Chinese Medical Qigong
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Chinese Medical Qigong

By Kevin Chen and Tianjuan Liu; Editor-in-chief Tianjun Liu; Editorial board member Kevin Chen
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

Qigong is one of the most important aspects of traditional Chinese culture and medicine. In recent years, Qigong therapy has attracted more and more attention from modern medicine and science and is now widely applied in clinical settings to treat illness and promote well-being.

Chinese Medical Qigong is the first English translation of the only official textbook of medical Qigong, now in its third edition, used in colleges and universities of traditional Chinese medicine in China. Correlating the traditional therapies of Qigong with the most recent outcomes of modern scientific research, it is the authoritative introduction to the knowledge system and content of Qigong study.

This textbook will be an essential tool for medical students and healthcare professionals working in complementary and alternative therapies as well as for all those seeking a better understanding of the beneficial medical applications of Qigong.

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
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
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
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 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
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
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 excercise (i.e. Taichi 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 prominant 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.

Editor in Chief: Tianjun Liu, O.M.D., is Director of the Qigong research laboratory at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine where he has taught Qigong for more than twenty years. He is also secretary general of the National Qigong Education and Study Association, secretary general of China Academic Society of Medical Qigong, and the only government approved academic mentor for Ph.D. candidates in the field of medical Qigong in China. For the past decade, Dr. Liu has been Editor in Chief of Qigong Study in Chinese Medicine, the only official Qigong textbook used in universities and colleges of traditional Chinese medicine in China.

Associate Editor in Chief: Kevin W Chen, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Educated at top universities in both China and the U.S., and with a Ph.D. in research psychology and statistics, Dr. Chen has many years' experience and training in blending Eastern and Western perspectives. As a long-term practitioner of Qigong, Dr. Chen is one of the few scientists to have a hands-on knowledge of Qigong practice and be actively involved in scientific Qigong research. Dr. Chen is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other foundations to conduct clinical studies into the feasibility and efficacy of applying Qigong and meditative therapy in the treatment of arthritis, addiction, and anxiety disorders.

English Language Consulting Editors: Kenneth S. Cohen, M.A., M.S.Th. (Qigong Research & Practice Center); Linda Nadia Hole, M.D. (Integrative Medicine Physician); Roger Jahnke, O.M.D., L.Ac. (Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi); Lyn B. Lowry, Ph.D., L.Ac. (University of Maryland); Sharon Montes, M.D. (Integrative Medicine Physician); Douglas Wile, Ph.D. (Brooklyn College of CUNY).

Foreword by Marc Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D. Introduction to the English Edition. Editorial and Translation Boards. Glossary of Chinese Terms. General Introduction: Essential concepts of Qigong Study in Chinese Medicine (QSCM); Academic system of Qigong Study in Chinese Medicine; Subjects related to Qigong Study in Chinese Medicine; Current tasks and challenges of Qigong Study in Chinese Medicine; How to learn QSCM. PART I FUNDAMENTAL THEORIES. Chapter 1 A Brief History of Qigong Development: 1.1 Developmental history of ancient Qigong from remote antiquity to the Qing Dynasty. 1.2 A history of modern and contemporary Qigong. 1.3 A brief introduction to major Qigong traditions/schools. 1.4 Qigong development in other countries. Chapter 2 Classic Qigong Theories: 2.1 Theories of Medical Qigong. 2.2 Theories of Daoist, Buddhist, Confucian, and Martial Arts Qigong. Chapter 3 Modern Research on Qigong: 3.1 Summary of modern research on Qigong. 3.2 Physiological effects of Qigong. 3.3 Psychological effects of Qigong. 3.4 Biochemical and immunological effects of Qigong. 3.5 Physical effects of Qigong. PART II PRACTICAL METHODS AND SKILLS. Chapter 4 Basic Operations of Qigong Practice: 4.1 Adjustment of body posture. 4.2 Adjustment of breathing. 4.3djustment of mind. 4.4 Integrating the three adjustments into Oneness. Chapter 5 Introduction to Qigong Forms and Methods: 5.1 Classification of Qigong forms. 5.2 Guidelines and precautions for practice. 5.3 Possible reactions to Qigong practice. 5.4 Possible deviations and corrections. Chapter 6 Selected Qigong Forms: 6.1 Liu Zi Jue (Six Syllables Formula or Six Healing Sounds Qigong). 6.2 Ba Duan Jin (Eight Pieces of Brocade). 6.3 Yi Jin Jing (Tendon Changing Classic). 6.4 Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Play). 6.5 Zhan Zhuang (Post Standing Qigong, or Standing Meditation]. 6.6 Bao Jian Gong (Health Preserving Qigong). 6.7 Dao Jia Yang Sheng Chang Shou Shu (Daoist Arts of Nurturing Life and Attaining Longevity). 6.8 Fang Song Gong (Relaxation Qigong). 6.9 Nei Yang Gong (Inner Nourishing Qigong). 6.10 Qiang Zhuang Gong (Roborant Qigong). 6.11 Wu Xing Zhang (Five-Element Palm). 6.12 Zhen Qi Yun Xing Fa (True Qi Circulation Method). 6.13 Xin Qi Gong Liao Fa (New Qigong Therapy). PART III CLINICAL APPLICATIONS. Chapter 7 General Introduction to Qigong Therapy: 7.1 Characteristics and indications of Qigong therapy. 7.2 Principle of administering treatment by Syndrome Differentiation in Qigong therapy. 7.3 Procedures and clinical routine in Qigong therapy. Chapter 8 Examples of Clinical Application: 8.1 Pulmonary Tuberculosis. 8.2 Hypertension. 8.3 Coronary Artery disease. 8.4 Peptic Ulcer. 8.5 Chronic Gastritis. 8.6 Chronic liver diseases. 8.7 Chronic Nephritis. 8.8 Diabetes Mellitus. 8.9 Obesity. 8.10 Menopause Syndrome. 8.11 Impotence. 8.12 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 8.13 Depression. 8.14 Insomnia. 8.15 Tumors and Cancer. 8.16 Lower Back Pain and Leg pain. 8.17 Cervical Spondylosis. 8.18 Myopia. 8.19 Glaucoma. APPENDICES: CLASSICAL QIGONG LITERATURE. Appendix 1 Summary of Ancient Qigong literature: 1.i Qigong literature in medical works. 1.ii Qigong literature in ancient works of Daoist philosophy.1.iii Qigong literature in ancient Confucian works. 1.iv Qigong literature in ancient Buddhist works. 1.v Qigong literature in ancient Martial-arts works. Appendix 2 Ancient Literature in Medical Qigong: 2.i Excerpts from the Yellow Emperor's Internal Classic. 2.ii Excerpts from the Records concerning cultivating mind and prolonging life. 2.iii Excerpts from the General Treatise on the Etiology and Symptomology of Diseases. 2.iv Excerpts from the Essential Golden Prescriptions for Emergencies. 2.v Excerpts from the General Collection for Holy Benevolence. Excerpts from the Essentials of Attaining Longevity. 2.vii Excerpts from the Eight Essays for Cherishing Life. 2.viii Excerpts from the Incisive Light on the Source and Origin of Miscellaneous Diseases. Appendix 3 Ancient Qigong Literature of Other Schools: 3.i Excerpts from the Dao De Jing. 3.ii Excerpts from the Concordance of the Three According to the Classic of Changes. 3.iii Excerpts from the Yellow Yard Canon. 3.iv Excerpts from the Bao Pu Zi. 3.v Excerpts from the Awakening to the Truth. Excerpts from the Primary Shmatha and Vipasyana. 3.vii Excerpts from the Classic of Wisdom paramita thoughts (the Heart Sutra). 3.viii Excerpts from the Classic of Great Palm Yoga. 3.ix Excerpts from the Great Learning. 3.x Excerpts from the Mencius. 3.xi Excerpts from the Realize and Practice. 3.xii Excerpts from the Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow Cleansing Classic. 3.xiii Excerpts from the Ten Main Points of Taiji Quan Arts. Bibliography of Classic Chinese Qigong Works. A Brief Chronology of the Dynasties in the History of China. Subject Index. Author Index.
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