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The Genki Self Health Guide: Improve your Body and Mind with Traditional Oriental Medicine
Genki is a Japanese word meaning ‘energetic’ or ‘full of life’. It is also translated as ‘healthy’.
The Genki Self Health Guide provides a beginner’s guide to Traditional Oriental Medicine. This book has simple, practical advice based on the principles of ancient Eastern healthcare.
Health is simple
Health has become a complicated issue. In my own life and dealing with a digestive disease called ulcerative colitis, I have tried all sorts of therapies, supplements, diets and exercises. But I found that as I learned and tried more and more things, my health condition did not change.
In time, I realised that instead of making things more complicated, it is better to make things simpler. Our bodies are simple. They need only for us to give and do things that they are designed for, and not do things they they are not best suited for. And then a better state of health can come about.
Whole industries have built up around health with a wide variety of supplements, diets and drugs.
One of our most disempowering acts is handing over responsibility to the pharmaceutical companies for our health – expecting them to find a cure for everything, and expecting that health comes from drugs.
Whilst there is a need for this, good health is more than this. Good health is personal responsibility. It is how we treat and use our bodies. The key to good health comes not from a scientist in a lab. It comes from the food and drink we consume, the way we use our bodies on a daily basis (or don’t use), our emotions and finding our purpose in life.
This is the premise behind the Genki Self Health Book
How can ancient medicine help modern men and women? Below are some of the precepts of Traditional Oriental Medicine and behind Genki Health.
The Principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine
What follows is a simplified explanation of the Principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine and how these concepts can help you improve your life, body and mind.
Basics 1: Ki-Energy
Ki or Qi is a word that is used to describe a form of energy that powers everything in the universe, including us. It is usually described as a vital force, a transformative energy. Also sometimes described as prana or energy. Ki is a Japanese word. Qi is the Chinese word, usually pronounced ‘Chee’. Ki is one the most fundamental principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine.
For better health, a person needs an adequate flow of Ki-energy in the body and for it to flow smoothly. If a person is sick, the problem lies with the flow of Ki. Either it is weak in some way or it is excessive and stuck or stagnating in one area causing an imbalance of the whole body.
Basics 2: Yin and Yang
Yin and yang relates to balance, In the typical yin-yang symbol above, Yin is represented by the black and yang is represented by the white. Yin and yang are not opposing forces. They are complementary forces, which are in equal balance with each other. The world we know of is made up of two opposite yet complementary forces: women (yin) and men (yang), night (yin) and day (yang), the moon (yin) and the sun (yang). Yin and Yang is present in everything in the universe – in nature and in the human body. The Channels also are divided into Yin and Yang.
For better health, the balance of yin and yang in the body needs to be harmonised.
Basics 3: The Channel Network
The Channel system is another important concept in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Also know as Meridians or vessels. The channels are a network of energetic pathways that traverse the human body. It is within these Channel pathways that the Ki-energy flows and it is the channels that are treated in order to balance the Ki energy of the body. The analogy is to think of the channel pathways like the motorway and road network of a country. These lanes, streets, roads, dual carriageways and motorways traverse the entire country connecting all parts of it.
For better health, the Channels must be clear and the Ki-energy must flow smoothly through them.
Basics 4: What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a system of Traditional medicine that evolved in China approximately 3 to 5000 years ago. It spread around the World continuing to evolve and develop. It involves the insertion of fine needles into special points of the body in order to bring about a positive effect.
For better health, acupuncture can be used to stimulate the flow of Ki in the channels. it can help move stagnant Ki-energy. It can help gather Ki-energy when it is weak.
Basics 5: The Acupuncture Points
The Acupuncture points are specific points on the Channels where the Ki-energy flows close to the surface of the skin and can be accessed. The acupuncture points have been mapped out in specific locations on the body. These acupuncture points can then be stimulated by inserting needles (acupuncture) or with finger pressure (massage/ shiatsu/acupressure) in order to affect the flow of Ki in the channel and bring about a positive effect on the body.
Basics 6: Good Health & Rebalancing our Ki
The Principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine can be applied in enhancing our mind bodies and health.
Here are Seven Steps to consider:
- Releasing Tension
- Balancing Emotions
- Balance Yin & Yang
- Food & Diet
- Purpose and Work
All the above aspects are so essential for good health.
In the book, I discuss the following concepts:
- Ki /Qi in the Body and its importance for our health to have a smooth flow
- An introduction to the Channel / Meridian system – the network of energetic pathways that run through the body and organs.
- The book contains a simple explanation of Yin and Yang in the body.
- A major theme is how regular activity keeps your body young as well as the importance of deep breathing and meditation especially for balancing the emotions.
- I look at causes of disease. Particularly how stress and tension blocks the natural flow of Ki-energy in the body. This book provides simple strategies for counteracting these negative effects.
- Additionally, The Genki Self Health Guide has a beginner’s guide to self-acupressure showing some key acupressure points for self-treatment. As well as some information on food and diet.
- To conclude, the book takes a look at the background of Traditional Oriental Medicine and its world-changing introduction in the West.
The Genki Self Health Guide is a simple lay-person’s guide to learning all you need to know about Traditional Oriental Medicine and how it can help to improve your life.
- Chapter One. Theories and Principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine
- Chater Two. The Channel System
- Chapter Three. Movement and Activity: Using the Body in Daily Activity and Ensuring a Smooth Flow of Ki
- Chapter Four. The Benefits of Regular Walking
- Chapter Five. Simple Exercises to Open Up the Body
- Chapter Six. Qigong
- Chapter Seven. Daily Chores as Exercise
- Chapter Eight. Deep Breathing
- Chapter Nine. Stress and Tension and its Effect on Health and Disease
- Chapter Ten. Tension and the Fascia Layer
- Chapter Eleven. The Onsen Experience
- Chapter Twelve. Benefits of Meditation
- Chapter Thirteen. Emotions
- Chapter Fourteen. Food and Diet
- Chapter Fifteen. The Way We Eat
- Chapter Sixteen. Re-Energise with Massage & Acupressure
- Chapter Seventeen. Relationships and Our Place in Society
- Chapter Eighteen. Dealing with Life’s Challenges
- Chapter Nineteen. Ikigai – Life Satisfaction
- Chapter Twenty. Background of Traditional Oriental Medicine
All packed into one book
Purpose of the Genki Self Health Guide
One of the intentions behind this book is to provide a simple, easy to understand guide to Oriental medicine.
Something that I could recommend to patients who want to understand more, but who don’t want to study too much.
Especially people who don’t want to read academic text-books on Traditional Oriental Medicine. And there are a lot of those kinds of books.
This is not a simple thing to achieve, because there is a lot of information in traditional oriental medicine.
What do you include? What do you leave out? How do you stop the reader switching off? How do you offer them something practical that they can do for themselves to improve their health.
Just reading about qi alone is not going to do that. A book has to first inspire action and then guide.
What books to recommend?
Years ago, when I considered what book to advise to patients wanting to learn more about traditional medicine, not many books would come to mind.
For example, one of the best guides to Chinese Medicine is Fred Kaptchuk’s book – the Web that has no Weaver. A seminal piece. But I wouldn’t want to read it for light entertainment. It is more for a student. I’ve only read it once.
Perhaps the book ‘Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Bienfield is a better introductory book. But still doesn’t quite hit the mark for me.
The Genki Self Health Guide
With the Genki Self Health Guide, I provide a friendly walk into the vast garden that is Traditional Oriental Medicine.
If you are a person with no background in Traditional Oriental Medicine, I think it will be easy to understand and interesting enough to engage the reader.
This is not an academic book, so don’t expect too much depth. Instead, it is a practical self-health oriented book. Even if you are a therapist, I feel this book may has something useful for you too.
Release Updates and promotion
The book is now available as an eBook and print format on Amazon (all marketplaces).
And then it will be made available to other book merchants this year.
Currently the Genki Self Health Guide is available though these Amazon links:
- Waichi Sugiyama and The Tradition of Blind Acupuncturists in Japan
- YouTube: The Genki Health Channel
- A Tribute to the Qigong Master Geoff Pike
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