The Chinese concept of Chi , equivalent to qi, ch'i , known in Japan as ki, in Vietnam as khi and in Korea as Gi means energy , breath or fluid , but can also literally translates air, steam, breath , ether and temperament , power or atmosphere mean .

Chi is a central concept of Taoism . The earliest mention of the term is the Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi attributed to the consisting described the cosmos from China . Moreover, the idea of ​​chi is the ideological basis of classical or traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM).

As the substance that makes up the entire universe both physically and spiritually , it is considered a vital energy life force , but is neither physical nor mental.

CHI is regarded in traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM) as a general life energy or energy of the spiritual. To bring the chi in the body back to its natural, balanced state, is the basic principle of traditional Chinese medicine.



The concept of Qi comes in many other cultures in a similar form:

  • Prana, the Indian conception,
  • Lung, the Tibetan expression
  • Mana, in hawaianischer tradition
  • Bif or Wurd, the Germanic conception
  • Pneuma, ancient Greek conception from the perspective of the whole of the Chi
  • Baraka, classical Arabic conception; is strongly linked to places or persons and their healing power
  • Reiki, which is also known as laying on of hands and was first cultivated as such in Japan

Newer concepts

  • Vitalism that takes an inside every living resident special life force (vis vitalis).
  • Orgon, the conception of Wilhelm Reich, for it introduces one of the terms "institution" and "orgasm" borrowed name
  • The idea of ​​the OD by Karl Reichenbach