What is chi?

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Chi is a kind of energy based on traditional Chinese and/or Taoist philosophy. In the case of the human body, chi is considered the life force that makes every organ or part function the way they are supposed to be. The flow of energy in the body is said to accompany the bloodstream reaching every distal part for all their force or energy requirements. Chi, as a life force, is also said to be present in a particular space or building. A person’s home or office area also has its own chi or flow of energy.

The concept of chi is applied into many different disciplines based on Chinese philosophy. In the case of buildings for example, the guidelines in Feng Shui are said to be based on the principle from chi which is the flow of energy. In Feng Shui, certain objects in a particular space are carefully and strategically placed to create the right balance and flow of energy. The location of certain elements also contributes to the right flow of chi in a given space. The door and windows of a house are very important components when applying Feng Shui. These components must be located at the right corner or facing the right direction for chi to flow in a healthy and balanced way. For items that are already fixed, certain elements in Feng shui may be added like water components or figurines to invite good chi or energy.

In the case of the human body, various elements of Traditional medicine use the concept of chi in providing an optimum boost to health or provide a relaxing flow of energy. Acupuncture and acupressure for example involve manipulation of specific points in the body to promote the flow of chi in the body. Through these techniques, an overall energy balance can be achieved. This also explains why many traditional medicine experts promote techniques like acupuncture or acupressure to relieve aches and pains or simply to boost the immune system. All these effects are secondary to the restoration of the right energy or chi balance in the body.

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