What are the symptoms of Qi deficiency?

Symptoms vary widely, as every organ and every process of the body has its own qi associated with it. A qi deficiency can happen anywhere the body doesn’t have enough energy to perform its functions.

Symptoms may affect the following:

Digestive system

TCM practitioners refer to the digestive system as the spleen, which serves a different function than the organ by the same name in Western medicine. Symptoms of qi deficiency in this system include:

  • poor digestion
  • weakness
  • bloating
  • loose stools
  • low or no appetite
  • anemia


Symptoms of qi deficiency related to the lungs include:

  • asthma
  • weak or breathy voice
  • weak immune system
  • spontaneous sweating


Symptoms of qi deficiency related to the heart include:

  • poor circulation
  • palpitations
  • lack of joy


Symptoms of qi deficiency related to the kidneys include:

Other symptoms

Other symptoms may include:

  • anxiety
  • dry skin
  • brittle hair
  • muscle aches
  • weakness
  • weight problems
  • mental fog
  • emotional exhaustion

Qi deficiency is also believed to be at the root of many common Western disorders, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, indigestion, menstrual cramps, and others.