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Medical Qigong Education Centre

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 specific illnesses.

 

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 this book.

 

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 TCM.

 

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.