Qi is thought to be a part of all existence including spiritual energy and the force behind life. Qi's definition is breath, gas or air. Chinese medicine is used to balance the Qi throughout the body's meridian points and body parts; this iincludes extraordinary or A-shi points in attempts to remove an illness or to assist with the well being
of a person.
A stiff tongue as it relates to the heart is one that is difficult to move or when it stays on one side of the mouth. This causes speech abnormalities. When the tongue has a bright red color, red spots and is abnormally sticky by it's coating, or swollen at the tip then issues of the heart could include involve the pericardium or phlegm problems are affecting the heart.
The Qi flow cycle is listed in 4 hour increments according to elements of the earth. This is known as the Horary Cycle. According to this cycle the meridians or parts of the body are able to reach their full potential in conjunction with the elements.
Element Time Body
Wood 11pm-3am Gallbladder (11pm-1am) Liver (1am-3am)
Metal 3am-7am Lung (3am-5am) Large Intestine (5am-7am)
Earth 7am-11am Stomach (7am-9am) Spleen (9am-11am)
Fire 11am-3pm Heart (11am-1pm) Small Intestine (1pm-3pm)
Water 3pm-7pm Bladder (3pm-5pm) Kidney (5pm-7pm)
Ministerial Fire 7pm-11pm Pericardium (7pm-9pm) Triple Burner (9pm-11pm)
Ministerial Fire- is the source of heat power in the body. Excessive ministerial fire is an kind of evil fire that causes the body to produce heat. Evil fire affects the lungs, bladder and triple burner. It impairs bodily fluids.
The Triple Burner- is a combination of the upper burner( heart and lungs), the middle burner (spleen and stomach),
the lower burner (liver, kidneys, large and small intestines and the bladder).
Tongue acupuncture has been used to help those suffering from stroke, autism and cerebral palsy. In traditional Chinese medicine the tongue is the map of the body. Shen is located in the blood vessels of our heart and must be nourished by Qi, which is produced by the spleen and stomach. A healthy essence must be obtained as well. For overall health of Shen which is described as spirit, mind, mental health and functions and our existence, it is imperative that we indoctrinate such principles of alternative medicine into our lives.