Rebellious Qi

When I check your pulse, I look for several things.  

  • The three main positions (Chi, Guan, and Cun)
  • The depth of the pulse (floating, deep, etc.)
  • The force of the blood going through the pulse (weak, sluggish, or forceful, etc.)
  • The shape of the pulse (thick, thin, scattered, etc.)


Many problems are due to a “floating pulse.”  

  • Floating Lung pulse:  allergies or skin problems
  • Floating Spleen pulse:  acidic stomach
  • Floating Kidney pulse:  tight back or shoulders, muscle spasms, hormone imbalance, stress
  • Floating Heart pulse:  insomnia
  • Floating Liver pulse:  stress, headaches, irritability, anxiety


What Does a Floating Pulse Mean?

The floating pulse means that your qi is rising instead of circulating normally or sinking.  The pulse has no root, so then problems manifest.  It’s like if you feel your pulse at the very surface, it seems strong, but with a slight pressure, it disappears.  

It’s like “vata” – or an air imbalance – in Ayurvedic medicine.  The typical vata person is nervous, moves around quickly (kind of like a chihuahua or other little nervous dog-type), and is thin.  

When we get sick with a cold or flu, it’s often because we let our qi rise, or rebel upwards.  Deeply relaxing will allow your qi to sink back to where it should be and you will heal faster.  

Nervous types of people need a regular schedule of relaxation (see below) to keep their qi rooted.  

If you feel tired, drinking caffeine to keep going will cause your qi to uproot and rebel.  Rest helps your qi recover.  


What Can I Do To Root My Qi?

  • Acupuncture (of course)
  • Eat more root vegetables 
  • Eat more good fats and oils
  • Deep breathing
  • Submersing in water (showers are ok, baths are better, swimming in a large body of natural water is the best)
  • Going barefoot outside (especially on the grass, rocks, or sand)
  • Anointing your body with oils or – even better – have someone massage oil on you!
  • Laying down quietly.  Reading is ok; TV or computer is NOT ok and will cause more rebellious qi.
  • Meditation 



  1. My mother always had us wear socks outside and of course shoes. My husband’s side of the family, to this day, run around outside barefoot. They also live in the country, well a small country town. They use lots of old home remedies to heal ailments and lots of teas for this or that. My husband was the first one to tell me about laying flat on a warm surface for good circulation. I saw him do this one time while we were visiting his family. It was at night and I thought he had passed out drunk on the street. When I ran to him he said he was getting his back a healing. I thought he was drunk and made sure no cars were coming. Years later, I see on tv some man advertising how heat on the back works for lower back pain. My husband looked at me and said, “You see. I told you heat helps and the way I do mine is free.”

  2. rebellious qi is a nasty imbalance and becomes a stronghold for those with bulimia–the crux of this evil dis-order rooted in chaos, digesting love-hate mixed messages energy (bipolar environment) and has many different spiritual and physical clinical cobwebs attached to it.
    From a Christian perspective, its the spirit of Jezebel and Baal at work; I’m an East-West practitioner who integrates and fuses TCM with the Bible 😉
    Acne and skin problems are also due to yang rising/ liver excess/ candida or too much energy (stress) imposed upon the spleen which cannot transform and transport faster than the rate its coming into the soul/body/ spirit.
    Good little summary, keep up the good work and God bless!
    Amira aka ‘Amiracle’
    The Kitchen Doc


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