Revisiting the Concept of Qi as Life Force

April 30, 2022

New Directions, Nagoya Institute of Technology

This paper examines the Chinese concept of qi as a potentially useful perspective on the feeling and physical reality of being alive. It should be noted from the outset that this is a scientifically contentious topic, but it has had such a profound impact on the philosophy, medical practices, and lifestyles of people in China and other countries that it is worth considering. The paper begins with an overview of the roots and meaning of qi and then a review of the current views of science and modern medicine.

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