"Qigong," writes qigong master and China scholar Kenneth S. Cohen, "is a wholistic system of self-healing exercises and meditation, an ancient, evolving practice that includes posture, movement, self-massage, breathing techniques, and meditation." Qi is the Chinese word for "life energy" it is the animating power that flows through all things. One of the markers of health is "a full and flowing supply of qi." Illness and disease are the result of imbalances when qi is stagnant or too revved up.
In this authoritative guide to the art and science of Chinese energy healing, Kenneth S. Cohen presents a systematic approach to psycho-physiological self-regulation. Qigong can be seen as an extension of Daoism where the emphasis is upon a quiet mind, a peaceful attitude, and persistent practice. The benefits of this regimen include lower blood pressure, improved digestion, less stress and chronic tension, and increased libido.
Cohen outlines a daily wellness workout, an overview of the posture of power, sections on the art of relaxation and self-massage, a look at the energy of emotion, the Dao of diet, and an examination of sexual qigong.