vital force(redirected from élan vital)
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The theory that animal functions are dependent upon a special form of energy or force, the vital force, distinct from the physical forces.
[L. vitalis, pertaining to life]
The organising energy that is responsible for one’s health. Vital force is analogous to chi (qi) of Chinese medicine and prana in ayurvedic medicine, but philosophically differs regarding disease management: whereas Chinese and ayurvedic medicine aim to reverse the forces that result in disharmony, homeopathy regards the vital force as powerful enough to allow the body to shake off the symptoms and pathogenic influences itself.
n the bioenergetic aspect of living things. Some assert that qi, acupuncture, and homeopathic remedies work on this level instead of at the gross physical level.