Essence – One of the “Three Treasures”
- In Traditional Chinese Medicine, “Essence, Spirit and Qi (Life Force),” are called the “Three Treasures.” These substances nourish the body, mind and spirit. They provide the fundamental basis for growth and development and help to maintain proper balance in the body.
by Eloise Prescott
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, “Essence, Spirit and Qi (Life Force),” are called the “Three Treasures.” These substances nourish the body, mind and spirit. They provide the fundamental basis for growth and development and help to maintain proper balance in the body. The goal at “Essence of Acupuncture” is to provide services that enrich and help to protect the “Three Treasures” by using acupuncture, reiki and by recommending nutritional guidelines, as well as meditation, qigong and tai chi.
Essence or “Jing” (Chinese translation) comes from our parents and forms our basic constitution. When a person is conceived, the ovum and sperm unite and this provides the “Essence” of that person. Many of us have said, “He looks just like his dad. Or she has light eyes like her mom.” The essence is similar to a blueprint and in that way it is similar to the DNA that is transferred to us by our parents. DNA carries the basic genetic information, all of the basic characteristics in a living organism. Although, there are many similarities, Jing means more and is not easily defined in Western terms. Jing contains the life force. It is that very refined substance that travels along the pathways (meridians) in our body. The Jing determines the health, strength and vitality of a person.
There are two types of Essence (Jing). There is “Prenatal Jing” which we inherit from our parents and which can be increased by seeking balance in life and by practicing meditation, qigong, and tai chi. Then, there is “Postnatal Jing” which is acquired by consuming healthy food and drink. In the next two blog articles, I will explain the other two “Treasures.”
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