How to Restore Chi

Chi, sometimes called qi, is the basis of Chinese medicine and refers to your body's vital energy. When someone is ill, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, believe that the person's chi is off balance. Using herbal remedies, acupuncture and qi gong stimulates your internal organs and helps restore chi. In addition, healthy eating, exercise and sleep habits keep your chi balanced. Talk to your doctor before using any form of alternative medicine, particularly if you are under medical treatment for any health conditions.

Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. This ensures that you get an adequate intake of the nutrients that protect your overall health. It also restores your chi, according to TCM practitioners. Include a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy foods.

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Add onions, garlic and mushrooms to your meals. These foods have immune-enhancing properties say TCM practitioners. As a result, they restore chi and help protect you from illnesses and disease. They work well in soup, stew, salad and sandwiches.

Exercise regularly prevent health conditions and restore chi. Meditation, yoga and tai chi are traditional Chinese forms of exercise that offer health benefits for both your body and your mind. However, any form of exercise helps restore your life energy.

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Get enough sleep. The amount you need may be different from friends and family, but typically ranges between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Set a regular bedtime and go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This helps set your body's internal clock, giving you cues when it is time to sleep and wake up.

Use herbal remedies as prescribed by your practitioner. The specific herb varies, depending on your symptoms. However, some herbs are beneficial for overall immunity enhancement. Try tea made with echinacea, licorice or goldenseal, with a medical doctor's approval.

Find a qualified acupuncturist who has experience with your complaints and health conditions. See this person regularly, which allows her to unblock your life force and restore chi by stimulating portions of body connected to your health.


For specific health problems, contact a holistic or TCM practitioner. Practitioners are trained in the use of herbs for medicinal purposes and can help restore chi by prescribing specific combinations and treatments.


Never use herbal remedies without a doctor's approval. Some interact with prescription medications, which may reduce their effectiveness or cause dangerous side effects.