In order to continue our mission of popularizing and demystifying Qigong, here is our latest addition in the form of a Qigong blog. And since Qigong is one of the modalities of Chinese medicine some articles will be about Chinese medicine generally. We hope you enjoy it. And feel free to comment :)
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Beauty - Is It Only Skin Deep?
SALIVA VS L’OREAL
What is beauty? It is something that attracts us to someone or something and makes us feel good about them. Even though most people would agree about beauty in regard to human looks, shape, hair, teeth etc., it still is a relative thing. It's not only what we see (although very important and for many - most important) but also what we hear, smell, touch, taste and feel.
For example, we like someone even more, because of the way they speak or sound, or we simply feel good about someone for no apparent reason. Or opposite to that, we do not like someone because of the way they speak, sound or smell. Just think about some of your favourite singers who might not look that great (or not that great anymore) but you love to see them and listen to their music or obsess over them.
Same can apply to movie stars, certain politicians, doctors, lawyers, etc. You see beauty even in their crooked teeth or bold patch. That's the case when inner beauty takes over the appearance. In China, it is classified as "yang" or "spiritual looks" and it includes a person's character, behaviour, habits, beliefs, level of education and everything else that we are not born with but achieve later in our life. It's something that we have the power to change to a great extent. For instance, we can decide to be really nice and friendly towards a person, or be real bastards towards them.
The "material looks" or "yin" however, is pretty determined before we are born. It's the way we look, the colour of our skin, hair, eyes, the shape of our face and teeth, the sound of our voice. It's our body, our material appearance or who we "are" as seen through the eyes of other people. We can still dye our hair, grow or shave it, have plastic surgery but those who know us can still see us a little modified, but the overall change is minor. These two (yin and yang) are the two aspects of one whole, they support and influence each other and cannot exist without each other (i.e. not in the same form).
Being developed the way it is, Chinese medicine's approach towards beauty is very different to western medicine (say with plastic surgery, liposuction, breast implants). Firstly, it's based on chi and not anatomy (i.e. the material body) the way western medicine is, so it does not treat the "disease" but the "energy imbalance" and then in the process of rebalancing it, the disease will be treated. Secondly, it's wholistic, so it does not only see all our illnesses as one chi imbalance, but it sees the problems with our looks as part of that whole too. In other words, Chinese medicine, if applied properly, corrects the core of all problems, thus, not only treating whatever disease is present, but is an excellent beauty therapy at the same time.
If you have problems with your skin, whether it's too dry, flaky or has pimples, in Chinese medicine, it's always a sign of energy imbalance inside the body and the treatment would be to fix the "inside" (or "root") in order to change the "outside" (or "branches"). It might involve some dealings with the outside to strengthen the results, but it wouldn't be to mask the outside.
One does not have to be a genius to see that "health" often is "beauty". When you are healthy, your skin is lustrous, hair shines, nails are strong and there is brightness in your eyes. But when you are sick, your skin might turn dull, pale or yellow, you might start to lose hair, your nails break, you get dark circles under your eyes. Not to mention some severe conditions where you might get swollen all over, drastically lose weight, get muscle atrophy, goitre, all joints deform. You would definitely not call that beautiful. It's not very common to hear things like, "You've got such a lovely beard rash, nice boils and cold sores". According to Chinese medicine, skin is governed by, or has something to do with lungs; hair, bones and teeth with kidneys; eyes, tendons and nails with liver; mouth, muscles and fat tissue with spleen; tongue, blood and senses with heart. That means if someone has premature greying or loss of hair, in Chinese medicine they would treat the kidneys to fix the problem. And it's not rare to see the hair grow back or gain it's original colour, in some cases after years of "baldness" and "greying". Most cases improved due to practising Qigong but also as a result of herbal treatment or acupuncture. The especially good styles are 5 Animals Play
or Fragrant Qigong
. Even though in some cases it might take years for that to happen.
Apart from main stream Chinese medicine in which all diseases are classified within the system and treated accordingly, there are many simple practical methods in China that can be very useful, both as a healing method as well as a beauty therapy, that do not require any special knowledge of Chinese medicine. Such as doing headstands or handstands daily to treat any problems on the head and face, e.g. loss of hair, grey hair, pimples, wrinkles, sinuses, throat, even sight and hearing problems. Or tea and food therapy, such as Wu Long tea for losing weight, hawthorn for lowering cholesterol, black sesame and black soy bean for grey hair, figs for vitiligo. Or self massage for better skin and hair and to reduce wrinkles, tapping teeth for healthy teeth and gums.
Some techniques that bring excellent results might seem a bit weird, such as the squeezing testicles (for longevity, better sight and hearing, better skin and hair, stronger bones, impotence, insomnia to name a few) or using saliva (to treat both internal and external imbalances) and many other similar techniques. Here, we will introduce the amazing properties of saliva. As you know, saliva is the clear liquid that is produced by the salivary glands that protects our mouth, gums and teeth, assists chewing, swallowing and digestion and can do many other wonders. In Chinese medicine, it is described as a "precious liquid", or "golden fluid" and is known to reinforce Yin (referring to the material aspect of our body, including blood, muscles, bones), stop thirst, extinguish inner heat, nourish the skin, stop itchiness and reduce swelling.
For thousands of years, it's been used in many different ways. Such as to cleanse the body by either fasting a few days in a row or one day every week where the body burns any deposits of food and saliva (that increases during those periods), when swallowed, assists the cleansing process. Normally, during Qigong practice, the secretion of saliva increases significantly, which is a very good sign, so by rinsing the mouth and swallowing it, it can aid in treating and preventing diseases of teeth, gums, throat and inner organs.
Apart from that, it can be externally applied on cuts, burns, insect bites, skin rashes and many other skin conditions. It is better than many disinfectants and antibiotics and it's always readily available. The only thing is, for certain conditions, it needs to be applied many times a day and it has to be given in generous amounts every time. For mosquito bites and similar conditions where the skin is itchy and swollen, it can be rubbed in until it stops being itchy. Among many cases treated by saliva in China, there was an interesting one of a man with severe pimples and boils on his face. His condition neither responded to western (antibiotics) nor Chinese medicine treatments (herbs and acupuncture). In the end, someone suggested he try saliva. After he applied it daily for a couple of months, his face cleared completely, not even leaving any scars. Not a really pretty thing to do, but it was worth the trouble in the end.
In Shao Lin Qigong, after meditation and self massage, it is normal to spit accumulated saliva into the palms and rub it onto the face. If you got the chance to see the Shao Lin monks, you probably noticed how clear and smooth there skin was. And if you have a cat you can see how it's done "properly".
Modern research has confirmed many beneficial properties of saliva: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, even anti-cancer, plus it aids digestion (due to the enzymes it possesses) and, because it's alkaline, it protects teeth and gums. Researched for millions of years in God's Institute of Beauty and produced in the human body, it's so safe that not only can it be taken orally but can be exchanged with others, activating some of its magical properties.
Chinese Medicine Is Not Alternative Medicine
Over a century ago, when western medicine was first introduced to China, the Chinese were very curious to see how this "alternative" medicine worked. They were quite surprised to find this new medicine knew nothing about Chi or life force (what Chinese medicine is based on) which is the difference between a living body and a dead body (what remains after Chi has left the body). But anyway, they liked the stethoscopes and hammers that can make the "leg jump".
They would say, "There is this funny medicine where they treat your stomach if you have a stomach problem and treat your leg if you have a leg problem.". Whereas they look at the body with its many meridians that pass through its many organs and connect all parts of the body. Therefore it is very normal to treat the leg or arm to cure the stomach or treat the liver or spleen to cure tendons and muscles in the leg.
A lot of things have changed for western medicine since then, it's come a long way and it is recognised as "the medicine" of the world. It is so advanced that it can detect many diseases in their earliest stage as well as treat many serious and complicated conditions. But some things have not changed much or have changed for the worst. Like the fact that doctors are not as understanding as they used to be and there are still many diseases western medicine can't cure that Chinese medicine can, not only today but could cure thousands of years before western medicine ever existed.
In China today, there are two recognised medical systems - western medicine and Chinese medicine. Each has their respective governing body, research institutions, universities and hospitals. One is analytic (microcosmic) while the other is holistic (macrocosmic), but they are equally valued. They can be, and often are, combined to speed up the process of healing and recovery, but they can't replace each other. Some things just can't be done or explained from the analytic point of view and the others from the wholistic. They are just different, but neither is absolute. Chinese medicine is as alternative to western medicine, as western medicine is to Chinese.
Chinese medicine's greatest assets are safety, effectiveness (especially with chronic conditions), it treats a person's all diseases simultaneously (and not one by one), does not treat the symptoms of a disease but the cause, has many options of treating disease and none of them are intrusive or gruesome. On the contrary, many are quite enjoyable, such as Qigong, one of their most powerful modalities. These assets come from the fact that Chinese medicine treats disease by assisting the body to heal itself and is 100% natural. Because of these amazing qualities, the west is starting to teach Chinese medicine in universities and it is seen as an effective form of treatment.
We are proud to say that Australia is one of the first nations to officially recognise Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine is only alternative to us because it is so new to us. Yet, one has to realise that it's been around for thousands of years and is still so relevant to the world we live in today, where it can cure diseases that have not yet been discovered under a microscope. It's more and more popular among westerners and its place in the west is here to stay.
Is There A Cure For Cancer?
Did you know that there is a law in this country prohibiting health practitioners to say they can cure most common diseases regardless of the facts. As a practitioner you get a list from A-Z, where you can find them all: asthma, arthritis, bronchitis, cancer, ... and the most you can say is that you can "control the pain" or "temporarily relieve the symptoms" of some of them. Unbelievable, but true. So, if you don't want to get in trouble with the law, you'd better obey it. Oh, by the way, these laws are written by western medical “experts”, and the logic behind them is that - if we can't treat these diseases, then no one can!
On the other hand, for people who are successfully treating such diseases, it is "business as usual". Unfortunately, due to the above-mentioned reason, most people unaware of the fact.
We all know that cancer is one of the biggest killers of all diseases. Ever since western medicine discovered the disease, they have been trying to find a cure. Every now and then, we hear about some new discoveries and breakthroughs, but people still seem to be suffering and dying as much as they always were. Of course, some were successfully treated with operations, but those were the lucky ones who were detected early, or the cancer was still isolated. Unfortunately, in most cases, it manifests itself when it's already too late.
Or is it? What do the Chinese say about that? Is there still hope, when all hope is lost? Their traditional medicine, especially herbal remedies combined with Qigong, seem to be able to help a lot with all types and all stages of cancer. But even in China, when it comes to recognition of such therapies, things are still not the way they should be. There is still a lot of resistance from the mainstream establishment and ignorance among patients.
Someone asked a famous Chinese medicine practitioner and lecturer of the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, professor Jiao Shude who successfully treated many cancer patients with herbs, about the accusations that came from some doctors who said that those patients did not really suffer from cancer.
His reply was: "In Chinese medicine, there is no such diagnosis as “cancer”, all those patients I treated were diagnosed by doctors, so if their diagnosis' were wrong, that was their mistake. I never said, I can treat cancer. This is how it normally works - if those patients get well, the doctors say they ‘never had cancer’; if they improve but not completely, they say they 'may suffer from cancer’; and if they die, they say they ‘definitely had cancer’. I don't argue with them anymore, but whoever comes to me, I'll treat them the best way I know how".
There are some great practitioners and a whole wealth of knowledge regarding cancer in China, but some of the best therapies for cancer are self-help ones such as Qigong. Among them, the best ones are Walking Qigong
, Flying Crane and Spontaneous Five Animals Play
Cancer is like a bushfire, it develops fast and is very deadly. So no matter what method is used, it can get out of hand and take another casualty. So if there is any method that saved as little as one human life, it should be taken seriously, studied and evaluated. Let alone those methods that have saved tens of thousands of lives, like the above-mentioned styles of Qigong did.
Whatever Happened To Master Tian Ruisheng?
Master Tian Ruisheng
was no doubt one of the most famous living masters of Qigong in modern China.
After his public appearance on the Qigong scene in the late eighties, and for the next seven years, his impact was so great that it remains unrivaled by any of his predecessors. Nor were there any that came even close since.
Here are some highlights of Master Tian’s accomplishments with Fragrant Qigong:
- He was undisputed number one master of Qigong and his style, Fragrant Qigong, the most popular style ever. No other style of Qigong was practiced by more people at any one time in China’s long history.
- According to the official statistics, during the 1990’s, there were more than 30 million practitioners practicing it daily in most parks and green surfaces of China’s major cities.
- However since that number was not taking into account the wide countryside where majority of Chinese population lives and where it was most popular, according to some, that figure would easily surpass 100 million.
- No other style had ever spread so fast throughout the whole country and to more than 50 countries worldwide, soon after being revealed to the public in 1988, for the first time in its almost 2000 years long history,
- Fragrant Qigong has spread throughout China like fire in the bush and within short 2 years it became absolutely the most popular style purely by word of mouth. It was never advertised in any popular magazines or via any other media.
- No master of Qigong had ever personally cured more people in their lifetime. During his 7 years public work, master Tian was frequently being invited to all the major cities in China to perform his miraculous, mass-healing sessions.
- Every time he would agree, and wherever he would go, the organisers would always be looking for the biggest halls and other public arenas (at times even using huge football stadiums) yet, due to the unprecedented demand, they were often unable to accommodate all those who wanted to attend, primarily the sick and disabled of all ages.
- No master of Qigong has ever given more money to charities. Yet, he was one of the most humble human beings living a simple life in his, 250 year-old, house literally made out of a cave.
And then, at the peak of his fame, in 1995 he suddenly vanished! According to his closest friends, family members and associates, he announced it several times and then, one day, simply went into seclusion, indefinitely!
This is nothing unusual. Throughout China’s long history many great Qigong masters did the same. They would come out, perform their miracles (sometimes even in front of emperors) and then retreat. In some cases to reappear again many years later but, as a rule, always to vanish again. As a matter of fact, Master Tian Ruisheng was one of the rare ones who stayed that long.
But why is this the case? Well, before we go any further, let’s first explain a few things about true masters of Qigong for which, in China they normally use the term dashi
(grand masters) as opposed to shifu
which generally refers to average-level masters (even though dashi
is sometimes loosely used in today’s China).
The term dashi
, properly used, should really only refer to those masters who have reached the highest level achievable i.e. became enlightened thus earning themselves a title of the ‘living Buddha’, ‘saint’ and similar.
In other words, those masters who have become fully awakened from the ‘dream of material existence’ and have reached the spiritual reality. Traditionally, in the majority of cases, they would not linger around for too long after getting there.
They would “turn 5 hearts toward heaven and depart” i.e. leave the world of illusions behind by siting in a lotus position (the ‘5 hearts' referring to the top of the head, palms and soles) and meditate until they free the spirit entirely from the physical body.
This has been going on for centuries. Every now and then, even up to this day, in many far-east-Asian countries they are still finding the bodies (fairly intact) in the remote areas and caves of China, India, Tibet, Mongolia… of people who ‘freed their spirits’ some 200, 300, 500 years or more ago and embraced reality. To them, there was nothing that had any appeal in this world of dreams and suffering (known as Samsara in Buddhism) so they simply left!
But some did stay. Not because they still had any desires to fulfill here but because of other people who were so impressed by their amazing transformation that they wished the same for themselves and asked them to stay.
Of course, among those people, some were merely impressed by their sudden ability to miraculously cure people, foresee the future and perform all sorts of miracles and wanted their ‘services’ e.g. to cure their illnesses or help them in some other aspects of their lives.
Here it becomes fairly obvious why would these masters, sooner or later, still choose to leave the world, either entirely or temporarily such as by going into seclusions. Say if master Tian did not leave, what would have most likely happened to him? Obviously, he would never be able to have peace and live a ‘normal life’.
At all times there would be hundreds, if not thousands, of people outside his door waiting and begging him to treat their illnesses or help fix their problems. Regardless of the fact that he was on numerous occasions stressing that we all can develop the same abilities if we diligently practice his style of Qigong and adopt his lifestyle.
Yet, most people would rather go on with their erroneous living and, when needed (and due to it), to rely on some magic healer in the form of a Qigong master so that they can keep on doing what they always did.
But, in today’s world, it seems, no-one’s own life is their own business any longer. After his unceremonial withdrawal from public life, and especially after months, then years, of his complete disappearance from the public eye, all sorts of theories started to emerge.
Among them one that went most viral is that he died from liver cancer and that he was buried in his backyard by his family. And, because they kept receiving his retirement pension ‘as if he was still alive’, his son was imprisoned for several years.
Who would ever thought that even for going into seclusion that you need to obtain permission from bureaucrats? And forget about all that money given to charities that made his humble, well deserved, retirement benefits pale in comparison.
Never mind that there was no proof that he ever suffered from any illness nor that they never found the body. Once it was in the media (well, especially when in social media), it becomes a fact!
But what about the fact that he cured so many people from all kinds of cancer, including liver? Who was there to stop him from curing himself as well? And why would anyone, needlessly, risk so much to hide his death, especially in a country like China?
Let alone the fact that 4 out of his 6 children are all high-level masters of Fragrant Qigong and that they all performed mass-healing sessions, often together with their father for combined power, and that they too gave lots of money to charities.
As seen from our perspective i.e. having close contact with master Tian’s family and associates as well as knowing full-well how things work in China, this situation is no-one’s fault. It just so happened that the old master decided to go to seclusion, his family said “so long, keep well”, and the local government’s official was simply doing his job and implementing current policies.
But, let’s for the argument’s sake, even entertain the idea that he really died. What is death? To a mere mortal, an average person on the street, it is the end of life and either oblivion or, to the more religious ones, a final journey to Heaven or Hell.
Yet to a high level Qigong masters like master Tian it is simply a return to reality which they never left. Death is an illusion to start with. The soul was never born and can never die. When smelling fragrances during the practice of Fragrant Qigong it is a sign that one’s energy (a part of their spirit) has been connected to the masters of Fragrant Qigong, all of them - past and present.
But how is it possible when all past masters are already dead and, most of them, long ago. When masters of Qigong reach enlightenment and leave their bodies behind, they do not do it to die. They leave the part that was never alive (the body) in order to fully embrace life (spirit, reality). Most people have no idea that our natural state is without the body and that we use the body only to express in form the formless.
Our time with the body is short, regardless how long we live. Even 120 years is just a blink compared to eternity. Leaving the body behind is just like leaving any other tool behind. The writer is not dead nor are his writing skills lost just because he abandoned his pen. Nor were the musician’s skills lost when he threw away his guitar (like Jimmy Hendrix did on so many occasions).
In the end, it does not really matter whether master Tian’s body is still around or not. What this world perceives as precious has nothing to do with reality and the true values. And that is the way things should be in the end. We all have our choices and, while some people first check out what outcomes each one of them offers, the majority simply assume they already know and chose what looks most appealing to the eye i.e. the forms and shapes of the dream world.
ARE YOUR CLOTHES KILLING YOU?
They say that “clothes really maketh the man”, sure they can. But according to Chinese medicine this statement is incomplete. Clothes can either really make a man sick or they can help keep him/her healthy. So many people go through life dying to look a certain way for the sake of fashion, even if it kills them. How many times have I heard women say, “the things we do for fashion”. They wear from “so called” really attractive shoes that are too high, tight and very uncomfortable to really tight bras and corsets for example. The only problem is, they don’t even know they are putting themselves to great risk of ill health.
Apart from what common sense tells us, which is to wear sensible clothes such as when the weather is cold, we protect ourselves from it by staying dry and warm with extra clothing. But, what we don’t realise is that clothes that are restricting can be very detrimental to our health. Because our life energy (qi
) flows through many meridians or channels throughout the body, if one or more meridians become blocked it can cause problems to our overall wellbeing.
However, when qi is in balance it flows uninterrupted and maintains a healthy life process, hence protecting the body from disease. Here are a couple of examples of what can happen if the flow of certain meridians have been blocked from incorrect clothing.
The Liver Meridian
The flow of energy that is referred to as the “liver meridian” in Chinese medicine starts at the big toe, passes through the inside of the leg, stomach up to the ribs and then ends at the liver. Now just because this meridian is called the “liver meridian” it does not necessarily mean that if its energy flow is restricted it will only affect the liver. It can also cause sight problems, tendon problems, high blood pressure, epilepsy and stroke to name a few.
The Kidney Meridian
If problem is with the kidney meridian that resulted from tight clothing, other health problems may occur. This meridian begins at the soles of the feet, passes through the inner legs, up through the middle part of the stomach, the front portion of the chest and then branches out to the kidneys with the branch going to the tongue. So if this meridian is in any way blocked, apart from causing kidney problems it may also cause a sore or stiff back, especially the lower back, hearing difficulties, bone and bone marrow problems, hair loss and premature greying.
Usually the above-mentioned problems manifest themselves when the
tight fitting garment has been worn for a long time, such as months or years. But sometimes they would occur even after a couple of days. A typical example is with some married couples who have worn the same wedding rings for twenty or more years even though, in some cases, the size of their finger had doubled in size. They could not remove it because it had cut into the skin of the finger. As the majority of people wear their rings on the ring finger which covers the “Triple heater” meridian, as a result, many people end up with problems such as migraine, hearing problems, gall bladder and shoulder problems to name a few. When many of us get sick and we or our doctors don’t realise that it’s our clothes that are killing us, we immediately run from place to place getting tested and examined and we end up having our symptoms attended to without any concern for the underlying cause. So next time you feel some sort of ailment coming on, strip down naked and take a long hard look in the mirror for any traces of tight clothing - and be aware that if you see it, yet not necessarily feel it, that can be most damaging because it happens unknowingly when you wear those clothes regularly over a long period of time.
First level: Open Your Eyes
The first level of seeing is when we only use our 2 eyes to see with. The characteristics of this basic level of sight are that you can only see things that are in front of you, not what is behind you. You can only see things that are a certain size and you can only see if there is light. Improper use or overuse of our eyes can lead to shortsightedness. When we reach a certain age many of us end up with long-sightedness or gradually lose our sight altogether. Regular practice of Qigong can not only prevent all these possibilities, but can treat many similar conditions leading to good sight in old age.
Second level: Open the Heavenly Eye
The second level of sight is known as the Heavenly Eye (or Third Eye). The majority of the population never use it. Regular practice of Qigong can open the third eye which enables us to see more than what is in front of us, such as seeing through things and seeing far away.
Third level is: Open the Wisdom Eye
This level works off the third eye and it has four special functions:
(1)"Many Eyes", which means you can use it to see the same thing from different perspectives.
(2)"Analysing Eye" which can not only see something but understand it. This ability comes from being able to use your accumulated knowledge from past lives to understand what you are looking at and to know what it is for. For example if someone with this ability had never seen a tool that was used by our predecessors centuries ago, he would be able to recognise and explain its use.
(3)"Chasing Eye" is when one can trace something back to whom it belongs. For example, by looking at someone's pen or shoes one can know exactly whose they are, describe the person's appearance, what their name is, their date of birth etc. even if they never met them in their life. Or they can see the invisible traces on the floor of all persons who recently came to a certain place and can describe them accurately.
(4)"Predicting Eye" is when one can not only see the past and present, but they can see the future as well. All of these different levels are a result of practicing Qigong for a long time and developing the ability without abusing it.
Forth level aka as: Open the Universal Eye
With this level, which takes many more years to develop, not only can one see what other people can and can't, but they can also move things around without touching them (telekinesis).
Fifth level (the highest one of all): Open the Buddha's Eye
Finally, when a person reaches the highest level of Qigong, they are able to see and know everything there is, was and will be. With this level one is constantly surrounded by a huge aura that many can see, and can be measured by instruments. The mere presence of such persons can bring healing effects to anyone who approaches them without them even intending to do so. Their possessions have the same healing properties, for example their pens, business cards, clothes etc. can all be used to treat disease. If anyone tried to harm such a person, say with firearms, as long as they are within range of that person's energy, they would automatically sense the danger and prevent it from happening. For example, if there are five assassins equipped with guns, they discover that none of them are able to pull the trigger.
Qigong – Is It Safe?
Well, yes but...
Through reading the previous articles, you’ve probably heard many times how safe Qigong is and how safety is one of its most prominent features. But, is it absolutely safe, something you can never go wrong with? Really, how safe is Qigong?
If practiced properly and regularly, Qigong indeed is one of the safest healing modalities in the world. But, if not, it can cause all kinds of problems, from minor to severe imbalances and even death. Well, if it is like that, then what makes it different to say western medicine, so often condemned for its intolerable negative side effects. The difference is, it can be unsafe ONLY “if not practiced properly”. Western medicine can be damaging even when applied in the most appropriate way. Almost every single medication (including the safest ones like aspirin), whether it is orally taken or externally applied, be it pain killers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics and, especially, chemotherapy, have a long list of negative side effects. Some damage the stomach, some liver, some kidneys and some all of the above. On top of that, thousands of people die each year, in every country, as a result of medical negligence and through doctors’ / nurses’ mistakes such as patients being misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly, given the wrong medication, wrong dosage etc.
For Qigong to be that damaging, one would need to either do it very incorrectly, or practice it slightly wrong but consistently for quite some time. Or practice a style that is hard to master without proper guidance. Usually before one gets too far and enters a “danger zone”, one starts to feel all kinds of “warning signs” and should either stop practicing altogether or look for the causes. For example, instead of feeling great and full of energy during and after the practice, one experiences dizziness, exhaustion, nausea, palpitations, shortness of breath and feeling awful (not to be mixed with Qigong normal reactions and sensations during practice e.g. tingling, pain, itchiness, heat, cold).
There are more and more people practicing Qigong in the west, but so far, nobody ever died, at least not in Australia, that I am aware of. I must say that I did come across quite a few websites that teach Qigong downright wrong making it possible to cause all sorts of problems down the track (and they should be held accountable if they do) but even so, the potential harm is far beyond average western medical treatments. Compare this to the Sydney Morning Herald report that appeared on the front page in 2009 (July 27 edition) that claims “Hospital errors cause 4550 deaths a year”. In a country like Australia with a tiny population of only 22 million it is not criminal, it’s slaughter!
So, there is a big difference. The chances of getting harmed by practicing Qigong compared to western medical treatments are as big as being injured while on a beach compared to being in a battlefield. In other words, not absolutely safe, but much safer. You still might pull a muscle or sprain your ankle while playing beach volleyball, your skin can get burned or you might drown. But if you look after yourself, you can prevent most of those things from happening. In the battlefield though, even the most experienced are at great risk.
Nothing in this world is absolutely safe
Nothing in this world is absolutely safe, not even the most ordinary things in life, like eating, watching TV, talking, walking, even sleeping. Here are a few examples:
- Have you ever heard of people who choked while eating and died? And how about food poisoning, it happens quite often, all over the world.
- Watching soccer, seems quite enjoyable and safe, but think twice if you are in Europe and English teams are involved. Every now and then, somebody (often many) get killed even if they were innocent spectators or passers by.
- Well, watching TV is definitely much safer, you would think. Until you hear stories of people who got so excited about a program they had a heart attack and died. Like a man who was so happy, when Mohammed Ali regained his world title after beating George Foreman in the early 70’s. Or others who shot their TV set. Or cases where a TV set exploded by itself and injured its viewers.
- Once, there was a group of children playing during their school break and just as one of the kids was about to sit in a chair, another child pulled their chair back. The child fell back, choked on a piece of chewing gum and died.
There are too many examples, just look around you, think and you’ll come up with hundreds more. We are never absolutely safe. Qigong is not an exception either. Excluding those “bad luck” or “one in a million” scenarios in life that no-one can predict and prevent, there are risks and dangers that can be minimised or even completely eliminated, such as preventing car accidents by learning to drive properly. Or preventing buildings or bridges from collapsing by appointing qualified builders to build them, avoiding injuries and accidents to patients by asking qualified health practitioners to treat them (don’t laugh, there are many drivers without a license in Australia and many “self-taught builders” and “health experts” in the world).
Qigong is very much like operating a vehicle. If you don’t know how to drive it, you can be dangerous, not only to yourself, but to others. There are strict basic rules with regards to posture, the movements, breathing and mind focusing. The same as with traffic rules. The only difference is – when driving, by following the road rules, you get to your desired destination. With Qigong, you balance and strengthen chi, in order to get to another kind of “desired destination” be it treat disease, use it for Kung Fu or become a Qigong master. Just like there are different vehicles, like bikes, trucks and buses, there are many different styles of Qigong.
Even though most styles of Qigong are safe and easy to learn, there are much harder ones too, like a particular style that requires a teacher to be present every single day for three years, otherwise the student can do wrong and get harmed. You could say the difference between that style and many others is similar to the differences between driving a car and flying an aeroplane.
When used in treating diseases, 99% of the time, Qigong is a self-healing technique and should be practiced daily (the remaining 1% is when being treated by someone else). There is a saying in China that goes, “One day of Qigong practice equals one day’s worth of benefits. One day missed, however, equals losing ten days worth of benefits.” If you wish Qigong to work for you, among other important things, you have to practice it daily, otherwise you might be wasting your time. It’s one of the most commonly seen mistakes among western practitioners. Others (again, regardless of style) include lack of belief (often compared to driving a car without petrol), being impatient, techniques being incorrect etc.
When it comes to different styles, each of them has their own special set of rules. Here are a few differences between some common styles of Qigong.
- Should not be concurrently practiced with other styles of Qigong
- Requires no mind focusing
- Requires no special breathing techniques
- Is very strict on performing the movements in the correct order
- Not too strict with regards to exactness of movements
- Can be practiced anytime, anywhere
Spontaneous Five Animals Play Qigong:
- Requires special breathing techniques
- Must free the mind of all thoughts
- Not as strict about the order of steps
- Quite strict with regards to exactness of movements
- Most of it has to be done outside in the morning and in the fresh air
- Strict preparation and mind focusing throughout the exercise, but, because it is spontaneous and the movements are not voluntarily controlled, they can be many and varied (no two people practice it the same)
- No special breathing techniques required
- Can be practiced anytime, anywhere
With Qigong, effectiveness goes hand in hand with safety, i.e. if not practiced properly, it won’t work and is potentially unsafe. It is amazing how some people’s attitude is towards Qigong. When they are sick and looking for something to help their problem, they will do anything to get it. Yet, once they are introduced to a Qigong style that can help them, they often overly relax about it and not take it seriously. All they have to do is “help themselves”. But, no! Just look at them. They start to bargain with themselves and try to do less than the minimum required. For example - do 15 minutes instead of half an hour a day. Or, simply don’t do it at all some days, skip weekends and similar. Normally, they come up with: “I‘ve been too busy” or “I was too tired”, not realising that it is their loss and no-one else is going to care about their health and wellbeing.
Some time ago, I held an info night about Walking Qigong in the fight against cancer, and among the attendees was an elderly lady, a cancer sufferer who was extremely keen to learn. Since her cancer was fairly advanced, it was suggested that she start practicing it as soon as possible. But she ruled it out by saying she won’t be able to start before February (which was a couple of months later, in cancer years - eternity). Alright, I said, but just out of curiosity, what was it that was so important that needed to be done first. “I have to make a trip to the South Pole.” Well, I don’t know how the trip went, but I never saw her again. And I know that she didn’t go back to her doctor because he told her there was nothing else he could do for her.
But, it isn’t all that bad. There are many people who do take Qigong seriously and practice it properly. As a matter of fact, there have never been more Qigong practitioners (outside of China) than today, and the number is increasing rapidly. Why is that so? Positive results and word of mouth no doubt. And this is just the beginning. The reason why it’s not 100 times more popular is largely due to media bias (well, actually, they hardly ever report on Qigong) and because of the above-mentioned attitude of many Qigong practitioners including the ones that have received great results. Here are a few examples that I personally came across and corrected their mistakes before it was too late:
: A woman practicing the Spontaneous 5 Animals Play Qigong, took it upon herself to totally skip the “opening” part of this style. When she first started learning the style, she of course learnt it properly from start to finish and received excellent results. After that, she got busy and stopped practicing for a while, but missed it, so she decided to get back into it again. However, that’s when she stopped bothering about the “opening” (a very important part in 5 Animals Play that should never be missed) and only did what she thought was good enough, which could potentially lead to all sorts of complications. Luckily, she found out in time about what a terrible mistake it would have been, had she continued eliminating the opening.
: An elderly lady who took it upon herself to do each movement of Fragrant Qigong 10 times instead of the minimum required 36. In practical terms it simply means that this person wasn’t getting anything out of it.
: This is about a girl and her boyfriend who not only forgot that Fragrant Qigong should not be practiced while practicing other styles of Qigong and similar disciplines (on a daily basis), but used it as a “warm up” before starting their meditation. With Fragrant Qigong Do’s and Don’ts this is a big NO, NO.
: A patient with very extraordinary results taught her mother Fragrant Qigong, then her mother taught her sister who mixed up the order and direction of a few movements and kept practicing this way for months. In the end, not only did she not get better, but she also developed vertigo. I cannot say with certainty that she developed vertigo because she did not do Fragrant Qigong properly, but again I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. To make things worse, she recorded the movements on her video camera and sent them to quite a few of her friends overseas. Luckily, I heard about this, corrected her on the order of movements and gave her acupuncture to treat her vertigo.
These were the few cases of people who did not do it right that I know of, among hundreds of practitioners that practiced it properly. Due to a large number of practitioners in China, things like that are more prevalent. In other words, if one in a hundred does it wrong, there would be tens of thousands among millions of practitioners to have adverse reactions. This is so common that there are specialist clinics to treat all sorts of imbalances caused by incorrect practice. Unfortunately, for some, it was too late. Such as a case where a man with severe ascites
(accumulated liquid in the abdomen, usually due to liver problems) who practiced a style of Qigong that involves fasting for days. Well, apparently, he disobeyed a very important rule, which was, if one feels great hunger, they should not continue the fast. However, because he wanted to persevere, he continued the fast, which caused further complications and eventually his death. It is a very powerful style of Qigong that can treat all kinds of serious conditions (including his), but one has to do it properly. Another practitioner became blind as a result of staring at the sun, which is a source of energy that many masters use. In his case, he didn’t have a teacher, he was self-taught and it went terribly wrong.
As horrific as it might sound, these cases are still as seldom seen as accidents that can happen on the beach. If you cannot swim, then don’t go in too deep, or learn how to swim properly. And remember: Battlefields are not any safer!!
How to avoid and deal with problems caused by Qigong:
- Prevention is always better than treating these problems
- No need to be scared of practicing Qigong
- Take Qigong seriously, learn it properly and practice it under supervision
- Gather enough experience before attempting to teach anyone
- If in doubt, check with the teacher or stop practicing.
- If you develop any problems, consult an experienced Chinese medicine practitioner (they can be treated by acupuncture or herbs)
- Read more about Qigong, Chinese medicine, Daoism, spirituality, etc. to familiarize yourself with the basics: chi, yin yang, wholistic approach,…
And how about this:
You’ve done Qigong for quite some time but you’re still sick?
Did you do the right style?
Because there are tens of thousands of different styles and some have nothing to do with health.
It sounds unbelievable but it is true. We live in a world where there are many parallel worlds existing simultaneously, side by side. The worlds of rich and poor. The worlds of good and evil. The worlds of past and future.
Among others there is a world where there is no cure for many illnesses and where people, willingly or unwillingly, undergo all kinds of expensive, dangerous and ineffective torturous treatments while, at the same time, there is a world in which those same illnesses are successfully treated daily using simple, safe and cheap (even enjoyable) methods, some of which, have existed for thousands of years.
And even though most of us can have access to both worlds, if we so wish, the vast majority choose to stay in one, the only one they believe exists. Because they never hear about the other one on their TV so, to them, what is not mentioned on TV, does not exist!
To make things a bit harder even for those who would still opt to check out the other world, there are strict laws in almost all countries of the world that prohibit anyone from claiming that they can treat (let alone cure
) any illnesses that are proclaimed as “incurable” by the medical establishment and all those who break them are severely punished. Not only can they lose their practicing license, but they may even end up in jail. In a world of lies the greatest sin is telling the truth!
But people have discovered all kinds of ways of how to adapt and survive even in such a world and still be able to help others without clashing with the law! Those who were open-minded enough to search for them (or was it their faith :) not only become fully aware of that other world but many were even able to get rid of their “incurable” illnesses! Of course, leaving the world completely oblivious of the fact!
It is so easy to deceive people and those who engage in it have found many ways to do it. One of the most commonly used ways (since forever) is indoctrination which, with the existence of mass media, has reached such proportions that it has become possible to make a villain out of a most generous and benevolent person (even crucify them!) while, at the same time, glorify and give Nobel Prize for Peace to a person who have invaded other countries and killed thousands of innocent people. And, of course, always with the “best intentions” at heart and in the name of something glorious.
Such as in the name of “people”, or “peace”, “democracy” and now, more and more, in the name of everything that exists - religion, science, humankind, medicine, “finding the cure for”, or in the name of a “war on” drugs, cancer, terror… Whereas, in most cases, exactly that in what name all that has been done, becomes far worse than before.
And even though almost everyone seems to agree that one cannot trust mainstream media and, despite the fact that there are so many independent sources of information, far more reliable, objective and, most importantly, addressing the real problems of the world, most people still choose to put their trust in the offical media and be willing slaves of the system.
To them that is the only “reality” and so, the two parallel worlds in this manner continue to co-exist, independent of each other. Yet those two worlds themselves are more than clear about the existence of the other one. There is a war waging between them, the greatest war that ever existed. It is a war between good and evil, between darkness and light. But, it is done in secrecy so the sleeping majority is not even aware of it.
And while the army of light is desperately trying to wake us up and make us realise what is going on, the army of darkness is quietly telling us to be ‘troubled over nothing’. Just watch the news, follow our instructions and ‘all will be good’! The last thing they want for the sleeping giant is to wake up. All their dreams and hopes of enslaving us totally would be forever gone. So, shhhh. Sleep well and let us look after your destiny. Trust us, we control the finances, economies, armies and information of the world.
Yet, the war is not over yet. When it is over, all will be clear that it is over. The only problem is, then it will be too late to do anything about it and reverse the process. So, let’s see what can be done while we still have a choice. Here is one solution: Qigong. The ancient Chinese discipline that can both fix the dream as well as awake us from it!
To “fix a dream”, according to Taoism, means to help us with the problems we perceive as real while we are still sleeping i.e. the problems related to health, relationships, work and life on this planet.
To “wake us from the dream”, on the other hand, refers to the permanent solution of all of our perceived problems i.e. the spiritual enlightenment and awaking to reality which is inherently good.
Check out some of its mind-blowing healing properties
that majority of people are still totally oblivious of, but even that falls short before its ability to transform the entire life
by awakening us from the dream of suffering and insanity known as a ‘life in a body’ on Earth!
Can Chinese Medicine Treat Corona Virus (Part 2)
It's all our fault!!
In our last blog we discussed Chinese Medicine’s approach to treating any disease and that COVID 19 would not be an exception.
But, are you aware that the same principles Chinese Medicine uses to diagnose and treat diseases can be utilised in all other aspects of life to help sort out and correct the problems of any kind? They are known as the universal principles (e.g. yin and yang, 5 elements, bagua etc.) and are a part of Daoism (or Taoism), an ancient Chinese system of solving problems by primarily using non-action (Dao or Tao means the way
For thousands of years it has been successfully used, apart from Chinese medicine, in Kung Fu, Qigong, Feng Shui, arts, relationships, business, economy, politics… When applied correctly, not only is it highly effective but its results are often immediate, thorough and long lasting without causing any harm in the process.
So, when faced with any problem, a Daoist approach is always to look for the essence
first. What that means is that, regardless of how complex the issue may appear, it can be simplified and stripped down to its core by using yin and yang. As they say in Daoism - first make clear yin and yang
i.e. distinguish the true from false by relying on facts and not on interpretations, by relying on knowledge and not on assumptions…
Another characteristic of Daoism is that it always stresses the key role of the internal factor
. In other words Daoism is more concerned with me (or us) and our own actions in the creation of any problem than the role other people or the external factors (e.g. government, media, corporations…) play in it.
Only then can one hope to achieve wining without fighting
or through passivity
(in Chinese wuwei
or do nothing
i.e. getting more by doing less
) to the extent that (if you are truly mastering Dao) you’ll be able to correct almost any problem without literally doing anything!
But we are sure, to many, this is still too vague so let’s see how it can be practically applied in the current world crisis caused by the apparent COVID 19 Pandemic.
According to most reports, COVID 19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. They also agree that the disease was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province, and has since spread globally, resulting in the current coronavirus pandemic.
At the time of writing (27 April 2020), according to WHO, there are 2,878,196 confirmed cases and 198,668 confirmed deaths from Coronavirus disease. 
To stop the spread of the disease, immediate measures have been taken in most countries consisting, primarily, of social distancing, isolation, quarantine, self-protection by wearing face masks and thoroughly washing hands while monitoring and treating the infected. Yet, despite all that, the disease still seems to be spreading rapidly.
To make things much worse, due to the unprecedented global measures including restrictions imposed on travel, business, any sorts of gathering, even (in some countries) leaving your place of residence… has caused enormous financial losses and threatens to crash the world economy.
Millions of people have lost their jobs, many businesses have closed down, there is a lack in supply of essential goods including food and there is a global panic and uncertainty with no solution in sight, only more bleak prospects for the future. Not only is the world facing unprecedented recession but people are even losing their basic democratic freedoms and rights and many fear civil unrest and the introduction of martial law.
And then, to add to the confusion, there are all sorts of theories and speculations on social media about a man-made coronavirus as an attempt of deliberate biowarfare between USA and China (quite often contradicting each other), accusing mainstream media of misinformation, some denying the existence of COVID 19 altogether, some others claiming it is all caused by the rolling out 5G technology…
One thing is for sure, there is more panic, fear, uncertainty and desperation! Things are getting from bad to worse and there are talks of keeping the lockdown for months, even years. It indeed seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel! Or is there?
Well, on the other side of the spectrum, there is a Daoist way of looking at things: “You had enough of complexity and confusion? Good. Now, let’s walk the opposite direction and simplify things for a change!”
It should start with clarifications, with bringing light where darkness was. And in situations like this, who should we rely on? Who is most competent to guide us through and give us advice? Is it media, politicians, scientists or someone else? Obviously, it is the scientists, and in this case the medical experts.
Science is based on facts and, in an ideal society, politicians make health-related decisions based on their recommendations while the media reports what these recommendations were and what decisions were made so that we should all do our part in implementing them for the benefit of all.
Sounds like everything is as it should be because that is exactly what seems to be happening right now in the world. Or is it? Remember, we said “in an ideal world” which implies genuine scientists
give recommendations based on extensive research and facts, evaluated by peer review studies and universally accepted as the most comprehensive and up to date.
Than it would be accepted by the honest politicians
, discussed in a transparent and respectful manner and, taking into account public opinion, proposing new laws and regulations. And all that under the watchful eye and scrutiny of the unbiased media
whose objective reporting would keep us all well informed and happy.
This unfortunately is far from what is going on in the world today because this world is far from being ideal. Let’s start with the science itself.
Unlike popular belief, and not even taking into account fraud in science (which is so prevalent that most people have no idea), science is not one undivided system where all scientists agree and think the same. There is so much division and disagreement among them that even some of the most basic terms like “disease” or “health” were argued for centuries and their definitions were never satisfactorily accepted by all.
That is because science never stoped evolving and so many things that were universally accepted as truth at one time were later, due to new discoveries, scraped and replaced by the new truths.
The influence of science to all aspects of our world is so obvious that there is no dispute there. And it is exponentially becoming stronger with each passing year.
But this influence is not one-way. Many elements of the society are trying hard to influence, even control and manipulate science for their own benefits. This should come as no surprise. Even from its early days many scientists were harassed by the ruling parties and their discoveries either destroyed or used for purpose other than intended. Remember Bruno, Galilei, Tesla? Nothing’s changed!
And then there are bought scientists in almost every field - from food industry and medicine to 5G safety and global warming proponents. Here is a short, handy definition for how to differentiate the true from false scientists, doctors and other experts. The true ones would endure anything and even lose everything for truth while the false ones would do anything for money!
When you say “I believe in science” which science are you having in mind? Be very careful of your choice because it could mean a difference between health and disease, happiness and suffering, freedom and enslavement.
To talk about honest politicians is like talking about endangered species. Conflict of interest and lobbying in politics are so widespread and even considered normal by many, that people have no idea where the essence of the real problem lies. Unless it is eliminated, once and for all, there is no hope that things will ever get better.
And then there is the mainstream media. Someone once said “Before the internet, people thought the cause of stupidity was the lack of access to information. Well, it wasn’t that!”. No comment there.
Why do people still place so much trust in mainstream media when there are so many other sources of information, far more reliable and their claims generally backed up by independent scientific research and fully referenced. They are open to suggestions and offer comments section where people can express their views and opinions, discuss the relevant issues and ask questions.
No democracy in the mainstream media however. While independent media encourages people to think for themselves and question everything, we are usually being told
by the mainstream media how to think and what to do and, in particular, never to question authority.
The more you observe the way they operate, the more you get the impression that, to them, thinking is labeled as conspiracy theory. Well, following that logic, since they never talk about conspiracies, no thinking is allowed there.
So, with a little bit of a background on where all this is taking place, let’s now have a look at how it all came about:
A group of scientists in China last December came across some 200 patients that became acutely ill with respiratory symptoms and immediately suspected it was caused by a viral infection. Not only that all the established scientific procedures that should be routinely followed were completely ignored but, soon after, a diagnostic test was developed without even proving that that was the case. 
That test, known as RT-PCR test, then became a standard for diagnosing this “new disease” (COVID-19) that was, according to them, caused by a new strain of coronavirus. It was entirely based on the determined sequence of the genetic material found in the lung fluid in some of the affected cases that were tested. And that sequence is of RNA (not DNA) which may be present not only in a virus but in myriad of other things. No gold standard test was performed as the virus has never been been purified or ‘visualised’. 
If that was not strange enough what followed next was far more insane (sinister, rather) because, immediately, the media started reporting their findings and, soon after, more cases were “discovered” in other countries too. All of a sudden, that’s all that media were reporting. The more people watched the news, the more scared they became. The more scared they became the more they watched the news. The media were enthralled! And the panic became pandemic!
The rest is history. But, the story does not end there. Soon after this insanity pandemic started, hundreds of true doctors and scientists all over the world started questioning, criticising and openly condemning such breaches of scientific procedures, false reporting and the brutal measures that were introduced by the governments causing unprecedented damage both to the global economy and to millions of people.
They questioned every single step taken and challenged the medical authorities for their role in creating it, using ample scientific data: Inadequacy and inaccuracy of the test (80% false-positive)  , severity of the alleged condition (milder than common flu)  , mortality numbers (overblown)  , effectiveness of the measures taken (more harm than good)  , effectiveness of the treatment (ventilators cause even more deaths)  …
Despite all the difference in the opinion and division among the scientists on many levels (even agreeing about some basic terms e.g. what the “virus” really is)    they came united in the truth of things known and scientifically accepted.
Which, turns out, was diametrically opposed to the view of the medical establishments all over the world. They too seemed to be all united and acted like one, as if orchestrated by an invisible force that told them how to think and what to do. And, it soon became quite apparent, only their view was (and still is) highly praised and publicised by the media. To the mainstream media there is no division among scientists and only those in top positions (the decision makers) are right!! But, “coincidently”, almost all top positions are occupied by the individuals with huge conflict of interest who serve the interests of rich and powerful, not of people.    
Now, wait a minute, this sound so much like a conspiracy and we have been conditioned to think that there is no such thing. Or is there?
The history of humankind is a history of conspiracies and telling the truth was always severely punished! Do not believe it? Well then, how about Julian Assange and Edward Snowden? Right now and right in front of our very eyes! They uncovered thousands of conspiracies that are happening right now in this world.
And they are only the most prominent two among the thousands of other whistleblowers that had enough courage to risk their own lives and tell us the truth. It is really a tip of the iceberg. We can only imagine how many more and much bigger conspiracies are going on right now but will never be known to us due to an unimaginable high level of security, secrecy and severe punishment for all who attempt to do the same.
Yet they, who are the true heroes, are being condemned by the politicians and the media and are now being pursued and punished while the world goes on as if nothing happened. How different is that to the crucifixion of Jesus. Which, by the way, was a result of a conspiracy itself. As were Watergate affair, political assassinations of Lincoln, Kennedys, Martin Luther King and other black leaders…
So, you still have doubts about conspiracies? The thing is not whether they exist or not (because they clearly do and always did) but who do we trust when is comes to finding the truth about them. Here is a short, handy definition on how to differentiate between the conspiracy researchers and the conspiracy theorists:
The former base their research on facts, use only reliable sources and witnesses, offer scientific explanations (fully referenced), consider motives, are consistent and neutral, i.e. seek for truth wherever it may lead. The latter base their views on speculations and sensationalism, are inconsistent, even contradictory…
And, of course, there is the mainstream media which are either totally silent on all related issues or, when do occasionally mention them, miss not the opportunity to label all open-minded scientists, investigative journalists etc. as conspiracy theorists. Nor do they ever give them a chance to elaborate their views.
Now that we have come to the essence of the problem, the Daoist approach would be then to offer a solution because what is the point of finding where the problem lies without solving it. And the solution could not be simpler. It is literally yelling at us.
As we said earlier, Daoist approach is to always look inward and not to point the finger at someone else. According to Daoism “I” am the creator of my own destiny. “I” am the determining factor, the “others” are only the contributing factors that can influence me (to some degree) but have no power over my decisions. Unless, of course, I give them that power.
And so is with the current world situation. All that is going on at the moment is our own fault.
Yes, there are bad scientists, yes, there are corrupt politicians and biased media but they are not to be blamed. We are!!
One of the basic principles of yin and yang is that they do not exist without each other. And the whole universe follows that law. If there are no feet there would be no shoes. If there are no hands there would be no gloves. And since all this started as a media fabrication (and still continues to do so with even more intensity) who was it that got hooked allowing it to come to this? It’s us!
Was anyone of us being forced to watch their news? And, even if we were, was there anyone to stop us from checking the facts? Let us teach you a very simple yet very powerful technique that can be used in similar situations in the future (and yes, we promise you, there will be lots more similar fabrications, they are already in the pipeline as we speak).
Every time you start hearing about this new “virus”, or a new “threat to our lifestyle”, a new “terrorist attack”… just get hold of your remote control and then, very gently, press the “switch off” button or change it to another channel. “I” am the master of the universe and without me (which is “us”, the audience) “they” are doomed. No need to get scared, angry, stressed, or to complain, organise demonstrations of any kind, sign petitions…
Just stop watching their program and they’ll either vanish or start telling the truth. They need us far more than we need them. And with so many choices out there, we will not be left in the dark. On the contrary, we will stop being in the dark.
That is what they call wu wei
or “do nothing” in Daoism. How many times one needs to be cheated before he realises what is going on and prevent it from happening again? Or worse, over and over again, as is the case with this ploy of the media, fraudulent scientists and the opportunistic politicians, all serving the interests of their masters who rule the world behind the scenes.
Wake up from your slumber and check the facts. Media-launched pandemics have a long history. All from the eighties with the fear-mongering and doomsday’s predictions about AIDS, then using the same scenario for the Mad Cow Disease panic in the nineties, SARS Virus Epidemic of 2002, H5N1 Bird Flu Pandemic of 2005, H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009, Ebola Virus Epidemic of 2014…
Well, some would argue, even if “I” stop falling pray to their ploy, there will always be the “others” who will not and things will still be the same. Or will they? When I become fully aware of my own power that leads to my own liberation why should I worry about their choice to remain fearful, enslaved and to suffer?
Of course, that does not mean, either, that I should just sit and watch them suffer without helping them become liberated too. Truth is light and light dispels darkness. One candle can be used to light up thousands and so can they too. There was never, in the history of humankind, ever easier to spread the information as it is today.
Maybe we cannot trust the mainstream media (and even many independent sources of information too) but we can trust ourselves when we come across some valuable pieces of information and do our homework well I.e. do some research and ALWAYS check the facts!!!!!. Most people still do not realise that the power of social media communication is not in “liking” but in “sharing”. One becomes ten, ten becomes hundred and, within minutes, we can reach millions!
There is a principle of yin and yang that says: “When yin reaches it’s peak, it turns into yang (and vice versa).” In other words, anything that we do can turn against us if we push it over the limit. Such as when an abused child turns on its abuser and kills them when being pushed too far.
We, the people of the world, are this abused child but most of us are not even aware of the fact. And so, we keep on suffering never suspecting there is someone deliberately doing it to us. Yet, with the ever-faster spreading of the information it is becoming more and more obvious, even to the most oblivious of us, what is going on.
This insane idea of trying to enslave the whole world by spreading fear, introducing new ever-restricting laws, forcing lockdowns… may soon backfire and turn the people against them. It may actually speed up the world liberation.
Those who were trying so hard to divide and conker us all may soon find themselves being singled out against the unified world. And the fear they were trying to impose on us will really be felt by them. After all, it is not very comforting to find yourself isolated and against 99% of the population. Once it comes to this it will be clear to all where all that terrible clamouring of the media was coming from. From a squeaking of a mouse, magnified and multiplied. Wizard of Oz is all would be found there.
But here is a warning: Daoist way is a way of peace. Once people realise their true power, some of them sometimes become so proud and vengeful that it can often get out of hand and lead to war and destruction. The wisdom is in non-action
and in undoing
the wrong i.e. in peaceful transformation through love and forgiveness, not in hate and attack. So, it is equally important to share that message too!!
For more on Can Chinese Medicine Treat Corona Virus (Part 3)
please see below.
 WHO, “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report” (27 April 2020) https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200427-sitrep-98-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=90323472_4
 A Breakdown on Current Testing Procedures, Dr Andrew Kaufman, M.D. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=Xr8Dy5mnYx8&feature=emb_logo
 Gold standard (test), Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_standard_(test)
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 “Ventilators are killing 80-90% of patients. It is a death sentence.” “Social isolating is causing stress and is bad for the immunity, lack of sun leads to vitamin D deficiency which is antimicrobial which all make people more susceptible to viral infections.” Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai (9’40’’) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86VJlhw0DQQ&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR13AepcL4MRMPgJcEvj04Crh_9QAo3LzPram8myg-0biKA-NvSnZaCt2vQ
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 Time for Truth on Coronavirus, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, VA Shiva Creating The Future https://vashiva.com/time-for-truth-on-coronavirus/
 Corruption in Global Health Care May Exceed $1 TRILLION, Dr. Joseph Mercola, GreenMedInfo https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/corruption-global-health-care-may-exceed-1-trillion?fbclid=IwAR1LLcr4rqCweOKRLpK44wqS-v3ukmiB9e14VNRtZ_AewVkBGOzNz-zsDNA
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Can Chinese Medicine Treat Corona Virus (Part 3)
Meaningless solutions based on meaningless data
In our last blog we discussed Daoist approach to solving any problem and we said that the current world crisis supposedly caused by COVID 19 would not be an exception.
Let us now contrast that with the globally accepted approach to fixing it in order to understand it even better.
So, let’s start with a question: What if all the measures that are taking place in the world today are correct and the most appropriate ones, as highly praised by the mainstream media?
What if, on other hand, those same measures are meaningless, dangerous and devastating as massively expressed by the scientists, doctors and investigative journalists based on the overwhelming evidence and reported by the independent media (elaborated more in detail in our last blog)?
Well, it is quite obvious that so far, we the people, have placed full trust in our politicians’ and mainstream media’ hands and thus are passively agreeing that these measures are right. So, we are doing our best and diligently following their recommendations. Loyalty, discipline and total commitment is necessary to achieve a common goal and that indeed should be congratulated.
It is like with an army, which, in order to be affective and swift in action, each soldier has to be not only highly trained but very disciplined and strictly following the orders from above.
But, what if that highly trained and disciplined army is WRONG and sent to invade an independent, sovereign countiy and kill innocent people? All in the name of justice and defence! What if all our efforts are in vain because all those measures are wrong and will only make things worse? One does not need to be a genius to differentiate right from wrong. Here is an example:
Let’s pretend that COVID 19 is indeed caused by a virus that was never proven to be the case, that the test are not 80% false positive, that the disease indeed killed as many people as officially reported despite it never being proven… The worst possible scenario we are left with is that we would be plagued by a disease that kills less people than common flu and that almost all of them are either of very advanced age or have been suffering from other illnesses.
Let’s suppose too, that the measures taken by the world governments are right and that washing hands thoroughly, covering our faces, social distancing and self-isolation can indeed stop the spread of the disease. The best possible outcome we can expect is to stop the spread of a disease that is milder than flu while at the same time wrecking the world economy, leading to high rate unemployment and causing far more deaths from other illnesses, suicide and poverty.
And when that happens and all are out, desperate, hungry and emaciated, fighting for the last scrap of bread, the disease will quickly spread among them still! But the only way to stop the spread, according to Dr Media is to follow these measures - indefinitely!! Of course, they don’t say “indefinitely” because they know we would not accept it and would probably just ignore it and wreck their plan.
So they recommended a 14 days lockdown first. Then 14 days became a month. Then a month turned into months… And they keep reassuring us that it is working. So we listen and follow obediently. However how much brain does one need to realise that it is indefinitely because, if they stop these measures now, or at any other time, the disease (let’s call it FLU since it is much more appropriate) will spread as if nothing had been done.
How can you hope that these measures will be ever taken away when, according to them, there are almost 3 million confirmed cases now while they were spreading fear with a global pandemic when there were less than 300 cases in the whole world?
Yet they are quite confident it is all working just fine and encourage us to persevere because they rely on their team of experts - the celebrities!
Instead of true scientists and doctor specialists, who are dying to be heard in order for reason to take the place of insanity, it is them who, every five minutes, appear on our TV screens and tell us how to think and what to do.
Seemingly intelligent people are repeating, like parrots, same cliche phrases, over and over, while at the same time seemingly intelligent people that are watching them are nodding their heads and agreeing that they must be right. After all, some of them were acting doctors and other important people in TV series.
Mainstream media needs charismatic people who have no idea about what they are talking about. So they, very confidently, tell us how important it is to wash our hands properly. But even that is all wrong. They don’t tell us that washing hands for 20 seconds (or even for one hour) is useless unless we use special, hands-free, taps and clean our hands with sterile towel afterwards as well as stop touching things around us. 
In other words, if we touch anything, all that work is wrecked and we need to start again. And again, as soon as we touch anything, we need do it again. The solution: either we wash once then sit whole day with our hand up in the air and do nothing or keep washing our hands over and over again until the day it’s all over!
So, we’ve been told by our saviours, the celebrities, many valuable things e.g. to be RESPONSIBLE and to DO THE RIGHT THING, that these are TOUGH TIMES, CRAZY TIMES (spot on!), that SOME PEOPLE ARE PUTTING US ALL AT RISK but that WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS…
But not even all celebrities are dumb or greedy. The time has come when politicians are comedians and should not be taken seriously while the comedians make much sense and should be taken seriously.
Such as the great George Carlin who was not only highly entertaining but what he telling us for years is as relevant today as it ever was. When he talked about politicians and media and how they teach us how to think and what to do he would proudly say that he was “not a good American” because it was “not for me, I engage in thinking!”  
And then there are those tests. Even if they meant anything, to say that someone is negative is meaningless unless he is tested again and again, day after day, month after month because the moment he finished the test he might contract the virus (or rather RNA sequence of the genetic material which could be anything). And since it is so flawed, one does not even need to contract anything, they vary so much that, according to some doctors, they can show positive results, then negative, then positive again. This has nothing to do with science!
And it is no better with the protective face masks and gloves. Not only that most masks people wear are useless but they should not even be worn for more than a couple of hours at a time. And gloves are useless unless they are regularly washed too (and properly, then no touching things, remember?) but they are neither designed to be washed nor protect anyone from anything. But it all looks so impressive and sounds so scientific when told by the celebs.
Doesn’t all this remind you of all the previous “wars” e.g. war on drugs, cancer, terror… proclaimed by the politicians which, in the end, all ended up with only more of it? The only difference is this one is lead by the media, heavily supported and orchestrated by the shadow rulers. And, due to the failure of all the previous ones, they decided not to call it a war. It just is!
The next logical step in their plan would most probably be to either keep pushing it as far as they can until they achieve their goal of ruling the world or, if opposition becomes too strong, to gradually ease the restrictions, learn the lessons for next time and proclaim the victory over the non-existent enemy. You see, our measures indeed have worked!!
And that “next time” is going to be far sooner than many realise. If this “horrible pandemic” finishes right now, it will be completely forgotten as soon as another one rolls around and everyone is glued to their TV screen panicking about a LAVID 21.
You cannot expect to hear from the mainstream media, who started it all, to tell you: ”We made it all up.” in order to finally wake up and be certain of the truth. Yet many are waiting exactly for that to happen.
To make things even more confusing, there are now these self-proclaimed “fact-checkers” on social media that are trying to turn truth into lies. However, since they only target genuine sites that threaten their lies, it is highly recommended to follow those sites. It is like a seal of approvement from the fact-checkers. They did they homework for us and we should thank them for that.
Remember that principle of yin and yang that says: “When yin reaches it’s peak, it turns into yang.”? As explained in our last blog, anything that we do can turn against us if we push it over the limit. Those who are using fear to divide us are obviously unaware of this law and are, unwittingly, working toward unifying us.
Once the critical mass is reached, all that they will achieve would be that they will divide themselves from us making it, for the first time in history, perfectly clear who was hiding behind the scenes all this time. And they themselves will indeed have a great cause for fear!
Remember the story of the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini who was not very happy with the book The Satanic Verses so he offered 6 million dollars to anyone who would kill the author Salman Rushdie? Not only that it never happened (because Rushdie went into hiding) but, on the contrary, his insignificant book suddenly became a world bestseller while he became one of the most famous and celebrated writers of the nineties. Exactly the opposite of what Khomeini was hoping to achieve. 
So, in the end, it might not necessary be all that bad, as long as we learn our lesson well. What’s the lesson? Do not allow to be deceived over and over by the same people. Learn to search for the essence in all things, be aware of your own power, love and forgive and, above all, do nothing (stupid)!
 How To Perform Surgical Hand Scrubs, Infection Control Today https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hand-hygiene/how-perform-surgical-hand-scrubs
 George Carlin - We Like War [PL] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtSv3x6lh3o&t=6s
 George Carlin told us about the Corona panic years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gLLZ_D1Lqw
 The Satanic Verses controversy, Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Satanic_Verses_controversy
Can Chinese Medicine Treat Corona Virus? (Part 1)
To answer this question accurately we need first look at the way Chinese medicine treats any disease. And what better way than to compare it with something that we are all so much more familiar with e.g. our own traditional medicine.
There is a saying in China that goes: “Western medicine treats the disease, Chinese medicine treats the person.”
What that means is that Western medicine’s main focus is on the end result of, usually, a very complex disturbances of the body’s normal self-protective and self-healing mechanisms. That end result (i.e. the effect) is known as the disease
, characterised by specific symptoms and signs e.g. pain, headache, dizziness, coughing, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, to name a few.
Once that has been established, the next logical step is the treatment of the diagnosed condition with the preoccupation on temporarily masking the symptoms and signs (e.g. stop the pain, ease the heartburn, bring down the fever) or surgically removing the effect without regard to what caused it in the first place. That often, sadly, means removing parts of the body too e.g. an organ, an arm or a leg, a nose or an eye.
The treatment itself seldom takes into consideration who is being treated - male or female, young or old, strong or weak, white or black… In other words, if the “disease” is liver cancer they will most probably operate on the liver regardless of whether it was a baby girl or a ninety-year-old male.
If there is a high blood pressure detected then they’ll lower it with the same chemicals whether the patient is young or old, large-build or slim… The fact that no-one has ever been cured of high blood pressure by taking the lowering blood pressure pills is of no concern here. The pills do what they are supposed to do and that is to temporarily lower it until the next dosage is due!
And the same goes for the bacterial infections. It is all in establishing which strain has caused the infection so that it can be attacked with the “most appropriate antibiotics”. If it is a viral infection, no antibiotics will work anyway because viruses do not have their own metabolism and are multiplied only after they enter our own cells (and by them). Again, no thought is given to who is affected
(the patient) but what pathogen
(virus, bacteria, fungi, parasite…) is present.
As mentioned earlier, none of these treatments sees the person, only the disease. The sad truth is that, in this obsession with the disease, often the unthinkable happens - the chemotherapy or radiation has indeed destroyed the cancer cells but so did the patient. The operation was a great success but the patient has succumbed too.
On the other side, Chinese medicine never loses the sight of the person and the presented symptoms and signs (interpreted very differently) serve only to address the so-called “energy imbalances” (usually the blockages in the flow of chi or “life energy” within the meridians that connect all parts of the body with each other and with the inner organs, energy centres etc.).
And being holistic, it not only sees the human body as one, but also sees us all as part of nature and universe, inseparable and one with it. Everything in and around us affects us - some positively and some negatively (yin and yang).
So, all that needs to be done to be healthy and to live long is to implement as many beneficial influences in our lives as possible and to avoid or reduce as many damaging ones as possible.
Obviously healthy food, enough sleep, proper exercise, fresh air, proper clothing, rest, fun, peace, hygiene… are all beneficial while the opposite to that as well as pollution, addictive substances, stress etc. are all detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
For thousands of years the Chinese were saying that “When the positive chi (protective energy) is strong enough, the negative chi (invasive energy) cannot harm us.” This is not any less true today than it was 5,000 years ago.
Of course, there are many negative influences that were never mentioned in the old Chinese medical texts for the simple reason that they did not exist e.g. artificial additives in food and beverages, GMO’s, electro-magnetic radiation, plastics, chemicals…
Not only are they today present everywhere and in everything but are far more detrimental to health than the natural pathogens known to them for thousands of years and are all now taken into account as well.
But what does that practically mean? It simply means that when a patient with any of the above-mentioned conditions comes to see a practitioner of Chinese medicine they will all be treated differently. In other words, even if all of them suffer from the same condition as seen through the eyes of a western doctor (say high blood pressure), due to their differences in age, sex, constitution etc. they would all be presenting different chi imbalances and, as such, would be treated very differently. And often very successfully too!
Regardless of what modality is being used (acupuncture, herbal treatment, acupressure or Qigong) the aim in Chinese medicine always is to restore the flow of chi within the meridians. If being successful in doing that, the disease will go, regardless of what it was.
There is no mentioning of cancer, ulcers, stones, inflammation, bacteria or virus in Chinese diagnosis. No need to take x-ray, no blood tests, no biopsy, no operations. And yet, not only is Chinese medicine able to treat wide variety of almost all (especially chronic) conditions much better than western medicine, if used properly, it has no known side-effects and is far cheaper than its western counterpart.
But how is that possible? Well, let’s leave that to the theoretical researchers and scientists keen to explain the mysteries of the universe. Maybe it is due to the fact that Chinese medicine is based on chi (life force) that is still unknown to western medicine. Yes, western medicine is very developed and can explain to the slightest detail the physical structure of almost every cell of the human body but that is like trying to figure out and fix the problems of the world by looking at what our cities look like (i.e. by seeing the buildings, roads, bridges and cars) without ever encountering living people and finding out what they need.
What difference does a “new” virus make to a Chinese medical treatment? None! Each case is seen and treated differently (like it always has been) and, after a successful treatment is achieved, it is still unknown to both the Chinese medicine practitioner as well to the patient (and to his doctor if he had one) what happened to the virus? Who cares? It is the patient that matters.
Viral conditions have been successfully treated for thousands of years (flu, herpes, hepatitis, measles, chickenpox, mums, shingles…) in China. Corona virus is going to be just another example of how western scientists will eventually grow to know everything about a virus except how to treat it.
Yet, what is even more incredible is the fact that today, in the midst of this unprecedented panic pandemic and seeming search for a cure, no mainstream media is reporting that in China they are very successfully using their traditional medicine in the fight against this, currently, world’s most fashionable disease! (maybe, to them, it is already far too revolutionary to mention that even high doses of Vitamin C can help, something that has been used by Linus Pauling for decades to successfully treat anything from colds and flus to heart conditions and cancer)
But don’t get us wrong. We are not trying to make fun of it. It has even killed some people. But, what most people do not realise and what so many reputable scientists around the world are trying to tell them is that it is not any more deadly than the common flu.
Yet, mainstream media, the politicians and the health ministers are telling them otherwise and so, they reason, they must be telling us the truth. They sure know better! And, they also assure us - anyone who has tested positive and died must have died from it. So keep adding the numbers! Yet, somehow, the number of dead people for the same period last year in each country is basically unchanged. And the number of those that die from common flu each year is still far greater.
But the aim of today’s blog is not teaching people how to think. That is their own choice. As for all those interested to have a closer look at what sort of diseases have been treated by Chinese medicine, please check out our website. It is full of references and accounts (mostly from people recovered through practicing Qigong). Here is a link to some case histories and testimonials
which, despite a large number mentioned, is really just a drop in the ocean.
True Values Lost In A World Of Illusions
Have you ever stopped to think about the true values in life? Such as, what comes first, what comes next and then what doesn’t really matter? Think about money, health, fame, but also about Coca-Cola and Arnold Schwarznegger. What would the order of importance be for you? Imagine that you are rich and famous, but you are dying of AIDS. Or have epilepsy, heart disease or Parkinson’s disease. Would you be happy? Oh, here it is. Did you forget the most important ingredient? The absolute number ONE. Regardless of age, sex and race. HAPPINESS! Isn’t that what we should all place at the very top of the list? But how do we achieve happiness? Is it something you can buy and keep with you forever? Or is it something that we all have (to some degree) but we become aware of it only after we lose it?
Most of us are too busy to create our own happiness, so instead we use our hard-earned money to go out there and purchase instant, disposable, happiness (in other words buying many short-lived pleasures) such as: watching a movie, buying a magazine, (not Qigong one of course - the kind with Meghan Markle on the front cover), go to a concert, or buy a latest gadget. Then we watch the news and sports before going to bed to be ready for work the next day. Let’s now stop for a moment and think about the real values in life. Let’s look at ourselves with alien eyes and analyse ourselves with the information that we gather.
For instance, we all get so excited when a strong tall guy runs faster than all the others by .04 of a second. The new world record!! It’s not 25.76 seconds anymore. From now on, it’s 25.72. Remember that figure, you will be using it many times to impress people around you. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing and we know every single detail. Princess Diana died. The same day a child in Nigeria starved to death, but that wasn’t important. They say Hugh Grant slept with a prostitute! Big Deal! Well it definitely was a big deal for some. The leading London gossip magazine paid for her return airfare plus a quarter of a million pounds for an exclusive interview. For who? For Us. That’s where it all starts and ends. Artificial happiness that we often resort to really makes happier (or rather - greedier) the creators more than us. We pay for it. It is all so wrong. The whole setup is upside down. Did you know that they would stop making bad movies only if we stopped watching them? Why do sports fans get so excited when a team that bought all the best players (in front of our very eyes) wins again? What is the real value of all that wealth of useless information that we remember? Well, probably to exchange with people who think the same and don’t know any better.
Let’s now for a moment forget about our traditional values and have a look at some Chinese traditional values. For example - Qigong. What is Qigong? We have already written a lot about it. “But why are some Qigong styles so expensive?” Every now and then we hear people asking us that question. It’s a bit like asking why this software program is so expensive when it can all fit on one DVD? Or Encyclopedia Britannica? They don’t know how many people worked on it, how much effort and knowledge was put into it and that some of the most advanced Qigong styles (as well as the computer programs) look fairly simple and are easiest to use.
The truth is, even the most expensive Qigong styles are often worth far more than the value given to them. Therefore, they are not expensive at all. This kind of thinking is purely a result of incorrect thinking caused by ignorance, so we won’t even answer it. We’ll just put things in perspective and you will find the answers yourself.
Did you ever ask yourself these questions:
- How much is life worth?
- How much is happiness worth?
- Freedom from disease?
- Freedom from pain and suffering?
Some people would pay millions to prolong their own lives or the lives of their loved ones, even if it was for just a few months. Qigong has saved many lives. There are numerous cases of people who resorted to Qigong after being given bleak prognosis’ or a life expectancy of only months and they completely recovered. How much is freedom from worry, sadness, fear? How much would you pay to have control over your own health (to a large degree), and not have to constantly depend on others - their time, good will (even mood) and somehow, it is always you taking responsibility if things go wrong (“Sign here” said the surgeon before the operation).
How much money do some people pay each year for health insurance that benefits them only if they get sick? Some of the most expensive Qigong styles that can treat and prevent a vast majority of common diseases, improve quality of life, as well as prolong it substantially, are still cheaper than only one year’s health insurance.
If you think it is OK to pay thousands of dollars to some specialist to refer you to another specialist or prescribe you some pills that can cause a (2 pages long) list of negative side effects to hopefully treat a symptom or two and, at the same time, you find it “far too dear” to pay several hundred dollars for one of the most powerful self-healing techniques in the world (and one of the safest at the same time) with the possibility to treat not one, but all your conditions, then there is something seriously wrong with your thinking.
Did you know that only until recently, some of the best styles of Qigong were secret and even if you came with diamonds and gold, the masters would not teach you? It was simply “not for sale”. Or some others, that were “for sale”, were charging exactly that much, just to show you one or two techniques at a time.
Even today when there are all these wonderful great styles available, think of how much it would be to go to China, find the most appropriate style among tens of thousands of them, find the right teacher, not be cheated by someone in the process (very often seen), be able to understand them (not only the language, but also the way they are thinking), etc. Sometimes, if not properly introduced, you might spend years of practicing a particular style only to find that it was not what you were looking for. Or even worse, after years of practicing you quit, thinking it’s not what you were looking for when, in fact, if you kept on going it would soon lead you there, but no one told you. They were cheap, but they did not instruct you properly.
Today, there are people in the west who have done all that for you, and they are sometimes only a five minute walk or a couple of hours drive away, offering their expertise for the benefits of you and your family. Not to mention that many are offering online tuition so no need to travel anywhere. And they often have a range of different Qigong styles in store. Some might be more expensive, but you may always try the more affordable ones. In the end, it all comes down to time and effort. Some expensive styles will give you more benefits within a couple of weeks of easy exercising than others that may show results after say a year’s full time commitment.
Now, if you haven’t found the answer to the above question yet, this might help: Treating disease is the least of what Qigong can help you achieve. It has a potential to do more good for you than all the specialists in the world, but in the Qigong scheme of things, it is just rough balancing of chi. After the disease has gone, comes the real practice where the fine tuning of energy takes place. Not only will you get back in touch with your body and nature but you may end up developing all kinds of psychic abilities as well. Qigong practice can open a whole new world to you. A world so real and so beautiful (that, by the way, has always been there but you never knew existed), however no-one ever showed you how to enter there. And only by experiencing it yourself can you start to really understand and appreciate the true values of Qigong.
If you are on a waiting list for an operation - do Qigong in the meantime. By the time it’s your turn you might not even need one.
Can’t fall pregnant? Want to go on the IVF Program? Before you go and sell the house to be able to afford it, try Qigong. You might end up with a house full of children.
Health Is A Good Advice
In the minds of many people, attaining good health is mostly a result of someone else’s effort, from the outside (e.g. a physician’s, a pharmacist’s, an acupuncturist’s…) and that something concrete has to be done to the aspiring individual (e.g. to take some pills, to be surgically operated, to get injections, receive radiation and the like).
Who would ever guess that almost any disease could not only be prevented but even cured without any interventions from the outside simply by acquiring proper knowledge and applying it in one’s life.
Since most diseases are the direct or indirect result of our ignorance, it then quite logically follows that the best cure for all of them would be to be better informed.
Knowledge indeed is the best medicine for any problem. It is like bringing light to darkness where, all of a sudden, everything that seemed so complicated and scary becomes plain and obvious, clearly showing us the way out.
Western medicine’s approach largely contributes to and encourages people to think this way: “I’ll do whatever I like to do and when I get sick there are always the doctors to take care of it!”
Unfortunately this sort of thinking (and, what's worse, behaving) often leads to enslavement and suffering.
not only to all kinds of diseases but, even more so, to the entire western health care system i.e. partial or total dependency on doctors, medications, hospitalisation, medical aids…
, both physically as well as financially. Physically, caused not only by the ailments themselves but, so often, by the harsh, invasive medical procedures too. Financially, because health care has turned more and more into a lucrative business so the patients are faced with considerable expenses in the form of all sorts of medical tests, prescribed medications, hospitalisation, medical aids, on top of transportation to and from…
In China this approach is summarised by the following 3 characteristics:
- wei (为) where the stress is on the activity (i.e. something needs to be done)
- wai (外) where the stress is on the external factor (i.e. someone else is involved / responsible for and needs to do something) and
- biao (标) where the stress is on the effects (i.e. the symptoms, in other words the end result that cannot really be fixed but rather constantly managed and kept under control over long periods of time)
In total contrast to this approach, the way of Chinese medicine can be summarised into something like this: ”I will guide you and make clear to you what you need to do in order to be able to take care of your own health!”
In the old days, in some parts of China, it was a common practice for the physicians not to be paid for treating their clients but rather for making sure that they do not get sick. And, as one would expect, if they fell ill, they would stop being paid.
This unique approach leads to liberation from enslavement and suffering
and to peace
In China this approach is summarised by the following 3 characteristics:
- wu wei (无为) where the stress is on the passivity (i.e. nothing needs to be done)*
- nei (内) where the stress is on the internal factor (i.e. it is me who is most responsible for my own health) and
- ben (本) where the stress is on the cause (i.e. the implementation of a healthy lifestyle** and enjoyment of)
Of course, the above discussion is just to emphasise the difference in the approach between western and Chinese medicine as well as the difference in the attitude between a typical western and Chinese individual when it comes to health and healing. Just as there is a preventative aspect of western medicine so are there the treatments that take care of the symptoms and bring immediate relief in Chinese medicine.
The stress here is on the importance of our own role in keeping us healthy and away from health care professionals for as long as possible (and only in the extreme situations). And that, according to Chinese medicine, is not only possible but has also been proven, over and over, for the last five thousand years.
* In other words those who lead healthy lifestyles need do nothing to rid themselves of the diseases they’ll never suffer from anyway :)
** Unfortunately there are still far too many people who only think they lead healthy lifestyles.
Qigong - The Most Widely Used Form of Preventative Medicine in China
Did you know that we all possess incredible healing powers? The Chinese do - they call it Qigong. Based on the principles of Chinese medicine, Qigong (self-healing exercises) teaches us how to harness life energy (Qi or Chi) in order to treat and prevent all sorts of diseases, especially the chronic ones. It enables us to take control of our own health, thus freeing us not only from all kind of health problems but also from all kind of health practitioners. It safely takes care of all the body's organs, systems and functions and is even fun to practice!
Even though Qigong has been practiced for thousands of years, it has only been known of in China because of its remoteness from the rest of the world as well as due to its political isolation throughout history. However, even in China, many of the best styles of Qigong were, up until most recent times, kept secret and only known to a few.
In the old China, practitioners of Chinese medicine were actually being paid to prevent illnesses rather than to treat them. Once their client would become sick, the doctor would stop being paid. That made them search for the best possible preventative methods, including herbs, massage, healthy food, spiritual practices, Feng Shui, Tai Chi and so on. Among them, Qigong would often bring the best results.
After going through numerous wars and revolutions in the last 200 years, China has fully recovered. Its economy, science, technology and arts are flourishing. Chinese medicine has established itself as a valuable part of their health care system, equaling western medicine in importance and being far preferred by many Chinese people.
Qigong too has become more established than ever before. Among the main reasons for its development would definitely be China’s political stability as well as improved living standards of the common people. The average person is now able to spend more time and money into their health and wellbeing. Another very important factor is because Qigong saves the Chinese government tens of billions of dollars every year that would otherwise be spent on hospitalisation, expensive treatments, rehabilitation programs, sick leaves and family support.
Amazing healing results achieved by practitioners of Qigong intrigued open minded Chinese scientists to conduct some research. It started soon after WWII, but it has been over the last 40 years that it has been implemented on a larger scale involving many respected scientific institutions with teams of experienced researchers, doctors, Qigong masters and millions of patients.
The end result - scientific proof that Qigong is beneficial in the treatment and prevention of hundreds of known diseases and even the formation of a completely new science called the "Science of Life" that has reached enormous proportions.
Benefits of Practicing Qigong
The benefits of practicing Qigong are many and varied. Not only can it treat and prevent numerous diseases (including the ones western medicine is still struggling with or can only help reduce the symptoms of) but it is good for reducing stress, combating addictions, improving circulation, sight, digestion, reducing the side effects of drugs to name a few. It is especially recommended to older people.
In science, every experiment covers a specific research target and tends to prove one point at a time. When these points are put together, the picture that is being painted become much clearer. In this scenario, indicating that Qigong is not only beneficial to the individuals who practice it, but to their families and to the rest of the society too. Let us see how:
A typical study would be to take a group of people of certain age, sex, profession and illness that practice Qigong for certain period of time. They are then compared to another similar group of people who do not practice it (the control group). After the collection of data and its careful analysis, conclusions are drawn and, as a rule, it would show, without exception, that those who regularly practice Qigong always end up with far better results. For example, their blood pressure, blood test, heart rate, liver function… would have either normal readings or much closer to normal values than of those in the control group.
Putting it into perspective, for an individual who lives a normal life and practices Qigong every day, it can make a big difference:
It can treat most illnesses they may suffer from. It can save them a fair bit of time and money, otherwise spent on doctors, tests, specialists, drugs, transport, while at the same time not being able to earn any money. Not to mention all the frustration, anger, pain, worry, waiting rooms etc. that often go along with all that. It does not even take into account the things like being incorrectly diagnosed, being prescribed wrong medications (and damage caused by that), side effect of drugs and unnecessary operations, which all far too often happen. But one of the biggest advantages of Qigong is that it gives them control over their own health. Enabling one to become actively involved in the process of healing their own illnesses and at the same time fully enjoying the whole experience is invaluable. And last but not least, the fact that Qigong has saved many lives and relieved many people from unbearable suffering is like adding icing on the cake.
Since Qi Gong can prevent many diseases, it can prevent a lot of the above from happening altogether. It boosts our energy levels, keeps us regular, improves our sleep and keeps us happy. Those are only some of the benefits experienced by individuals who practice it.
Now, how about their families? It's not hard to see in how many ways they end up benefiting too. How can they not be involved in their father's, mother's, sister's or children's disease? There is no less frustration, anxiety, worry, for the loved one(s) on their part too. Far too often they have to spend their own time and money, take days off work and so on. And it's pretty much the same with the community as a whole. There's a burden on the health care system, on the companies paying for sick leaves, insurance companies. The benefits of Qi Gong can be and are much bigger than one may realise at first.
Shhhhhhh, Listen! Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something
How we have lost touch with nature and our bodies
The difference between Western and Chinese medicine is one of emphasis. Western medicine is supportive, treating symptoms and making the patient dependent on it whereas Chinese medicine (Qigong in particular) helps and enables the body to heal itself by treating the root or essence of the problem and making us independent and free of continuous intervention from the outside.
Western medicine compared to Chinese medicine is still very young and has chosen a path that is very technical and in doing so has become remote from the ordinary person. As it develops, it becomes harder to understand and is based less on common sense.
Chinese medicine on the other hand has evolved over a longer period and has remained close to the lay person, is easy for them to understand and apply themselves and still retains much of the common sense that has characterized its development throughout the ages.
The way of Chinese medicine is to simplify things using yin
, five elements
and other universal principles to find the root cause of the problem in order to correct it. For example, the Chinese physician when faced with a patient who has high blood pressure or kidney stones will not treat the symptoms and signs of these conditions directly but his attention will be on the imbalance in the body that has caused these conditions. Once the root cause of the condition has been discovered and addressed, all relevant symptoms will disappear.
There are various methods used by traditional Chinese medicine - herbs, massage, Qigong and acupuncture. Whatever method used, its aim is to always put the patient in touch with Nature and the Universe. That is simply all that is needed to cure any problem.
To fully understand the healing process we need to explain first how we can lose touch with nature. Then once we understand the causes and reasons we can reestablish our links with nature by using Chinese medicine and by practicing Qigong.
Chinese medicine recognises that the body heals itself once given the correct conditions and therefore the Chinese medicine practitioner only has to do half the job. The other half will happen by itself. Just by listening to our bodies, by being in touch with our bodies will put us in balance with the universe.
The benefits of using Chinese medicine and Qigong are enormous. We can heal most of our illnesses, prolong our lives, improve the quality of our lives and along the way discover wonderful things we never knew existed.
One of the tools nature has provided for us is an inbuilt sense of recognizing what is good and bad for us. Most people in this modern world have to a certain extent lost touch with nature and therefore this sense has been damaged. For some of us, it has been a long time since we were fully in touch with ourselves - when life was much more enjoyable. Instead, as a consequence of our modern lifestyle, we suffer in all sorts of ways and perhaps more damaging, we unintentionally work hard at destroying our children’s touch with nature as well.
Childhood is a period when we are closest to nature. It is a time that we should cultivate and nurture nature, not kill it. The result, children (and their parents) would be so much happier and lead more successful lives.
The reasons why we have lost touch with our bodies are many and varied. Here I will just touch on a few of the more common ones. Overriding all the reasons is the damaging effect of time. Day after day, year after year we gradually lose a sense of what our real needs are. If we only do something wrong once or twice then no harm is done but if done continually over a length of time we gradually and insidiously lose touch with what our real needs are. Our sense of reality becomes faulty.
Most problems of course are caused by ignorance followed by having no ideals in life (and as a result - not caring for our bodies) or, in some other cases, having too many ideals, trying to achieve unrealistic goals at any cost, high expectations from others, the list is endless (and as a result - not having time to care for our bodies). Once we have lost touch with our bodies further damage is done by more wrongdoings. For example: incorrect food or too much stress can cause diarrhoea or constipation, each creating more imbalance and further complicating the existing situation. Other factors which are lifestyle related are negative thinking, bad habits, pollution, drugs, chemicals and improper clothing, to name a few.
Something we in the West have begun to hear about and will increasingly hear in the coming years is Feng Shui. Known in China for thousands of years this is the art or technique of recognizing positive and negative influences on our lives and energies from our environment. These can be such things as trees, flowers, and buildings to name a few, or anything we come in contact with as we live our lives on this earth.
The Chinese way of putting us in touch with ourselves can be summed up in a few words. Adjusting to nature, living within its rhythm and in harmony with it, moderation in all things, applying the wholistic approach to life, a recognition of positive and negative energies, relativity and interconnectedness.
Let’s take a few examples of how these problems start and evolve:
In order to live we all have to eat and we eat when we are hungry. We are hungry because our body tells us it needs food. It also tells us when it needs water, rest and sleep, when it needs to eliminate the waste products of metabolism by urine and faeces.
When we get sick or injured it tells us what we should or should not do. Should we move an injured limb? Pain tells us - don’t. Should we eat? Nausea and lack of appetite tells us - don’t. Should we drink? Thirst tells us - do. And so on.
These are basic inbuilt instincts in most living things and they have been functioning like this over millions of years.
The problem started when we started to ignore these instincts. And we ignore them everyday in big and little ways. For example - instinct tells us “I am not thirsty” but we keep drinking a beer or coke with friends in a pub or restaurant.
Instinct tells us “I am hungry” but the time it told us was not the lunch break at work so we had to wait. If we waited too long we might lose our appetite or overeat when lunch time finally does roll around. At other times when it is lunch break it might tell us “I am not hungry” but we will eat anyway because if we miss it then it’s too long before dinner. Some people have too many snacks in between meals making our bodies even more puzzled.
In most cases we end up putting on weight and naturally we start ‘dieting’. That is skipping meals, drinking so called “diet coke” and similar often resulting in more stress and very little permanent success in our endeavours at weight loss. We do, however, succeed in being forever hungry and irritable, and of course, losing touch with our body along the way.
Then there are those “vegetarians without a cause” (and proper knowledge) who are constantly lacking proper nutrition. Of course there is nothing wrong with being vegetarian (I myself am one of them, and proud of it!), but if you simply replace meat with sugar and starches, as many do, you’d probably be better off if you eat meat.
Others who have grown up on French fries, hamburgers, pizza and cheese cake simply lack everything the body needs for vitality. Or some others who, on the other hand, take too many vitamins and supplements but for some reason are constantly sick. These vitamins and minerals can be good for the body but only the ones that it lacks (and definitely not the artificial ones!). And they can’t replace food. That’s why they are called ‘supplements’ and not ‘replacements’. Unfortunately the majority of people just “go for it” without enough research and proper planning, thinking “Now I’m doing so much for my body” but the truth often is “Now I’m so far from my body”.
It is the same with sleep or rest. Our body often tells us “I am tired. I need a rest.” But we can’t just simply lie down and rest in the middle of work or school. Of course, we could often prevent this and most other wrongdoings from happening if we established a rhythm of life which would enable us to both take care of our body and do all our normal daily activities. Especially if that rhythm follows the rhythm of nature.
But so many of us get too excited late at night and forget about the next morning and we make the same mistake over and over again. Then we become irritable and emotional (because we are not machines, are we?). And that makes things even worse. When we are finally in bed, we cannot sleep. Or we just fall asleep when the noise from the street or next door neighbour wakes us up. We become more angry and frustrated. To make things worse we start taking sleeping pills.
Then there is, depending what type of work we do, damage done to our joints and muscles, eyes, ears, lungs, skin etc. In most cases, it is due to overuse of certain joints and muscles, eyes, or brain. In other cases, it is from being exposed to constant noise, electromagnetic radiation, or harmful substances. Then there are those professions where you sit or stand all day, or are stressed all day. Some people work night shifts - or even worse: alternating shifts at night and day. But even that can be better than changing seasons and time zones all the time as some people do. All of it leading to - can you guess? Losing touch with our bodies.
And so, day after day, year after year, all sorts of vicious circles establish in our body and we just don’t know what our body really needs. Especially if we are addicted to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs where we think it needs all this rubbish (because the feeling is so strong but false, it just makes us feel it needs it).
Putting yourself back in touch with your own body can start with daily practicing of Qigong. Very quickly you will be able to hear your body again. Once it starts to talk to you it should be listened to as any attempt to ignore it again, will cause all your problems to come flooding back.
For example, after years of constipation and using all sorts of laxatives our bowels will start to work again. If we’re in the middle of starting something when we felt we should empty our bowels we should leave everything and do so, because maybe five minutes later it would be impossible and we might wait for the next chance for hours or days. (Even though sometimes the urge will be so strong that you will definitely stop whatever you were doing and take appropriate measures!
Or after smoking for twenty years, suddenly we start to feel the desire is not so strong - take a chance and stop it right away. Get rid of all and any cigarettes you have left over because you might spoil everything by foolishly getting back into the habit without too much reason.
Or those who were craving sweets suddenly stop doing so and become interested more in fresh fruit and vegetables. Those who were always angry and irritable started to be nice and caring, those who always cried - started laughing, those who were suppressing their feelings and emotions released it through crying or anger. These and many others are the first signs of breaking vicious circles and getting back in touch with their bodies. We may even forget that we used to hate somebody who would do or say something against us. Now we are so relaxed we easily brush it off and don’t worry any more.
Or we can sleep on any bed in a room full of noise with the lights on the whole night when before we had to have “special sleeping conditions” such as a specific kind of bed, lights off, no noise... and still struggled to fall asleep. Or those who had no appetite and who were underweight started getting hungry and putting on weight while the overweighted started losing weight without even trying.
Just following what the body really needs can put us back in touch with nature resulting in better health (often being able to stop taking all medication), better quality of life and enormous happiness.
Now, knowing this (and it has been proven over and over on tens of millions of cases in China and elsewhere), one would think: "This Qigong is great stuff, it can do so much for our body and wellbeing." But for the true Qigong practitioner this is the lowest level or the “rough balancing”. The real benefits of Qigong come with years of practicing when we become so much in tune with the universe that we can heal others with chi
energy, use thoughts to control things (such as move them around, change their chemical structure etc.), are able to communicate with animals, develop remote sensing, X-ray sight and many other incredible powers.
Is Chinese Medicine As Good? Or Is It Better?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the fastest growing natural therapies in the world. It was introduced to the west less than 30 years ago, but the number of practitioners and their patients is constantly on the increase. Almost every suburb in Sydney has at least one clinic or Chinese herbal shop and some have dozens. The number of books about TCM, magazine articles and TV programs dedicated to the subject is in its highest. It has been taught at many universities and colleges, many offering postgraduate studies.
Wonderful!! Australia and many other western countries seem to offer Chinese medicine practitioners ideal conditions for growth and development, you might think. But, is it really so. Let's check some facts.
Firstly, being foreign and new in the west, Chinese medicine was not recognised (and is still not) in most countries. In other words, it had to compete with an established, recognised medical system that offers most treatments for free.
Secondly, even though Chinese medicine can treat many conditions that western medicine cannot (especially the chronic ones), in the west, its practitioners are not allowed to claim they can. Why? Because medical laws are written by doctors and since they are incapable of treating (what they term) "incurable" conditions, they prohibit anybody else to claim they can.
Thirdly, some very good herbs are banned from being imported into countries like Australia or are restricted to doctors only to prescribe, under the pretext that they are toxic (which if they are, Chinese medicine practitioners are more qualified to use safely because it is their medicine).
Fourthly, it is a well-known fact that western medicine has many side effects and that only in Australia, about 4,500 people die each year as a result of doctors' mistakes*. In a country like Australia with a tiny population of only 25 million it is not criminal, it is slaughter!
At the same time, some 150,000 patients get other mild to severe injuries and disabilities** (while they proudly say it is a "pretty good record" compared to many other western countries). On the other hand, there is hardly anyone dying from Chinese medicine in the world, but if anyone ever experienced anything bad from using it, that becomes top news in the media and then new, tougher laws are introduced immediately to “protect the public” from danger. These new laws would normally limit the TCM practitioners' freedom and enable doctors and western medical administration to have more control over Chinese medicine. If it wasn't sad, it would be funny.
What's even more amazing is the fact that doctors are so well protected and backed by the system that, despite all the above, are still able to carry on their practice as if nothing happened.
And finally, many good practitioners of Chinese medicine can't even speak proper English while the western medical army of experts (doctors, lawyers, graphic designers, writers, IT people) promote their services on a large scale and, supported by huge drug companies, advertise their miraculous pills on TV, radio and in popular magazines.
We wouldn't refer to the above as "ideal conditions" for development of anything. The only reason Chinese medicine is going the way it is, is because it has a lot to offer and in many ways it is better than western medicine. Not "as good" but "better", because if it is only "as good" nobody would pay from their own pockets for something of equal value that they can get for free in any of the conveniently located, bright and shiny buildings known as medical centres and pharmacies, where everything can be explained to them in clear English and packaged nicely.
* Sydney Morning Herald front page (July 27th 2009): “Hospital errors cause 4,550 deaths a year”.
** “Bad medicine : is the health-care system letting you down?” John Archer, Simon & Schuster Australia, 1995.
The Proof Is In The Pudding
There is a saying in China which is often used when it comes to the subject of their traditional disciplines, such as Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Feng Shui, astronomy, agriculture etc. being confronted with the western scientific approach. It goes something like this: "practice is the sole criterion for testing truth". What it really means is - if something works in practice, there is truth in it. In other words, the theory that can stand the practical test is correct.
"practice is the sole criterion for testing truth"
There is no lack of theories about almost anything in this world but, on the other hand, there are even more skeptics to them all. As mentioned in the article What is Chi, skepticism is not necessarily a bad thing, but blind skepticism can be. For example, if you believe in science and reckon that only the scientific approach is correct (or even worse - the only approach) then, no doubt, you would dismiss 5,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) without even hearing what they have to say. The Chinese have developed their medicine never using experiments and didn't know anything about maths, physics, biology and chemistry. Therefore, for many, TCM is not scientific and that's full stop. Yet, you wouldn't be any more shocked than the TCM practitioners when they find that Western Medicine knows nothing about Chi (Qi) life energy. How can anyone even attempt to treat any disease without knowing anything about the essence of it? Who is right? Who is wrong?
Well, if you really want to find out, sooner or later you will have to put both TCM and Western Medicine to the practical test. Now, no-one can deny that Western Medicine is very developed, can act fast and can treat many serious illnesses. But how can you explain the fact that millions of people are cured each year by practicing Qigong, having acupuncture and many other means of TCM after trying Western Medicine, in many cases for years, without much success.
Here is a typical scenario:
A person who tried everything and saw the best specialists, spent heaps of time and money, in his (her) desperation starts doing Qigong or comes to a practitioner of TCM. They bring all their tests, show their (sometimes contradicting) diagnosis, pills they were taking...
The Chinese Medicine practitioner asks: "Did they help?"
"You may put them back in your bag."
What's the use of a theory explaining someone's disease to the slightest detail, when it cannot treat them? And so they start their daily routines of Qigong or taking Chinese herbal concoctions, acupuncture or acupressure. After some time, they improve or completely get rid of their problem and their further tests prove it.
Now, doesn't it mean that, every time the same happens, TCM theory, no matter how strange it might appear to some, is actually correct? Doesn't it also mean that western medical theory is wrong? After all, so many theories that were considered right for a very long time were later proven to be wrong by themselves.
Well, one thing is for sure - neither of them are absolutely right or wrong. And the best way would be, to use the best of both worlds. That's why they are equally recognised in China and students of either medicine are taught the basics of both. It's also very common practice to exchange patients or combine the two for best results.
In the west, where TCM is still new, all we can do now to help you in your search for better health is to give you these simple guidelines to follow:
For emergencies, accidents and traumas, seek western medical help.
For chronic conditions, go to Chinese Medicine practitioners.
For any condition, as long as being able to follow instructions, practice the most appropriate style of Qigong.
Why Are There So Many Chinese People In The World?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? Is it because they have or had bigger families? Is it because of their climate? Or is it the food they eat? Does it have anything to do with their genes? What made them the world's largest population?
Chinese families used to be big in the old days, however, so were many other nations'. On the contrary, for the last 40 or so years, they limited their families to the so called "one child policy". So it is not because of that. Nor, is it because of their climate being extremely good. Same goes with the food they eat and their genes. Their genes are not any better than any other nation's. As a matter of fact, in many ways, their constitution is weaker than ours.
Well, you probably haven't thought of one of the most important factors - the existence of their traditional medicine. For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been successfully treating all sorts of problems including some of the most severe ones. At the time of large epidemics of contagious diseases, when the entire world's population would often be reduced to a half within a year, the Chinese were able not only to "take the fight" but to "win" as well.
Long before the introduction of penicillin, Chinese medicine was treating bacterial infections with acupuncture and herbs and long before there were surgeons, the Chinese successfully surgically operated on inner organs (about 2000 years ago by Hua Tuo) but they decided not to go that way. Why operate when diseases can be treated without invasive methods. Or ultimately, prevent rather than treat them. They stay healthy happy living to the very ripe old ages.
Chinese medicine is not only highly effective, but very practical too. There were never any experiments applied on plants, animals or humans, and it is 100% natural. Rather, it developed over thousands of years of experience, by observing nature and the correlation between us and the universe.
The highlight of Chinese medicine is Qigong, self-healing method which does not require any equipment. It is fulfilling, enjoyable and extremely effective. Our website aims to bring it closer to you and explain Chinese medicine in layman's terms as well as to teach you some simple and effective Chinese self-healing techniques. Hope you enjoy reading it!
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