Introduction to Chinese Herbology Part 2 of 4

Jing is often called life-force and it’s the energy passed down from your parents. Jing is said to be stored in your kidney adrenals and reproductive system. It’s part of your glandular energy and determines your overall vitality. Excessive behavior depletes it and over time may lead to premature aging.

This is very similar to the idea of excessive worry or stress taxing your adrenals and leading to exhaustion or chronic fatigue. The idea of a lifestyle of moderation is based on the idea of conserving your energy, Jing, and building up this reserve for times of stress. In western terms try thinking of Jing as hormones and glandular energy, your reproductive energy and bodily fluids.

Chi is the energy behind all movement and is produced by the lungs and digestion. So a Chi tonic influences the organs of breathing and digestion, supplying our daily energy needs. Chi tonics are often combined with blood building herbs to supply the body with high quality blood.

One of the most important aspects of eating well is supplying the body with enough energy to meet its daily needs. If you’re achieving this through diet, the body taps into your adrenals, Jing, for energy and long term this is very depleting. One day the well will run dry and you may be faced with chronic fatigue or something worse.

Moderate behavior combined with great food and appropriate exercise, creates a steady energy supply that keeps you from tapping into your Jing to get through the day. This is a very simple yet effective plan that’s both an anti-aging and athletes program.

There is an old Chinese proverb that say’s “it’s ok to become tired but you should never become exhausted.” Being tired at the end of the day simply means you’ve had a full day of activity, becoming exhausted means you weren’t paying attention to building and replenishing Chi and you’ve tapped into your life-force to get through the day. The older you get the harder it is to recover from getting exhausted.

The third treasure, Shen, translates as spirit and encompassed your heart and mind. Shen is the energy of an open mind, giving heart and compassion. People with balanced Shen see the bigger picture and don’t over react to daily stress. Shen may be the most important of the Three Treasures because it helps the body conserve energy. Stress drains your adrenals, Jing, and disrupts digestion and the ability to make Chi. The entire body suffers when the Shen is agitated.

Having a calm clear mind is essential for recovery from the toll of daily living. Nothing drains the body like long-term emotional stress.


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