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The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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 c ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 9th 1999 by Wellspring/Ballantine (first published April 1997)
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The Elves
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kenneth S. Cohen’s The Way of Qigong is a really great book on Qigong. Some say that the drawings are not adequate to understanding the moves they illustrate; however, we find that if you combine them with the descriptions, it is really quite clear. And this book has everything. Qigong movements and exercises, data about Qigong, research studies about Qigong, nearly everything you would want to know about the subject, even chapters on diet and tea drinking. Not that you won’t want to keep learni ...more
Anne
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I pick this book up often because there is a wealth of information. I have read the book front to back several times, but I pick it up every couple months and just open to where it goes. I always pick up something new even though I read it before. This time I spent time in chapter 12 Active QiGong, Chapter 14 The energy of emotions and Chapter 19 Have a Cup of Tea. The Organ-emotion link was very interesting and the breathing exercises are great. The history and legend of tea and recommended pre ...more
Curtis
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mages and sages of all ages
Recommended to Curtis by: Tai Chi
This was a new discovery to me in a used book store. All that I knew before that was a vague reference to "healing energies" made in a martial arts book. Now there is another paradigm for me to asess vital information about my health. The balance of heat and moisture seemed to make a good barometer for changes in wellbeing, good or bad. I feel like I can finally do something about my own body's chemical composition that will improve my condition. These meditations, like the rest of the Taoist tr ...more
Patrick Bello
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Qigong, in the brief time I have practiced its gentle movements and standing meditations, has provided me with various unexpected benefits and a greater sense of calm. That being said, it’s also somewhat difficult to find a non-teacher resource if one wanted to go deeper into the philosophy and workings of qigong. And wow lemme tell ya, he goes deeeeep. I have yet to practice everything in the book, because I have a job that I must go to sometimes, so I cannot vouch for the efficacy of everythin ...more
Marina Quattrocchi
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent comprehensive book explaining the history and philosophy of qigong in great detail. Essential resource for anyone who is serious about studying this ancient Chinese art. First published in 1997, this book contains timeless wisdom that is just as relevant and practical today. Especially liked the qigong meditations.
Shaz Davis
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my top two recommended reads for people interested in qigong.
Morgan
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are at all interested in the concept of qi (chi), or if you are considering taking qigong (chi gung) or taiqi (tai chi) for the purposes of psychological and/or physical healing, general health and/or personal growth, this extensively-researched book by American qigong master Ken Cohen will answer any conceivable question that may arise in your thoughts. Remarkable really in its depth and breadth... Certainly not a quick read, but even though it repeatedly put me to sleep, I found it asto ...more
Katja Vartiainen
This book is really good. I started qi gong about 2 months ago, following an oldish Chinese
( maybe) woman on Youtube, and It has been the best thing for my painful shoulder-arm pain. So, I wanted to know more, and found through a German blogger's page this book. This book has history, exercises, meditations, diet, and even sex advice. The instructions are clear with some pictures, and the best part of it all is the attitude of the writer. He is emphasizing that qi gong is to make your life
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Phil Calandra
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Out of the several books which I have read regarding Qigong, this is clearly the most comprehensive and most easily understood. Included is an extensive bibliography, audio-visual training suggestions, extensive notes on each chapter and a glossary of common Qigong terms. Perhaps the only weakness in this book that most Qigong Books share is that the practice material and illustrations that don't provide and optimal learning method compared to video and private instruction
Mattheus Guttenberg
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: taoism, health, living
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice for promoting health, longevity, and physical ability. The Way of Qigong gives a thorough overview of the subject, which discusses the nature of qi and Chinese medicine, the qigong routines, the history of Taoism, the scientific literature on qigong, diet, meditation, sexual activity and more. Anyone interested in learning about the Chinese paradigm of health and vitality would be advised to read this.
Alex Delogu
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A marvelous adventure through the varied facets of Qi Gong practice. It includes some practices, but really, just get a teacher. The book functions best as a theoretical journey that goes well with an already developed practice.
Dominique Anfossi
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A readable account of the history of QiQong practice and the potential health benefits. Although there are some Qi Qong exercises described, the bulk of the book is more informative than instructional.
Michael
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meine Zugänge zum Qigong waren einerseits mein während des Sinologiestudiums entwickelte Faszination für den Daoismus, sowie anderseits meine Beschäftigung mit ostasiatischen Kampfkünsten. Auf Empfehlung meines Qigong-Meisters habe ich mir dieses Buch zugelegt, welches eine sehr umfassende Einführung in die verschiedenen Aspekte gibt. So werden neben "klassichen" Qigong-Formen und Meditationen auch Themen wie Ernährung und Sexualität behandelt. Der Text ist gut geschrieben und der Autor hat sich ...more
K.G.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in Chinese science, this book is a must read.

Kenneth S. Cohen really knows his stuff. I've practiced and taught tai chi chuan and qigong for many years and Cohen's book deepened my knowledge of the arts. It is well written and his explanations provide clarity of this complex (on the surface) art. As someone once said "He's not a guy in a diner" meaning he's not espousing theories of which he knows nothing and making stuff as he goes. Cohen is a master and if you're interes
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Josh
Oct 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great perspective on Qi Gong and its medicinal powers. Beautiful art that has increasing scientific validation, this book is well written, though I'm not into too much learning of Qi Gong from books, the other parts are very enjoyable.
Dana Kohut
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ken wrote my favorite book on the use and understanding of Qigong, though I would have liked to have seen something on one finger Zen, which he covers in a video he does. Great book and highly recommend it.
Niels
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, spiritual
Few books contain as many treasures as this one. You can read this book and study for many many years. Ok, you will want a good teacher at some point, but then this book will help you discern what a good teacher really is.
Vanessa
Apr 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-related
It would have been interesting, if it hadn't been so dull. I would recommend reading an article on qigong, rather than trying to make it through this whole book, which is 80% exercise manual and 20% info.
Noelle
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting for the most part. As a huge skeptic, I fail to see the correlation between a cold and the "negative energy" of a body organ but there were a few tips in the book that were very helpful to me in alleviating stress.
Lartemis
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: china-prep
I could give this book 5 stars, but I'll give it three. I use it as part of my mediation/Chi Gong practice. I read it in fits and starts...not front to back. While I have not read every section, I'm marking it as read. It is a good reference book.
Kiara
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the way info was summarized and made westerner-friendly. I got great notes and added to my reservoir of alternative knowledge. Great how-to and do-it-yourself info.
Satia
It took me a while to read this book because I was putting its teachings into practice. For more thoughts:

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Wendy
Way too much breathing for me - put me to sleep.
John
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: martial-arts
Great.
Samuel
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, health, classic
Thankyou High Cohen
Wm. Anthony Connolly
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The energy within harnessed and care for in this practical and empirical survey of healing oneself.
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Ken Cohen is a qigong grand master, health educator, and practitioner of North American indigenous medicine.

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