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The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing [Paperback]

Ken Cohen
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March 9 1999
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 (ch'i kung) is the modern incarnation of a Chinese energy art that goes back over 2,000 years. With superior scholarship and scientific acumen, The Way of Qigong covers the entire range of theory and practice, including relaxation, meditation, massage, therapeutic touch, and postures. Qi (ch'i) means "life energy," and the goal of qigong, master and Chinese scholar Ken Cohen tells us, is "to train the mind to send qi where it is needed." In this encyclopedic work, Cohen teaches us not only how to do qigong, but what it means and how it benefits us, from what kind of tea is best in the summer to how to have better sex. Cohen is at his best when reducing arcane Chinese theories to plain English, and as a result, The Way of Qigong is as interesting as it is useful. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As much a "why-to" as a how-to, this is the most comprehensive recently issued book on the Chinese healing art, qigong. Related to t'ai chi, qigong is a series of movements designed to bring qi, or life-force, into the body and encourage it to flow without blockage. Cohen meticulously defines the philosophy that inspired this ancient practice, but his engaged and engaging tone keeps the mass of material he presents from becoming ponderous. He well covers the experimental scientific evidence of qigong's beneficial effect, and the lengthy, illustrated section of exercises he includes shows how qigong can be used for emotional and spiritual as well as physical healing. However many other qigong books are in your library, add this definitive volume. Patricia Monaghan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction Feb. 2 2003
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Note: I've had this book for about 4 years now and just now getting around to write a review of it.
This a good book if you are new to qigong. Cohen steps the beginner through theory and then the various qigong exercises. This includes color and organ meditation, healing sounds, Big Dipper, External practices, diet, etc. He also includues some moving meditation such as the Eight brocades and Five Animals frolics.
* Covers a lot of material.
* Well footnoted and indexed.
* Has suggested routines for a student to practice.
* Gives adviced on the dangers of wrong qi practice. Which is quite important but neglected in some texts.
* No illustrations for meridians or acpuncture points. These would help explain and guide a student. Especially with the excerises like Microcosmic orbit. I found it odd that a Qigong expert like Cohen would neglect to include this.
* The moving meditations are done by drawings - I found them impossible to follow. Photos would have been much better.
* Some of the qigong exercises listed are watered down and much simplified for instance the color light meditation. It's still somewhat useful but only about a third of the exercise is
there and you don't get the full effect. I don't know why Cohen
does not tell the reader why he watered some qigong methods down.
Overall a decent introduction, as most of the material is very basic. This makes it good for the beginner but be prepared to buy other books if you want to do other methods like Microcosmic
orbit or learn about meridians and acupuncture points. This also goes for trying to learn the moving meditations from this book - a beginner with no experience with this material will be lost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Ken Cohen is a world leader! His profound work and meticulous collection of research is enabling health care practitioners worldwide to incorporate these powerful ancient health tools into modern society. This book is an extremely clear work, and a wealth of information. The Chinese terminology is clearly defined, and the layout if very methodical and clear. The western science is powerfully presented in great and precise detail. I encourage all to honor the work of those like Kenneth Cohen, and celebrate the birthday of T'ai Chi Chuan creator, Chang Fan-Feng, by joining in on World T'ai Chi & QiGong Day celebrations worldwide, April 8th, 2000. Bill Douglas, Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginner Introduction April 7 2000
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Ken Cohen's book wil serve as a great way to introduce chi kung to someone who has little knowledge of it. It may also be interesting reading for those who have had some exposure to a particular form and are looking to explore other types of chi kung. The author does a good job of making potentially complex and mystifying practices intelligible to the average western reader.This book is mix of basic thoery with specific chi kung exercises and routines. Note the word basic in regard to the theory. The routines also are not very complete. But they do serve their purpose: to act as a sampler for beginners. The reader is able to try out parts Five Animal Frolics, Taiji Ruler,and other chi kung sets relating to breathng, sexual chi kung, and more. Some sets are presented completely but only on the basic physical level. They have been done in much greater detail in other books. The Eight Brocade s a good example. All eight parts are given, but the explaination is not as detailed as in Yang jwing ming's book for example. Still, someone curious about the eight brocade, could learn if the set is something they would want to invest more time in from reading this book. Same for the other sets.The discussion on Breathing is very valuable and the author is up to date on much of the new research coming out of East Europe (Buteyko) on hyperventilation. The section on tea got me started on a new hobby and was well done.Everything is well documented with any pages of foot notes.This book is not as in depth or advanced as Qigong Empowerment or The Root of Chinese Chi Kung, but is more readable and about half the price. Definite bargainI definetely recommend this book for beginners and others looking to expand their practice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another Chi Kung book bites the dust. Aug. 14 1998
I was expecing great things from this 420+ page book. Unfortunately I am VERY disappointed with "The way of Qigong" by Kenneth S. Cohen for two reasons.
1. the mental (Nei Dan) aspect of Chi Kung is mentioned only in passing with no useful information.
2. There is no illustration, or adequate description of where the meridians appear on the human body. Meridians are channels under the skin that distributes Ch'i throughout the body; much the same way arteries and veins distribute blood, oxygen, and nourishment to the cells. On pages 255 and 256, Mr. Cohen displays where the meridians end on the hands and feet. Completely inadequate information.
"The way of Qigong" contains adequate information on the physical (Wai Dan) aspect of Chi Kung. However; without the mental (Nei Dan) aspect of Chi Kung; you will only receive about 1/3 of the true benefit of Chi Kung.
"The way of Qigong" contains adequate information on various breathing techniques.
"The way of Qigong" contains several methods of meditation. Unfortunately most of these descriptions are limited to only 1 - 1.5 pages. Of very limited value
Now that I have told you which book you shouldn't buy, allow me to list three books I recommend. I rate these in the order listed.
"Chi Gung" by L.V. Carnie
"Chi Kung for health and vitality" by Wong Kiew Kit
"The Chi Kung way: Alive with Energy" by James MacRitchie
If you are a beginner to Chi Kung, I would recommend you start with the book "Chi Kung for health and vitality" by Wong Kiew Kit. Study this book for about three months.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Guide to Understand Qigong
Comprehensive introduction into the philosophy and methods outlined in order to begin your journey to learn Qigong. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pat Young
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
This is a fabulous book on the topic of QiGong, which includes empirical information as well. A must for those interested in the subject of energywork, alternative therapies,... Read more
Published on July 19 2009 by 3wolves
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one Qigong book, make it this one
This is a very well written qigong book, packed with information and for a meager price. Ken Cohen's writing style is enjoyable, and there is so much information in this book that... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Alan
1.0 out of 5 stars hard to believe
hard to believe so many people seem to like this book. I read it thoroughly and it gave me a headache. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Qigong
As a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, I often recommend qigong to my patients as a healing therapy. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by "niuno"
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
This is a good introductory book. It shall serve you well in getting framed into the topic of Qi Gong. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2003 by Massimo Maddaloni
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Care When Driving
I haven't read this book but I have heard the cassette tape numerous times on my way up and down to Tel Aviv for work and back home to the Galilee. Read more
Published on March 12 2003 by Sidney Rosenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Guy - Great Teacher!
A superb book by a superb teacher. Check out his videos, too. The best.
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Ellen Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars From mysticism to memory
I have studied martial arts of all kinds for over two decades. I spent several years in the orient learning from masters that decended from many of the greatest minds in martial... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2000 by Dennis K Winn
4.0 out of 5 stars A combination of disciplines
Ken Cohen's book not only does a great job in explaining the energetics and healing effects of qigong, but it is one of the few books to tie qigong and energy to other disciplines... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2000 by "xingteacher1"
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