The Asian Concept of Qi

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The Asian Concept of Qi
The Asian concept of qi, sometimes written as chi, has become more familiar in the West because of its association with acupuncture, which has also made inroads among those seeking alternatives to Western medicine. The concept emerged from the religion of Taoism, or Daoism, and is associated with ides inherent in Chinese medicine and medical practice.
The concept of qi is central to Taoist thought. Qi is the word for the life force that animates every living thing in the world. This life force is called ki in Japan and shakti in India, and in ancient Egypt it was ka. Qi is thought to be a vibratory phenomenon operating at the molecular and even sub-atomic levels. In China, the word has a direct tie to health as the...
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.....es much diagnosis and treatment on the idea of qi and on the idea of balance. The idea of qi outside of medicine is given even less credence in the West, where practices such as Geng Shui are seen as superstitions with no objective evidence for effectiveness. In much of the East, though, the same search for order is seen as served by the idea of qi and by various practices meant to restore or assure balance.
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