Zhineng Qigong and the World's Largest Medicineless Hospital
Just five hours from Beijing, on the northeast coast of China in Qinhuangdao, there once was a little hospital called Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic and Training Center.
The hospital had over 3,000 patients and a staff of 600, which included 26 Western trained doctors.
From the years of 1988 to 1995, over 130,000 patients (who were called students at the center) were treated and 95% recovered.
And these were patients with over 450 different serious and terminal disease conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and so on.
Well, terminal by Western standards.
What medicine did they use?
The hospital used Qigong a word that breaks down to "Qi or chi" which means life energy and "Gong" which means daily effort.
Now the word is easy to break down, but so is the practice.
According to Qigong, everyone is born with chi...we just don't use it.
Just like everyone is born with muscles, but unless we use them, they never develop.
Qigong are daily exercises that will develop your chi and allow you to use it to heal.
Zhineng Qigong and Grandmaster Pang Ming
There are many various styles of Qigong just like there are many various styles of martial arts.
The style used at Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic was called Zhineng Qigong.
The founder of Zhineng Qigong and the director of Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Center was Grandmaster Pang Ming, M.D.
Grandmaster Pang Ming is also referred to as Lao-shi, the Teacher.
He was born Pang Heming in September, 1940 in Dingxing County, Hebei Province, China.
Pang Ming studied Chinese medicine at the Beijing Chinese Medicine Association and western medicine at Beijing Medical College.
After he became a doctor, he began to study Buddhism and he learned a Buddhist style of Qigong.
Moving on from that he went further into martial arts and branched out, studying the teachings of various grandmasters of Daoist and traditional Qigong.
He began to see the correlation between his medical studies and his Qigong studies and in 1979, he founded the first Qigong organization for the public, the Beijing Qigong Research Society.
Somewhere between 1992 and 1995, Pang Ming set up the Hebei Hua Xia Zhineng Training Center of Hebei, Qihuangdao.
Zhineng Qigong Clinic
The Zhineng Qigong Clinic itself first came to light when author Luke Chan went there and studied the hospital for a month.
During that time he observed the operation of the hospital interviewed more than one hundred people who had been cured.
He went on to write about those interviews in his book "101 Miracles of Natural Healing."
The stories were incredible.
People who had given up on themselves and were given up on by the medical community went to the clinic and were healed.
Of course it is easy to write this off as psychosomatic or the placebo effect, but there people were medically checked out and were healed.
Well some of the students didn’t even believe Qi Gong worked.
And at least one student Yu Tian-Ming, continued to doubt even AFTER he was healed and went home.
He didn’t think qi worked until after he healed someone else with it.
And as many former "patients" did, Yu returned to the Clinic to be trained as a teacher himself.
The Gong of Qi Gong
As I mentioned earlier, Gong means "daily effort" which means daily exercises.
Three of those exercises are very simple and very easy to do.
They are Wall Squatting, La Chi and the Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down Method.
The best way to explain Wall Squatting is to take a look here at Luke Chan doing it.
Again I go to Luke Chan and a picture demonstration of the Six Directions La Chi Method
Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down Method
Here is one of many Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down Method video I found on YouTube.
Some people say the form is too fast and in seeing others I understand where they are coming from.
But I figure that once you get the basic idea down, you can slow the exercise down yourself.
Zhineng Qigong Videos - Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down Method
Whats Going On With the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic and Training Center Now?
In 2001 the clinic was shut down by the Chinese government and Grandmaster Pang Ming was forced to stop teaching.
It's the Chinese government.
Ask the Dalai Lama how tolerant those guys are.
The good news is that many of his students have fled China and are now teaching all over the world.
Of course we probably won't get a clinic like the Zhineng Qigong Clinic in the US because we have our own oppressive regime here called the FDA.
Zhineng Qigong Videos - "Lift Qi up, Pour Chi down" and "Three centers Merge"
I found this video on Vimeo with a slow version of "Lift Qi up, Pour Chi down" and "Three centers Merge".
If you have Firefox this may not play (all you get is a still picture) but it works in Chrome and maybe IE.
Zhineng Qigong Videos - Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down With Pang Ming
They always say the best thing to do is go to the source, so here is a video with the man himself, Grandmaster Pang Ming (who created Zhineng Qigong) demonstrating Lift Chi Up, Pour Chi Down.
Notice how slow and simple this demo is compared to other versions.
Zhineng Qigong Videos - How to Feel Chi Energy in Seconds by Dr. Ming Pang
Here is Ming Pang showing just how to do the Qigong exercise "La Chi".
Although it's in Chinese, you should be able to get the gist of it easily.
It is said that he once said La Chi was the only Qigong exercise you needed, that the rest were just embellishments of this one beautifully simple process.
Chinese Wall Squats
Here is the best video I could find demonstrating the Zhineng Qigong wall squats.
Of course full ones can be very difficult, but Pang Ming himself said that only moving six or more inches will show benefits in the long run.
He also said that 100 of these a day for a year will cure almost anything.
Here is a page with detailed instruction on how to do the Wall Squats.
The Zhineng Qigong Wall Squats
Zhineng Qigong - Mingtong Gu
One of the students from the Zhineng Qigong Clinic in China is Mingtong Gu.
Mingtong has gone on to be known world-wide and trained not only under Dr. Ming Pang, but under other Grandmasters in China as well.
And Mingtong is not only a student, but a success story as well.
He first went to the Clinic searching for relief from several chronic conditions he was plagued with including asthma, scoliosis, back pain and kidney weakness.
Mingtong also witnessed many cases of what Western Medicine called "incurable" diseases being healed at the Zhineng Medicineless Hospital, and decided to devote his life to helping others using Qigong.
Just for the record, Mingtong is no ignorant man.
He holds a BA in Math from Hangzhou University, a MA in Math from University of California at San Diego and studied at Brandeis, Harvard University, Ohio State University and he taught at Columbus College of Art and Design.
You can visit Mingtong Gu's website, The Chi Center for more info.
101 Miracles of Natural Healing
This is the book about ChiLel Qigong (what Zhineng Qigong is called here in the States) that Luke Chan wrote.
It has 101 interviews with people that overcame their diseases at the Zhineng Qigong Clinic.
Of course nothing beats having an actual instructor and going to classes.
But if you are like me and are miles away from a ChiLel Qigong teacher, this is the best way to start down the path and see if ChiLel is right for you.