Heavenly Streams: Meridian Theory In Nei Gong by Damo Mitchell
Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2013
ISBN: 978 1 84819 116 7
EISBN: 978 0 85701 092 6
Damo Mitchell is the technical director of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts.
He teaches Nei Gong in the UK, Sweden and USA.
Damo’s earlier book, Daoist Nei Gong, was published in 2011 and I
gave it a glowing review. It was one of the best books about qigong that I had ever
read. So, I had high expectations for this new work and I was not disappointed. This
new work is a treasure trove of information about Chinese medicine and Nei Gong.
It is much more technical since it covers a lot of Chinese medicine theory and classifications.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in qigong or in Chinese medicine.
Personally, I would have loved this book as an acupuncture student. It gives a method
to practically experience the meridians and the five elements in your own body. Damo
gives a slightly different viewpoint on several Chinese medicine theories which will
enrich your understanding.
There is a set of five element energy exercises early on in the book which allow
you to work with and balance the five elements in your own body. Very useful for
qigong practitioners and also Chinese medicine practitioners or students to get a
practical feel for the five elements.
After covering the theory of the external pathogenic factors and the meridians, he
gives a practical method to experience a meridian in your own body by focusing your
attention on the source point of a meridian. Having learned this, you can begin to
assess the quality of qi flowing in the meridian and whether any external pathogenic
factors or other imbalances are present in it.
You can also assess the qi in the Triple Heater, the three energetic chambers of
the energy body. Damo then covers the spiritual attributes, energetic functions and
physical manifestations of the organs, followed by the Chinese medicine diagnosis
of organ disturbances.
There’s a chapter on the spine and diagnosing the spine and the meridians along it.
There is a guide on how to treat your imbalances by activating meridian points but
utilising only your awareness and power of intention.
Finally, there is a chapter on how to go further, including information on the thrusting
meridian (chong mei).
I found this a fascinating book and would highly recommend it to any qigong practitioner
or Chinese medicine practitioner/student.