The Fundamental Substances

photo (2) A rather cheesy (Qi-easy) poem that tries to summarise the workings of the fundamental substances in terms of  Traditional Chinese Medicine:

The Ancients had a way to understand our substantial qualities, they called them fundamental :Blood, Fluids,. Shen, Jing and Qi. All life has movement, and a coherent way; the energy of integration is Qi at play

For Qi is the expression of light, sound and electricity; magnetism, mechanics, hydraulics and all forms of energy. The Qi functions to contain and help activation; it wards off and warms, and moves towards transformation.

Qi likes especially to keep a healthy flow; as it courses through the meridians, and allows the organs to go. The Qi can be stagnant, empty or full; over exuberant, rebellious, a very useful tool.

Weakness and depression, lack-lustre fatigue, are signs of a weak Qi and low vitality. The Blood is nectar that’s pumped from the Heart; it nourishes the organs right from the start.

When full and strong, Blood enlivens the brain; enriches the muscles and tendons or else we feel drained. The Blood can be empty, toxic, congested or cold; stagnant, exuberant, hot or too old.

For the Blood does like freshness, movement and air; it likes to be clean, good foods and care. Pallor and dizziness, low pressure and tired; are signs of a weak blood longs to be inspired.

Qi is the father that pumps Blood through its course; Blood is the mother that nourishes Qi’s force. The Fluids keep us bathed in protection; lubricating, moistening and making secretions.

Saliva, tears, sperm and enzymes, sebum, sweat, mucus and chyme.These are a few of the Fluids we make; and so many others where liquid partakes.

Even our joints need liquid to work, or else there is friction where dryness does lurk.For Fluid can run dry and set aflame; or cause things to swell up, when oedema’s to blame.

Fluid is reflection of the state of our Yin, and can get murky where the Yang hasn’t been.If we run dry then Yin must be nourished, if we get stagnant, allow Yang to flourish.

At the seat of our Consciousness, clear and bright; lies the Shen, giving us spirit.The Shen animates our sorrow or joy; it even motivates us with the body in it’s ploy. 

A good strong clear Shen, drives us straight down our path; while the weak and decrepit, is depressed or in wrath.A Shen in balance is happy and upright, a Shen unsettled is unfocused and uptight.

At the core of our being is the Essence called Jing; it’s the source of development, and our ageing.Some Jing is acquired through food, love and air; other is inherited, by ancestral care.

If Jing is strong, we can live a long life; but if weak or drained, it shortens our plight.A strong Jing means coherence and longevity, a body put together well with vitality.

A weak Jing can drain us or cause malformation; retardation, disease and deformation.As we age we begin to sag; our hair turns grey and our libido may lag.

This is because Jing is spent on our youth, a wise one will guard Jing as much as Truth.For Jing kept protected will lengthen our life, while Jing that is wasted will lead us to strife.

While living remember these life’s greatest treasures; the Fundamental Substances which allow life’s true pleasures.