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The Healing Art of Qi Gong: Ancient Wisdom from a Modern Master Paperback – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446673471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446673471
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Liu is a Chinese physician and Qi Gong master who believes that he was chosen to bring Eastern and Western systems of medicine together into a complementary whole. Now practicing traditional therapies in California, Liu tells his story with the help of Perry, who coauthored the best-selling Saved by the Light (Wheeler, 1991; Random, 1994. reprint) with Dannion Brinkley. Partly biological, partly philosophical, and partly prescriptive, the book is written in the first person, which gives it a casual feel. The somewhat overly long first half describes Liu's quest to become a Qi Gong master. The second half is a more clinical description of the Qi Gong process, which uses a patient's own energy fields to achieve a state of "radiant health," or wellness, with a regimen of diet, exercise, and herbal remedies assisting in the process. Liu illustrates his method with case studies and includes recipes for healing foods. Qi Gong may seem odd to Western sensibilities, but Liu is careful to point out that it should be undertaken in conjunction with standard medical treatments and with the knowledge of a physician. Recommended for libraries with a large alternative medicine collection or where demand is high.?Betty Braaksma, Thunder Bay P.L., Ontario
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the first third of this book, Liu tells how he was instructed in one type of Chinese healing by Master Kwan, who lived in a three-room mountaintop cave and looked on the difficult climb to it as a test of motivation for patients, students, and apprentices. Kwan's striking diagnoses--achieved apparently by using only his eyes--Liu shows to be neither paranormal nor miraculous but the result of intense study and long experience. Once Liu learned the lesson of humility, Kwan became teacher rather than taskmaster. Later, when Liu, having taken his M.D., worked in a Western-style Shanghai hospital, he gradually brought his bosses around to believing Chinese medicine had much to offer. In the book's remaining two-thirds, Liu reports on several cases to show how he thinks and works; relays many herbal recipes; and describes, with illustrations, helpful exercises for both patients and those desirous of keeping good health. Liu seems to understand himself and other people, and he urges a close relationship between Chinese and Western medicines. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

There is definetely a much better way than chemo and radiation.
Virginia Janssen
I found Master Hong's story fascinating, and the drawings and descriptions of the exercises very helpful.
Janel Carino, M.D.
An in-depth look at Master Hong's journey in becoming a Qi Gong Master.
C. Johnson

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a certified Medical Qi Gong Practioner, currently attending studies to be a Medical Qi Gong Therapist. I feel I have to address what one customer reviewer felt were inaccuracies in the book. I believe there are differences between Reiki and Traditional Chinese Medicine when it comes to the meridians. In TCM, there is no "left" or "right." For example, the kidney and bladder meridians are exactly the same on both legs and feet. In TCM there is indeed a San Jiao meridian - otherwise known as the Triple Burner. If you look at an acupuncture doll or chart, you will see that it runs up the arm from the ring finger. Also, do not be confused by what may be small errors in translation. This is not unusual in books written primarily by people whose first language is not English. Sometimes you have to figure out what they meant, not what they said. Mr. Perry is only writing down what Master Hong Liu said. It is not particularly unusual to read that some one used "Qi Gong" to heal. Medical Qi Gong is the art and science of healing with Qi. That said, if you are interested in TCM and self healing, this is a very good read. The self healing exercises are easy to understand. Most of them are simplified versions of more complex patterns taught by Qi Gong Masters.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Janel Carino, M.D. on February 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't usually enter reviews, but feel that the exceptionally negative review by Two Bears needs at least a brief response. What I was most troubled by in that review was the irritability of the writer, which led to minute criticisms that entirely missed the thrust of the book. Some of the criticisms are intense reactions to what appear to be translation difficulties or to variations of interpretations within traditions. Others are overly strong reactions to common data, e.g., the use of ephedra, which Two Bears refers to as a very powerful and dangerous herb. Yes it is strong, and it can be dangerous if used improperly (e.g., in high dosage and for weight-loss, which was never its traditional use); but it has long been used effectively and safely as both a Chinese and Western herbal treatment for asthma and related lung disorders. Even herbs can be misused, and that is why ephedra has been so maligned.
I found Master Hong's story fascinating, and the drawings and descriptions of the exercises very helpful. Each person's introduction to the power of energy medicine in whatever form is very much an individual experience. I greatly admire Master Hong's perseverance in pursuing what was for him a very challenging and demanding path. Moreover, the manner in which his Master taught him may be quite different from how he now teaches (see his website). Having personally visited Master Hong in his office, I can attest to his competence and to the helpfulness of the individualized exercises he gives. I was also impressed by his accuracy in diagnosis without prior information (he diagnoses quite accurately from the energy field) and especially by the very positive, gracious energy that he carries.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Nguyen on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is different from most of all other QiGong books. In addition to the QiGong exercises, it also gives an detailed experience of what Mr. Hong Liu has to go through to become a QiGong master. This book got me interested in QiGong. I like this book in addition to "The Way of Energy" and "The Way of Healing" by Master Kam Chuen Lam. I wish that Master Hong Liu would publish a second book on theory/techniques to diagnose and heal other people using QiGong.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
With each page I read I felt that this could work for me. I have Lupus and I am desperately searching for a way to at least, stop the pain, and to come back to the living. This book has given me hope. I am truly amazed at the things that Dr. Liu has done in his life, but I know that it is not impossible. I do believe in miracles. I wish that I could meet him personally. Thank You Dr. Liu, the book was wonderful!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book served as my introduction to Qi Gong. I had never heard of it before but since I have been searching for some pain relief I expanded my reading to healing techniques used by other cultures. I loved the authors description in the first part of the book about becoming a Qi Gong master. After reading the book I became very interested in some of the exercises and have included them in my exercise routine and have read more on the subject of Qi Gong(Ken Cohen's "The Way of Qi Gong" is good). Most of the book is very easy to understand and implement. I have not tried any of the herb "remedies" he writes about because I don't know enough about them yet but feel the exercises are helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on August 31, 2008
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After reading the last review by "A Customer", I felt I must write to say what a great book this is and one which contains valuable information. Qigong is valuable. Would one have value it as much if it was free? You get what you pay for. I know many including myself that have been helped or healed by Master Hong. He is a true Qigong master. I have been a life-time student of Chinese Healing and Martial Arts and hold high regards for Grandmaster Hong. I have only met a hand full of true Qigong Master of this caliber in my 35 years in the Arts. I feel very fortunate to have done this as I do not feel this way about everyone who claims to be a healer "master". Master Hong is an MD of western medicine before he found his Qigong master who transmitted the Qigong knowledge to him. He is truly amazing. He can change your life.
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