The Three Treasures: Jing, Qi, and Shen.

What that means for women

By Stephanie Ray, BCN

In Traditional Chinese medicine, there is a theory called the Three Treasures. Each of these three things contributes to the health and longevity of a human being. They are the Jing, Qi, and Shen. They roughly translate to the Essence, Energy, Spirit of a person. These three things are essential for sustaining a long healthy life. For woman I’ve taken license to share what this means for us.


Jing – The First Treasure


Jing determines your physical and energetic attributes before you’re born. The closest word in English we have is “essence”. You inherit this treasure from your parents. TCM theorizes that everyone has a set amount of Jing or essence at birth. As a newborn, you had a lifetime of it accrued into an energy savings account. Your essence enters your body similar to a network of tree roots, it anchors all the energy you’ll expend in your lifetime.


For women we use some of our ‘jing savings” creating life (pregnancy), the act of giving birth, it is “the seat” of the orgasm. Jing is the essence of creative thoughts and actions. 


If you take care with the foods you eat, the partying and exercise you do; and not take them to a point of excess; you will keep more Jing in your body than leak it from the body. 


Things That Drain Your Jing


  • Lack of sleep
  • Anger / Arguments
  • Chronic Stress
  • Alcohol & drugs


Signs Your Jing is Leaking


  • Looking older than your real age
  • Feeling tired all day
  • Trouble focusing
  • Loss of hair
  • Loss of purpose


Jing can be restored by eating essentially good foods and herbs, contemplating art, adding baroque music to your que, reading thoughtful books or poetry. If you practice several of these, you will cultivate and add Jing to your savings account. 


BIORAY formulas that support Jing

Chi/Qi – The Second Treasure

Human life depends on Chi (or Qi). In the classics of Chinese medicine, Chi is our Life Force Energy. It is the source of all movement in the body, it warms the body to maintain a normal temperature, it defends the body against invaders or illness, it transforms food into useful substances in the body, and it helps to hold things in their proper places. It is responsible for moving blood and body fluids.


When a woman is having issues with their Chi it can impact healthy


  • Response to invaders
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Sexual response
  • Moisture in the body and mouth
  • Childbirth
  • Lactation

The organs responsible for these functions need blood and qi to function with the meridians (electrical pathways in the body) that act as communication channels. As a result, the female body’s functions are dependent upon the effects of the organs, meridians, blood and qi working together.


 When the Qi is flowing women experience


  • Balanced Moods
  • Clear thinking
  • Energy
  • Active sex drive
  • 28-day menstrual cycle (for those that it applies)
  • No dryness
  • Healthy hair & fingernails


Chi/Qi can be supported by taking adaptogenic and adrenal supporting herbs, fermented foods, good fats, lightly cooked fruits & vegetables, taking breaks throughout the day, making time to take a nap, doing relaxing activities, such as yoga, tai chi, or qigong.



BIORAY formulas that support Qi/Chi


Shen – The Third Treasure


The Shen translated means “Spirit” and is responsible for consciousness, cognition, and our emotional life. The Shen’s job is things like thinking, planning, and feeling. Shen energy expresses differently according to different types of personality and constitution.


When the Shen is disturbed it impacts


  • Thinking
  • Planning 
  • Emotions

BIORAY formulas that support the Shen


Harmonious and spirited Shen is a major element for women having a sense of “all is well” moving through the world and having full self-expression. This relies on keeping the other two treasures nurtured, restored, and replenished. 


In Traditional Chinese medicine it is said, “Shen is the spiritual radiance that can be seen shining through a person’s eyes – a heart brimming with wisdom, forgiveness and generosity”. Thank you to the mothers who generously forgive and share their wisdom.

Tue, Mar 23, 21 |

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