What is Qi?

Qi, as described in the practice of acupuncture, (pronounced Chee) is the life force or energy that circulates throughout the human body. Think of it as the oceans and rivers of the earth with continuous movement and flow. There is a delicate balance within the body. If the body's Qi is out of balance, signs of distress can be found, much like if the waters of the earth were to cease their movement, life on earth would begin to wilt and wither. These issues must be addressed or there is a possibility of a more serious problem arising. Acupuncture reroutes the Qi so that balance is restored and the body returns to equilibrium.