Qi is what traditional Chinese medicine calls the vital energy that exists within us. It is the life force that propels and keeps everything inside us alive and in motion. But it is also a form of energy that exists outside of us. It is at the root of every function in the human body and in the universe.
Qi circulates throughout our body along the invisible channels I mentioned before called Jing Luo, or meridians, delivering vital energy that rejuvenates, repairs, and nourishes virtually every part of us on a regular basis. The meridian system is an enormously complicated one in which each specific channel is named after one of the organ systems that serve the body’s specific functions. These organ systems are able to fulfill their function delivering Jing, Qi, Shen, fluid, and blood to their destinations through the meridians.
Yin and Yang are generally understood to be the opposite yet complementary natures of energy. But their meaning is more nuanced than that. They are energies that dependent on the other’s existence for their very own existence. Yin and Yang’s dynamic- this constant balancing act- determines our health. These two energies must be in perfect harmony for us to be completely well. Throughout this book we will show you many ways to consciously and actively achieve balanced energies, balanced health, and a balanced life.
The following foods are known to nourish your Kidneys and to replenish the Qi and Jing stored there: grains, cooked dark-green leafy vegetables, black mushrooms, black soybeans, black sesame seeds, walnuts, chestnuts, lychee nuts, seaweed, fish, shrimp, lamb, and duck. Many herbs are also thought to support Kidney Qi and Jing, such as ginseng and rehmannia root.