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The Complete System of Self-Healing: Internal Exercises 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0942196061
ISBN-10: 0942196066
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tao Publishing; 1st edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942196066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942196061
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've had this wonderful book for over 10 years, but only really began to apply the Internal Exercises after a trip to China. I saw a Qi Gong demonstration there and was very impressed, especially by the fact that the Qi Gong master looked all of 25 years old (I'm sure he was in his 40's at least). I began to practice Dr Chang's set of exercises faithfully on returning from the trip and have experienced increased energy, suppleness, better sleep, and clarity of mind. I was able to abandon my use of prescription antihistamines for allergies and now have no symptoms whatever. My nightly headaches, which were requiring nightly Tylenol, have also resolved. My endurance in sports, particularly alpine skiing, has increased without requiring increased preparatory workouts; and if I am diligent at doing the exercises after a workout, I experience no stiffness or soreness (something I'm starting to appreciate as an aging Baby Boomer!).
Dr Chang is clearly familiar with both Asian and Western medicine, science and culture. Although his book is very clearly written, practical and accessible, the depth of knowledge concealed in its deceptively simple language is profound. The exercises themselves are for the most part quite easy to perform (some of them do require much effort and perseverance to master, but are not physically taxing). What is quite reinforcing about them is that they produce an almost immediate sensation of energy flow in the body. They feel GOOD to perform. They struck me as being almost like a cross between yoga and tai chi, but they are certainly neither (as Dr Chang points out) and they are much less complex.
Dr Chang's other books are excellent as well!
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This is a great book on Qigong. This book has been around before it became the "in thing" and the information is better than most of the american authors whom have jumped on the bandwagon. Every book by this author is well worth owning.
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This is a remarkable book. Whenever I have anything that is wrong with me I do the exercises and I feel better. My symptoms get better and most are resolve by doing these wonderful exercises. I feel blessed having this book as doctors miss the target most of the time in caring for my health. It liberates me to be able to have an alternative option to gain control of my health. I also do other gentle exercises such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong and Reiki. I have regained more health since going this route.
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This well written book takes you from complete beginner all the way up through the microcosmic orbit. It is presented in an old school style - classically you did lots of simple basic practices to get your body healthy enough to start doing meditations. This book has all those basic practices and beginning meditations, and it explains some - not too much - of what you are doing and why.

Other reviewers have listed all the different exercises that are in the book - there are a lot - so I'll skip that.

Stephen Chang was one of the first in print in English, and this book has stood the test of time. I've been studying and practicing qigong since 1987, this is one of the best beginner books I've seen.
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This is a terrific book. It's chock full of practical things to do to improve health. The ideas are from the Far East, but not New Age. I picked up some small things to do right away - like tapping around my lips (which helps my gums) while I wait for the computer to boot. I'm trying to say that you don't have to overhaul your entire life to benefit by the this book. But you could.
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Since reading this book many things in my life have changed. I am a martial artist and exercise enthusiast and the exercises that Dr. Chang perscribes work incredibly well for mental, spiritual and physical well-being. The calm focus, absence of excess tension and increased energy help with every area of my life and will for yours too.
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This book is simply fantastic. I read it some years ago. I got a mailing from some exploitative outfit, saying all the stuff this book did, I got it just to prove their claims wrong. Wow, what a book! It is written for the Western mindset, easy to understand, and packed- I do mean packed- with useful exercises. It's a good intro to Chi Kung. The million dollar point alone is worth far more than the price of the book, and I have used that exercise since I read the book. This book is roughly comparable to The Art of Chi Kung: Making the Most of Your Vital Energy, and the books of Mantak Chia.
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He likes it!

This is essentially a book on traditional Taoist Yoga for health. The well-known exercises are all included: Five Animal Play, Eight Brocades, etc. Also included are the Chi/Energy theory and the Chakra/Hormonal theory.
There are specific exercises for various health conditions, like losing excess abdominal fat (belly rubbing) or eye exercises (which I appreciate, being a pretty avid reader). There are also some breathing exercises and meditations for those who have advanced past the health exercises.
One additional comment I can make is that the traditional exercises (Five Animal Play & Eight Brocades) seemed simpler and made more use of
imagination than the forms of these exercises you commonly see today (1986 vs 2008). Overall, a good book, which I'm glad I bought.
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