THE ANTI-CANCER QIGONG [2002-10-06]
I received many inquiries about the different styles of Qigong. Like other exercises and martial arts, many different styles have evolved as practitioners and Masters revised what they had learned or devised their own moves which they found to be effective. So new styles emerged and there are probably hundreds of different styles spread over the world ( including several started in Malaysia also ).
I was first trained in Tang Ping Gong ( “Islamic Qigong” ) by Grandmaster Yusuf Yang Hua Xiang who first came to KL from Ningxia , China over 10 years ago. Those who read The Star’s story about me may recall that he had dreamt about me before coming to Malaysia.
Soon after that I learned Guolin Qigong ( “Walking” or “Anti-Cancer Qigong” ) from Master Ho Peng, Master Chan, Master Siew and several other local Masters. I also learned Xiang Gong ( “Fragrant Qigong” ) and finally Shaolin Qigong, which is probably the most well-known due to the fame of the Shaolin monks and the popular martial arts shows they perform around the world. There are many other styles being practised here in Malaysia.
All Qigong styles are effective in promoting health, and in preventing and even healing many diseases. Some styles are known for being very effective for certain illnesses.
I have chosen to devote my services to teaching Guolin Qigong because of the amazing recoveries I have seen in cancer patients, many of whom were told by their doctors they had no hope whatsoever. The exercises are also very easy and fun to learn and practise. The main exercise ( walking exercise ) is so enjoyable when done among the trees and fresh air in the park or by the lake.I can walk for hours without getting bored or getting tired.
Let me tell the life-story of the founder herself.
Madam Guo Lin, a teacher of traditional painting, had uterine cancer at age 43 and had her womb removed ( in 1949 in Shanghai, China ). In 1960, the cancer was found to have spread to her bladder, so the doctors removed half her bladder. However, the cancer remained and after 4 other operations, the doctors gave up and in 1964, told her she had only 6 months to live.
She did not give up hope, but instead started practising Qigong which she had learned. Unfortunately there was no improvement. Convinced that there must be Qigong exercises that could heal even her advanced cancer, she studied the ancient Qigong texts left to her by her late grandfather ( a Taoist priest ) and devised her own exercises which she found to be very effective. After 6 months, instead of dying if she had believed her doctors, she had cured herself of cancer.
From 1970 she started teaching others in the parks of Beijing. Her style was called New Qigong Therapy as word was spreading fast that many of her students were recovering from cancer and other chronic illnesses through this “new” qigong. By 1977 she had gained national prominence and was teaching about 400 students daily in Beijing. She worked tirelessly until her death in 1984 at age 78, after having survived cancer for over 34 years ( including 20 years after her doctors gave up ), and after helping thousands recover from the pain and sufferings of cancer and various ailments. She had travelled throughout China to lecture, teach and demonstrate.
Now her Qigong style is affectionately named in her honour, and it has spread to many countries around the world.
It was popularised in Malaysia by Master Ho Peng, who himself had colon cancer and was also given the death sentence by his doctors. Fortunately, he stumbled upon a book about Guolin Qigong, went to Beijing to learn from the Masters there and practised diligently upon returning home. He recovered fully from the cancer and devoted his life to teaching Guolin Qigong to Malaysians. He has now survived cancer by over 15 years.
There are many testimonies of our members who had terminal cancers but recovered and are living healthy lives after practising Guolin Qigong. There are many more with cancers of lesser severities who have recovered. I will relate some of these stories in future articles.
If Guolin Qigong is so good, why is it not recommended by doctors to all their cancer patients? The doctors demand proper scientific studies before they will accept any claims. Unfortunately, although studies have been done ( mostly in China ) to investigate the nature of qi and the healing effects of qigong in general, no large-scale scientifically valid studies have been done on Guolin Qigong and its effect on cancer. Unlike pharmaceutical companies with drugs to sell, we do not have the budget to carry out such studies. However, it will be good if a medical faculty of any of our universities can do the research.
In the meantime, doctors are very sceptical about our claims. Just last week one doctor insulted me by saying that he heard similar claims being made at the local pasar malam!
Fortunately, there are doctors who are recommending it to their patients after seeing the remarkable improvements in their cancer patients who already practised Guolin Qigong. One such doctor is a gynaecologist colleague of mine whose patient had advanced uterine cancer. The patient had been referred to Singapore for treatment but was sent back as being too advanced to be treated. So the patient was advised to prepare for her death. Although she distributed her properties to her children, she decided to try to defy the doctor’s prediction. She also started practising Guolin Qigong, and to the doctor’s surprise, recovered fully within one year! I met her about 3 years ago. Although she was a happy and healthy 70 year-old, she complained to me that none of her children wanted to give back her properties!
Her doctor is now one of our most ardent supporters.
When Madam Guo Lin was visited by an oncologist from Harvard Medical School who wanted to investigate her qigong therapy, she said he would not believe whatever she said, so it was better for him to ask her patients who had defeated their cancers instead. Likewise, the hundreds of patients here who have benefited ( and many thousands all over the world ) is our answer to the sceptics.
For thousands of years, the Chinese have been using acupuncture for healing but Western science looked upon it as another “placebo-thing”. Then several decades ago scientific studies were done and it was found that endorphins were released and other neurochemical reactions occurred when needles were placed at the correct meridian points. Thus science found an explanation for why acupuncture could work, and so accepted it. Now we find specialist neurologists practising acupuncture. But acupuncture did not start working only AFTER the scientists confirmed it. It was already working for thousands of years just as the Chinese said it did. So we cannot wait for science to confirm ( though it will help the sooner somebody decides to do the study ) before we teach qigong, especially to those who are waiting to die because the doctors have exhausted their treatment armaments.
I invite everyone to try Qigong and be your own judge to whether it is beneficial or not. Our association does not even insist that you pay anything or become members to learn from us. If you feel your health has improved after learning and practising, then you are most welcome to become members. You may even be sufficiently impressed to continue to instructor level and start helping others by teaching it.
For those with cancer, you should at least tell them about us. It is up to them to believe our story or not. We have many cancer survivors who can share their own experiences.
Dr Amir Farid Isahak