Chi Gong: The Ancient Chinese Way to Health

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Chi Gong: The Ancient Chinese Way to Health bridges the divide between Chinese and Western science, systems of health care, and spiritual practice. With proven, step-by-step exercises, chi gong instructor Paul Dong and psychiatrist Aristide Esser show how to perform basic and advanced chi gong exercises; increase vitality by maintaining the balance of bodily energies; prevent and cure ulcers, hypertension, heart disease, and other ailments; and achieve a relaxed and therapeutic meditative state, promoting health ...
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Overview

Chi Gong: The Ancient Chinese Way to Health bridges the divide between Chinese and Western science, systems of health care, and spiritual practice. With proven, step-by-step exercises, chi gong instructor Paul Dong and psychiatrist Aristide Esser show how to perform basic and advanced chi gong exercises; increase vitality by maintaining the balance of bodily energies; prevent and cure ulcers, hypertension, heart disease, and other ailments; and achieve a relaxed and therapeutic meditative state, promoting health and longevity. The authors encourage practitioners to augment and strengthen their martial and spiritual disciplines, but also to develop external energy for the benefit of others.

More than an instruction manual, Chi Gong functions as a complete survey of this healing art. Dong and Esser discuss chi gong’s history, famous practitioners, applications for health and the martial arts, and the role of chi in exceptional human functioning and mind-body interactions. Combining information from Western scientific investigations as well as personal insights from Paul Dong’s practice, the authors provide a thorough explanation of the concept of chi and its role in traditional Chinese medicine, discuss the groundbreaking use of chi gong in cancer treatments, and take the reader on a visit to one of China’s many chi gong clinics.

Two longtime practitioners of chi gong, a controversial healing art of the Far East similar to acupuncture, present a thorough survey of this centuries-old health phenomenon. Includes step-by-step, proven exercises which readers can try on their own. 25 line drawings.

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Practitioners of this ancient Chinese therapeutic art popular in New Age circles claim that chi gong can maintain and restore health through the balancing of chi , the body's vital energy. Journalist Dong and psychiatrist Esser provide extensive history and theory as well as instruction on performing basic chi gong exercises. They explain how a typical Chinese chi gong clinic operates, discuss paranormal phenomena attributed to chi gong , and comment on the relationship of chi and Western science. A well-executed treatment of a unique topic, this will appeal primarily to informed laypersons. Recommended for collections in alternative or traditional medicine.-- Judith Eannarino, Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583942581
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 974,576
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Dong has taught chi gong at the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and the YMCA since 1976. The author of Empty Force and other books, he lives in Oakland, CA. Aristide H. Esser, M.D., has worked with the Sino-US Chi Gong Health Sciences Development Center since 1984. He lives in New City, New York.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1 What Is Chi Gong? 1
Special Section on Chi 15
2 Healing and Health Through Chi Gong 39
3 The Role of Chi in Chi Gong, Acupuncture, and Herbal Medicine 59
4 The Chi Gong Clinic 75
5 How Chi Gong Works on Cancer 85
6 Empty Force - The Mystery of Chi 99
7 The Chi Gong Masters 107
8 How to Perform Chi Gong 125
9 The Magic Palm and One-Finger Art 143
10 Recent History of Chi Gong 155
11 Chi Gong Comes to America 169
12 Enjoyment of Life 177
13 Western Science and Chi 185
Recommended Reading 203
Index 207
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