Many people believe that the life force energy referred to as chi (or qi) by Oriental physicians is a key indicator of health. After all, Eastern practices have long been ahead of Western medicine in terms of understanding whole body wellness and researching natural ways to improve it. One question many have wondered about is how the far infrared (FIR) rays in a FIT Bodywrap© affect a person’s chi. We’ve researched the subject to compile this article.
What is Chi Anyway?
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, chi is the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health. It is literally translated as “breath”, “gas” or “air.” Chi flows along channels through the body, referred to as “meridians”.
Although chi has been a philosophical concept since the 5th century BC, the first description of it in terms of being a life force dates back to Indian Vedas 1,500 years BC. Not until the 2nd century BC did Chinese medical practitioners equate qi as a force that circulates throughout the human body.
Chi energy is stilled being used as the basis for healing in many Eastern – and even Western – countries. According to Dr. Kyuo, author of The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy, “The Qi that a Qigong master releases is called external Qi whereas the Qi that circulates within the body is called internal Qi. When a person is sick, the flow of Qi internally can be interrupted and various organs might malfunction.”
Chi, Wellness and Infrared Therapy
Chinese physicians believe that chi must have an unobstructed flow through the body in order to enjoy good health. Nearly anything – from physical injury to a poor diet to a bad attitude – can negatively affect the flow of one’s life force by blocking, disrupting or unbalancing it.
Traditional treatment for chi problems involves adjusting the circulation of qi through various forms of exercise, acupuncture and herbal therapy. But FIR therapy can also be beneficial. As Dr. Kyuo asserts, “If proper information can be delivered inside the body via other media, or if new information can be generated within the body through exercise by patients themselves, the organs that are out of order will resume their proper function and the patients are thus cured. This is how acupuncture, electric treatment, magnetic therapy, and far infrared rays cure various illnesses and keep the body fit.”
The FIT Bodywrap© system utilizes infrared to improve circulation and detoxify the body. This is accomplished by using infrared heat to make the body sweat. Raising internal temperature and heart rate improves the flow of blood throughout the body – and could also be assumed to help chi flow freely. In fact, FIT Bodywrap© therapy could be an excellent adjunct to other nontraditional therapies incorporated in a chiropractic, physical therapy or health & wellness practice.
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