What is Blood in Chinese Medicine?

Blood holds Qi in the body

Blood holds Qi in the body

Blood is the home of Qi in the human body.

Blood is the “Mother of Qi,” meaning that without Blood, there is no Qi.
Blood in Classical Chinese Medicine is much more than the red liquid of western science.

Physically, Blood nourishes, lubricates, and warms.

When our skin, tendons, ligaments, and joints are saturated with Blood, we enjoy leisurely, flexible movement, and glowing skin. Blood warms us from the inside. Blood lubricates our eyes, it colors the beds of our fingernails and toenails pink, and Blood keeps our hair is full and soft.

Energetically Blood also nourishes, lubricates and warms.

Plentiful Blood shows in our ability to sustain ourselves and others. We offer warmth and flexibility in times of stress, confusion, or crisis. We “Mother” ourselves through the trials of life. With plentiful Blood we follow our flow, like water easing rocks in a river, Blood eases us around the obstacles of emotion, thought, reaction.

Qi and Blood as Yin and Yang partners

Qi and Blood are Yin and Yang partners

“Blood is the Mother of Qi, Qi is the Commander of Blood.”

This sentence describes the interdependent relationship of Qi and Blood in the human body-mind. Qi is the Yang partner of Blood, which the Yin partner of this equation. Just as Blood depends on Qi for direction of flow, Qi depends on Blood for a home, for a “place to be” in a body.

Want a little refresher about Qi? go to What is Qi?

Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Mash on April 15, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I am taking treatment from a trained accu touch physician. He has asked me to to stop all medicines. My sugar level was 180 with allopathic medication now in 2 weeks without medication has raised to 514 mg/dl, is it safe to stop complete medication. Does the touch therapy will control the body sugar and BP level.

    • Cindy Black on April 18, 2019 at 9:35 am

      I do not have experience with medications, so cannot comment on what to do about them.

      Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology can help with blood pressure – I would ask around your area for a referral to a licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine. Here is a link to a practitioner directory that may help you https://www.nccaom.org/find-a-practitioner-directory/

      – Cindy

  2. Giselle on August 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Dear Cindy ..

    I am throw a bit of a curved ball .. any thoughts would be helpful.. I have been diagnosed with Haemochromatosis ie .. IRON Overload in the Blood.

    From a Holistic Chinese Energy perspective … is there anything I might consider doing here?

    Kind regards

    • Cindy Black on August 19, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Giselle,

      I’m not too sure – I would suggest consulting with a qualified Chinese Herbal practitioner in your area – they may be able to work together with your western doctor to support your health.

      In order to know how to work with any western diagnosis, it first has to be understood from the Chinese medical perspective – and that is why it is best to have a direct consultation as the practitioner will be observing many things.

      Wishing you all the best!
      – Cindy

  3. jim dunne on August 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    This is so important for me since I have a circulation problem, and remnants of a blood clot in my leg a few years ago.
    Thank you so much


  4. Tony C on August 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks Cindy…

    Good reminder… blood is taken for granted and not respected for the role it plays.

    Paraphrasing a favorite Peruvian Shaman phrase… we may each have different color skin… but ALL of us bleed RED!

    Be the light!
    Spread the Love!

    • Cindy Black on August 16, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Tony,
      Thanks for adding in about Blood from Peruvian perspective!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.