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Chinese healing exercises; the tradition of Daoyin.


Chinese healing exercises; the tradition of Daoyin.

Kohn, Livia.

U. of Hawai'i Pr.


268 pages




Kohn (emerita, religion and East Asian studies, Boston U.) has written an impressively thorough account of traditional Chinese medical exercises, called Daoyin, their origins in the Han dynasty, and continuing practice today in both China and the West. The use of the exercises, their application to specific organs and conditions, their chief practitioners, the historical texts recording the exercises, and the present-day equivalent practices are described in detail, chronologically. Kohn incorporates her own familiarity with qigong and Iyengar yoga, among other practices, to situate the Daoyin within current and related practices and to highlight their applications. The volume will be of interest to the general reader as well as specialists in Chinese history, religion, and medicine.

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