What is Qi (Chee)?
A traditional Chinese term denoting "vital energy flow." The creative or
formative principle associated with life and all processes that
characterize living entities. All animate forms in nature are
manifestations of Qi. Qi is an invisible substance, as well as an
immaterial force that has palpable and observable manifestations. See
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Qi has its own movement and also activates the
movement of things other than itself. Qi begets motion and heat. Within
the context of the human person, Qi is that which enlivens the body and
is differentiated according to specific functional systems. All physical
and mental activities are manifestations of Qi: sensing, cogitating,
feeling, digesting, stirring, propagating.
One Chinese ideogram for Qi is composed of an upper radical
representing "rising vapor" and a lower radical denoting "grain." The
steam that spirals from a pot of cooking rice symbolizes distilled
essence, hence Qi can be translated as the vapor of the finest matter.
Qi refers to resources the human organism consumes, transforms, and
The highly refined essence of food (Food Qi) and air (Air Qi) in the
body becomes one entity known as Pure or Righteous Qi. It is this
Righteous or Zheng Qi that circulates in the channels, regulating and
nourishing all body processes and activities. Defensive Qi (wei) is the
activity of adapting to influences such as weather or mobilizing
resistance to pathogenic microorganisms and noxious substances in the
environment. Qi also implies the totality of Blood, Moisture, and Qi,
the total summation of the life of the organism.
Qi is regulated by the Liver, generated by the Spleen, distributed by
the Lungs, and stored by the Kidney.
Qi Gong Therapy
Literally translates as "Qi cultivation," Qi Gong is comprised of static
and moving exercises that enable the practitioner to strengthen and
re-balance Qi. Qi Gong can take the form of a ritualized daily exercise
like Tai Qi or can be executed by a medical practitioner in order to
Our staff of Qi Gong educators are available for consultation, for
more information please contact our offices and speak to our trained