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Published: March 10, 2024
Updated: March 10, 2024

Jing - the most vital substance in the body

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Jing, often referred to as Essence, is a fundamental
concept that plays a key role in human health and development. Jing is considered to be the
the most vital substance in the body, representing the essence of life and the basis of our constitution.
There are two types of Jing in TCM: prenatal Jing (also known as Yuan Jing) and postnatal Jing.
Prenatal Jing is inherited from our parents at conception and represents our
basic genetic make-up and potential. It is considered a finite and irreplaceable resource,
determining our overall vitality, longevity and constitution, including ancestrally inherited
competence. On the other hand, postnatal Jing is acquired through proper nutrition, lifestyle choices
lifestyle and self-care. It is the result of how we conserve and replenish our energy as we
we go through life.
Examples of the importance of Jing in TCM include:

  1. Reproductive health: Jing is closely related to fertility and reproductive health. It is believed
    that in women, the quality of Jing affects menstrual cycles, ovulation and the ability to conceive and
    delivery of a healthy pregnancy. In men, Jing is associated with semen quality and masculinity.
  2. Growth and development: Jing plays a key role in the growth and development of the body, especially during
    childhood and adolescence. It contributes to healthy bone development, strong teeth and vibrant
  3. Vitality and energy: Jing is responsible for providing the body with its basic energy.
    People with abundant Jing tend to have more sustained energy levels, a strong immune system and greater
    resistance to disease.
  4. Ageing and longevity: Jing is often associated with the ageing process. It is believed that
    depletion of prenatal Jing over time contributes to the ageing of the body and the onset of
    age-related health problems. By preserving and nourishing our postnatal Jing,
    we can support healthy ageing and longevity.
  5. Cognitive function: Jing is also believed to be related to mental clarity, memory and
    cognitive functions. A strong Jing foundation is believed to support a sharp intellect and sharpness of the mind.

TCM practitioners often work with patients to assess and optimise their Jing, aiming to find a
balance between its intake and replenishment. Lifestyle choices such as a nutritious
diet, sufficient rest and stress management, are laid on to preserve the
postnatal Jing. In addition, certain herbal remedies and Qi Gong practices are sometimes
recommended to tone and nurture the Jing.
By understanding and respecting the importance of Jing in TCM, individuals can make conscious efforts to maintain vitality, promote their long-term health and live a fulfilling life.
Jing represents the essence of life itself and offers valuable insights into the intricate relationship
between our physical and spiritual wellbeing.

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