What is the Chinese concept of chi and how it is related to health?

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The Chinese concept of Chi or the Universal Life Force Energy has been studied for decades. Theories of traditional Chinese medicine assert that the body has natural patterns of Chi associated with it that circulate in channels called meridians. Symptoms of various illnesses are often seen as the product of disrupted or unbalanced Chi.

Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the flow of Chi in the body using a variety of therapeutic techniques. Health is said to be restored to the individual only when these natural energy forces are returned to a balanced state.