Intro – Three Treasures

The Taoists say that there are three types of energy:

chiChi – Everyday Energy

Jing – Reserve or Adaptive Energy

Shen – Spiritual or Integrity Energy


Western medical science recognises chi and calls it ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and bio-photons, but it doesn’t yet recognise the existence of the second two. It gets fairly close to describing jing when it talks about adrenal energy, sexual energy and mental energy. There’s no recognition of spiritual health or integrity as relating to energy in any way; one is seen more as a lifestyle choice or belief system and the other is a seen purely as a character trait. One of the reasons I got involved in tonic herbalism is because I love this approach that sees spiritual malaise or lack of integrity as low levels of a certain kind of energy that can be built back up with herbs.