qi, gathering (chē),
n the product of the second step of the process after which digested food becomes food-qi and is sent by the middle burner to the chest and lungs. After food-qi is combined with air, it creates gathering qi, which is usable by the body. Its primary functions are to nourish the lungs and heart, encourage the lungs to direct respiration and control qi, and promote the heart's responsibilities of regulating the blood and blood vessels. See also qi, food.