The Chinese character Qi 氣 contains the word rice 米 in it. Indicating that the steam from cooked rice is a form of Qi. Qi is what animates us, gives us the energy to do things, and allows us to move freely as it circulates throughout the body. When Qi stagnates it creates aches and pains, and over time can accumulate forming masses and tumours. Keep your qi flowing with acupuncture, taichi, qigong, and regular exercise.