Major Taoist concept. Literally translated by: "air, vapors, ether, breathing, energy". At the same time it means "temperament, power, atmosphere". Ch'i is one's vital force but also the universal spiritual energy pervading all beings.
The idea of the vital energy of the Tao which a person can not only use but also enhance and increase. This can be done in several ways, including the eating of particular substances, dance and other types of movement, and meditation (see Taoist Hygiene and Yoga).
the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health
in Taoist philosophy, the breath or life force that exists within all living things. Much emphasis is given to various means by which its flow can be increased (e.g., acupuncture, relaxation techniques), thereby improving one's overall plane of health.