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Chinese Medicine

The way people look at things largely dictates the way they act and behave. Eastern and Western cultures see things in entirely different ways. To understand Chinese Medicine, you need to understand the Chinese way of 'looking'. by Glenn Gossling

Ch'an (Zen) Meditation

Many of you will have tried some form of meditation at one point or another, and to different people meditation means different things. Ch'an Buddhism emphasises a great deal of meditation, but for what purpose?

by Patrick Wan

Dayan Gong

Continuing the Wild Goose, Lesson 9, from "Fluttering the Wings" to "Recovering Qi".

Ian Cameron . . . Just Along For The Ride

Ian Cameron has studied Taiji Quan for twenty-three years with Cheng Tin Hung. Ronnie Robinson finds out how he started out, how he practises and why he keeps going. First of hk> Issuel° J*^ jfVt XPTX September - October two parts.

by Ronnie Robinson

Book Review

Two Wushu books from China, reviewed. by Sue Johnson

Canada - The Seminar

Do you know what Qigong is really about' We are often given the impression that it is very obscure and mysterious. Well here is your chance to find out more. Taken from a lecture given by Michael Tse in Canada.

by Michael Tse & Paul Blakey

Exercises to Relieve Knee Pain

In most physical activities the knees take a great deal of stress and strain. How many times have you heard someone complain that their knees hurt? This being the case, knowing some simple exercises that stimulate the knees is very useful. by Yuan Liren

The Shaolin Temple Today

The name 'Shaolin Temple' conjuers up many pictures. From David Carradine lifting the red hot cauldron in the credits of 'Kung Fu' to real Shaolin monks training hard and meditating the rest of the time. Whether these images are real or not, the Shaolin Temple is a very real place, both, in the past and today. by Tian Ma

Basic Traditional Chinese Medicine for Qigong Students

The Lung & Large Intestine Meridians

Carrying on from last time, we look in more detail at the Lung and the Large Intestine Acupuncture Channels. by Amy Thanaivalla

Chi Energy Power

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Cauldron Qigong

Rob Buckman, who fronted the documentary series which recently appeared on Channel 4 television, was in more ways than one the right man for the job. Apart from the fact that he co-wrote the book upon which the series was based, he is also a highly qualified doctor, author, TV presenter and in previous times something of a comic artist. I can recall a series on TV many moons ago in which he mercilessly lampooned the National Health Service. His open and inquiring mind must have also had that extra edge since he himself is suffering from a serious illness for which he has found no cure.

I have met a number of people who suffering from a serious illness move from one form of therapy to another in the hope of finding that little bit of magic which will effect a cure. Many of these people will have identified strongly with the journey that Rob Buckman took us on in this short series of programmes.

The journey started well with a tour around a number of healers during which time we were afforded a glimpse of their various approaches. This introduction was open and non judgmental concentrating on more why in a time, when science keeps pushing back frontiers and breaking new ground almost daily, it seems that more and more people are turning to

Fair or Foul?

Alternative medicine has recently been given a great deal of 'air' time on the television. The series 'Magic or Medicine' examined many different forms of alternative medicine in order to give the viewers a glimpse of what is going on. But was this from a fair point of view?

complementary and alternative medicine.

We were shown these healers practising Shamanism, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Herbalism, Rolfing, Aura Healing and some folk healers practising skills indigenous to Red Indian America, Hawaii, Finland and China.

The introduction to Qigong was via two practising Chinese doctors, one in Canada and the other in the States. The Qigong sequence was of particular responses were all positive.

At this point a number of questions were asked about the healing process, but the most important one was addressed in some detail and that was in the area of consultation. The relationship that was developed between the patient and the healer seems key to how a person will feel about their illness and their ability to deal with it When traditional treatments fail for whatever reason, the patient needs to believe that a cure can

" What seemed to give these methods their specialness was the time afforded to developing the patients profile"

interest with a demonstration of Qi transmission from one doctor and a brief explanation of the Acupuncture points and Channels from the other. This was followed by a brief glimpse of some people practising Qigong exercise.

The viewers were allowed to draw their own conclusion based on the testimony of the patients whose be found. The strength of this belief or confidence has a real effect on the potential for healing successfully. This approach goes far beyond the simple "Cause and effect' approach.

Given that each method had it's own merits, the point was well made and gave food for thought when evaluating their diverse natures.

What seemed to give these methods their specialness was the time afforded to developing the patients profile, asking questions about lifestyle, diet, hopes, fears, relationships, the changing nature of their illness and so on. Human skills such as listening, giving positive affirmations, eye contact, empathy, sympathy and compassion all seemed to help the patient feel better straight away. The physical treatment that easued, either by herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture, Qigong transmission, Rolfing, psychotherapy all seemed to compound the benefit gained in the initial consultation. Healing was taking place on all levels (holLstically). It was successful because they were empowering the patient, giving him or her something more than pills or medicine to Cake. It was therefore important for the healer and patient to work in close partnership and where this occurs there is more chance of success.

In questioning what was happening the programme sought explanations as to what was happening by exploring various possibilities and in doing so dwelled for some time on the placebo effect looking closely at a trail carried out at the Charing Cross Hospital. The results of the trial were inconclusive with those people receiving proper treatment improving marginally better than those on the placebo.

In answering the question "Magic or Medicine?" the process was thought provoking and the approach enjoyable. It served the cause of alternative medicine very well in not trying to portray them as 'cure alls' but viable alternatives which often connected strongly with the needs of the patient when their needs were not being met elsewhere.

After all, aren't we all looking for a bit of magic in our lives?—

by John Hayes

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