(Minghui.org) A husband and wife who are both physicians in Wuhan contracted the coronavirus shortly after the city was placed on lockdown on January 23, 2020. Their nephew, a Falun Dafa practitioner who lives in North America, encouraged them to recite “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” They heeded the advice and saw their fever and other symptoms disappear in days.
One may wonder why reciting a few phrases could have such healing power. Many things cannot be explained by modern science, but traditional Chinese medicine may shed some light on the couple’s recovery.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, plagues such as the coronavirus pandemic are considered “vicious qi” (or “vicious energy”). Huangdi Neijing (The Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor), one of the most respected books on Chinese medicine, relates a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and Qi Bo, an ancient physician.
Emperor: I heard that, when plagues come, people infect each other regardless of their ages. Their symptoms are similar and it is difficult to treat them. Do you know how to prevent the infection?
Qi Bo: When a person has righteous qi residing inside, no viciousness is able to invade.
In modern science, the relationship between mind and body is also widely recognized. Vyacheslav Gubanov, a Russian scientist and President of the International Institute of Social Ecology, believes all illnesses are closely associated with one’s mental state. Therefore, he believes the soul also needs to be cured when dealing with an illness.
Introduced to the public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi, Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a meditation system that improves the mind and body through five sets of exercises and the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. In fact, tens of millions of practitioners in over 100 countries have benefited from the practice.
Fearing its ever-increasing popularity, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a nationwide campaign to wipe out the practice in July 1999. Despite the ongoing persecution, however, many people have stood up for Falun Dafa practitioners, who are targeted simply for their spiritual faith. These people are in turn blessed for their righteous support of Falun Dafa. Many have had their health restored or danger averted.
Below is the abovementioned couple’s story of recovery as told by their nephew.
A Helpless Uncle
Even before the 2020 Chinese New Year, I had already read about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. Since my uncle lives there, I called him to remind him to stock up on food. He dismissed the news of an outbreak and told me not to believe in rumors. “Wuhan will be fine,” he assured me.
We had a video chat on January 31, 2020, and he looked weak and disappointed, as if he were bidding me farewell. “I did not know anything about the outbreak before Wuhan was locked down,” he said. “And your aunt [his wife] and I went everywhere to parties and played mahjong with friends. But after that, we both got a fever.”
Since my aunt and uncle are both doctors, they began to give each other injections to bring their fevers down. But their conditions deteriorated after a week, and they had swollen throats as well as severe mouth ulcers. Their fevers persisted and they lost hope.
“Did you try reciting ‘Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good’ like I told you before?” I asked. “It won’t hurt to give it a try.”
“Nonsense!” he replied impatiently. “If this is what you want to tell me, we’d better stop here.”
This was something I couldn’t quite understand about my uncle. He had witnessed how Falun Dafa had changed me for the better, both physically and spiritually. After the CCP began to persecute Falun Dafa with hate propaganda, however, he was intimidated and dared not talk about it. He knew I was expelled from school because of my belief. He also thought the CCP was bad and even withdrew from it. But whenever I talked with him about how Falun Dafa is freely practiced here in North America, he would change the topic.
“Well, if that’s the case, I have another suggestion,” I replied, thinking I had to help him as best as I could. “One friend said garlic tea would work.”
“That would be great!” my uncle responded.
Hope on the Horizon
The next day, my uncle called me again. “The garlic tea didn’t work,” he said. “It’s all over for us.”
Seeing his frustration and desperation, I knew he needed help. “Uncle, you’re a doctor, so you know there aren’t any drugs for coronavirus yet and that many people in Wuhan have already died of it. If you were after money or fame, I couldn’t help with that. But if health and safety are what you are looking for, Falun Dafa is the best.”
He did not say a word.
After we talked about other things for a bit, he asked me what I thought of Falun Dafa.
“It gave me a good health,” I said.
“What do you think I should do?” he asked.
“If I were you,” I said, “I would keep reciting ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’ You can say it out loud. If anything changes, please tell me.” He agreed.
That evening, I called my uncle and asked him, “How are things going now?”
“It helped,” he said. “After the fever set in, I was stressed all the time and could hardly sleep. After I recited those words last night, I slept well. I think it worked.”
“I Feel Like I’ve Been Reborn”
Glad to hear about his improvement, I said, “To fully help you recover, I still hope you will try doing the Falun Dafa exercises.” I briefly mentioned how Chinese people viewed illness in ancient times and Mr. Li Hongzhi’s (the founder of Falun Dafa) explanation of the first set of exercises:
“At the core of Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms is stretching of the body. This stretching unblocks areas where energy is congested, stimulates the energy in the body and under the skin so that it circulates vigorously, and automatically absorbs a great amount of energy from the universe. This enables all of the meridians in a cultivator’s body to open up from the start.” (“Chapter II Illustrations and Explanations of the Exercise Movements,” The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection)
My uncle was curious, and I sent him instructional videos of the exercises.
That evening (already morning in China), my uncle sent me a voice message: “Ming Ming, I am okay now. It’s like a miracle!” He said the fever was all gone that night. Not only that, his legs that used to always feel cold were now warm and comfortable.
“My eyesight also improved dramatically—things aren’t blurry anymore and everything’s so clear now. I feel like I’ve been reborn!” he exclaimed, adding that he would share the good news with my aunt.
A Stubborn Aunt
My aunt is well known for her hot temper and stubbornness. The night my uncle recited “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” she refused to join him. Her condition continued to worsen, and she was hospitalized.
When she heard how my uncle had recovered, she changed her mind and started to recite the phrases. After learning the first Falun Dafa exercise, she improved a great deal. But she attributed her improvement to the medication she was taking, complained she felt too warm, and stopped doing the exercises. My uncle explained to her that it was normal to feel that way—that he’d experienced it, too, because it was part of the bodily adjustment as one’s energy channels were opened up. But she was still hesitant.
As her health spiraled downward, my aunt had no choice but to resume the Falun Dafa exercises. “Her temperature went up and down like this many times,” my uncle told me. “If she did the exercises, the fever would be gone; if she didn’t, it would return.” In the end, my aunt became determined about doing the exercises, and she was able to recover and return home.
“Now I know why you practitioners don’t give up even when the CCP suppresses Falun Dafa so badly—this is hope for all of us,” my uncle said. “Please send my best regards to Master Li for something so extraordinary.”
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