Circulation, Qi and Blood
“Where Qi moves blood follows and when Qi stagnates blood congeals”
The driver behind the seat of optimal health is circulation as evidenced in both Eastern and Western medical sciences. Good fresh and healthy blood circulation moving through the body is undeniably instrumental in the maintenance of optimal human health carrying with it oxygen, nutrition and information throughout the whole of the body. Increased healthy blood flow and oxygen to the body maximises cellular health, bringing with it a balanced emotional state a calmer nervous system as well as enhanced clarity of mind.
Both Eastern and Western Medical perspectives agree that blood is one of the most vital substances for human life. When thinking about the health benefits involved in good blood circulation the tendency is to place importance upon increasing the movement of blood through the blood vessels, this is not to be overlooked. The differences between these two medical paradigms lay in the understanding of how blood moves. Behind all Chinese health systems is the understanding of Qi as a natural force or energy that is universal and that it is inseparable to blood. It is this natural force that moves or circulates blood. Blood is viewed as more of a material substance whilst Qi is related to energy and what makes blood move – without blood Qi would simply float away, but without Qi blood would stagnate.
Calligraphy Health also emphasis’s the movement of what is known in Eastern internal energy arts as the Dan Tian, the starting point of good circulation. Master Zhen Hua Yang calls this the “human energy body”. The Dan Tian is a point located in the abdominal area that stores the life-giving energy of Qi. Movement of the Dan Tian plays a major role in our blood circulation as this is the point form which all movement starts. As a side note and a consequence of the movement of the Dan Ian that organs are massaged and fed with fresh blood helping to maintain the elasticity and health of the organs.
But in maximising the benefits that true health brings Master Zhen Hua Yang has realised that of equal importance to good blood circulation is the viscosity of the blood. Optimal cell function is when the blood cells are well-formed, well-ordered and flowing freely throughout the body, carrying with them the essential life-giving elements of oxygen, nutrition and information. On the other hand, lack of circulation and blood cells that are clumped/stuck together or dis-figured are the precursors to dis-ease and ill-health
Calligraphy Health understands these differences hence its optimisation of the natural force and movement of Qi to unblock stagnated blood and allowing it to be in its natural state, flowing and circulating freely throughout the body, the key factor in working towards optimal health, long life and happiness.
Written by Pam Hellens for Calligraphy Health