Qi Gong | Roger Jahnke

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In this episode, Dr. Roger Jahnke sheds light on the use of Qi Gong and Tai Chi in the attainment of peak cognitive and peak physical performance. Roger takes us through the philosophy of Qi Gong to the modern physiological benefits of the practice. These benefits not only have an impact on peak performance, but can also reverse the effects of aging and help humans live more harmoniously with the Earth.Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine with 30 years of clinical practice and has completed 10 research and cultural tours of China to study its ancient healing traditions. He is Founder, Director, and Lead Trainer at the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) and serves as a consultant to hospitals, social service agencies, and corporations in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM / IM), wellness, and medical cost reduction.

Dr. Jahnke is author of The Healer Within (Harper SanFrancisco, 1999) used in body/mind programs worldwide. His most recent book, The Healing Promise of Qi (McGraw-Hill, 2002) has become an instant classic in the western literature on Qigong and Tai Chi. In 2005, Dr. Jahnke was appointed to co-convene a “National Expert Meeting on Qigong and Tai Chi” in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Blueprint for Active Aging. For more information, visit

Before we dive into our specific focus today, I think some members of our audience might need a little primer on the subject of meditative movement, specifically Qigong and Tai Chi and their shared philosophical and historical roots. Can you give us a brief history of Qi Gong?

Give us a little background on your path.  How did you become interested in Qi Gong?

I have been reviewing the research information you have gathered on your website. I was particularly impressed with the review you did of all the randomized controlled trials on Qigong and Tai Chi.  What did you learn in particular from this after being a practitioner for so many years?

What can you tell us about the use of Qigong and Tai Chi to enhance physical performance and help anyone achieve peak performance? What we are primarily interested in is the use of Qigong and Tai Chi to enhance physical and/or cognitive performance. I know this is an area of great interest to you.

What can you tell us about the use of Qigong and Tai Chi to enhance cognitive performance and help anyone achieve peak performance? We are curious about what the traditional literature says as well as what modern research suggests as well as any anecdotes that you might have.

What trends have you seen in the practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi in the west over the decades?