Chinese Medical Qigong, known as Qigong Study in Chinese Medicine in China, is the third edition of the only official textbook of medical Qigong used in colleges and universities of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in China. It is the result of the collaborative efforts of more than thirty faculty members in a dozen colleges and universities of TCM in China and represents the highest level of academic research and the broadest compilation of clinical applications on medical Qigong today. This unique book is a systematic survey of the history, methods, transformation, and development of ancient Chinese mind-body cultivating skills, or what is today called Qigong. This text focuses on medical Qigong as a study discipline in the 21st century, and on cultivating Qi for the health and healing. It offers concepts, examples, background, techniques, and a multitude of historic and contemporary methods for refining and implementing mind-body cultivation within life nurturing and healing.
The English edition of this book is the result of the collective efforts of a group of professionals in traditional Chinese medicine and Qigong. To truly reflect the original meanings of Chinese texts and to deliver a translation of the highest quality, three layers of translating and editing were employed. In the last group of consulting editors are two western MDs with experience in mind-body medicine or Qigong and three Qigong scholars well-known in America, each of whom has already published best-selling Qigong book.The translation and editing process was partially supported by grants from the International Advanced Plan of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and from the World Institute for Self Healing, Inc. (WISH), a non-profit organization in New Jersey dedicated to promoting Qigong, self-healing, and mind power through research, education and networking.
For the Table of Contents and information about the authors, see the introduction to Chinese Medical Qigong or visit the World Institute for Self Healing Inc site, which includes more information on the authors, editors, translators, introduction and forward.
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Other news from NCCAM: Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Its annual economic cost, including health care expenses, lost income, and lost productivity, is estimated to be $100 billion. In addition, the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that chronic pain is by far the most common reason Americans use CAM. Increasing evidence from rigorous scientific studies indicates that certain CAM therapies (e.g., relaxation techniques, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and massage) may be useful in managing chronic pain. Other new NHIS data show that Americans are spending approximately $34 billion out-of-pocket on CAM products and services?\with nearly two-thirds being spent on "self-care" items, forms of CAM that individuals use on their own without seeing a health care provider. Of this, approximately $14.8 billion is spent on nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products (such as botanicals and other dietary supplements). Source: Congrerssional Justfication 2011.
The National Qigong Association (NQA) awards an Honorary Lifetime Membership for Extraordinary Service in the Field of Qigong at its annual conference. The 2009 conference was held in Pacific Grove, California. This award goes to someone who has given outstanding service to establish and integrate qigong into all aspects of mainstream culture, healing, science, and education. He or she has been effective reaching students, practitioners and the public, increasing awareness and understanding of Qigong. Bruce Frantzis is a pioneer in the field of Chi (Qi) practices, such as Chi gung (Qigong or Chi kung), Tai chi and TAO meditation. He is one of a handful of westerners who are holders of Taoist and Qigong lineages. For nearly three decades Bruce has taught more than 350 events and Instructor trainings worldwide to more than 16,000 students.
Janet Sullivan was one of the most active and involved Presidents in NQA history. She served on almost all the committees, and also initiated and undertook a number of projects on her own, including the development of a Policies and Procedures Manual and the compilation of a history of the NQA, to list but a few. Janet studied Qigong and completed teacher training under Dr. Roger Jahnke. She was elected to the NQA Board in 2004. After serving terms as Secretary and Vice-President, Janet was confirmed as President in 2007, and was re-elected in Spring, 2008 for a three-year term. The NQA has established the Janet Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is to be used to help students who don't have the financial means to attend the NQA annual conferences. Any amount contributed is welcome. For more information, visit nqa.org/janet.
Nova Publishers has released Mind-Body and Relaxation Research Focus. From the book description: "Mind-Body and relaxation research emphasize mind-body interactions with intended benefits that include relaxation and emotional well being. Mind-body and relaxation therapies have been shown to effective in many cases of chronic conditions, rehabilitation, stress reduction, increasing immunity, reduction of muscular system tension, lowering blood pressure, arthritis and increasing mental well-being. This new book presents recent and significant research in the field." Included is "Expert Commentary A: Qigong-Profound Energy-Based Health Therapy to Complement Established Western Medical Practices" by Tom Rogers, Vice-President of the Qigong Institute. To find out more, visit Nova Publishers.
Los Altos, California. June 14, 2008 - Dr. Ken Sancier, the founder of the non-profit Qigong Institute (http://www.qigonginstitute.org), has resigned as CEO and Chairman of the Board after twenty-four years of dedicated service.
Dr. Sancier started the Qigong Institute after retiring in 1984 from a career as a research chemist at Stanford Research Institute. He created the original Qigong Database as a means to catalog the vast amount of information on the profound healing capabilities of Qigong that he had gathered from international conferences. He later decided to include alternative healing and energy medicine practices such as Yoga, Reiki, Acupuncture, Mind-Body healing and therapies including meditation, and Tai Chi (Taiji). To reflect its expanded scope, the database was renamed to The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™. It currently has over 4300 abstracts.
Dr. Sancier appeared in the PBS documentary on Qigong; was the first honorary member of the National Qigong Association in 1997 for his work in promoting Qigong by establishing the Qigong Institute; and has published over thirty original papers on Qigong, with the most referenced being Anti-Aging Benefits of Qigong. His belief is that "The science and art of Qigong may open a window into new thinking about health, medicine, psychology and spirituality. It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that continuously supports our natural tendency toward homeostasis." Dr. Sancier becomes CEO Emeritus and remains in an advisory capacity to the organization.
Over the last two decades the Qigong Institute has sponsored Qigong research in the US and China; published over thirty-five papers and articles; created the Qigong and Energy Medicine Database with over four thousand abstracts in English from research around the world; sponsored seventy public lectures (some of which are available through the website); developed the QI website; created informational podcasts attracting 500 visitors per week; taught Qigong in community centers, high schools, middle schools, and to Qigong and acupuncture students; organized World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events; created informational videos available on YouTube; sponsored Qigong classes and seminars; and participated in the National Experts Meeting to help make the healing benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi known to the public, especially the aging population.
WTC&Q Day 2008 was the best ever with the greatest participation from around the world. More information and pictures are available atWorld Tai Chi and Qigong Day. The success of this year's event is perhaps best illustrated by the incredible participation by the Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association.
Dr. Ken Sancier, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of the Qigong Institute received the Meritorious Activity Prize of the International Society of Life Information Science (ISLIS). Dr. Sancier has carried out research on qigong for many years. He has been an Editor of the Journal of ISLIS since its foundation and performed an important role on a global basis as Chairperson of the ISLIS California Information Center He has compiled the Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™. The Database is used by many libraries and is referenced all over the world.