Qi and Its Impact on Your Health

Tim Flesch, RN, CST, MBA


“Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”  Li Ching-yun

          Qi (Chi): The energy or life force which drives the functions of the body

          Qi moves through Meridians (channels) throughout the body

          Disturbance of the Qi flow causes disease/illness

5 Phases of Chinese MedicineFor thousands of years the Chinese have been talking about energy in its many forms. In Chinese medicine there are five elements:  fire, earth, metal, water and wood.  There is a correspondence of the five elements to the seasons, organ systems and emotions.  We are currently moving into fall and we can sense a change in energy, smells, and activities.  Our diets may be changing with the turning of the season because some foods are naturally available at specific times of the year while others are not.  Memories and emotions are stored in the tissue and nuclear particles of cells in the body and are energy forms that impact all biochemical processes of the body.   

Richard Gerber, MD explores the esoteric science behind etheric or subtle energies in his book, Vibrational Medicine: The #1 Handbook of Subtle Energy Therapy, 3rd edition.  The Tiller-Einstein Model of Positive-Negative Space/Time Energies looks at life force energy as the likely mechanism behind many vibrational healing modalities including homeopathy, therapeutic touch, crystal healing, light and sound therapies, acupuncture, and other related therapies.  The Einstein paradigm of energy, as applied to vibrational medicine, sees human beings as networks of complex energy fields that interface with physical and cellular systems.  Vibrational medicine uses forms of energy to positively affect energetic systems that may be out of balance due to diseased states of being.  Rebalancing the energy fields helps regulate cellular physiology and restore a higher level of human functioning. 

Einstein’s theory of relativity: E= mc2 supports the fact that matter is energy.  Realizing that human beings are dynamic energy-beings allows for new models of viewing health and illness.  There is a hierarchy of subtle energetic systems that coordinate electrophysiological and hormonal function as well as cellular structure within the physical body.  It is from these subtle levels that health and illness originate.  These energy systems are powerfully affected by emotions, spiritual balance, nutrition, and environmental factors.  The key to recurring conditions may be in reorganizing, repatterning, and rebalancing energy fields which direct the cellular expression of dysfunction.  Consciousness itself is an energetic form that is integrally related to the cellular expression of the physical body; thereby continually creating health or illness.  


Where the Mind Goes, the Qi Goes?
Today, modern culture has lost its focus and calm.  With multitasking, constant stimulation, and perpetually being on the go, we are chronically tired, burning up our reserves. There is a state of chronic tension in our bodies and minds.  We have lost our inner calm, mindfulness and our ability to focus. As a culture, we have lost the ability to read our bodies and our surroundings.  People are in prolonged, if not constant, fight or flight resulting in adrenal fatigue and sympathetic overload.  The stimulus threshold is lowered and the body remains in state of high alert eventually causing chronic pain, fatigue and hypersensitivity to external stimuli.

No one ever really consciously chooses surgery or chemotherapy.  People only choose life and then welcome whatever means are offered to them in order to have it, but often, the choices are not always clear.  The presentation of the options can make all the difference when one chooses life.  By choosing to trust first, and act from a place of trust it is possible to open wide the door to the field of universal potential.  All that is required is that you pay attention, notice what you notice and embrace what comes forward.  By doing this, you allow grace to enter the equation of healing and disease.  This can change the odds even in debilitating and life threatening conditions.  Some people choose to die because the option occurs many times throughout our lives.  And so we make many choices throughout our lifetime: to react or respond.  With a little shift of focused intention, one can choose the best possible outcome with the least noticeable effort.  The choices we make define and differentiate who we are and who we are becoming.  Hope offers the opportunity to engage outside the normal realm of possibility.

For more resources, check out:


Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief

Lynne McTaggart, The Field: The quest for the secret force of the universe 

Masaru Emoto, The Hidden Messages in Water

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of Tao

"Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food."
- Hippocrates