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Restoring order in health and Chinese Medicine

Restoring order in health and Chinese Medicine

2014, 500 pages

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In Dr. Stephen Birch´s 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.


This is a ground breaking book.

It is written by experienced practitioners who have spent life-times studying, practicing, and researching about qi and the jingmai. Stephen Birch, Miguel Angel Cabrer Mir and Manuel Rodriguez Cuadras both authored a number of chapters and edited the book, Chip Chace, Dan Bensky, Dianne Sommers and Mark Bovey made contributions to the book.

The book is eminently readable despite the scholarship involved and will be good reading for both students and seasoned practitioners of qi related arts and disciplines.

“This is a book that we would like to have more of its kind. A book that goes deeply into the very substance of Chinese medicine, remaining not only readable but enjoyable…. A dialogue between this classical Chinese medicine and Western medicine can help to build the medicine for the future. This book is one of the foundations of such an appealing and needed project.”

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, Paris

"An incredible resource for the investigation of qi and its ramifications right from ancient China through until the present. Serious scholarship that is never dry, each chapter explores a facet of our medicine that can be traced back to the root: qi."

Steven Clavey, Melbourne

Birch, S.

Dr. Stephen Birch
arbeitet seit 1982 mit der Japanischen Akupunktur. Er studierte in Japan bei Yoshio Manaka und anderen berühmten Toyohari-Lehrern. Als Dozent unterrichtet er in USA, Großbritannien, Deutschland und Niederlande. Er betreibt in den Niederlanden mit seiner Frau eine Praxis und arbeitet eng mit Kiko Matsumoto zusammen, eine der Experten der japanischen Akupunktur, die auch 2011 auf dem TCM-Kongress in Rothenburg Referentin war.

Cabrer Mir, M.A.

Miguel Angel Cabrer Mir
is a long-standing practitioner and teacher of Taiji quan (around thirty years), working in Barcelona, Spain. He has also practiced acupuncture, specialising in Japanese acupuncture for over ten years and does some teaching of acupuncture.

Cuadras, M.R.

Manuel Rodriguez Cuadras
has a long history of involvement with martial arts (Aikido, Judo, Qigong, Iaido) and has been studying and practicing Chinese medicine and Chinese and Japanese acupuncture in Barcelona, Spain for more than twenty years. He has authored several books in Spanish on acupuncture and is a well-known teacher in Spain, teaching also in South America.

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