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What’s the heart got to do with it?

by | Feature, Inspiration

In my Masterclass Video I highlighted two points Tan Zhong and Guan Yuan. In this post, I’ll talk more about why these two points are important for cultivating your Qi.

Qi means vital energy or life force. Qi represents the different functions and transformations of the human body, the world around us, and the whole universe. Qi flows inside of us, through us, and is all around us. Qi exists in every living thing.

According to Chinese Medicine theory, any illness arises when Qi, blood, and body fluids become unbalanced or blocked due to stress, injury, lifestyle, or other reasons.

When you stimulate the Tan Zhong and Guan Yuan points, you activate your body’s energy to remove any blockage in these channels. You can also gather energy and refuel your reserves by stimulating these points.

When Qi is activated this way and is able to flow freely, you facilitate the healing process.

Both Tan Zhong and Guan Yuan are part of the Conception Vessel, a channel pathway in acupuncture. It runs down the center of the chest. The Conception Vessel originates in the uterus of women. In Chinese medicine, the uterus has been called a woman’s second heart. Whether or not the physical uterus is there, the energy of that organ exists.

Tan Zhong which means Central Altar, is also called the Sea of Tranquility. Tan Zhong is an important point for balancing the emotions and calming the spirit. It helps with anxiety, depression, grief and emotional trauma. It can also relieve hot flashes and relieve nervousness. It’s the front Mu point of the pericardium, which means it has a close relationship with the pericardium organ. The pericardium envelopes or protects the heart.

Tan Zhong has a strong effect in gathering Qi. Tan Zhong increases the energy in the lungs and the heart and circulates the Qi in the chest. It’s part of the Conception Vessel in acupuncture.

Tan Zhong is found at the midpoint between the breasts. Rubbing this point is good for breast health. It also opens the chest to benefit the lungs.

The second point, Guan Yuan, means Gateway to Original Qi. This point is located in the lower abdomen where the Dan Tian, the cinnabar field, resides. The Dan Tian is the source of the deepest energy in our body. Guan Yuan is one of the principal points to cultivate Qi in the body.

Guan Yuan is the gateway of life, it deeply nourishes and strengthens the original Qi, nourishes the kidneys and taps into the deep energy reserves of the body. This point benefits menstruation and the uterus. It’s an essential point to promote fertility. Guan Yuan helps with exhaustion and chronic fatigue. Guan Yuan is a deeply tonifying and nourishing point.

If you want to learn more about the meaning of these points and the techniques to tap into the energy of these points, I’ll hope you’ll join me in my new course: Nourish Your Little Sage: Acupressure and Qi Gong for Women’s Self-Care and Empowerment

I just opened up registration. I’m only accepting a limited amount of women since it’s an interactive live online class. If you want to enroll, don’t wait too long because doors close to register in a few days. Class starts October 20th.

To find out more about the course and  learn how to activate Tan Zhong and Guan Yuan points, CLICK HERE to get access to the Masterclass Video.

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