The 5 best TCM books

Once you start engaging more and more with Qi Gong and Taijiquan, you eventually will be confronted with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It’s all about Yin & Yang, the 5 elements, meridians etc. All that might sound a bit strange in the beginning, especially as there are so many foreign Chinese words. 😉 But it’s really not that hard to understand. There are a couple of really good TCM books.

I’ve done some research and read a lot myself, and this is the result:

The best TCM books

I think these best TCM books are the Superstars of Chinese medicine books!

However, I would like to present another book, which is not as well-known. My very first Taijiquan teacher recommended it to me and I’ve read it a couple of times since:

This small book is based on a presentation that J.R. Worsley did about acupuncture in New York in 1980. This book is basically the transcript of that seminar. If you want to learn about Traditional Chinese medicine and don’t know where to start, this book will give you a quick overview. It takes less than a day to go through and it’s actually fun to read.

Another book I regularly use is an acupuncture book. I just like to find out where Baihui, Laogong etc. are exactly located! I really like my German dtv-Atlas Akupunktur, but you probably prefer an English version. The Acupuncture Handbook below is a Kindle version and really not that expensive. If you prefer a hardcover, have a look at the Pictorial Atlas:

To further deepen your knowledge, you could even get yourself a poster with acupuncture charts or one of those acupuncture models (a female statue is also available) or maybe even a colouring book!!!

So if you are completely new to Traditional Chinese medicine, I would recommend you start with Talking about Acupuncture and then choose any of the best TCM books from the beginning of this post and just continue learning!

Happy Qi!



P.S.: If you like this list have a look at my blog posts with the best Tai Chi books and the best Qi Gong books!




Survey results: the most popular Tai Chi style

In fall 2016 I run a survey on which Tai Chi style is the most popular. I was just curious what the result would be. There are people who say that Yang style is the most popular style and 24 form the most practiced form. Well, I just wanted to really know some numbers.

So I started the survey on October 7th andTai Chi style survey 2016 by Qialance it was open until beginning of November. I talked about the survey on this blog, in my newsletter, in different Facebook groups and some other bloggers shared the survey, too.

In total I got 499 answers from all over the world! And I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated and shared. I think that is just terrific that the Internet gives us the opportunity to connect so easily.

And of course I want to share the results with you. Let’s start with an overview:

Tai Chi Style overview: Chen style vs. Yang style vs. others - survey by QialanceSo overall, Yang style is the most practiced Tai Chi style in the world. I guess that’s not really a surprise, however I find it quite strange that “others” is actually more than Chen!

Let’s have a more detailed look at the results:

Tai Chi Styles Survey 2016 results table - by QialanceOr if you prefer a visual:

Tai Chi Styles Survey 2016 results (by

And these are my personal key findings from this survey:

  • I always thought that Chen style Tai Chi would be much stronger, as it is the original style. Now it seems that 24 form and Cheng Manching form are actually catching up in popularity! If you count Yang style Tai Chi + 24 form + Cheng Manching, that’s more than 50% of Taijiquan practitioners!
  • And then let’s talk about the Wu/Hao Style: less than 1% said that they practice it! That’s really not a lot, especially as the Wu/Hao style until now was considered one of the “main” styles.
  • On the other side, Wudang Taijiquan seems to be getting bigger! I did not ask for it, but as 4% mentioned it (more than Sun style!), I decided to extract it from the “others” section.

And if you are curious what else is in the “other” section, this is a large list of all the “others” mentioned from the Tai Chi style survey participants:

  • Chang Style
  • Chen Ming Style
  • Chen Pan Ling
  • Combined 42
  • Dong / Tung Style
  • Five Steps Tai Chi (Wuxing Taijiquan)
  • Free Style
  • Fu Style
  • Gu Style
  • Guang Ping Yang
  • Feng Hun Yuan
  • Huleijia
  • Hunyuan
  • IWUF Competition form
  • Khor Style
  • Kun Lun Tai Chi
  • Lee Style
  • Li Style
  • Mao
  • Mixed
  • Other
  • Qi Gong
  • Shayuquan
  • Southern Praying Mantis, Bagua, Qi Gong
  • Taoist
  • Teh Nei Nia Chuan
  • Wahnam
  • Xiong Style
  • My personal thoughts on this list: It’s quite a wild mix! But obviously everyone wanted to share which type of Taijiquan they practice. I just decided to leave them all in the survey.


Now what to you think about the result of this Taijiquan styles survey? Is Chen style seriously threatened by the Yang dominance? Will smaller styles like Wu/Hao or Sun be extinguished soon? And what about the future of Wudang in the Taijiquan family?

Let’s discuss!


P.S.: If you want to have a closer look at the survey results, I will surely send you all the answers as a PDF. Just enter your name and eMail here and you will have it in your inbox shortly!





18 great Qi Gong gift ideas

Do you have a friend who loves Qi Gong? Or are you looking for a Qi Gong gift for your teacher?

Actually one does not need a lot of things to do Qi Gong. That’s what I really like about it.

But what if you don’t want to simply hand over a class voucher (which would be a nice idea actually!)? Well, I researched for some nice Qi Gong gift ideas for you. I am sure you’ll find something suitable (just click on the pictures)!

Let’s start with T-Shirts. I like these because they are very simple:

Obvioulsy you can find many more Qi Gong T-Shirts. Just as well as cell phone cases or stickers for Qi Gong enthusiasts. And tea mugs are very popular among Qi Gong people, too. So why not choose a nice mug and get some delicious Chinese tea from a local store?

I think most people who practice Qi Gong also meditate. And if not it would be really beneficial for them to start! I like to make my meditation spot beautiful and cozy. It’s just much more fun to go to a place I feel comfortable in!

Actually you could add a singing bowl to the meditation pillow. I just like the sound so much!

Another aspect related to Qi Gong is the Chinese art of calligraphy. I am intrigued by those wonderful black strokes. I think this book and calligraphy set would make a nice gift together:


And now something very personal. Maybe it is not so related to Qi Gong, but I am currently a little obsessed with the Flower of Life. I am fascinated by this sacred geometric pattern! I know many people talk about the meaning of it, that it appears in many ancient places etc. I actually don’t care about all that I just LOVE that pattern. I just love to look at it. (And if you talk to my husband, tell him I want that necklace 🙂 )


So these are 18 Qi Gong gift ideas. If you haven’t found the right thing yet, have a look at these other posts with gift ideas:

I am sure you will find something to give to a Qi Gong enthusiast!

Happy Qi!



P.S.: This is a gift I actually wasn’t sure if I wanted to show it. It’s a Qi Gong certificate! It’s meant to be a gag, but I think there are so many questions and misuse concerning certificates that it is a bit strange to hand out a fake Qi Gong certificate. But it exists. So whoever says they have a certificate, have a close look at it!