Tune in to Chi
Rebalance your energy with the traditional Chinese body clock to replenish and revitalise this autumn
Rebalance your energy ready for winter with the traditional
Chinese body clock
You can’t see or feel it, but coursing through your body is an invisible energy that can have a startling effect on your wellbeing. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) this life force is known as chi and flows through our bodies, moving through each of our major energy points, or meridians, in two-hourly intervals over a 24-hour period.
Practitioners of TCM believe a smooth and steady flow of chi results in health and happiness, but if the flow is too fast, slow or blocked, ill-health can follow.
‘If your chi energy is temporarily disrupted because of a life or health challenge, it will normally rebalance itself,’ explains David James Lees, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner (wuweiwisdom.com). ‘Problems arise, however, when an unhealthy lifestyle, bad habits or negative patterns of thinking, such as critical self-talk, cause your flow of chi to become disrupted, stagnated or blocked.’
According to Chinese medicine our organs are believed to have emotional attributes as well as physical functions – for example when chi is running properly your liver generates happiness, your heart love and kidneys power. But, when your chi is out of kilter it can cause a range of emotional problems, from insomnia and stress to anxiety and depression.
However, you can learn to channel this powerful life force as it flows through your body and use it to boost your wellbeing.
‘For every organ in the human body, there is a specific period of time when its chi flow is at its strongest. So to harness optimum wellbeing you should create a self-care regime that attunes to each organ throughout the day,’ says David.
Read on to discover how you can build your day around this energy clock, to stay in tune with your body, drawing on the positive power of the chi coursing through you to gain energy, boost your health and enhance your life purpose.