Is It More Than "A Beautiful Form of Hypnosis"?
Garret Yount, Ph.D., was trained as a molecular neuroscientist. His wife, Yifang Qian, M.D., Ph.D., who is from Beijing, was trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. In 1990, when Yount’s father was diagnosed with Stage IV (terminal) leukemia, the three traveled to China where Yount’s father engaged in a combination of conventional chemotherapy and Chinese therapies including herbs and qigong. Nowadays (in 2001), Yount’s father is coexisting peacefully with his cancer, Qian is a board-certified psychiatrist, and Yount has taken up qigong. A collaborator with Anne Harrington and funded by the Fetzer Foundation, he dreams of discovering that the mind is able to alter genetic expression. He already has provocative evidence suggesting that qi is more than a “beautiful form of hypnosis.” — Ed.
Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong (International Sheng Zhen Society, 1999). The underlying purpose of this form of qigong is to experience the opening of the heart and the stillness of the mind. Contact: www.shengzhen.org.
The Spirit of Qigong. On this video, Deborah Davis teaches a 15-minute qigong practice structured around the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth) central to Chinese medicine. Contact: www.womensqigong.com.
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing (Ballantine, 1999) by Kenneth Cohen is the standard reference in the West on this form of body energy and healing. Cohen has also produced audio and videotapes and teaches around the country. Contact: www.qigonghealing.com.
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