. QI represents and promotes movement of the body’s FUNCTIONAL ENERGY. Qi is in charge of transforming and moving, holding and raising, protecting and warming the body. Qi gives Blood movement. Qi is Yang in nature
When there is too much, or an EXCESS OF QI, the body may react with symptoms of hyperactivity in functions of the Meridian with the excess(see the Meridian chart, under FUNCTIONS)
If the Meridian naturally travels upwards, a Qi Excess will move the energy up with such force that the meridian is overwhelmed, like a pot of water boiling with the lid on, creating tremendous pressure. An example of this is the Liver Meridian. When the Liver Meridian is overwhelmed the body may respond with hyperactivity of its Functions: anger which is explosive in nature, red eyes, headaches at the side of the head or over the eyes, muscle tension in the shoulders/neck and base of head etc.
In cases of Meridians which have a natural downwards flow, this hyperactivity may cause “REBELLIOUS QI” –when the movement of Qi is forced upwards, in the opposite direction. An example of this is the Stomach meridian. When food goes in, it is natural for it to move downwards to the stomach. When Stomach Qi is Rebellious, it will try to push the food upwards through the Meridian(creating symptoms such as heartburn, vomiting, red cheeks, frontal headaches etc)
In order to balance a Qi excess, it is advisable to AVOID foods that promote and tonify Qi in the already overwhelmed Meridian.