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Chinese Medical Qigong

Chinese Medical Qigong

Editor in Chief: Tianjun Liu, O.M.D. Associate Editor in Chief: Xiao Mei Qiang

Quick Overview

Correlating traditional Qigong therapies with outcomes of new scientific research, this is the authoritative introduction to the knowledge system and content of Qigong study. Revised and updated to reflect the new Chinese edition, it has new information on key concepts and practice, and on the application of Qigong for a range of conditions.
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Paperback / softback
2013, 9.61in x 6.81in / 244mm x 173mm, 408pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-096-2
2013, ePUB, 408pp
ISBN: 978-0-85701-149-7
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Based on the latest edition of the approved textbook on Medical Qigong used in Chinese universities, this authoritative paperback edition has been completely revised and edited to meet the needs of western practitioners. The editors emphasize the practice of Qigong, and this section of the book has been revised and expanded; a wide range of Qigong forms are presented, taking full account of the history, correct practice, and development of Qigong. The section on the clinical applications of Qigong in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, with the recommended Qigong forms for treatment, and relevant references to the ancient texts has been substantially revised, and focuses on conditions more common in the West. The book also presents the newest research on Medical Qigong, including groundbreaking new discoveries about the physiological and psychological mechanisms. Omitted from this paperback edition are the extensive excerpts from the ancient texts, and the detailed history, more appropriate for academic study.

This is an unparalleled resource for practitioners of Qigong and Chinese medicine, as well as medical students and other healthcare professionals seeking a better understanding of the theory, practice and beneficial health applications of Medical Qigong.



Praise for the hardback edition:

'This is the first English translation of this ancient art of Chinese medicine. It is a must read for Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioners as it allows the traditional principles of qigong to be related to current scientific evidence. The book was generally an excellent read, being a great introduction to the practice of Qigong for both experienced and non-experienced TCM practitioners... as a sole English reference book in the practice of Qigong it makes an excellent reference text for any traditional Chinese medical practitioner... Personally, I found this book an excellent read as a practitioner of a more Western approach of acupuncture. It presented itself very well at demonstrating the approach of Qigong to many typically "Western" diagnoses, which I found useful as a mainly non-TCM practitioner. Overall, Chinese Medical Qigong is an excellent reference text in the TCM practice of Qigong a vital read for any practitioner.'

- JAACP (The Journal of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)

'This is a landmark work in the field of medical qigong... The book provides a great overview of qigong theory, research and practice for anyone who is interested in qigong therapy.'

'Chinese Medical Qigong is the definitive work on this ancient medical system for the English-speaking world. It is an important addition to our understanding of the contribution of Chinese culture, tradition, and science to the art of healing.'
- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

'This is a long-needed and must-read book about the history, science, and practice of Chinese Medical Qigong. Clearly written, comprehensive, and visionary in scope.'
- Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery, The University of Arizona, and author of The Energy Healing Experiments

'Chinese Medical Qigong is one of the most comprehensive English texts to be published on this subject to date. An important reference for anyone interested in medical Qigong.'
- Adam Perlman, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Endowed Professor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

'This volume is an unparalleled presentation of current theory, research and practice in medical Qigong in China today. It will appeal to anyone interested in use of Qigong to promote health and wellness.'
- Donald D. Davis, Ph.D., Old Dominion University, VA, and Tidewater Tai Chi Center

'This is an important book, one that has the potential to bring Qigong into the clinical and research limelight in the U.S. so that this wonderful and ancient healing practice can be better understood scientifically. The history, concepts, and practical applications of Qigong are presented thoroughly and systematically. The book illuminates not only Qigong, but also sheds light on all of Traditional Chinese Medicine and deserves a wide readership among clinicians, researchers, acupuncturists, and all others working the field of integrative medicine.'
- Elizabeth R. Mackenzie, Ph.D., Lecturer, History and Sociology of Science, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

'There are very few texts on the instruction of Qigong that address both the art and science of this form of movement meditation and therapy. Chinese Medical Qigong does both in a clearly documented and organized manner and does it well. The first English translation of the "only official textbook of medical Qigong utilized in TCM universities in China" does not suffer from translation but, rather, guides the reader through such diverse topics as Qigong history, theory, forms, research, and clinical application. Designed as a pedagogical tool, each section ends with a series of thought-provoking "Questions for Review," allowing the reader to reflect on and absorb the content... It is likely to become the "go-to" textbook in any medical program that includes Qi-based therapies or self-care.'
- Bonnie Povolny, LAc - The American Acupunterist

'The content of this book is extensive and all inclusive. It consists of fundamental theories, practical methods and skills, clinical applications of Chi Gong therapy, classical Chi Gong literature, and many other more. This textbook will be a useful tool for medical students and health care professionals who are interested in complementary and alternative therapies. It will also be an important resource book for anyone who practices mind-body exercise (i.e. Tai Chi and Chi Gong).'
- Violet Li - St. Louis Examiner

'This is a monumental work, put together by a host of editors from many Chinese medicine colleges in China as well as some prominent qigong teachers from the U.S. such as Kenneth Cohen and Roger Jahnke... Medical qigong is just becoming more well-known in the West and this book is a welcome and valuable addition to this exciting field.'
- The Empty Vessel

'What the wealth of material in this book should do is destroy a common idea that a weekend course in qigong is enough to qualify someone in its mastery... A worthwhile addition to any practitioner's collection.'
- Ejom.

'It is easy to read, difficult to put down and flows smoothly through each section... the book is primarily about applying qigong forms therapeutically. The editors have brought together much of the vast panoply of qigong styles and systematically structured the information into sections that are logical and easily assimilated... it is good to find tangible, quotable evidence of major phsyiological effects (...) confirming the experiental knowledge that regular qigong practitioners will already have. For anyone intent on finding funding from a constatnly reducing health budget, this proof is essential.'
- Kim Lovelace, teacher of shiatsu and qigong

'Chinese Medical Qigong is a very comprehensive overview of the area of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is based on the latest edition of the approved textbook used in Chinese universities. The contributors cover all aspects of this type of treatment, discussing its fundamental concepts and the development of its various forms, touching on some modern research theories that involve the technique, providing full descriptions of its applications, and finally, giving precise instructions on its uses in the treatment of many illnesses that are recognized by Western medicine. Being derived from a Chinese text, the book is very much written from the TCM perspective, but the contributors continually reference Western medicine, making it readable for practitioners who employ either approach to acupuncture... I would recommend Chinese Medical Qigong as an accompanying text for the practitioner of this approach to treatment, and also as a good starting point for anyone interested in finding out more about qigong or even training to use it. The text is readable, the layout of the book clear and the information is well presented.'
- Melanie Hunter, Book Review Editor


Editor-in-chief: Tianjun Liu