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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies

Index | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

qi (pronounced chee; the Japanese equivalent is “ki”) The poorly defined substance, the “life force” believed by the ancient Chinese——and many new agers——to circulate in the body through the meridians. Balancing the yin and yang, the two different forms of qi——feminine and masculine——is a process said to bring about harmony of body and spirit. There are thirty-two different kinds of qi, all essential to all forms of life.
      Since belief in this substance is very widespread in Asia, it has become a firm article of cultural acceptance, and there is great reluctance there to examine the matter. Fortunately, the Chinese have accepted other, more Occidental forms of medical treatment and have incorporated those into their system.
      See also acupuncture.

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