Another category of Qigong is called Zhineng, or intellectual Qigong, and one particular type is called Chi Lel, which is relatively new on the scene. It was developed by Dr. Pang Ming, a Qigong grand master and physician trained in both Eastern and Western medicine.
In 1988, he founded the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Clinic and Training Center, now located about five hours from Beijing. It is known as the "world's largest medicineless hospital." There are no doctors and patients, but teacher and students.
Because spiritual practice had been suppressed for so long in China, Dr. Pang carefully documented the activities there in the form of scientific data. The overall healing rate at the center is nearly 95 percent, and many people go there as a last resort. Dr. Pang developed this particular type of Qigong so it could be learned quickly, because many of the people that came to him were dying.
In 1995, Dr. Luke Chan, a physician from Cincinnati, traveled to the center to interview people who claimed miraculous healings which had taken place there. The result is a book, "101 Miracles of Natural Healing."
At the time of his Chan's visit, the center had treated more than 100,000 students and 180 diseases. Chi Lel is practiced all day and outdoors. Those who are unable to stand are tied to trees, which are believed to enable the person to draw in more Qi.
One of the stories is about a deaf girl who regained her hearing. Many tell of the disappearance of cancer, and Chan himself witnessed a bladder cancer being dissolved as he viewed it on an ultrasound screen. He videotaped the event, and the tape is available for purchase (which also contains instructions on the Chi Lel movements).
Another student tells of being in a wheelchair for more than 10 years, paralyzed by a stroke, who now walks freely. But perhaps the most touching story is the one of a young mother, so ill she did not have enough strength to lift a knife to kill herself. When her two sons tried to spoon feed her milk, she was determined to live, and through the practice of Chi Lel, is not only healthy, but is a now a Chi Lel teacher.
XFor information on Chi Lel Qigong, Dr. Luke Chan, and the books and videos: www.chilel-qigong.com and the hospital: www.chilel-qigong.com/hospital.htm. Jim Nero is a local practitioner and teacher of Chi Lel Qigong. (330) 823-2158.