The Healing Promise of Qi

Roger Jahnke OMD is a Californian doctor of Chinese Medicine. Don’t be put off. His books are as easy to read as his classes are easy to attend. He has been practising Chinese Medicine for most of his life, originally thanks to his grandmother but now thanks to his own studies with teachers in remote parts of China and elsewhere.

The Healing Promise of Qi (pronounced chi) is the result of years of study, not just of Chinese observances of Qigong and Tai Chi but also of physics, The Theory of Relativity and personal experience. Being a westerner himself, Roger knows that we sceptical westerners like to understand the science behind anything and Qi, or energy, is no exception. It can be explained by science.

Roger works in hospitals with sick people and leads courses for those interested in qi cultivation and practise as well as teaching. Having attended a week long course when he was last in the UK, I have found the book of great practical benefit both to myself and to friends, when trying to make sense of the world.

Ten very simple exercises which are illustrated with line drawings in the book (and you can recognise the man himself in some of them!) offer an easy to remember routine for practising energy cultivation at different levels. Each is given some background which is not essential reading but certainly helpful.

Anyone who practises a form of Tai Chi or Yoga would find something in this book to enhance their studies but it is also of interest to anyone who just wants to learn to manage stress.

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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