by Huisheng Xie, DVM PhD and Justin Shmalberg, DVM CVA
Qi gives life to the world. Where there is Qi, there must be life. For Chinese herbal medicine, Qi mainly refers to the physiological activity of each Zang-Fu organ. For example, Spleen Qi represents the Spleen’s function of transporting and transforming water and food. Heart Qi refers to the Heart’s physiological activities of controlling the Blood and storing the Mind. Lung Qi refers to the Lung’s function of dominating inspiration and expiration. Kidney Qi represents the Kidney’s control of the bladder, sexual function, and bones.