Chi / Qi
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Chi or Qi is a Chinese word used to describe a universal force or natural energy that permeates everything in the universe including human beings, much like “the force” described in the Star Wars movies. Proponents claim the ability to channel chi into specific areas of the body allowing them to heal the sick or perform feats of strength and endurance such as breaking boards or bricks with various body parts. Many martial arts, traditional eastern medical and religious practices including acupuncture and Feng Shui use chi or similar forms of vitalism as their central tenet.
At first glance, practitioners of chi related arts may seem to have mystical powers – much like western style illusionists or magicians – but when studied under controlled conditions no evidence has been found that cannot be explained by natural physical phenomenon, the placebo effect or pure deception and showmanship.
There seems to be no genuine evidence for chi.