Roger Jahnke, O.M.D., has dedicated his professional life helping to sharing the powerful ancient healing traditions of China. He is the director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, Santa Barbara, California; and a cofounder and recent chairperson of the board of the National Qigong Association.
With almost 30 years of clinical practice as a physician of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and eight research tours to China, Dr. Jahnke has emerged as a key spokesperson for Tai Chi Taiji and Qigong Chi Kung and is a master teacher of these arts. He has studied hundreds of forms of Qigong with master teachers and visited numerous hospitals, institutes, training centers, temples, and sacred sites in China, focusing on the cultivation of Qi Chi.
Dr. Jahnke has presented at major conferences on advances in Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM throughout the United States. He has lectured on self-healing and emerging trends in health care and medicine to numerous hospital systems and health care associations, including the HealthCare Forum; the Catholic Health Association; the American Medical Association; the National Wellness Institute, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributing author to numerous books on health promotion methodologies for both clinical providers and health care administrators.
Dr. Jahnke's first book. The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods For Creating Optimal Health, published by Harper San Francisco in 1997, delivered the Qigong and Taiji revolution to a broad and general audience in the Americas and the European community. In 2002, Roger's second book, The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi, published by Contemporary Books, a division of McGraw-Hill, distills the best and most important lessons gleaned from master Qigong teachers, with guidelines for tailoring a self-healing regimen for any age or medical condition.
The workshops and training sessions that Dr. Jahnke conducts at retreat centers such as Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California; the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu in Lenox, Massachussetts have inspired health care professionals and citizens throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Asia. 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.
Dr. Jahnke's message is simple, striking, and empowering:
The most profound medicine is is produced within us through the balance and harmony of physiology, mind, and spirit.
According to Dr. Jahnke, all of the necessary components of radiant health have been in place within us since the beginning of the human race. Both ancient and contemporary philosophers and physicians have pointed to our naturally occurring self-healing capacity and contemporary medical research is has confirming the numerous benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi practice to enhance this capacity.