What is Blood in Chinese Medicine?
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.
“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.