What Is Feng Shui and Its History?

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Practiced in China for over 3,000 years, feng shui is the ancient art of arranging our living and work spaces to enhance the quality of our lives.

Feng shui is based on many of the same principles as acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medical therapies, such as chi, yin and yang and the five elements. Proponents of feng shui believe that it can balance the flow of chi within rooms and buildings in our environment to bring health, happiness, good relationships and prosperity to the people who use those rooms.

A feng shui consultant may use an octagonal map called a "ba-gua" or a special compass called a "lo-pan" to analyze room or building. The feng shui consultant usually suggests changes, such as moving furniture, introducing new colors, or using crystals or other special feng shui accessories such as bamboo flutes.

Pronunciation: fung-shway

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