Qigong Books

Compiled by Terry Slade

See also my page of Body Books, my page of Yoga Books, my page of Books on Food and Health, and my page of Qigong Links

In no particular order...

Qigong Fever: Body, Science and Utopia in China - David A. Palmer
2007 Columbia University Press 356 pages (hardback $40.00) ISBN: 0231140665 ISBN13:9780231140669
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0231140665

The Way of Energy - Master Lam Kam Chuen
1991 Gaia Books 191 pages ISBN: 0671736450
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0671736450

Very readble book, dedicated to the subject of standing meditation, an overlooked and important aspect of qigong.

Chi Kung - The Way of Healing - Master Lam Kam Chuen
1999 Gaia Books 159 pages ISBN: 0767903390 (paperback $17.50)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0767903390
Author's website:chi-kung.org

Well designed book, even simpler and more accessible than The Way of Energy. Mainly describes some very basic standing qigong exercises. Highly recommended.

The Healing Art of Qigong - Ancient Wisdom From A Modern Master - Hong Liu
1999 Warner Books 293 pages ISBN: 0446673471 (paperback)
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0446673471
Previously available in hardback under title Mastering Miracles 1997 Warner ISBN: 0446520306

Author tells story of learning about qigong from Master Kwan. Includes instructions for some qigong exercises and discusses some particular health conditions. Excellent book!

Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body - Bruce Kumar Frantzis
1993 North Atlantic Books 174 pages ISBN: 1556431643
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1556431643
Author's website: www.energyarts.com

Very interesting, very readable book, explains in great detail how qigong fits into the martial arts traditions (the author has studied many styles of martial arts) and how to perform some core exercises, including standing meditation. Includes a biography of the author. He has a bunch of videos also. I've seen a couple of them and they are very good.

Chi Gong - The Ancient Chinese Way to Health - Paul Dong
1990 Marlowe & Co. 212 pages ISBN: 1569248567
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1569248567

Very interesting. More empahasis on standing meditation.

Empty Force - The Ultimate Martial Art - Paul Dong
Subtitled - The Power of Chi for Self-Defense and Energy Healing
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1852307838

Still waiting for this one - out of print and hard to find.

Warriors of Stillness: Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts - Volume 1 - Jan Diepersloot
1995 Center for Healing and the Arts 226 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN:0964997606,ISBN13:9780964997608
Author's Website: www.warriorsofstillness.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0964997606

Another amazing book on this amazing subject, again with a lot to say about standing meditation.

The Tao of Yiquan: The Method of Awareness in the Martial Arts - Jan Diepersloot
(Volume 2 of the Trilogy - Warriors of Stillness: Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts
2000 Qi Works 251 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN:0964997614,ISBN13:9780964997615
Author's Website: www.warriorsofstillness.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0964997614

The Roots of Chinese Qigong - Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
2nd edition 1997 YMAA 307 pages (paperback $24.95) ISBN: 1886969507
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1886969507

Very valuable and indepth book. Foreward by Daniel Reid.

A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung - Daniel Reid
2000 Shambhala 326 pages ISBN: 1570625433
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1570625433
First published in 1998 under the title Harnessing the Power of the Universe

The Tao of Health, Sex, & Longevity - Daniel P. Reid
1989 Fireside 406 pages ISBN: 067164811X
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/067164811X

Tons of well-presented practical info. Several people told me about this book, which led me to his other books.

The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing: Guarding the Three Treasures - Daniel P. Reid
1994 Shambhala 496 pages ISBN: 1570620717
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1570620717

Xing Yi Nei Gong - Compiled/edited Dan Miller and Tim Cartmell
1999 Unique Publications 200 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN: 0865681740
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0865681740

This is a very special book.

Qigong Empowerment - Master Shou-Yu Liang & Wen-Ching Wu
1997 Way of the Dragon 348 pages (paperback) ISBN: 1889659029
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1889659029

Another very special one. Subtitled "A Guide to Medical Taoist Buddhist Wushu Energy Cultivation". Contains 5 books: Medical Qigong, Taoist Qigong, Buddhist Qigong, Emitting, Absorbing and Healing Qigong, Wushu Qigong (Iron Shirt Training).

Change the Picture - A Xuan Ming Dao Qigong Workbook - Master Yu-Cheng Huang
1996, Second edition 1998 120 pages (paperback) ISBN: 189268604X
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/189268604X
Out of print and hard to find. The next book in the series is called Think the Good Thing, also oput of print.

The Way of Qigong - Kenneth S. Cohen
Subtitled, The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
1999 Balantine Books 448 pages
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0345421094

This is a comprehensive overview of Qigong. This is the first book I got on Qigong. I think it is a good one, although I have not yet read it. I do have the author's video. But it is the first 5 or 6 books on this list that really got me interested in Qigong.

Taoist Secrets of Love - Cultivating Male Sexual Energy  Amazon
Healing Love Through the Tao - Cultivating Female Sexual Energy  Amazon
The Multi-Orgasmic Man  Amazon

These books are all by Mantak Chia. They present the subject of sexual energy in great detail from a Taoist yoga perspective. He has many other books.

The author's website: www.universal-tao.com

Iron Shirt Chi Kung I - Mantak Chia
1986 Healing Tao Books 290 pages

Ancient Way to Keep Fit -
2000 Shelter Publications 224 pages (paperback $18.95) ISBN: 0936070145
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0936070145

This is a collection of ancient writings on qigong. Thirty different sets of exercises from different sources are presented. The original texts are translated to English with no additional commentary. Includes over 300 watercolor illustrations. You can read Bruce Kumar Francis' Foreward to the book here

More info from the publishers website: www.shelterpub.com/_fitness/_ancient_way/ancient_book.html

The Healing Promise of Qi - Roger Jahnke
Subtitled: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi
2002 McGraw-Hill 304 pages (hardback $24.95) ISBN 0809295289

Qigong for Health & Vitality - Michael Tse
1996 St. Martin's Griffin 144 pages (paperback out of print) ISBN:0312141289 ISBN13:9780312141288

Qigong for Healing and Relaxation - Michael Tse
Subtitled: Simple Techniques for Feeling Healthier Stronger and More Relaxed
2005 St. Martin's Griffin 144 pages (paperback out of print) ISBN:0312340265 ISBN13:9780312340261

The Complete System of Self-Healing Internal Exercises - Dr. Stephen T. Chang
1986 Tao Publishing 224 pages (hardback) ISBN:0942196066
Author's Website: www.thegreattao.com
Official Site: www.taohealingarts.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0942196066

The Book of Internal Exercises - Stephen T. Chang
1978 Strawberry Hill Press 138 pages (hardback) ISBN:0894070177

About this page:

These are just a bunch of books that I have come across as I have begun to study qigong. This is not any kind of a comprehensive list, just some books that I happen to have found, and which seem to be good books. I am finding this to be an extremely interesting and vast subject and am happy to find so many good books available. (Note that most are recently published). Amazon links are provided for reference and convenience. I earn no commission.

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This page revised 10/11/10. Page first posted 07/22/01. All links checked 01/30/04.