Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
What is Chi? Chi is your life force, and it
determines your energy level. Chi travels and circulates through the
channels of our bodies, similar to the way water flows in a riverbed.
When your Chi is weak, it stagnates in these channels instead of
powerfully flowing. As you age, you may feel as though you no longer
have the energy that you once had. Here below are some ways that you can
pep up your energy and unblock your Chi.
Instant Chi-Boosting Activities
Try the following steps to ensure a good solid
Breathe deeply all day. Most people who are under a lot of stress or
tension breathe shallowly, up in the throat area. When you breathe
deeply into your lungs, you are naturally bringing in more oxygen and
activating Chi in your body.
Learn to say no to Chi-robbers. These are
activities or places that drain your energy and leave you feeling
depleted. Some examples of Chi-robbing activities include watching
excessive TV, experiencing too many negative emotions, talking too much,
and spending too much time in crowded places.
Wear brightly colored clothing and listen to
uplifting music to stimulate the flow of your Chi.
Surround yourself with the inspiring colors of
beautiful flowers. A bouquet of flowers has a powerful influence on a
person's mindset; they can uplift a less-than-lovely mood and even
eliminate stress. In fact, one study showed that people who sat next to
an arrangement of colorful flowers were better able to relax during a
five-minute typing assignment than those who sat near foliage-only
Have fun and be spontaneous! If you don't enjoy
your day, then your energy will naturally become suppressed. Do
something that you enjoy everyday. Start now and your Chi will follow.
Foods that Increase Your Chi
To have good Chi, your nutritional intake must
consist of a balanced diet of grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and
seeds, beans, fish, fowl, meat and fruits.
Foods and herbs that possess special Chi-fortifying properties include:
brown rice, carrots, chicken, china root, eggs, fish, fox nut, ginseng,
green beans, leeks, longan fruit, nutmeg, lamb, lotus seed, oats, onion,
pearl barley, potatoes, pumpkin, soybeans, squash, string beans, tofu,
turnips, and yams.
Also, keep in mind that to receive optimal benefits from food and herbs,
it is crucial that you choose in-season, natural foods with no chemical
additives or residues. Also, avoid overeating and under-eating because
both will rob you of a consistent source of energy.
I hope that these tips perk you up and give you renewed energy. I invite
you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
Maoshing Ni, L.AC., D.O.M., PH.D., DIPL. C.H., DIPL. ABAAP
Dr. Mao is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomat of
Chinese Herbology and a Diplomat in Anti-Aging. He is currently in
general practice with special interest in immune, hormonal and aging
related conditions. He was awarded the Outstanding Acupuncturist of the
Year Award in 1987. Dr. Mao along with Dr. Dao, his brother and father,
founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa
Monica, California. He is currently director and a professor of Chinese
medicine at Yo San University. Dr. Mao is a member of the American
Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the AOM ALLIANCE, American Society of
Acupuncturist, the American Association of Acupuncturist & Oriental
Medicine and National certification Commission for Acupuncturist &
Oriental Medicine Diplomat in Chinese Herbology.