Developing Internal Energy for Effective Acupuncture Practice
Drawing on ancient Chinese knowledge and tradition, this book teaches practitioners of acupuncture how to develop their internal energy and sensitivity to energy in order to improve their practice.
Understanding and working with energy flow is essential to becoming a good acupuncturist and regular qigong practice helps the acupuncturist to direct energy flow within the patient more accurately and effectively. This book presents a complete training regime for Western acupuncturists and features qigong exercises dating back centuries. With images from the original manuscripts and the Chinese text alongside an English translation and commentary, Western readers are introduced to unique exercises and internal cultivation texts in a truly authentic way.
This book provides essential internal training for acupuncture practitioners and students and will be of interest to a wide array of martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.
Preface. Part I. Introduction. 1. The concept of 'controlling the spirit'. Part II. Yiquan Exercises. 2. Exercise Basics. 3. The Great Balloon. 4. Holding the Balloon. 5. Moving the Balloon. 6. Acupuncture and Zhan Zhuang. 7. Training of the 'Wrist Force' and discussion on other needling skills. 8. Essentials of Zhan Zhuang practice. Conclusion. Bibliography. Purple Cloud Master's Essential Methods for Painless Needle Insertion. Detailed Exposition of the 'Intention and Qi Exercise'.
Ioannis Solos holds a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Middlesex University, and a Masters of Medicine in Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Besides traditional diagnosis, he is a researcher on various aspects of Chinese medicine culture, internal martial arts, health preservation practices, the study of classic texts and lesser known Chinese medicine traditions. For the last decade he has resided in Beijing, China.