I have tried many times to act on my perceived solutions to the common problem of most health professionals -- to make a living from a job I believe in and to make a difference to the health problems of my clients. Let me share with you my latest perceived solution to that ideal and problem by initiating the Qi-healers Without Borders (QWB).
Donna Rasplica's article on Katrina's disaster with the Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) inspired me a month ago with an idea that if the US based AWB can do it, a Canada based QWB can do it too. After analyzing the problems to be resolved and acted upon in fulfilling QWB's charitable and educational mission, the following two problems have been acted upon and resolved:
The most important third problem that has to be resolved with the assistance of other TCM practitioners is getting QWB registered as Canada Registered Charity so that funding from charitable donors is made possible. After consulting with the Canada Revenue Agency, I was told that a board of directors has to be formed. To resolve this last hurdle in making QWB's mission a reality, a group of Canadian traditional Chinese medicine or acupuncture practitioners who are not QWB practitioners have to volunteer to become members of QWB's board of directors. To this end, I have contacted by email or telephone several TCM practitioners. That is also the other main reason why I wrote this article.
Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.
Working at the Island Copper Mine for 20 years followed by divorce and separation from my children took its toll on my health with symptoms of fatigue, high blood pressure, failing left eyesight with soreness, and depression.
I had acupuncture treatments, psychological counselling, pranic healing, diet and herbal medicine to resolve my persistent health problems during that time but nothing helped me to cure the symptoms permanently. So I reviewed my books Huang Di Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine) and Shen Nong Ben Cao (Divine Farmer's Materia Medica) which mentioned Qigong and Chinese superior tonic herbs, the spiritual growth herbs. I also read Ron Teeguarden's book Radiant Health, the Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs which mentioned the saying in Chinese tonic herbalism that "it is all right to become fatigued, but never to become exhausted" and that "medicine and food are of the same origin" -- food is the best medicine and the best medicine is herbal and in particular the indispensable transformative tonic herbs which are the richest source of adaptogenic phytonutrients and immune-boosting antioxidants in the world. All these books mentioned about the necessity of cultivating the Three Treasures Shen (Spirit), Qi (vitality) and Jing (essence) in the body for holistic healing and returning to oneness by balancing the yin and yang, removing the pathogens and strengthening the body holistically through Qigong, acupuncture and Chinese superior tonic herbs as opposed to medicinal and inferior herbs.
Initially, three years ago, I persistently learned and practiced Wuji Qigong from Taoist Master Michael Winn, Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong from Master Li Jun Feng, and finally became certified as a Pan Gu Mystical Qigong instructor from Master Ou Wen Wei. I have noticed that my symptoms of fatigue, depression and high blood pressure gradually went away for good but my failing left eye with soreness seemed to still bother me. I started using EFT therapy, Zhan Zhuang Qigong, Qi Dao, Shaktipat Meditation, and Guru Yoga with Master Choa Kok Sui's Super Brain Yoga which greatly relieved the eye pain.
Realizing that I have to balance my heavenly yang practices like Qigong with earthly yin Chinese tonic herbs, I started taking the three main Chinese tonic herbs Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi), Panax ginseng (Ren Shen) and Schizandra fruit (Wu Wei Zi) with other tonic herbs and Alkaline Water with Western herbs which eventually took care of my left eye soreness and blurred vision.
Nowadays, as a 55 year middle age natural healing exponent, I remain physically active regularly climbing 15 floors, swimming over ten laps in the pool, and walking uphill everyday to keep and maintain my health and stamina. Another unexpected benefit besides the improved vitality and immune system, and better adaptability to stressors that I have noticed with practicing Qigong, especially Pan Gu Shengong, and taking the Chinese tonic herbs which both cultivate my Three Treasures (Shen, Qi and Jing) is the continuous experience of a sense of well-being, calmness, peace, overwhelming love, joy, and happiness which are all symptoms of oneness with the universe which I have longed for all these many years. Finally, I had come to a holistic understanding and validation of the Taoist concepts of Classical Chinese Medicine taught in the classical texts, Huang Di Neijing and Shen Nong Ben Cao, through my body-mind-spirit healing and spiritual experiences. Truth can only be known by experience, not by beliefs or thoughts.
Therefore, based from my personal natural holistic healing and life-saving experience and from my clients with stress-related disorders who benefited from the integrated modality of Qi-healing, Qigong, acupuncture, EFT and Chinese tonic herbs, I decided to initialize the Qi-healers Without Borders to share with the public and the fellow health practitioners in the palliative truncated Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture profession its health-promoting longevity philosophy to heal stress-related disorders by returning to the 3,500-year-old ancient wisdom of classical Chinese art of radiant health by way of tonic herbalism, Qigong and acupuncture.
Thank you for reading this story of mine and my other Articles. May it's message benefit you in some way. May you have a long, happy and healthy life!
"The superior physician teaches; the inferior physician treats."