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Human Energy and Vital Substances 

Human Energy and Vital Substances
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Human Energy and Vital Substances
Author(s):

Jingduan Yang

and Daniel A. Monti

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190210052.003.0001
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date: 18 September 2019

This chapter begins with a thorough discussion of the concepts of human energy, Qi (pronounced Chi), and other vital life substances, the balance of which are the goals of acupuncture. The detailed discussion and elaboration in this chapter includes classifications such as Yuan Qi, Zong Qi, Ying Qi, Wei Qi, Qi of Zang Fu (internal organs), and Jing Luo (energy channels known as meridians), and the origin (prenatal or postnatal), production (participating internal organs), distribution (direction of energy flows), and function of Qi, Blood, Essences (Jing), and Fluid (Jing Ye) that maintain normal physical and mental function throughout life. These concepts parallel modern medical concepts described in electrophysiology and biochemistry and are the first stepping stone in comprehending acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

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