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"... an outstanding discussion of subtle energies as Qi. His explanations are interesting and his style easy reading." -- IJHC/WHR Newsletter, January 2003

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"Understand Qi. Access Qi. Cultivate Qi. Master Qi. It is the essential fuel behind all intention and action. It is the awesome power of the Universe within you. . . . Qi is your edge in sports, business, relationships, and personal performance. Tai Chi and Qigong are powerful tools, profound yet simple, that will assist you in fulfilling your intentions, needs, goals--even your dreams!"
--Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.

Developed over millennia in Chinese monasteries, hospitals, and imperial courts, Tai Chi and Qigong (literally life-force and mastery) are profound yet simple methods for increasing vitality, longevity, and sexual potency; achieving and maintaining optimal health and inner peace; and healing both minor and major illnesses. Long kept a carefully guarded secret from the Chinese public, Tai Chi and Qigong have recently come into widespread use throughout the Far East. They are now a health and human performance enhancement breakthrough in the West as well--ancient power tools for self-improvement and a safe, gentle, and proven alternative approach to treating pain and disease.

In The Healing Promise of Qi, Roger Jahnke. O.M.D., internationally respected doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and best-selling author of The Healer Within, clearly and simply explains Tai Chi and Qigong principles and practices. Rather than focus on one particular method or form, Dr. Jahnke distills the best and most important lessons, learned from Chinese teachers with whom he has studied. With the help of more than one hundred superbly rendered illustrations, Dr. Jahnke teaches you easy-to-learn techniques drawn from among twenty-five traditional and modern forms of Tai Chi and Qigong that he has mastered and taught to thousands of people in workshops, retreats, and health-care institutions throughout North America and China. And instead of offering a one-size-fits-all program, he provides guidelines for tailoring a self-healing and empowerment regimen to your unique goals, age, body type, personality, and medical condition.

Qi is the ancient Chinese concept for the source of all vitality, healing, and creativity. For those who are healthy and those who seek healing, Qi is the primary ingredient in the most profound medicine, which is produced for free, naturally within the human body. China's most traditional and powerful healing arts, Tai Chi and Qigong are the most direct route to accessing and mastering Qi. Now, this down-to-earth guide, makes the awesome power of Qi available to everyone through Tai Chi and Qigong.

Advance Praise for The Healing Promise of Qi

"Qi--the energy that sustains all life, holds the key to health and longevity. The Healing Promise of Qi shows you how to access this potent force. And that's very good news, indeed."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"The Healing Promise of Qi has the power to change your life. Dr. Jahnke not only practices Oriental medicine, he lives it authentically. His teaching is pure and potent, combining mind and heart to give you the practical skills you need to be your best self. This book is a gem that you will treasure for the rest of your life."
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Inner Peace for Busy People

"The ancient tradition of Tai Chi and Qigong is masterfully revealed in this book. Whether you are new to Qigong or a seasoned practitioner, Dr. Jahnke's insights will add new understanding and depth to your practice."
--Larry Dossey, M.D., Author, Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words

"A timely book of gentle persuasion and clear understanding, with easy-to-follow instructions to guide the readers, step by step, toward the success of achieving health and well-being."
--Chungliang Al Huang, Living Tao Foundation, Author, The Essential Tai Ji and Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809295288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809295289
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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164 of 166 people found the following review helpful By An Architect on May 20, 2005
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I don't write many reviews, but this book seemed to deserve one. I've practiced Qigong and Tai Chi for over a decade, but recently have committed to taking my practice to a higher level. I have read a number of books written by Chinese masters, past and present and was seeking another when I ran across this one while searching At first I thought to myself "but he isn't Chinese". However, the overwhelmingly positive reviews drew my interest and I ordered the book.

What I found was the most simple and direct explanation of qi theory and practice that I have ever encountered. Despite the simplicity, I found that none of the subject depth had been lost. There are many things about qi practice that I do not believe anyone ever told me, but I figured them out or felt them for myself while puzzling over a multitude of myserious poems and mechanically oriented instructions. I was surprised and gratified to find so much connection between this book and my own experiences. Jahnke also brought me many fresh new insights as well as a strategy for practice and growth. Too often a teacher only teaches the forms and perhaps some of the history, but rarely says much about how mind directs qi.

I can therefore recommend this book for anyone practicing Tai Chi or Qigong. As for readers who are new to qi practice, I can't think of a better introduction.
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162 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Jasch Hamilton on June 30, 2002
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Roger Jahnke has taken the ancient practice of Qigong - a healing meditation practice that combines gentle movement with focus, posture and breath - and has truly made it accessible to beginners. And we're not just talking about theory here: I was able to immediately begin practicing on my own with his clear instructions and accompanying illustrations. On the theory side he weaves a remarkable story using current scientific insights to support ancient Chinese concepts in a way that leaves you inspired and confident that this is indeed the real thing. The key to any meditative healing practice is actually doing the practice and this book is as motivating as I've ever read in getting me to get up and go for it. It has the feel of a companion that I'll be able to turn to for years to come, without it ever getting stale or out-of-date. The three promises of Qigong - it's free and accessible to everyone, you'll benefit if you practice, and it's easy to do - are clearly derived from the author's years of personal experience, practice and deep desire to share this wisdom with a wide audience. Many thanks from a new student.
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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2005
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I can't add much to the other reviews here. The book has earned all of its stars. The only caveat I have is with the superficial description of the Microcosmic Orbit Meditation (I call it that because I like the monogram :-)

Jahnke is the real deal and his writing style is excellent. No redundancy, no copy/paste blah blah blah as seen in most Qigong books. This one is truly unique. Many Qigong books attempt to sound poetic, but they have no soul. Jahnke is all soul and this makes him sound poetic. You can open this book to any page and just enjoy the writer's enthusiasm for Qigong.

I especially enjoyed his frank, pragmatic discussion of sexual Qigong. It's an important subject and most authours are either too embarrassed or too unknowledgable to discuss it in detail. Dr. Jahnke takes the mystery out of the subject and gives us some practical, practiceable tips for building up our Qi reserves (for men AND women!). This direct discussion is missing from, for example, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's book, "The Secret of Youth", which *should* essentially be a frank discussion of Daoist sexual practices but which turns a blushing cheek on the subject in a way that this book does not. In a couple short pages, Jahnke casts a whole new light on the Yang book. I love both books, but this one is more accessible and easier to put into practice.

Well, for a really good introduction to Qigong, I have to recommend this book and Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's "The Root of Chinese Qigong". They really complement one another nicely.

Keep an open mind about Qigong. Don't believe ANYONE who says he/she has *the* best method. Don't be afraid to experiment :-)
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Tatsat on July 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book dwarfs all the other books on Tai Chi, Taijiquan and Qigong, including Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain and Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan. If would allow 10 stars for best, then I would give this 10, and all others so far, only 5 stars. Why?
1. Every book focuses on the teachings of particular lineage or teacher. The book may be very good, but since no teaching can be called ABSOLUTE it just becomes one among others. This book, instead of teaching a particular style of Tai Chi or Chi Kung, focuses on explaining all the aspects of Chi cultivation. It creates the space in you for further insights which you can use in whatever style, level or aspect of Qigong you are working with.
2. The author maintains a very fine and enviable balance between theory and practice. There is enough theory to make you an informed practitioner rather than a blind believer in the curative benifits of Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan, but at the same time there are detailed descriptions of practices which you can learn. The illustrations are excellent and very artistic. The theory never gets so informative that it makes the reader confused. This also shows that the author knows what he is speaking about or else one can never maintain this balance.
3. This books writing style and content clearly makes it evident that the author not only has studied Chi Kung but also lives it as well. This helps in trusting the teacher as you learn from the book.
4. This book is life changing because of the fresh and open perspective it gives and the way it unifies all the concepts of Taoism, Tai Chi and Chi Kung, the way it elaborates on the concepts and the simple yet powerful practices it teaches.
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