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What is Qi? Qi is a concept central to traditional  Chinese culture. Also referred to as qi, ki,  or ch’i)  it is believed to be a  vital force forming part of any living entity. Qi translates as “air” and figuratively as “material energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow” “. Qi is the central underlying principle in Chinese traditional Asian medicine,  in Tai Chi and other Chinese martial arts. The practice of cultivating and balancing qi is called qigong.





Believers of qi describe it as a vital force, the flow of which must be unimpeded for health. Qi is considered by skeptics as an unverified concept,  which has never been directly observed. For the beginner, it is important to note it is unrelated to the concept of energy used in science –  vital energy itself being an abandoned notion in Western mechanistic thinking





References to concepts analogous to qi are found in many Asian belief systems. Philosophical conceptions of qi from the earliest records of Chinese philosophy (5th century BCE) correspond to Western notions of humours, the ancient yogic concept of prana. An early form of qi comes from the writings of the Chinese philosopher Mencius (4th century BCE). The ancient Chinese described qi as “life force”. They believed it permeated everything and linked their surroundings together. Qi was also linked to the flow of energy around and through the body, forming a cohesive functioning unit. By understanding the rhythm and flow of qi, they believed they could guide exercises and treatments to provide stability and longevity.






Although the concept has been important within many Chinese philosophies, over the centuries the descriptions of qi have varied and have sometimes been in conflict. Until China came into contact with Western scientific and philosophical ideas, the Chinese had not categorized all things in terms of matter and energy. Qi and li (理: “pattern”) were ‘fundamental’ categories similar to matter and energy.







Fairly early on, some Chinese thinkers began to believe that there were different fractions of qi—the coarsest and heaviest fractions formed solids, lighter fractions formed liquids, and the most ethereal fractions were the “lifebreath” that animated living beings. This is a concept related to the concept of the Five elements,  and Chakras which are central to many approaches in alternative and complementary medicine as well as Indian Ayurveda.

Many of the concepts cental to the understanding of qi comes from the classic Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu but also appear in the Analects of Confucius.


Lewis Harrison’s Meta-analysis of the Tao te Ching



The [morally] noble man guards himself against three things. When he is young, his xueqi has not yet stabilized, so he guards himself against sexual passion. When he reaches his prime, his xueqi is not easily subdued, so he guards himself against combativeness. When he reaches old age, his xueqi is already depleted, so he guards himself against acquisitiveness.

                             — Confucius, Analects, 16:7


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In traditional Chinese approaches to healing, wellness, and medicine the experience of various states of awareness as well as symptoms of various illnesses is believed to be either the product of disrupted, blocked, and unbalanced qi movement through meridians (energy pathways in the body and mind)v or deficiencies and imbalances of qi.

Various practices including meditation, specialized breathing techniques, qigong, Tai Chi, herbs, visualization, affirmation, acupuncture, moxabustion, food therapy, and acupressure as well as other approaches Traditional Chinese medicine may be used to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the circulation of qi.




There are concepts similar to qi can be found in many cultures. These include;

Pranain Hinduism and Indian culture,

Pneumain ancient Greece,

Manain Hawaiian culture

Lüng in Tibetan Buddhism,

Manitouin the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas




As previously mentioned some elements of the qi concept can be found in the term ‘energy’ when used in the context of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative and complementary medicine.



Practices involving qi include:

  • Feng shui: The traditional Chinese art of geomancy, the placement and arrangement of space. Similar in purpose as elements of Western Environmental psychology, and design (architectural,  interior, pattern language) it is based on calculating the balance of qi, interactions between the five elementsyin and yang, and other factors related to qi.
  • Qigong (气功 or 氣功: This involves coordinated breathing, movement, and awareness. It is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi. With roots in traditional Chinese medicinephilosophy and martial artsqigong is now practiced worldwide for exercise, healing, meditation, and training for martial arts. Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing, slow and stylized movement, a mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi.
  • Acupuncture and moxibustion: Acupuncture is a part 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. This is often accompanied by moxibustion, a treatment that involves burning mugwort on or near the skin at an acupuncture point.
  • Acupressure: This is a part of traditional Chinese medicine that involves massaging or placing pressure on structures of the body (skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscles) at tsubos ( the same as acupuncture points) to balance the flow of qi.
  • Tai Chi: Tai chi (Chinese: 太極; pinyinTàijí), short for T’ai chi ch’üan or Tàijí quán (太極拳), is an internal Chinese exercise, movement, and martial art practice. It has been used for both its defense training, its health benefits and meditation. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tai chi are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.
  • Tao te Chi: This is a modern internal exercise,  movement, and self-awareness art and practice.  Created by Lewis Harrison, the administrator of this website, It combines elements of Zen, Taoist thought, Tai Chi, Qigong, controlled breathing, yoga, and mindful meditation. Aside from the philosophical, and meditative elements, the practice itself takes less than 10 minutes a day.

Throughout this website, you will find blogs, vlogs, resources, youtube videos, coaching programs, and courses related to the understanding of and cultivation of qi.





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