As previously mentioned, the idea that chakras control energy flows throughout the body is something that goes back very far into ancient belief systems, particularly Hinduism. The concept of the universal life force, or qi, is something that runs throughout TCM traditional Chinese medicine
and a number of martial arts. Qi is associated with the Analects of Confucius, a large collection of his sayings, where it tends to be best translated as breath rather than life force or energy. Qigong, which also relies on energy flows by manipulating qi, is a Chinese practise that combines body posture, breathing and meditation
for self-healing. This, too, dates back to Confucius, who was born in 551 BCE. However, qigong probably relies on belief systems that predate that of the philosopher's lifetime. Some people believe that bio-magnetic is at play with energy medicine, although this is not a widely held view among all healers.
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