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KEY FEATURES: Material based on empirical findings as well as first-hand experiences makes the book a valuable resource for both guiding and inspiring readers. Connection of current debates with an analysis of the cultural healing practices of Far East Asian communities provides a critical point of departure for highlighting challenges and transformations within the field of health and mental health. Discussion of a range of issues makes the book relevant to scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students in training in the various health and mental health fields, as well as mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others. Exploration of research, theories, and practices extends beyond Asian groups to include all types of patients, clients, and groups. Chapter-ending discussion questions prompt readers ...

Ki (氣) and Healing
5 Ki (氣) and healing
Tadashi Ogawa Mami Ishii

The Eastern concept of ki (or qi), which is often translated into English as “vital force” or “life energy,” has received attention in the Western world for some time now. In Asian countries, ki is understood as a fundamental dimension of the relation between human beings and the world. Because all cultures evolve their own traditions, mythology, habitude, history, and language, this concept is also spelled differently as ki, qi, and ch’i in different cultures. It is called qi in China and ki in Japan. They both have a special character “氣” and the pronunciation is almost the same. We will use the word ki ...

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