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19Oct/09Off

Make alternative healing become mainstream, discussion part 3

In part 1. I posted an article written by a few wise medical authorities called "Alternative Healing is mainstream". In part 2, I showed my support to the integration of alternative healing and making these healing methods more popular. I'm not even a doctor myself, but I know a few TCM doctors who can give thousands of examples on how Healthy Check works with "the power of simple, low-tech and low-cost" as said in the article. One of the examples I heard was from an acupuncturist. There's a middle aged guy whose three coronary arteries are already congested. He was arranged to have a coronary artery bypass surgery. However, in a physical check right before the operation, they found that one of his kidneys totally malfunctioned, so the operation got canceled to avoid the risk of dying in the operation room. However, after he went home, his friend knew about his situation and then recommended him an acupuncturist. The day when he came to the acupuncture office he was so painful on the chest, and couldn't stop the shallow and difficult breaths and of course, very nervous. The acupuncturist just had him lay down, just right after a few needles pinched into the acupoints, the chest pain is gone. After a deep breath, he told the acupuncturist that he never felt that well with his heart. 20 minutes later after pulling off the needles, he's so happy that he just knew he's already much better. He told the acupuncturist that usually he had to stop and take a breath every 10 steps. Just right after this treatment he could already walk without stopping at all. He was so surprised that acupuncture can be so efficient. When he found out the bill was just $50. He was even more amazed. If he take the surgery just for a reduction of pain, it's going to cost him $50,000. And even after the surgery, the congestions still occur, and he knows few years later he'll have to do it again. 10 days later, he faxed and told the acupuncturist after the last session and take some herb medicines, his chest pain is totally gone, and he can walk like usual and can even do some exercise. He went to the hospital and had check up. Suddenly there were no more congestion in the coronary arteries.  He immediately questioned why American medical system never use acupuncture to treat heart problems. Because it's efficient and much more affordable. There's no side effects and no need to cut a hole on your chest. This is just one of the stories the acupuncturist talked about. The point of this example here is not about how great this acupuncturist is, it's about how this example tells the new hope of the future. The economy can recover much quicker if our burden of medical expense is relieved by alternative healing methods, and President Obama probably already knew that. Alternative healing may be used as an option for bargain against the American medicines.

17Oct/09Off

Make alternative healing become mainstream, discussion part 2

In the last post I posted an article written by a few wise medical authorities called "Alternative Healing is mainstream". To save our country in long term, or even in the short-term, I do hope President Obama will put some efforts on promoting alternative healing methods, while he's still fighting for healthcare of all public against the medical companies. Again, the huge medical expense can be reduced by just switching healing methods, especially the huge expense paying the medical professionals who take care of the chronic disease patients. A lot of studies already prove that traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, acupressure and Qi Gong can relieve those chronic pain. As Healthy Check being much more cost effective compared to the expensive medical care in America, President Obama should really find out a way to intergrate both Chinese and American medical system so that we can make medical insurance more affordable. Honestly, if more resources can be put on alternative healing research including Healthy Check and natural ways of healing from other countries, it's going to change the health of western world from the basis and save the medical budgets for at least 80%. We already the average life span of Asians are longer than Americans and Europeans. The longevity is not based on the cutting edge medical technology and equipments, it's based on the natural healing and health protection. Of course, we know Western medicine has their incomparable value, especially in the surgery areas. However, there's an old saying that said, "Prevention is always better than cure." And alternative healing is definitely great in terms of preventive medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine especially recommends, "Cure before the disease." It means not just to have a regular physical check, but cure yourself regularly with decoctions, diet, exercise, acupressure, Qi Gong etc. It's just a matter of whether Americans can believe these or not.

Health insurance policy for retired seniors now is ridiculous. It's like you either a very poor senior with no properties, no income and nothing to get healthcare, or you retire rich that you don't ever have to worry about your healthcare. For most people in the middle class, who own something but getting old, the health insurance is so ridiculously hard to afford. If this direction keeps going wrong like that and the medical companies keep making profits for investors without thinking what medicines are really for, someday, or even now, America will be so screwed.

15Oct/09Off

Make alternative healing become mainstream, discussion part 1

My mom has been struggling getting an affordable health insurance lately after she got laid off from where she works at the age of 62. That reminds me the movie "Sicko" which talks about how the greedy medicine companies and doctors trying to keep their profits and ignore the health needs of Americans. This year President Obama has been fighting against some republicans and the powerful medical businesses for an affordable insurance proposal for everyone. It's a big challenge for Obama because the stubborn rich medical business profit takers are very powerful in Congress, let alone the noise from medical professionals. In fact, not all doctors or medical professionals are that greedy, over 65% of them support Obama's proposal. It's just those medical companies don't want to give up certain profits because many of them are public companies that have to make money for the investors, as well as saving some profits for research and development of even better medicines and equipments. However, these companies a sacrificing the health of public because of these financial issues. When one company does that, others have to follow, and then the medical cost goes up ridiculously every year.

While President Obama's proposal is getting stuck right now, certain people are trying to save the health of everyone by studying about "alternative healing" and "Integrative medicine". I'm going to paste an article written by these wise doctors last year. It's really, really worth to read if you're also thinking our health insurance system is ridiculous.

'Alternative' Medicine Is Mainstream
The evidence is mounting that diet and lifestyle are the best cures for our worst afflictions.

By DEEPAK CHOPRA , DEAN ORNISH , RUSTUM ROY and ANDREW WEIL

In mid-February, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Bravewell Collaborative are convening a "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public." This is a watershed in the evolution of integrative medicine, a holistic approach to health care that uses the best of conventional and alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture and herbal remedies. Many of these therapies are now scientifically documented to be not only medically effective but also cost effective.

President-elect Barack Obama and former Sen. Tom Daschle (the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services) understand that if we want to make affordable health care available to the 45 million Americans who do not have health insurance, then we need to address the fundamental causes of health and illness, and provide incentives for healthy ways of living rather than reimbursing only drugs and surgery.

Heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer and obesity account for 75% of health-care costs, and yet these are largely preventable and even reversible by changing diet and lifestyle. As Mr. Obama states in his health plan, unveiled during his campaign: "This nation is facing a true epidemic of chronic disease. An increasing number of Americans are suffering and dying needlessly from diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and HIV/AIDS, all of which can be delayed in onset if not prevented entirely."

The latest scientific studies show that our bodies have a remarkable capacity to begin healing, and much more quickly than we had once realized, if we address the lifestyle factors that often cause these chronic diseases. These studies show that integrative medicine can make a powerful difference in our health and well-being, how quickly these changes may occur, and how dynamic these mechanisms can be.

Many people tend to think of breakthroughs in medicine as a new drug, laser or high-tech surgical procedure. They often have a hard time believing that the simple choices that we make in our lifestyle -- what we eat, how we respond to stress, whether or not we smoke cigarettes, how much exercise we get, and the quality of our relationships and social support -- can be as powerful as drugs and surgery. But they often are. And in many instances, they're even more powerful.

These studies often used high-tech, state-of-the-art measures to prove the power of simple, low-tech, and low-cost interventions. Integrative medicine approaches such as plant-based diets, yoga, meditation and psychosocial support may stop or even reverse the progression of coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, prostate cancer, obesity, hypercholesterolemia and other chronic conditions.

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that these approaches may even change gene expression in hundreds of genes in only a few months. Genes associated with cancer, heart disease and inflammation were downregulated or "turned off" whereas protective genes were upregulated or "turned on." A study published in The Lancet Oncology reported that these changes increase telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes that control how long we live. Even drugs have not been shown to do this.

Our "health-care system" is primarily a disease-care system. Last year, $2.1 trillion was spent in the U.S. on medical care, or 16.5% of the gross national product. Of these trillions, 95 cents of every dollar was spent to treat disease after it had already occurred. At least 75% of these costs were spent on treating chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, that are preventable or even reversible.

The choices are especially clear in cardiology. In 2006, for example, according to data provided by the American Heart Association, 1.3 million coronary angioplasty procedures were performed at an average cost of $48,399 each, or more than $60 billion; and 448,000 coronary bypass operations were performed at a cost of $99,743 each, or more than $44 billion. In other words, Americans spent more than $100 billion in 2006 for these two procedures alone.

Despite these costs, a randomized controlled trial published in April 2007 in The New England Journal of Medicine found that angioplasties and stents do not prolong life or even prevent heart attacks in stable patients (i.e., 95% of those who receive them). Coronary bypass surgery prolongs life in less than 3% of patients who receive it. So, Medicare and other insurers and individuals pay billions for surgical procedures like angioplasty and bypass surgery that are usually dangerous, invasive, expensive and largely ineffective. Yet they pay very little -- if any money at all -- for integrative medicine approaches that have been proven to reverse and prevent most chronic diseases that account for at least 75% of health-care costs. The INTERHEART study, published in September 2004 in The Lancet, followed 30,000 men and women on six continents and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90% of all heart disease.

In Today's Opinion Journal

That bears repeating: The disease that accounts for more premature deaths and costs Americans more than any other illness is almost completely preventable simply by changing diet and lifestyle. And the same lifestyle changes that can prevent or even reverse heart disease also help prevent or reverse many other chronic diseases as well. Chronic pain is one of the major sources of worker's compensation claims costs, yet studies show that it is often susceptible to acupuncture and Qi Gong. Herbs usually have far fewer side effects than pharmaceuticals.

Joy, pleasure and freedom are sustainable, deprivation and austerity are not. When you eat a healthier diet, quit smoking, exercise, meditate and have more love in your life, then your brain receives more blood and oxygen, so you think more clearly, have more energy, need less sleep. Your brain may grow so many new neurons that it could get measurably bigger in only a few months. Your face gets more blood flow, so your skin glows more and wrinkles less. Your heart gets more blood flow, so you have more stamina and can even begin to reverse heart disease. Your sexual organs receive more blood flow, so you may become more potent -- similar to the way that circulation-increasing drugs like Viagra work. For many people, these are choices worth making -- not just to live longer, but also to live better.

It's time to move past the debate of alternative medicine versus traditional medicine, and to focus on what works, what doesn't, for whom, and under which circumstances. It will take serious government funding to find out, but these findings may help reduce costs and increase health.

Integrative medicine approaches bring together those in red states and blue states, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, because these are human issues. They are both medically effective and, important in our current economic climate, cost effective. These approaches emphasize both personal responsibility and the opportunity to make affordable, quality health care available to those who most need it. Mr. Obama should make them an integral part of his health plan as soon as possible.

Dr. Chopra, the author of more than 50 books on the mind, body and spirit, is guest faculty at Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ornish is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Mr. Roy is professor emeritus of materials science at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Weil is director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

(Source: Wall Street Journal)

13Oct/09Off

How to find out if you pick the right medicine or a right doctor

I recently read a Chinese article written by a traditional Chinese medicine doctor and found it interesting. It's about how we know if we find the right doctor, right treatment or right medicine. Of course, this doctor didn't say he's the best. Rather, he respect whatever treatment or whoever we believe in. The point he's trying to make is to tell us how to indicate by ourselves that we're really getting proper treatment and are going on the right direction. I'll try to translate what he said here.

There are so many diet supplements, Qi Gong classes, and certain doctors are exaggerating how good their treatments are. All these various methods, classes, medicines and supplements are making people wondering which one is working for them. It really doesn't matter which method people believe and insist on trying, as long as it benefits the patient, any kinds of treatment should be respected. However, if those treatments are not working and makes the patients waste a lot of money and most importantly, miss the best timing for the cure, that's going to be the worst.

Actually, there's a simple indication in general to differentiate what works and what doesn't. And the plan is to continue the treatment if the indicator shows that it works, stop the treatment if it's the opposite. Here is the indicator: a healthy person always feel warm with the limbs, and relatively cooler on the face and the head. If limbs are getting cold, that means sickness is already there in the body. So when we don't feel well for whatever reason, the limbs will be colder than usual. Then after you start the treatment with medicines / vitamins / diet supplements / exercises / herbs / Qi Gong / surgery / chemical therapy / acupuncture etc, if your limbs are feeling even colder, that means those treatments fail. If your limbs are starting to feel warmer, that means those treatment works, and you're on the right track of recovery.

So sometimes whenever a person tells you that "I'm taking XXX supplement", ask this person if his/her limbs feel colder or warmer after taking it. If the answer is colder, that means this supplement is not just fail on this individual, it even "feeds" the potential disease like cancer and virus. Same theory, if the Qi Gong master or the TCM doctor or the acupuncturist makes the limbs feel from cold to warm, that means they're good for the patient and fit the needs. If it's the opposite, the patient better switch to some other treatments.

27Aug/09Off

5 advices dealing with backache for women

Back pain and sore or backache annoys more women than men. Men usually only have to change their sitting pose or have enough warm-up before doing exercise and these should avoid the problem. However, back pain of women involves their menstruation , shoes and even the design of their kitchen, if they're housewives.

The best way to deal with back pain or back sore is of course go see a doctor. But for those busy working moms or housewives who don't have time for a doctor appointment, there are still certain things they can do for a relief. If you are one of them, you can take some advice if you're in pain:

1. Sleep sideways, with a little curve. Adjust the hardness of the mattress so that it fits the curve of your body and help your back to keep straight. My wife had the same problem 10 years ago and went to see chiropractor so many times and still painful for about 2 years. I just bought her a new mattress (I was still her boyfriend back then) and that fixed her back in one week. If you're used to sleep with face-up, put a pillow under the knees to lift up the legs a little.

2. Take a bath with warm water for no longer than 15 minutes. Use some spa oils or something similar to help relieve that back pain or back sore.

3. Check the shoes, put those pointy and high heel shoes (higher than 2 inches) back into storage. Wear round or square head,  flat heel shoes, or multifunction tennis shoes would help. I know, they may not look as good as your favorite ones, but the pain is yours. It's all up to you.

4. For housewives who can stand in the kitchen for many hours, check the height of the kitchen top, or you may try the ones you can find in the shops like Home Depot or Lowes.  Make sure you understand how the kitchen top affect your working pose in the kitchen. Replace a set if necessary. I know it's a lot of work, but if you stand there all day crooking up or the other way around, it's going to hurt more in the long run.

5. Increase the intake of calcium from the food. Tofu, milk and cheese are good sources. It helps the bone, and definitely the back bone. I'm pretty sure most housewives told their kids about it. But it's a reminder for the housewives themselves.

These can help only the back pain symptoms. After all, checking with a doctor will still be necessary. A chiropractor can help too. As for Healthy Check ways, acupuncture, acupressure, moxabustion and Qi Gong can help too.

16Aug/09Off

Brief introduction of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment methods

About a week ago I had a post talking about Traditional Chinese Medical Diagnosis. At the end I mentioned a treatment plan being developed after the diagnosis. A treatment plan is designed with different appropriate therapies, usually includes one or a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxabustion, cupping, five star plum blossom, acupressure (also called "Tui Na" in Chinese), bathing and washing methods.

Acupuncture is a therapy that uses needles pinched into specific acupuncture points (or acupoints in short) to affect the flow of vital energy (Qi or Chi). There are a big web of acupuncture points and the collection is called Meridians system, which has 12 principal meridians (or called channels) that correspond to the yin and yang organs and the pericardium. (Yin organs mostly are those without an empty cavity, and include the heart, liver, lungs, spleen, and kidneys. As the opposite, Yang organs usually have an empty cavity such as the gall bladder, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and bladder. Pericardium is not an independent organ, it refers to the tissues surrounding the heart, or say it is a membrane that protects the heart.) Meridians work as a channel system that carries Qi and blood, but they are not blood vessels and there is no anatomical channel structure. There are 365 acupuncture points in our body,  and each points belongs to a specific meridian channel that connects to particular  organs.

Moxabustion is a form of heat therapy that uses the herb mugwort applied to specific points or areas of the body for healing purpose. Usually it's learned with acupuncture and combined as one expertise. Cupping is a skill that uses suction cups made of bamboo or glasses. There was I time I had a serious flu, the doctor used acupuncture and cupping at the same time, and then I got a lot better just the next day.

Herbal medicine involves the use of botanical, mineral, and zoological substances for the cure if disease. This blog will talk more about herbal medicines in the future, and what diseases they can cure. Of course, these are just like an introduction and let the readers know what's possible with TCM. The complex prescription will need a doctor or practitioner to design, or some patent remedies that have been tested for hundreds of years.

Acupressure, or called Tui Na in some translations (actually that's how it's pronounced in Chinese), is a Chinese therapeutic massage. There are a lot of different acupressure techniques, from pressing acupuncture points to fix the injuries of limps, from head to toe, acupressure can be applied.

"Five star plum blossom", or called dermal needles, uses five needles bound together to stimulate yang energy by tapping areas of the body.

Bathing and Washing, on the other hand, is quite common. There are water cures, cold baths, sauna and steam, and the one worth most noticing is herbal baths or herbal foot baths. Certain skin problems will use herbal baths as well. Other than herbal foot bath, Herbal pillow can also be used for better sleep.

While these are traditional Chinese therapies that are useful and complementary to one another, the most popular ones are acupuncture and herbal medicine. Most licensed acupuncturist will have to learn both, or even more including some acupressure.

Qi Gong, on the other hand, still can't be fully explained by science after all these years. The way it works is under the understanding of Qi, or vital energy control. Although the real Qi Gong master can heal many people, it's still not an official therapy for traditional Chinese doctor to learn.

(sources: Chinese Herbal Medicine made easy by Thomas Richard Joiner, www.shen-nong.com)

7Aug/09Off

“Walking Qi Gong” introduced by film producer Raymond Wong

This is the continuation of the last article. Yesterday I posted the story of how the film producer Raymond Wong help fight against his wife's cancer with many different approaches including a Qi Gong called "Self-controlled Qi Gong, or "Walking Qi Gong". Raymond's wife started to practice "Self-controlled Qi Gong" after she found out the ovarian cancer in 1997. The doctor used a medicine called "TAXOL" for her chemotherapy. During that period, Raymond found some Ganoderma lucidum (LingZhi or Reishi) for her as supplements to reduce the side effects from the chemotherapy. He also accompanied her wife to study Qi Gong just in order to improve the internal strength to recover.

After 10 years, his wife is still healthy. She just finished a physical check and looked like the cancer didn't come back. She's been studying Qi Gong exercise for over 10 years and they consider this very helpful. When Raymond talked to his wife about readers showing strong interest in the Qi Gong she's practicing, she's decided to share an easy "Kidney protection" Qi Gong (one from the "Walking Qi Gong")  that helps to defend cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, lung diseases, infertility, hydronephrosis, cardiovascular disease: (Click the diagram below to zoom)

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"Kidney protection" Qi Gong Reminders:

Head, Waist: Take center line of the body and twist about 45 degrees to left and to right.

Hands, Arms: Draw an internal  virtual line like writing the number "8"

Legs: Start walking naturally, step down with heel hitting the floor first, toes point upward

Mindset: Focus on one thought, or listen to own breaths

Speed: 50-60 steps per minute, keep it slow

Total time: 30 minutes for one session

Starting direction: facing south or east

6Aug/09Off

An inspiring little Qi Gong story from film producer Raymond Wong

Recently I've read an article written by a famous Hong Kong film producer named Raymond Wing Bak-Ming. Usually he writes about movie industry or any interesting celebrities worked with him in his column. This time he talks about a little Qi Gong Story that helped healing the cancer of his wife, because he's also famous of fighting along with his wife's against her cancer around 12 years ago. He was a very famous Hong Kong movie director and producer. His career was always the first priority, family came second. There was a time he had affairs and almost left his wife and children...however, in 1997 he found his wife suffering from the last stage of ovarian cancer. This sudden change awakened him and figured out his wife is the most important person to him. He stopped all his work and began look around any possible healing method for his wife. He tried multiple approaches together, including chemotherapy, Qi Gong, shark cartilage powder, Ganoderma lucidum (also known as Reishi in Japanese or Ling zhi in Chinese), traditional Chinese medicine with all love, care and support from himself and their children. It turned out his wife was cured after 4 months, and he even wrote the full story into a book to share their experience.

The article I read wasn't from the his book. It's from his column on a magazine. He said there's a kind of Qi Gong (there're many kinds of Qi Gong) called "self-controlled" Qi Gong.  He called it "Walking Qi Gong" because the postures are mostly walking. He also warned that only use Qi Gong exercise as supplementary help for treating cancer, not for major cure.

"Self-controlled" Qi Gong is based on the Traditional Chinese medicine theory, "Losing control is the base of all causes of diseases ." (This also refers to my last few articles about the imbalance of Qi and Blood, Yin and Yang causing diseases as well.) Through the study of Qi Gong, people learn how to control, lead the Qi (or Chi), and encircle it back as a cycle. Hence strengthen the self-adjustment system in the body. This "Self-controlled" Qi Gong were proved effective to around 32% cancer patients. Some patients even think it cured their cancer. But Raymond Wong think this Qi Gong is more like playing a role of reviving the weak body instead of curing cancer directly. That's why even some patients of chronic disease study this kind of Qi Gong and "mend" their body, and recover along with the traditional medical treatments .

Tomorrow, we'll continue to talk about the particular "Walking Qi Gong" that his wife has been studying.

1Aug/09Off

Chinese Qi Gong – Healing with the flow of vital energy

Qi, (pronounced as "chi" in Mandarin, "hey" in Cantonese) is a vital energy in Chinese medical theory. and "Qi Gong" is the way of how to use this energy to heal your body, or even other people's body. I've had my neck pain (Cervical spondylosis) as well as hurting my lower back about the same time around the end of last year. While my shoulder and my neck had been painful and my right arm was numb since Christmas, I was trying to avoid seeing any doctor cuz I thought that was just some ergonomic problem  causing by my pose I sitting in front of my computer. The real cause of go see a doctor was after twisted and hurt my lower back about a month later - I couldn't even walk. (I still have my walking stick next to my bed  just to remind me to treasure my health) After I got my MRI report of both my neck and my back, my chiropractor urged me to see my family doctor to discuss my neck problem - because it turned out my neck's mess is much worse than my hurting lower back. Fortunately, the cervical sergeant  referred by my doctor said it's still ok not to go for surgery yet. He suggested that I can use painkillers until I really can't bear the pain, but the pain won't go away unless I decided to go for a surgery.

Cervical surgery wasn't something that I'd prefer although the pain was still very annoying. So I did a lot of research and asked around if there's any other ways to heal my neck. Since I'm a Chinese myself, of course I would like to see if there's a better approach than surgery. I found two approaches, one is through Tao Yin (導引in Chinese) method, it's like physical therapy, with certain exercises through pull or push. The other one is Qi Gong (氣功 in Chinese), you get cure through this "Qi" energy healing by a healer. Physically you don't even have to do anything. It sounds ridiculous, but that was suggested by my in-laws. My in-law had serious lower back pain long time ago. He had tried 10 different doctors and still couldn't get any better. The last hope fell on Qi Gong. It turned out he got healed and the pain was 90% gone after about 10 treatments.

I wasn't really believing Qi Gong that much because lying there doing nothing and then got healed didn't sound really realistic to me. But since my in-law was cured there and highly recommended, I visited a master of Qi Gong - Master Zhao, and gave it a try, suspiciously. The look of Master Zhao is a little different from other old man. I know he's about 70 years old, but he's really got some nice skin. I brought my MRI films and report on my first visit. However, before I even start talking about my problem, Master Zhao just told me to lay on a bed, with a patient on another bed in the same room. I didn't tell him where I was hurting because he just told me to keep silent.

First amazing thing happened: he looked at me for a few seconds and then told me my neck and my lower back got hurt without even looking at my MRI report! He pointed at his own neck and lower back and located the pain. I was so surprised. He pointed at his nose and told me that I have allergies - I didn't even have any symptoms showing because that wasn't the right season yet. He told me my stomach is cold and there was something wrong. This time I thought he's wrong - I didn't have anything wrong with my stomach. However, I suddenly remembered that I just had an icy cold soda right before I came in! Alright....may be he's right then. My in-law and some research I read about him said he got "X-ray" eyes and I didn't understand what that meant. Now I know....I think he even got "Infra-red  eyes" indeed.  Then he told me to wait and he started to talk to another patient. I was kind of sneaky that I tried to listen to what he said to another patient - I know it's not an appropriate thing to do, but I really want to know if he's going to say something generic to hit whatever symptoms - because I was still a little  suspicious that he may be a fraud. It turned out that patient who were there got nothing that were similar to me. And she nodded about 80% to what he said.

Master Zhao came back to me and started to place his hands above me sweeping around without any touching. He asked me how I feel. I told him I didn't feel anything. He was a little upset and just threw two words to me, "Think feet." Then he just ignored me and walked to another patient instead. I was like...what? Am I supposed to lie to YOU? Am I supposed to feel anything? Come on, I'm a patient here! I was a little upset of his attitude...but since I was so painful with my neck and back, I just got to bear with it. Master Zhao did the same thing to another patient and he then even walked out to another room for other patients.  I was like...huh? That's it? You just ignored us if we don't believe you?  Suddenly I remember he said, "Think feet." I was like...what the heck does that mean...alright whatever, I'll just "think" about my "feet".  I don't know what that really meant but I just started focusing on my feet. Trust me. Thinking about your feet wasn't anything interesting, even for just a few minutes.

Suddenly I started to feel something weird with my lower back...some kind of "bubble popping" feeling inside where the pain was. I don't know how to describe exactly, but something flowing around that area stimulating my muscle or something. Nothing happened to my neck yet. Master Zhao came back and swept again and didn't say anything. After about 10 minutes, I started to feel cold. I was like, what happened to the air conditioning? Then I started to find out the coldness wasn't from the outside. That was from inside my body! I feel the bed, the wall with my hand and arm, and those were even warmer than my body. I was getting colder and colder and I was freezing even my teeth were shaking. I told Master Zhao about it and he smiled (I felt like he was actually laughing at me). He said I got too much "garbage" Qi in my body. These bad Qi were releasing from my body. "Continue to think feet, "he said. He lightly pressed his hand on neck -man his hand was cold too. Trust me, freezing cold from inside your body is some experience that you can never forget.

At about the end of session, he told me to sit up and he put his cold hand on the top of my head. I started to feel warmness from the air surrounding me -although my description here is terrible, but yeah that's really how I felt. I was a little tired because of the shaking. Master Zhao did the same thing to another patient. I asked her before if she felt cold when Master Zhao was out of the room. Surprisingly, she said didn't feel any coldness. I don't know how he treated her differently. But it seems it really wasn't the air condition that made me cold. I checked my bed when Master Zhao was with that patient - it's just a very normal bed - no tricks or anything....ok, I really experienced Qi Gong. But I know what you guys really concern would be if my pain has gone. Yes and no...the neck was still the same, but the lower back felt relieved.

Master Zhao's wife is a friendly and beautiful lady. She told me to come often for a few more times. I made another appointment and left. I did more research about Master Zhao and dug deeper on his website, after I had this weird Qi Gong experience. (Sorry, I really can't say it feels wonderful.) After I read more about this famous Qi Gong Master from China. I know he cured a lot of people including some Chinese government leaders . He served in a special government Qi Gong healing department. He can even cure cancer or more troublesome disease. And if he thinks it's too late, he wouldn't do it because he wouldn't give people fake hope.

Anyway, my neck and lower back were still hurting after my first visit. But at least I can barely walk without that walking stick. In my second visit, I didn't feel as cold as before, only my feet and my legs felt cold. Master Zhao said my bad Qi were released last time. He did about the same thing to me and yeah, "think feet." After about 3 visits, as you may know, my lower back pain is gone after a few weeks. My neck pain got improved a lot. My numbness was gone. That little neck pain left was still annoying and I visited a few more times for that. At my last visit, he told me I should be ok - although the pain was still there. But after I stopped going for about two months, the neck and shoulder pain are almost totally  gone. I'm so glad that I can type in front of a computer again without too much trouble. Of course, he told me to do more exercises and stretching, like what a normal doctor told me.  I'm so thankful that I got healed by Qi Gong - the stress of going to surgery really had me worried. I still haven't got my another MRI yet, so I don't know if "physically" my neck is already healed. But at least the pain is gone.

If you want to know how to contact him, this is his website: masterzhao.com .

I wish I can learn Qi Gong to heal myself and even others. But too bad it seems like my talent didn't work for that. Even my mom had learned Qi Gong - when they started, they move their body "involuntarily" like doing exercises automatically. But that never happened to me. Well...maybe I can't focus at all.

Anyway, we'll talk about something else next time.