In Dr. Stephen BirchŽs latest book about Restoring order in health, you find contributions from very experienced practitioners about qi.
It clearly describes the development and usage of the jingmai or meridians/channels of acupuncture. Seven authors like Stephen Birch from Holland, Miguel Angel Cabrer Mir and Manuel Rodriguez Cuadras from Spain, Dianne Sommers from Holland, Chip Chace and Dan Bensky from the US and Mark Bovey from the UK present a very in-depth study with contributions.
The foreword by Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée makes it clear that this book is a must for all students and practitioners of qi related disciplines and those interested in studying qi related practices. For the development and practice of medical systems like acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage the concepts of qi and jingmai are central. Qi is a central concept in a number of self-development traditions from Asia, including Taiji quan, Qigong, and Aikido. The authors have drawn from a wide range of scholarly literature, original sources and many years of experience using these different practice methods to expose the history, development, nature, practical understanding and uses of these concepts, seeking the central core focus that guides their use in such a broad range of practice traditions.
In the early literature the cultivation of the practitioner is a central theme and highlighted throughout these chapters. In addition the last two chapters focus on practical exercises that help develop the inner skills of the practitioner so that they are better able to utilise qi in clinical practice.
This book will help both the student and seasoned practitioner deepen their understanding and uses of these traditional concepts.