气, 氣, 炁 all mean Qi. It is one of the Five Treasures of TCVM. The other Five Treasures include Jing, Shen, Blood and Body Fluid.

Qi gives life to the world. Where there is Qi, there must be life. Qi is pronounced as “chee” as in the beginning of the word “cheese”. An absence of Qi is death. It is the vital energy in all living things.

Qi permeates and influcnes asll parts of the body. There is no place in the body without Qi or the movement of Qi. If the movement of Qi stops, the vital activities of the animal body will also cease. When there is abundant Qi, health is good; but Deficiency of Qi leads to disease.

As mentioned above, if imbalances or disruptions of the normal Qi quantity of flow happen, this can cause the body to be more susceptible to disease or can be the cause of the disease itself. Qi may exist in four pathologic states within the body as Deficiency, Stagnation, Rebellious, or Collapsed. You may see some of these words in your pet’s TCVM Pattern Diagnosis.

Qi Deficiency: if there is insufficient Qi to allow the organs to function properly, disease states can develop. Deficiency of Qi usually results in weakness. General signs include depression, exercise intolerance and general weakness.

Qi Stagnation: refers to the disease process of Qi becoming blocked and thus disrupting normal Qi flow. This leads to a number of different symptoms. Any organ can experience Qi stagnation, however the most common organs are Liver, Stomach, and Large Intestine. General signs includes local pain and stiffness.

Rebellious Qi: this is Qi that is not moving in the proper direction. If often occurs in the Stomach and Lung. Physiologically, the Stomach Qi always descends. If Stomach Qi rises pathologically, it is called Stomach Qi Rebelling; consequently, hiccups, nausea, or vomiting occurs. When Lung Qi dominates the respiratory functions properly, animals will inhale and exhale smoothly. But, when Lung Qi is stagnate and rebelling, animals will exhibit cough, dyspnea, or asthma.

Prolapsed Qi: the inability to hold the organs in their normal place, resulting in prolapse of the rectum, uterus, or other organs. Sometimes, this is seen as drooping lips and drooling and chronic diarrhea.

As mentioned above, Qi flows through all of our organs and meridians in a specific order, and this correlates with the time of day. This orderly flow is governed by the TCVM Circadian rhythm, which provides the body with its own internal clock.

The cycle begins at 3:00am with the Lung Channel. The energy dominates in each Channel (or Meridian) for two hours before passing on to the next Channel. The Qi makes a whole circuit around the body and in the organs while passing from “wife” to “husband” and “husband” to “wife”.

3am-5am: Lung (LU)

5am-7am: Large Intestine (LI)

7am-9am: Stomach (ST)

9am-11am: Spleen (SP)

11am-1pm: Heart (HT)

1pm-3pm: Small Intestine (SI)

3pm-5pm: Bladder (BL)

5pm-7pm: Kidney (KID)

7pm-9pm: Pericardium (PC)

9pm-11pm: Triple Heater (TH)

11pm-1am: Gall Bladder (GB)

1am-3am: Liver (LIV)

Have you noticed your pet having a cough attack in the middle of the night or diarrhea in the morning? Check the time, and see if it correlates with the TCVM Circadian rhythm! Chances are, the asthma attack is happening between 3-5am when the Lung dominates, and the diarrhea between 7am-11am when the Stomach and Spleen dominate.

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