Correcting Deviated Notions: Ancient Chinese Medicine

PureInsight | November 26, 2001

"Seen from a high level, while you may think you are advancing forward, you are actually moving backward." (Lecture 3, Zhuan Falun)

"In ancient China, supernatural capabilities were common to virtually all Chinese medical doctors, such as those great medical scientists, Sun Simiao, Huatuo, Li Shizhen, and Bian Que. They all had supernatural capabilities that were all documented in medical texts. Yet now these excellent parts are often criticized. What Chinese medicine has inherited are only those prescriptions or experiences from research. Ancient Chinese medicine was very advanced, and the extent of its progress was beyond present medical science." (Lecture 7, Zhuan Falun)

I started to learn Chinese medicine, Qigong and martial arts when I was very young, and received two master's degrees in martial arts and Chinese medicine. I am now a professor in these two fields. I also practice Chinese medicine. I deeply agree with Teacher's words regarding the comparison between Chinese traditional and modern medicine. Some ordinary people don't believe it, and only believe in modern science and western medicine. I am going to talk about my understanding of the words in Zhuan Falun based on my own experience.

At the end of 1992, a friend of mine, Mr. Yang was serving in the Chinese army. Mr. Chen, one of his colleagues, got a strange illness. Whenever he was present at important events or enjoying life, his heart would hurt, sometimes even causing him to faint. Once, when he was meeting the premier of China, he suddenly fainted, fell to the ground, and was rushed to the hospital. Whenever he traveled in a luxury car or stayed in an expensive hotel, his heart would hurt considerably. But when he stayed in shabby rooms or traveled in ordinary cars, the pain was alleviated. Since Mr. Chen is an important person in the army, it was very easy for him to get the best medical attention. He was examined in several famous hospitals, but they found nothing wrong. So he had to live with this unexplainable but horrible pain. At last, his friend Mr. Yang found me, and asked me to give him a checkup. So I went to Beijing. When I arrived at Mr. Yang's home, preparing to examine Mr. Chen, Mr. Yang asked me, "What do you think is wrong with him?" Since Mr. Yang practiced Qigong, he believed in supernormal capabilities. I closed my eyes and quietly looked for a while. I saw a big scorpion. I thought it must be responsible for this problem. But I did not tell Mr. Yang about this, and followed Mr. Yang to Mr. Chen's home. Mr. Chen was a tall, strong man. The only illness he had was this heartache. I treated him with acupuncture on two points called Neiguan and Zusanli, and he quietly went to sleep. As I was sitting there, I saw the scorpion creep from his back to his neck. I then expelled it with my thought, and it flew away. After his acupuncture session, Mr. Chen felt comfortable and his heart no longer hurt. He said that he had not felt so well for the last two years. The next day, I gave him another acupuncture treatment. After we left Mr. Chen's home, Mr. Yang asked me, "Did you see anything on his body?" I replied, "Yes!" He asked, "What?" "A scorpion!" "May I tell him about this?" I said, "He is a member of Communist Party and an army officer. It would be better not to tell him about this." Yang promised me he would not do so.

Then I return to my hotel and was ready to return home. But at midnight, I received a call from Mr. Yang, asking me not to leave the next day. In any case, he wanted me to talk with Mr. Chen again. I asked why. He told me that, after Mr. Yang got home, Mr. Chen gave him a call, and asked if I said there was any spirit or animal possession on his body. Mr. Yang kept his promise and said, "He said something but I can't tell you." Mr. Chen made several guesses and Mr. Yang told him he was wrong. At last Mr. Chen calmed down and spoke slowly, "It was a scorpion." Mr. Yang responded, "That's it! How do you know?" Then Mr. Chen told Mr. Yang a story about himself. Two years ago, when Mr. Chen moved into his new house, a scorpion stung his wife. She was sent to the hospital immediately and almost died. Mr. Chen found the scorpion, put it into liquor, boiled it on a fire while still keeping it alive. Then he drank the liquor, and after adding more liquor, he boiled it again. Sometimes he put the scorpion into an empty bottle and baked it. He tried all the way he could find to punish it. From then on Mr. Chen gradually developed this illness. His heart started hurting, as if it pliers were pinching it. After hearing the story, Mr. Yang believed that we were talking about the same being.

At that time, I knew of many similar cases. Afterwards, I read in Zhuan Falun, "Due to karma resulting from past wrongdoing, one has illnesses or tribulations…" and "Killing can bring about enormous karma." I think if he had killed the scorpion instantly, it was not have been that bad. However, since he tormented it in such a cruel way, he acquired much more karma. And also, he drank the liquor in which the scorpion was boiled to death.

When everyday people are ill, they take medicine. That is ordinary people's behavior. From a practitioner's viewpoint, the real reason behind illness is karma. How can ordinary people believe this?

Through cultivation, I know that this was actually a case of immediate retribution in the same lifetime. If a person kills large creatures or kills people, he will bring a lot of karma to himself. It will be difficult to repay the karma. Ordinary people don't realize that they are lost in a maze and are living with karma built upon karma. This karma has to be repaid, either through immediate retribution in this lifetime or retribution in later lifetimes.

How did Chinese medicine develop pulse diagnosis? I have some experience in this regard. In the past, when I touched the ill part of the patient's body, my hand hurt, so I knew there was a problem there. After sharing experiences with some friends practicing Qigong, I learned remote examination. I also found that when I put my fingers on a patient's Cun, Guan and Chi, if there was a sick spot in any organ, my respective finger would hurt or feel uncomfortable. If we relate the left Cun, Guan, and Chi with the heart, liver, and kidney, respectively and the right Cun, Guan, and Chi with the lung, spleen and Mingmen, respectively, then this method would produce the same results as that of the pulse-feeling. After carefully research, I found that ordinary people who never practice Qigong can also feel the differences in patients' pulses (Such as Chen, Fu, Xuan, Hua, Chi, Shu, Ru, Ruo, Se), and make diagnoses. Feeling the pulses was also developed from weak supernormal abilities.

I found that a person with supernormal abilities can feel different sensations from different plants and herbs, so he can know the herb's nature (Cold, Hot, Cool, Warm, middle), tastes (bitter, hot, acid, sweet, salty) and its Guijing (fourteen energy channel etc.)

From the perspective of ancient Chinese medicine, we see that, if people can keep their inborn abilities and resist the influence of the distorted thoughts of modern times, then human medical science can return to the level of ancient Chinese medicine. Illnesses are related to karma, and the leech craft of ancient Chinese medicine is related to human inborn abilities. These views are based on the Universal Principle "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," and it is the soul of Chinese medicine.

"Humankind thinks that it is developing science and making progress; it is, in fact, only following the law of the universe. Zhang Guolao, one of the Eight Deities, rode backward on his donkey. Few people know why he rode backward on his donkey. He discovered that going forward is moving backward, so he rode the donkey the other way around." (Zhuan Falun) It is also written in Zhuan Falun that, "Ancient Chinese medicine was very advanced, and the extent of its progress was beyond present medical science."

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