Sinking Qi: When Everything Is Falling Out

 Qi is pronounced like /chi/, same as the words 'cheat' and 'cheap'

Sinking spleen Qi refers to an ENERGY deficiency in the body.

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{I just love the English translations of some of these TCM patterns!}

Sinking Qi is a diagnostic term in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Two people in my practice came to me this week with this pattern of imbalance. So, I thought I'd share about it in case you or someone you care about might be dealing with this too. 

 These are some of the key symptoms of this pattern of imbalance. You don't need to have them all to have "Sinking Qi":

  • Fatigue, weakness and “heavy limbs”
  • One might push for hard work and later collapse into exhaustion
  • Spontaneous sweating 
  • Poor appetite and bloating after eating
  • Sugar/Carbohydrate cravings
  • Easy catching of colds or flu
  • Heavy menstrual periods 
  • Frequent urination or incontinence 
  • Loose stools, especially first thing in the morning
  • Depression or listlessness 
  • Possibly, prolapses

and in whom is this pattern commonly seen? 

Moms with young (or especially challenging) children at home, YES!

Oh my dear precious moms, It just breaks my heart when I see you this way. 

We give and give and give...juggling so much...carrying the weight of our children's future health and happiness on our shoulders. Eventually though, we run out of the energy (Qi) we require to hold everything “up” and in its rightful place. Without enough Qi everything sinks and “leaks” out!. 


I could tell you to take more time for yourself...

Take naps

Put your feet up more

Eat hearty homemade meals

Say “NO” more

...because that is the cure!

But, even knowing that truth myself, I wasn’t able to do enough of those things to restore ENERGY RESERVES during those early parenting years. 

I needed Nature's help!

If you are in this position Herbal Therapy can be make all the difference. There is a class of herbs called tonics. Herbal formulas containing these tonics can be specifically formulated to address "Sinking Spleen Qi" and other patterns of imbalance that center on low ENERGY. These remedies can help build you back up and get things back in place again. Reach out to your local TCM practitioner or drop me a note: Ask Nicole a Question. You can give yourself incredible support through herbs. 

Herbs can be your LIFT TICKET!



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Nicole MacDonald is the Co-Founder of The Loveliness. She is a licensed therapist and herbalist, and enthusiast of all things Spiritual. 


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