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Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Reiki are complementary therapies that are gaining popularity with patients. Although these therapies seem simple and attractive in their philosophy and are easy to apply,more objective, well-designed research is needed to prove their efficacy and to gain acceptance from the medical community.
Before discussing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, one needs to understand clearly the concept of Qi in Chinese culture. Qi in Chinese means ‘‘air,’’ ‘‘puff,’’ or ‘‘power.’’ Qi is the universal life force that exists in all living things. No comparable word in English exists to describe Qi. In Japanese, it is called Ki, as in Reiki. In Sanskrit, it is called Prana. Qi(More)
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