What’s the relationship between Qi and teeth? Over the last hundred years, modern physicists have discovered intriguing things about our reality. The insights of relativity theory and quantum science defy the impressions we receive through our five senses.

When delving into the subatomic world, quantum scientists learned, for instance, that everything is interconnected. They called this “inseparability.” At the deepest levels of reality, it’s impossible to separate one thing from another. These invisible connections are foundational to our world, our lives, and how our bodies function.

While modern physicists discovered these insights through experiments and calculations, ancient Chinese sages perceived the same insights through deep spiritual practice. They called their realization “Oneness” and it formed the foundation for all of traditional Chinese medicine. These connections don’t just exist within an individual, they connect that individual to all other living beings, and to the Universe itself.

Oneness and Kidney Energy

So how does Oneness relate to the TCM technique of biting the teeth? For that, we look to the Five Element Consciousness Framework, a map of life’s infinite interconnections, arranged into five elemental patterns. In this system, Winter is related to the Water element and the Kidney organ system. By embracing Nature’s example, we learn that Winter is a perfect time to turn inward and conserve Kidney Qi.

The Kidney is the storage tank for your inborn Qi, inherited from your mother and father. It pulls from this Qi to power the other organ systems when they are depleted. Without strong Kidney Qi, the other organ systems can fall out of balance. The Kidney is responsible for physical functions, like extracting waste from blood; yet it also has energetic functions at deeper, invisible levels in the body. One of these responsibilities involves nourishing the bones and maintaining the integrity of their structure. The teeth are the “surplus” of the bone.

Healthy bones and teeth are dependent on strong Kidney Qi. When the teeth are stimulated, so is the Kidney system. So this biting technique helps build the overall energy of each. As you age, your Kidney Qi naturally declines. Elderly populations often suffer from weakened bones and dental problems. Caring for your body before a problem arises will help you make the powerful shift toward lifelong health.

Practice the biting technique: 

Gently bite your teeth together 50 times. Practice this two to three times per day. This technique is particularly effective in Winter, but can be practiced daily, throughout the year.

Five Elements, Mind, Body, Spirit
4 Responses to Bite Your Teeth, Build Your Energy!
  1. I recall being taught this many years ago. Thank you for the reminder, and at the right time of the year. I am grateful for your articles!

  2. I love this! Beutiful explanation of Oneness.

  3. Comment *Love this! I had a painful tooth this winter that I almost went to the dentist for but remembered the seasonal energy and the message my body was sending me. I took in more warming food and drink, rested, practiced our seasonal Qigong, and gently did this exercise with my teeth. It resolved within a couple weeks.


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