Jed Shlackman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Hypnotherapist, Miami, Florida
Relatively short, simple to understand, and practical... This book is quite informative and offers information and guidance about ways of addressing depression that are not often considered in other sources that examine how people may treat depression. With growing evidence for benefits of mind-body and energetic therapies in treating psychiatric conditions, it is great to see this information shared in books for the public.
Reviewed on the blog Atkins Diet and Depression
'Managing Depression with Qigong'' by Francis Gaik is a very well researched book on the ''what'' and ''why'' of qigong, rather than on the ''how''. Gaik descries what qigong is and offers many studies and examples of why qigong can be used to treat depression successfully. It also appears that Gaik looked for studies to reinforce the belief of qigong, and if you want ''proof'' that qigong works, this book sets out to prove it... If you want an academic study of why to practice, get this book.
Patrick Killough, Counsellor, US Senior Foreign Service (1983-1991), US Senior Foreign Service (1983-1991), US Senior Foreign Service (1983-1991)
In a lucid, dispassionate, folksy way, Dr. Gaik tells an important story. She describes the research efforts both of herself and earlier and contemporary pioneers in America, China and Japan first to rethink Western medicine in Eastern thought forms and then assimilate it. Her aim: to make you and me healthier through an affordable combination of deep breathing, meditation, counselling and moderate exercise, with an exit strategy from a limited time given over to non-addictive therapy... Her book is an easy, informative, delightful read.
Gaik ably describes western and Chinese notions of depression and the treatment of stress and includes a chapter summarizing the research project on Qigong's effects on depression that formed her dissertation. An appendix contains qigong exercises, including two sitting meditations, as well as a full bibliography.
Many people will suffer from depression at some time in their lives. New research shows that Qigong, a traditional Chinese practice, can be an effective treatment for depression or can supplement or be an alternative to medication in some cases. Author Frances Gaik explains the basics of what Qigong is and why it helps people with depression.