What is qi?

  • (noun): The circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health.
    Synonyms: chi, ch'i, ki


In traditional Chinese culture, (also chi or ch'i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as life energy, life force, or energy flow. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of "qi" is breath, air, or gas.

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Practices Involving Qi - Acupuncture and Moxibustion
... Acupuncture is a type of Traditional Chinese medicine that involves insertion of needles into superficial structures of the body (skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscles) at acupuncture points to balance the flow of qi ... Acupuncture is often accompanied by moxibustion, a treatment that involves burning mugwort on or near the skin at an acupuncture point ...
Piers Fletcher
... and researcher, mainly working for the British panel game QI, broadcast on the BBC ... Fletcher then left his job and began working for QI, where he became one of the show's "Question Wranglers" at the beginning of the second series, where he ... By the sixth series of QI, Fletcher, or "Flash" as he is nicknamed by the rest of the QI crew, was given the post of producer, taking over from the ...
Liu Zi Jue - The Sounds/sections
... XU - 'deep sigh' or 'hiss' - Level the Liver Qi 呵 HE - 'yawn' or 'laughing sound' - Supplement the Heart Qi 呼 HU - 'to sigh,' 'to exhale,' or 'to call' - Cultivate the Spleen/Pancreas Qi ...
Specker Sequence - Construction
... be a computable function r(n) such that