Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Reproduction System, a practitioner of Chinese Medicine

In assessing the health of the reproductive system, a practitioner of
Chinese Medicine will begin by looking at the health of the Qi
(pronounced “Chee”). Qi is the energetic component of the human body
that is responsible for all our metabolic and physiological events.
Just as the energy within a germinated seed that propells the seed to
grow up into a plant is invisible, so is the Qi within the human body
unseen directly. We can only see the results of the Qi’s actions
through the functions it performs.

In particular Qi has five basic functions:
1) Warming: Keeps the body at its regular temperature and initiates
the spike during ovulation.
2) Transforming: Turns ingested food into either nourishment or
waste. We can see how strong this function is by looking at the
strength and structure of the physique.
3) Propelling: Initiates all life’s growth and development and as well
the functional aspects of individual organs. ie. events like
maturation of the external sex organs, menarche, and the fact that the
heart beats regularly.
4) Defending: Protects the bodies exterior from invasion of external
pathogenic factors. Recurring colds and flu’s are a sign that this
function is weak.
5) Securing and Containing: Keeps everything within the body where it
should be. This includes keeping the blood within the blood vessels,
the foetus within the uterus, and preventing organs like the uterus or
stomach from prolapsing.

By asessing these functional aspects of the Qi the Chinese Medical
Practitioner will have a better idea of how to guide the body back its
natural state of balance and harmony. Thus increasing the chances for
a natural pregnancy.