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 :)
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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