In TCM, a variety of things determines your qi. It begins with your genetic makeup. It’s also affected by your diet, emotions, and habits from birth onward. It’s always changing.
There are a variety of physical and emotional conditions that are thought to diminish your qi. Among the most common causes are chronic stress and sleep deprivation. Both of these can elevate the stress hormone cortisol, which can interfere with immune function and increase the risk of depression and burnout. You may be able to lower your cortisol levels naturally, using both home remedies and a TCM supplement like ashwagandha.
Other causes may include:
- food sensitivities
- Lyme disease
- hormonal imbalances
- environmental factors (polluted air in particular)
- unresolved emotional issues
- relationship problems