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KEY FEATURES: Material based on empirical findings as well as first-hand experiences makes the book a valuable resource for both guiding and inspiring readers. Connection of current debates with an analysis of the cultural healing practices of Far East Asian communities provides a critical point of departure for highlighting challenges and transformations within the field of health and mental health. Discussion of a range of issues makes the book relevant to scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students in training in the various health and mental health fields, as well as mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others. Exploration of research, theories, and practices extends beyond Asian groups to include all types of patients, clients, and groups. Chapter-ending discussion questions prompt readers ...

Qigong and Healing (Based on Taoist Philosophy)
4 Qigong and healing (based on taoist philosophy)
Amy L. Ai
Introduction

Qigong (QG) is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), alongside its other major aspects (i.e., herbs, acupuncture, and tuina massage).1 The term qigong is the phonetic juxtaposition of two Chinese characters: (1) qi (氣), meaning “flow of air,” in a literal sense, or “vital force or energy,” in a symbolic sense, and (2) gong (功), meaning “perseverant practice.” In general, QG can be classified into two systems: (1) internal QG, a self-care practice to harmonize healthy qi flow and balance, and (2) external QG, the transformation and manipulation of healing force by a master to balance the qi pattern of recipients. The ...

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