According to Chinese Medicine, Jing is the vital essence that each of us is born with.
The quality of this precious substance, inherited from our parents, determines our health, vitality and longevity. We are born with a finite amount of Jing, which can’t be added to, only preserved. Jing is also easily depleted.
As we age, our Jing gets used up and how fast this happens depends on the kind of life we lead – chronic stress, illness, poor nutritional habits, environmental toxins and emotional imbalances like anxiety and depression are some of the factors that deplete our Jing.
The Jing Savings and Loan
Jing is also called “original Chi or pre-natal Chi” and this life force within us is so precious, it is considered one of the three treasures according to Chinese Medicine.
Think of Jing, as gold bullion that you are keeping in a special account at your bank. At the same bank you also have a second account, which is called your post–natal qi account. Your post-natal qi account is the one that you are depositing into and withdrawing from to supply your energy and vitality for your activities of daily living.
Eating organic fruits and vegetables, exercising daily, getting enough sleep and feeling supported by others – all of these lifestyle choices benefit our post – natal qi . The post-natal qi then gets transferred into nutrients that help nourish our body and boost our immunity. Keeping a robust and plentiful post-natal qi account is an absolute necessity for optimal health. Our post-natal qi account acts as a buffer, protecting our precious Jing or the gold bullion. Unfortunately not everyone adds to their post-natal qi account. In fact, some of us drain it completely and then begin withdrawing from our Jing account. But what happens to us if we spend all of the gold bullion?
Jing Bankruptcy…..or Jing Jackpot?
Who do you know who isn’t stressed, overworked and or in need of a vacation? We seem to live in a world of overload, overwhelm and over-worry. On any given day, we may not be showing any symptoms of illness, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that our habits are cultivating good health. The price we pay from poor lifestyle choices is that we deplete our Jing. Remember, our Jing is finite and when it is gone so is our energy, our health and eventually, our life.
How would your life change if you were to start adding to health and wellness account instead of constantly withdrawing from it? What if tonight you went to bed at 10pm instead of 1am? How much better would you feel? What if you had a balanced meal for breakfast instead of reaching for a cup of coffee? How would you like a boost of energy from a 30 minute walk instead of feeling sluggish and tired?
By virtue of being alive, we deplete our Jing, but we don’t have to speed up the process unnecessarily. We can all do a little bit better with our health choices. A tweek here and there in a positive way can do wonders towards improving our physical and emotional well-being and conserving our Jing.
Save your Jing for a rainy day by striving for balance and harmony through a healthy lifestyle. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to jump-start your efforts. Regular acupuncture treatments may not restore your Jing directly but it can help you relieve stress, give your body a much needed immunity boost and help prevent illness from taking a foothold – all factors that can deplete your Jing. If you’ve ever experienced acupuncture then you know there is nothing like it for unblocking stagnant energy, restoring well-being and revitalizing your system.
This year, commit to your health by resolving to nurture your Jing – the essence of true wellness, vitality and longevity.
To your best health,
Carlyn Montes De Oca L.Ac., M.T.O.M., Dipl. O.M