Is this really possible? What’s the relationship between the teeth and energy or Qi (pronounced chee), as it’s called in China? In the last hundred years, modern physicists have discovered many intriguing and mystifying things about our reality. Frequently, 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 in some way. They called this quality “inseparability.” At the deepest levels of this reality, it’s literally impossible to separate this from that, one thing from the other. Although these infinitesimal interconnections are not visible, they are foundational to our world, our lives, and how our bodies function.
While modern physicists discovered these insights through advanced mathematics and rigorous experiment, ancient Chinese sages perceived the exact same insights through deep spiritual practice. They called their realization of inseparability “Oneness.” Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a holistic medicine, continuously practiced for thousands of years, with its roots in Oneness.
All of TCM’s principles and theories reflect these deeper characteristics of our reality. That’s why it’s still viable as a medical paradigm today. It’s timeless because it’s based on natural law—how things are structured and actually work in this three-dimensional reality.
Let’s explore the concept of Oneness and interconnection using the traditional Chinese technique of biting the teeth. TCM’s Five Element theory maps the infinite interconnections of our reality, placing them into five elemental patterns. In this system, winter is related to the Water element and the Kidney organ system. If you really study winter, you’ll soon see that conservation and storage is the underlying mode of this season. So winter is a perfect time (but not the only time!) to build, conserve and store Kidney Qi or energy.
TCM understands that the Kidney stores and supplies Qi for your body over your entire lifetime. This organ system is responsible for many physical functions, like extracting waste from blood; yet it also has functions at the level of energy—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, according to TCM.
Bones and teeth are dependent on strong Kidney Qi for their health, and both share a reciprocal relationship with the Kidney organ system. This means when the teeth are stimulated, the Kidney system is stimulated as well. So this technique helps build the overall energy of each. The interconnection is precisely what makes the biting technique so effective.
Over thousands of years, TCM practitioners have created many techniques and self-healing energy practices (such as Qigong) that increase and help preserve Kidney Qi. The biting technique, while particularly effective when done in winter, can be incorporated into your daily routine anytime during the year.
Building Kidney energy is one of the foundations of well-being in a natural, self-healing approach to wellness because the Kidney organ system supplies Qi for your entire body. Without it, the other four organ systems can fall out of balance. Remember, everything is interconnected! By incorporating this very simple, yet incredibly effective, practice into your daily routine, you can make a subtle yet unmistakably powerful shift toward good health.
Here’s how to practice the biting technique:
Bite your teeth together lightly fifty times. Do this technique two or three times per day after brushing your teeth, if possible.