1The twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), transliterated as ‘kh’ or ‘ch’.
- This use of h was first established in Latin, which used ch, ph, and th for the Greek letters chi, phi, and theta.
- It is possible that the substitution of ‘ck’ with ‘x’ is a linguistic nod to the Greek letter chi.
- An X-like character in the Greek alphabet is called chi (pronounced kee).
(also qi or ki)
The circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine.
- When we are cold our system contracts - blood and chi do not circulate and we become very quickly fatigued.
- Different traditions call this energy by different names, such as chi, prana and life force.
- The beauty benefits are a side effect, as the real benefit lies in the development of chi (life force), which, when flowing strongly, brings health to the vital organs and is even thought to induce a state of enlightenment.
from Chinese qì, literally 'air, breath'.