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Qigong is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced with remarkable results in China for thousands of years. The Chinese have long treasured qigong for its effectiveness both in healing and in preventing disease, and more recently they have used it in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening c Qigong is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced with remarkable results in China for thousands of years. The Chinese have long treasured qigong for its effectiveness both in healing and in preventing disease, and more recently they have used it in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening conditions. Now in this fascinating, comprehensive volume, renowned qigong master and China scholar Kenneth S. Cohen explains how you too can integrate qigong into your life--and harness the healing power that will help your mind and body achieve the harmony of true health.


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Qigong is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced with remarkable results in China for thousands of years. The Chinese have long treasured qigong for its effectiveness both in healing and in preventing disease, and more recently they have used it in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening c Qigong is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced with remarkable results in China for thousands of years. The Chinese have long treasured qigong for its effectiveness both in healing and in preventing disease, and more recently they have used it in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening conditions. Now in this fascinating, comprehensive volume, renowned qigong master and China scholar Kenneth S. Cohen explains how you too can integrate qigong into your life--and harness the healing power that will help your mind and body achieve the harmony of true health.

30 review for The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

  1. 4 out of 5

    The Elves

    Kenneth S. Cohen’s The Way of Qigong is a really great book on Qigong. Some say that the drawings are not adequate to understanding the moves they illustrate; however, we find that if you combine them with the descriptions, it is really quite clear. And this book has everything. Qigong movements and exercises, data about Qigong, research studies about Qigong, nearly everything you would want to know about the subject, even chapters on diet and tea drinking. Not that you won’t want to keep learni Kenneth S. Cohen’s The Way of Qigong is a really great book on Qigong. Some say that the drawings are not adequate to understanding the moves they illustrate; however, we find that if you combine them with the descriptions, it is really quite clear. And this book has everything. Qigong movements and exercises, data about Qigong, research studies about Qigong, nearly everything you would want to know about the subject, even chapters on diet and tea drinking. Not that you won’t want to keep learning, but this is a great place to start, thorough, comprehensive and fascinating. The Silver Elves authors of Faerie Unfolding: The Cosmic Expression of the Divine

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I pick this book up often because there is a wealth of information. I have read the book front to back several times, but I pick it up every couple months and just open to where it goes. I always pick up something new even though I read it before. This time I spent time in chapter 12 Active QiGong, Chapter 14 The energy of emotions and Chapter 19 Have a Cup of Tea. The Organ-emotion link was very interesting and the breathing exercises are great. The history and legend of tea and recommended pre I pick this book up often because there is a wealth of information. I have read the book front to back several times, but I pick it up every couple months and just open to where it goes. I always pick up something new even though I read it before. This time I spent time in chapter 12 Active QiGong, Chapter 14 The energy of emotions and Chapter 19 Have a Cup of Tea. The Organ-emotion link was very interesting and the breathing exercises are great. The history and legend of tea and recommended prep for tea.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

    This was a new discovery to me in a used book store. All that I knew before that was a vague reference to "healing energies" made in a martial arts book. Now there is another paradigm for me to asess vital information about my health. The balance of heat and moisture seemed to make a good barometer for changes in wellbeing, good or bad. I feel like I can finally do something about my own body's chemical composition that will improve my condition. These meditations, like the rest of the Taoist tr This was a new discovery to me in a used book store. All that I knew before that was a vague reference to "healing energies" made in a martial arts book. Now there is another paradigm for me to asess vital information about my health. The balance of heat and moisture seemed to make a good barometer for changes in wellbeing, good or bad. I feel like I can finally do something about my own body's chemical composition that will improve my condition. These meditations, like the rest of the Taoist traditions, are beautiful to vizualize and a wonderful way to relax.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Bello

    Qigong, in the brief time I have practiced its gentle movements and standing meditations, has provided me with various unexpected benefits and a greater sense of calm. That being said, it’s also somewhat difficult to find a non-teacher resource if one wanted to go deeper into the philosophy and workings of qigong. And wow lemme tell ya, he goes deeeeep. I have yet to practice everything in the book, because I have a job that I must go to sometimes, so I cannot vouch for the efficacy of everythin Qigong, in the brief time I have practiced its gentle movements and standing meditations, has provided me with various unexpected benefits and a greater sense of calm. That being said, it’s also somewhat difficult to find a non-teacher resource if one wanted to go deeper into the philosophy and workings of qigong. And wow lemme tell ya, he goes deeeeep. I have yet to practice everything in the book, because I have a job that I must go to sometimes, so I cannot vouch for the efficacy of everything in here. The vastness of the material included, however, makes this a must for those interested in working with qi.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marina Quattrocchi

    Excellent comprehensive book explaining the history and philosophy of qigong in great detail. Essential resource for anyone who is serious about studying this ancient Chinese art. First published in 1997, this book contains timeless wisdom that is just as relevant and practical today. Especially liked the qigong meditations.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shaz Davis

    One of my top two recommended reads for people interested in qigong.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    If you are at all interested in the concept of qi (chi), or if you are considering taking qigong (chi gung) or taiqi (tai chi) for the purposes of psychological and/or physical healing, general health and/or personal growth, this extensively-researched book by American qigong master Ken Cohen will answer any conceivable question that may arise in your thoughts. Remarkable really in its depth and breadth... Certainly not a quick read, but even though it repeatedly put me to sleep, I found it asto If you are at all interested in the concept of qi (chi), or if you are considering taking qigong (chi gung) or taiqi (tai chi) for the purposes of psychological and/or physical healing, general health and/or personal growth, this extensively-researched book by American qigong master Ken Cohen will answer any conceivable question that may arise in your thoughts. Remarkable really in its depth and breadth... Certainly not a quick read, but even though it repeatedly put me to sleep, I found it astonishingly informative and definitely worthwhile. The only reason I do not give it five stars is that he spends a lot of time trying to teach the reader how to actually do qigong via written directions and drawings, which for me at least, is virtually impossible. I did learn some pointers that will help me in class. And, as mentioned, the highly-detailed descriptions of how to do each movement turned out to be a effective cure for insomnia, but don't speed read through these descriptions or you may miss some truly golden nuggets...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katja Vartiainen

    This book is really good. I started qi gong about 2 months ago, following an oldish Chinese ( maybe) woman on Youtube, and It has been the best thing for my painful shoulder-arm pain. So, I wanted to know more, and found through a German blogger's page this book. This book has history, exercises, meditations, diet, and even sex advice. The instructions are clear with some pictures, and the best part of it all is the attitude of the writer. He is emphasizing that qi gong is to make your life bette This book is really good. I started qi gong about 2 months ago, following an oldish Chinese ( maybe) woman on Youtube, and It has been the best thing for my painful shoulder-arm pain. So, I wanted to know more, and found through a German blogger's page this book. This book has history, exercises, meditations, diet, and even sex advice. The instructions are clear with some pictures, and the best part of it all is the attitude of the writer. He is emphasizing that qi gong is to make your life better, more in harmony and wholesome, and not stress yourself with rigidity. For diagnosing anybody,though, I suggest to go an study the whole thing more, and for healing take a course in Reiki.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    This 1997 introduction to qigong is a blend of the history, philosophy, science, and practical applications of one of the oldest self-help systems in the world. I found it the perfect complement to the qigong lessons I've been taking. I wanted something that would give me a broad and foundational understanding of qigong, and this book fulfilled that requirement quite well for me. I have a better understanding now of why my teacher guides us to do certain things and it has helped me commit to con This 1997 introduction to qigong is a blend of the history, philosophy, science, and practical applications of one of the oldest self-help systems in the world. I found it the perfect complement to the qigong lessons I've been taking. I wanted something that would give me a broad and foundational understanding of qigong, and this book fulfilled that requirement quite well for me. I have a better understanding now of why my teacher guides us to do certain things and it has helped me commit to continuing the practice going forward. Well-written, it's based on the author's own lifetime of qigong practice, healing, and teaching.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phil Calandra

    Out of the several books which I have read regarding Qigong, this is clearly the most comprehensive and most easily understood. Included is an extensive bibliography, audio-visual training suggestions, extensive notes on each chapter and a glossary of common Qigong terms. Perhaps the only weakness in this book that most Qigong Books share is that the practice material and illustrations that don't provide and optimal learning method compared to video and private instruction

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mattheus Guttenberg

    Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice for promoting health, longevity, and physical ability. The Way of Qigong gives a thorough overview of the subject, which discusses the nature of qi and Chinese medicine, the qigong routines, the history of Taoism, the scientific literature on qigong, diet, meditation, sexual activity and more. Anyone interested in learning about the Chinese paradigm of health and vitality would be advised to read this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    SusanO

    I am eternally grateful to Ken Cohen for his knowledge and willingness to share in this awe inspiring book. Thank you for helping me along my path to wellness and understanding Qi. I will never be finished with this book. I refer to it almost daily in some way or another. It has brought me closer to reality and the idea of living peacefully on our planet with all of its inhabitants. 🕉️

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex Delogu

    A marvelous adventure through the varied facets of Qi Gong practice. It includes some practices, but really, just get a teacher. The book functions best as a theoretical journey that goes well with an already developed practice.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dominique Anfossi

    A readable account of the history of QiQong practice and the potential health benefits. Although there are some Qi Qong exercises described, the bulk of the book is more informative than instructional.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robert Levit

    Quite helpful for those interested in studying and practicing some Eastern Medicine and well as understanding the difference between QiGong and Tai Chi.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Redaelkharroubi

    It was nice experience. Really i recommend it

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ed Peckham

    A wonderful guide to a Qigong way of life - really honestly written and practical enough to incorporate it into your routines. The knowledge of the East seems vastly superior to the West

  18. 4 out of 5

    K.G.

    If you are interested in Chinese science, this book is a must read. Kenneth S. Cohen really knows his stuff. I've practiced and taught tai chi chuan and qigong for many years and Cohen's book deepened my knowledge of the arts. It is well written and his explanations provide clarity of this complex (on the surface) art. As someone once said "He's not a guy in a diner" meaning he's not espousing theories of which he knows nothing and making stuff as he goes. Cohen is a master and if you're interes If you are interested in Chinese science, this book is a must read. Kenneth S. Cohen really knows his stuff. I've practiced and taught tai chi chuan and qigong for many years and Cohen's book deepened my knowledge of the arts. It is well written and his explanations provide clarity of this complex (on the surface) art. As someone once said "He's not a guy in a diner" meaning he's not espousing theories of which he knows nothing and making stuff as he goes. Cohen is a master and if you're interested in learning this art at a deep level, this book should be on your night table.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    It would have been interesting, if it hadn't been so dull. I would recommend reading an article on qigong, rather than trying to make it through this whole book, which is 80% exercise manual and 20% info.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Great perspective on Qi Gong and its medicinal powers. Beautiful art that has increasing scientific validation, this book is well written, though I'm not into too much learning of Qi Gong from books, the other parts are very enjoyable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Noelle

    Interesting for the most part. As a huge skeptic, I fail to see the correlation between a cold and the "negative energy" of a body organ but there were a few tips in the book that were very helpful to me in alleviating stress.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lartemis

    I could give this book 5 stars, but I'll give it three. I use it as part of my mediation/Chi Gong practice. I read it in fits and starts...not front to back. While I have not read every section, I'm marking it as read. It is a good reference book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dana Kohut

    Ken wrote my favorite book on the use and understanding of Qigong, though I would have liked to have seen something on one finger Zen, which he covers in a video he does. Great book and highly recommend it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Niels

    Few books contain as many treasures as this one. You can read this book and study for many many years. Ok, you will want a good teacher at some point, but then this book will help you discern what a good teacher really is.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kiara

    I enjoyed the way info was summarized and made westerner-friendly. I got great notes and added to my reservoir of alternative knowledge. Great how-to and do-it-yourself info.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Satia

    It took me a while to read this book because I was putting its teachings into practice. For more thoughts: http://satia.blogspot.com/2010/05/way... It took me a while to read this book because I was putting its teachings into practice. For more thoughts: http://satia.blogspot.com/2010/05/way...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Way too much breathing for me - put me to sleep.

  28. 4 out of 5

    John

    Great.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    Thankyou High Cohen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wendell

    Good description and elaboration on techniques and benefits of qigong

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