de Qi:

"de Qi" is the term used for the sensation felt when an acupuncturist (or acupressure/shiatsu practitioner) reaches the level of "Qi" in the body. This sensation may feel like distention or throbbing or an electrical impulse in the area of the acupoint being addressed. Often the sensation radiates down the meridian being addressed. Once the sensation is felt and Qi has been reached, the acupuncturist will leave the needle in place and the sensation will fade. Depending on the message the acupuncturist wants to transmit to the body, the needle may then be left alone or manipulated manually or electrically.


Calvin Dale Smith, BA, MSc, R-TCMP, R-Ac
Registered Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner
Riverside Acupuncture and Wellness Centre
2211 Riverside Dr., Suite 106
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X5