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The Yin and Dr. Yang

Practitioner of 'wisdom medicine' looks for solutions instead of just symptoms

By Sophia Hernandez MPG Newspapers

He calls it "Wisdom Medicine" Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming bridges the gap between Eastern and Western medicines, creating what many say is a powerful combination of internal and external healing.

Yang travels the world, sharing his knowledge of healing techniques. It's a hectic lifestyle, but six months ago, he realized he had an open weekend - he mistook last Sunday for Mother's Day on his long range calendar. Roger Whidden, owner of Whidden's School of Fitness in Marshfield, MA. quickly filled th eopen date. He invited Yang to speak at his school.

The scheduling mistake proved fortunate for about 30 students at the Whidden School. Yang spoke about achieving harmony and health from both a western and eastern perspective.

He discussed "Chi Kung," devoting time and effort towards the life's energy. He described the energy in the human body as bioelectricity.

His western focus is grounded in the degrees he has received in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, while his eastern side has been developed through years of studying and teaching.

He has a master's degree in Physics from the National Taiwan University and he came to the United States to study Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, where he received his doctorate.

An expert in Kung Fu, Yang was asked by students to teach the ancient art at Purdue. Yang founded the Purdue University Chinese Kung Fu Research Club in the spring of 1975.

He holds seminars all over the world, including Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Poland, England, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Hungary, Spain, South Africa, Venezuela, Belgium, Austria, Chile, Argentina and Germany.

He said he was asked to speak alongside a panel of western doctors about the increase in breast cancer in women. He said the others had extensive research funding and complicated charts and graphs to illustrate their research and findings.

Yang, however, says he stated his finding simply in just a few sentences. He said in the past women bore more children and thus the Chi, or energy in a woman's breast, was stimulated during breast feeding. With the development of birth control, women today bear fewer children and some not at all, resulting in stagnant energy in the breast, which results in cancer.

He advised the women in the class to move their arms to release the Chi in their breasts.

Yang explained that western medicine deals mainly with what can be seen, while eastern medicine explores what a person can feel before it becomes visible.

"You have to reveal the route not the symptom," said Yang, to recognize th eproblem and find a solution.

Stagnant energy should be improved before it becomes something you can see. Imbalanced energy that you cannot see will eventually come to the surface in an ailment that can be seen, he explained.

"You cannot do excersize without understanding," said Yang. He said he offers his students more than just the Tai Chi excersizes, but the understanding with which to perfrom them. "With a map you don't need to be lead," he said.  

Masking symptoms

Additionally, he said western medicine makes liberal use of painkillers, which tend to mask symptoms. Eastern medicine aims to discover and heal the problem at its source. Numbing a symptom will not help lead to the source of a problem, he told the group.

Eastern medicine requires active participation on th epart of the patient. He said he gets a lot of patients that tell him, "heal me."

"They are the ones that have to work it out," said Yang. He told the story of a 68-year-old woman who came to him suffering with arthritis. Her hands were shaking and she always needed painkillers. He said he told her it would take six months to heal her hands if she did a few small hand excersizes every day. Her hands improved in three months, Yang said.

"We have to conquer laziness," said Yang.

Yang, who was born and raised in Taiwan and now lives in Newton, MA., has written books and has been studying and teaching martial arts for 37 years.

He said he would like to have a research facility combining the best of western and eastern medicine.

Theories and practices from eastern medicine thousands of years old are being proven accurate by the technologies of western medicine, he claims. For example, acupuncture charts the energy in the human body and western scientists are finding and naming places in the body that acupuncturists have know about for centuries. However, Yang said, western medicine is more precise.

He showed a slide of concious man having open heart surgery, In western medicine the man would have been given anesthesia, but in eastern medicine, the nerve between his brain and heart, which would signal pain, was shut down by an acupuncturist.

Western scientists are discovering how cutting off certain nerves can reduce or eliminate pain.

Yang also discussed Yin and Yang, the two major balancing forces in every living thing. Yin is the body of energy and feeling while Yang is the physical body and seeing, he said.

"They are synchronizing each other all the time," said Yang, explaining there are two poles to the universe, two poles to the earth and every living thing.

"If one cell is off, the entire universe knows," said Yang.

Chi, or energy, is a neutral force, but how it behaves can be positive or negative. Yang said movement in the universe affects everything in it.

"We are considered a 'spooky' group because we have awareness," said Yang.

He said it's important to meditate and clear the mind, which can be confused by a barrage of emotions and the complications of everyday living.

"We've learned how to block out nature and lie to eachother," Yang said.

He said we are a part of nature. For example, when there are low clouds in the sky, we tend to feel emotional, and when there is a full moon, the crime rate goes up.

He said we are all negatively affected by pollution and radiowaves because our bodies are electromagnetic fields and the waves pass through us.

Yang said the last century was a very materialistic one, but now there is a great increase in the thirst for spirituality. And for a day in Marshfield, he tried to quench it.

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