"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.