“Ch’i” – An ancient life force inspiring today’s earthy herbal ideas

“Ch’i” – An ancient life force inspiring today’s earthy herbal ideas


The ancient concept of “Ch’i” is what inspires us to make our Handcrafted Herbal refreshers. Eastern traditions believe “Ch’i” – the life force or essential energy – flows from the Earth through every living thing, reaching and energising each of us.

Eastern traditions believe Ch’i starts in the Earth and flows through every living thing giving the essential breath of life. The concept of such a life force is found in most of the ancient cultures of the world. In India, it is called prana; in China, chi; in Japan, ki; for Native Americans, the Great Spirit. For all these cultures and others as well, the idea of life force has been central to their forms of medicine and healing.

Traditional Eastern medicine often aims to restore the right levels of Ch’i to keep the body and soul healthy. A strong life force is believed to make a human being totally alive, alert and present while a weak force results in sluggishness and fatigue. You can increase and develop your Ch’i to overcome illness, become more vibrant and enhance mental capacity. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are based on balancing and enhancing Ch’i to bring the body into a state of health. Herbs are one of the key tools in this form of medicine.

We are not students of Eastern medicines, and make no claims for therapeutic outcomes from our herbal refreshers, but we are inspired by the idea of a flow of positive energy from the Earth. This ancient view of an essential Ch’i energy flowing from the Earth that can be captured and directed to rejuvenate each of us is a metaphor and inspiration for the work we do finding and hand crafting earthy herbal ideas.

 

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