The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques To Release Your Body's Own Medicine|
by Roger O.m.d. Jahnke (Author)
Essentially an all-in-one beginner's guide to self-healing techniques, The
Healer Within examines four practices: movement, massage, meditation, and
breathing. The movement section focuses on gentle motions, more like tai chi
than yoga, and might be especially useful for those who suffer from back pain.
The self-massage chapter involves stimulating acupressure points that
traditional Asian medicine believe can help heal organs and improve bodily
functions. A section on breathing (a seemingly natural process that is often
retaught as part of alternative-medicine regimens) includes techniques intended
to help you take in more oxygen and get rid of tension. And the meditation
chapter provides an easy introduction to various meditative techniques and deep
relaxation. Jahnke, an acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, makes a
persuasive argument for using these mind-body healing techniques both to recover
from illness and to remain healthier and happier all the time. tle.
In the last decade, even health agencies of the U.S. government have agreed that
70 percent of all disease is preventable and that 60 percent of adults are
insufficiently active and, therefore, at risk for premature death. Jahnke, a
doctor of oriental medicine, translates Asian traditions of self-healing (such
as Qigong and yoga) into a graded four-part program of self-healing for daily
practice by the sick or well. The first component, gentle movement of the body,
consists of five rhythmic exercises described and illustrated with clear line
drawings. The second, self-applied massage, combines massage of the ears, hands,
and feet--each area a microsystem of the body that relates to specific, distant
body areas or organs--with general self-massage. Next are breathing practices
using abdominal breathing in specific techniques such as the "sigh of relief."
Concluding the program are several methods of deep relaxation and meditation,
crucial to calming and focusing the mind. The reader can experiment and choose
among the varied practices to tailor an individual program. An easy-to-implement regime.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperOne (December 15, 1998)