneous sweating are signs of Qi deficiency in TCM.

Emotional Instability: Unexplained emotions or overreaction to situations may indicate an imbalance in the Qi associated with different organs.

Changes in Weight: Unexpected weight loss or weight gain can be a sign of imbalanced Qi.

How to Balance Energy With TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a few methods frequently to stabilize the movement and balance of Qi traveling through the body’s meridians.


Acupuncture works to balance Qi by inserting thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points. These points lie on meridians, the channels through which Qi flows. By stimulating acupuncture points, the treatment can unblock and balance the flow of Qi through meridians corresponding with specific ailments or for general wellness.

Herbal Medicine

TCM believes each herb possesses specific qualities and abilities. As such, herbs are typically prescribed in combinations or formulas to treat patterns of disharmony. Depending on your condition, herbs can be used to increase deficient Qi, relieve Qi stagnation or blockages, or clear excess Qi from the body.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Tai Chi and Qi Gong combine movement, meditation, and breath regulation. They follow the principle that the mind leads the Qi and the Qi leads the body. Gentle and rhythmic movements help to guide the flow of Qi along the meridians in the body, while focused breathing encourages the distribution of Qi. Regular practice can help clear blockages, harmonize the flow of Qi, and enhance well-being.

Dietary therapy in TCM

Dietary therapy focuses on using specific foods to balance Qi. Each food, similar to herbs, has its own energetic properties and can be used to nourish, move, or clear Qi depending on your needs. For example, warming foods might be used to boost deficient Qi, while cooling foods can clear excessive Qi.

Dejia Harmony’s Energy Channel Board

Our energy channel board design restores balance throughout the body. By engaging in specifically designed exercises and postures using the board, you can restore and maintain energy flow. Using the energy channel board regularly can improve balance and coordination and help with injury rehabilitation and prevention. 

Maintaining Energy Balance and Wellness

In TCM, the cornerstone of health and wellness is maintaining a balanced lifestyle. At Dejia Harmony we believe in a Harmony way of Life and living a life in balance. By making intentional choices in these areas you can promote a healthy, balanced life – and Dejia Harmony’s herbal blends can be part of a healthy, balanced life. We have turned ancient recipes into modern, herbal remedies that are Natural, 100% vegetarian, GMO-free, and Gluten-free.

As always, consult with healthcare professionals when dealing with health issues, and discuss how TCM concepts and modalities can complement your medical care.

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