I’m going to say that 5K years of successful use of qi in healing, health, and wellness proves the existence of qi. Just my personal bias though………. Then there’s also the fact that many, many other cultures recognize something similar but just give it a different name.
BTW, why the hostility? The world is largely made up of things that we don’t entirely understand and acupuncture is used in many mainstream US hospitals and health practices. Why — because it works. The western mind may not entirely understand why it works, but it does.
I had an old dog with severe arthritis. The only thing that helped him was dog-u-puncture. He had no placebo effect. He was a dog! It just worked. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t real.