Prenatal 先天之氣 and Postnatal Qi 後天之氣
Yuan Qi 元氣 and Zong Qi 宗氣 are the foundations of our Vital Energy – our Qi. Yuan Qi comes from our parents and so affects our genetics. We carry the energy from our parents and so if they were tall, short, strong or weak etc. then this will also affect us as it will be part of our basic elements, which includes our health, attitude and talents. It therefore determines whether we are good at somethings and bad at other things. However our Zong Qi also has a big effect. Zong Qi is the energy which comes to us after we are born. It comes from the air we breathe the food we eat and drink, it also includes our learning and development. This affects our emotions, the way we see things might be slightly different to others and so it can affect whether we grow healthily or can you bad for us.
Yuan Qi is our Prenatal Qi 先天之氣, the energy we are born with and Zong Qi is our Postnatal Qi 後天之氣, energy that comes to us after we are born. Both of these types of Qi are important to us and we cannot do without one or the other in order to live. It is like yin and yang, Yuan Qi is yin, internal from the inside of us, and Zong Qi is yang, external from the outside to supply the body. If both of these are good then we will have good Qi, but if they are bad then we will have bad Qi, If one good and one bad, Then it makes our health and life in many different conditions.