Qi (prounced "Chee")
The Chinese concept of Qi has no parallel in the English or European Languages. It is often translated as "energy", "essence of life", "living force". or "vital energy," but these do not convey the complexity of its meaning.

Broadly, Qi is the life-force within the human organism, encompassing all the vital activities - spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. In this narrow sense, Qi takes on different forms according to its role in the life process.

It is Qi that gives life to all living matter and it is Qi which circulates along the meridians. Its flow and distribution depend on the balance of Yin and Yang. (Click here for further information about Qi)