Chinese Medical Qigong, Editor in Chief Tianjun Liu, O.M.D., Singing Dragon, London
and Philadelphia, 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84819 023 8
This is a landmark work in the field of medical qigong. The only other work approaching
its breadth is Jerry Alan Johnson’s excellent Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy which
was originally one volume but now comes in five volumes. Jerry Alan Johnson’s work
is his own take on his training in China whereas the present book is the only official
textbook of medical qigong which is used in colleges and universities of Traditional
Chinese Medicine in China.
I note that one reviewer on Amazon.com says that the book does not have enough drawings
or photographs to explain the movements of the qigong exercises. Another reviewer
says it doesn’t go in depth enough on each practice. I think we have to realise that
it’s a university text book and not really designed to be used without further instruction.
The book is designed for a qigong therapist or doctor and is focused on treating
The book provides a great overview of qigong theory, research and practice for anyone
who is interested in qigong therapy. It’s not really directed towards someone who
wants to practice qigong for health and is not suffering from any particular illness.
It really needs some understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine to appreciate
The introduction of the book makes it quite clear that it “focuses on the medical
aspects of Qigong, not on Qigong as a general life-nurturing or spirit-cultivating
practice.” It will be most useful to serious students of qigong studying or practising
The production of this book was a mammoth enterprise which took five years and the
collaboration of more than 30 faculty members of a dozen colleges and universities
of TCM in China. There was a 19 member Chinese editorial board, ten Chinese translators,
four English translators and six consulting editors. The group of final consulting
editors included Ken Cohen and Roger Jahnke, two people I have a lot of respect for.
I do have to agree that it’s a pity that more diagrams or pictures of the exercises
were not included. This is where Jerry Alan Johnson’s work is more helpful and especially
since he has a series of videos which expand upon his book. However, it’s true that
a whole book could be written about each practice.
I can say that the book is a valuable addition to my library and I would recommend
it to anyone serious about Chinese medicine and qigong therapy.