WAY OF QIGONG:
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CHINESE ENERGY HEALING
Foreword by Larry Dossey, M.D.
428 pages, Ballantine Books
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"The long awaited masterpiece...this breakthrough book is
destined to become the classic reference on body energy and healing."
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.
- How to integrate Qigong practice with conventional medicine
to create an effective program for self-healing.
- The history and philosophy of qigong.
- Scientific and experimental evidence that Qigong works and
how it works.
- How to relax, improve sleep, increase vitality, and eliminate
- Simple methods to correct your posture, achieve balance and
grace, and deepen the breath.
- Easy-to-follow illustrations and descriptions of healing
exercises and meditation techniques.
- The Healing Lifestyle, including diet, sexual health, and
- Qigong for Arthritis, Cancer, Headaches, Chronic Pain, Fatigue,
Heart Disease, and other conditions.
- Chinese Healing Touch: assessing imbalance and effective
methods of treatment. Create a healing presence.
- Extensive Footnotes, Bibliography, and Resources.
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING
By Kenneth Cohen
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448 pages, Ballantine Books, Hardcover (image shown) or Paperback
Winner of the Best Spiritual Books Award from Spirituality &
Health Magazine and First Place Winner, National Health and Wellness
Book Award from Books for a Better Life and the National Multiple
HONORING THE MEDICINE is the major comprehensive work on
Native American/ First Nations healing traditions. It was written
as much for the general reader who is unfamiliar with American Indian
medicine, as for the medicine man and woman or the western physician.
Kenneth Cohen has been a teacher and health educator for more than
30 years, and is able to put complex subjects in terms that are
easy to understand.
Kenneth Cohen takes a simple, but revolutionary approach to Native
American medicine. The book begins by exploring the core principles
of Native American medicine: what values make one a whole and happy
human being, in harmony with one's family, community, and the natural
world? Then there are entire chapters on specific Native American
methods of healing, including counseling and massage-- fundamental
therapies that no previous author has explored in detail. He offers
new interpretations for the roles of humor, prayer, music, herbs,
and dreams in healing, and discusses the differences between men's
and women's healing gifts.
In each chapter, Cohen explains how Native Americans of various
tribes understand healing therapies, how western medicine, psychology,
or religion interpret them, and how he understands them, from the
vantage point of more than a quarter century of practice. He includes
numerous case studies, drawn from his own clients.
Yet, Cohen writes from within the tradition, well aware of what
kind of information may not be put on the page-- such as practices
that are the private property of individual healers, clans, or tribes.
Today, people throughout the world admire Native American arts,
crafts, and literature. Yet America's original healing traditions
remain unknown, and most people consider them something of the past,
perhaps even extinct. HONORING THE MEDICINE reveals the diversity,
richness, continuity, and effectiveness of Native American healing,
giving it the place of respect it deserves among the world's great
Cohen shows that Native American healing is not a museum relic,
but a living tradition. Also, he does not shy away from examining
the effects of colonialism, including the economic and political
injustices that continue to threaten Native values, traditions,
land, and life. How can we preserve Native peoples' healing wisdom,
Cohen asks, without preserving their lands and sovereignty? His
book is a call for peaceful activism and justice.
The book is written in an engaging, personal style, with a balance
of scholarship, story, and wit. It includes an extensive bibliography,
endnotes, and resources.
FYI, A Note from Ken Cohen: The original title of my book was Honoring
the Medicine: Principles, Values and Practices of Native American
Healing. Did you know that authors rarely have rights over the
titles of their books? My publisher decided to keep the title but
change the sub-title from Principles, Values and Practices... to
"The Complete Guide to Native American Healing." I said,
"Oh no you're not. With more than 4.1 million Native Americans
divided into more than 700 Nations, there is no such thing as a
complete guide. Random House had more meetings and informed me that
the sub-title would be "The Comprehensive Guide to Native American
Healing." I was irate, "The term 'comprehensive' is offensive
to me and to my Native colleagues. Use this subtitle and I will
black-list my own book and not participate in your publicity attempts."
After more meetings, the publisher decided on "The Essential
Guide to Native American Healing." Lest I lose even the main
title, I agreed. I interpret the subtitle as "Looking for the
Essence" rather than "The Essential Guide-- you must buy