The Path of an Acupuncturist in Seeking the Truth

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This is the story about a doctor who, although offering free acupuncture therapy to relieve patients' pain, suffered more and more severe illnesses himself. He spent several decades searching for truth, but his efforts were in vain, leaving him feeling exhausted.

Liu Yinggu is now 73 years old. Despite the wrinkles on his face due to his old age, he is currently very healthy. He has rosy cheeks, delicate skin, a healthy body and a strong voice. Without asking about his past, nobody could know that Mr. Liu had such poor health in the past. So how is it that he gained such a healthy physical condition?

Mr. Liu was born into a poor family, and had regular stomachaches since he was very young. At 19 he graduated from a normal school, then started to teach in an elementary school where he began to suffer from a gastric ulcer and internal bleeding. Since then, he had to carry pills for his stomach wherever he went. In addition to that, he also had prostate swelling, diabetes, cataracts, high blood pressure, and asthma, among other conditions. Mr. Liu was very depressed.

Studying the Falun Gong teachings with others and improving together--this is the happiest time in life for Mr. Liu Yinggu (the first person on the right).

Devoted to religion, qigong and acupuncture

When he was a teacher, Mr. Liu heard acupuncture could cure illnesses without medication. He thus retired early in 1981, and started to diligently study acupuncture books. Four years later, he passed a board exam in the US, and obtained a license that authorised him as an acupuncture doctor throughout the country. At that time, Mr. Liu was invited to stay in America as a doctor, but he refused and returned to Taiwan, where he started to offer free acupuncture therapy to relieve patients' pain. However, the improvement of his own health was very limited, and he still suffered many diseases all over his body.

In order to improve both his mind and body, Mr. Liu started to look for various qigong* systems and visited many temples as well as convents. Because of his eloquence and experience as a teacher, Mr. Liu began working as a teacher in a temple for 18 years and became well known in the local area. Although having a spiritually rich life, Mr. Liu's physical health became worse and worse. The diabetes was so severe that he faced having to undergo amputation, and a prostate tumour forced him to go to the bathroom more than 10 times each night. His health brought him a great deal of frustration. He tried both Chinese and Western medicine, but the illnesses still became worse and worse, and his medicine dosage also kept rising. *'Qi' can be translated as 'energy' and 'gong' can be translated to 'cultivation practise'. Thus thus term refers to practices that cultivate 'qi' or 'vital energy'

Starting to practise Falun Gong, feeling so happy

After spending several decades looking for ways to improve his body and mind, Mr. Liu still had poor physical health. Moreover, he was still not clear on the purpose of life. He felt exhausted. Later, he did not even go to hospital for medicine but instead asked others to pick it up from the hospital for him.

But then a miracle came. In the summer of 1999, Mr. Liu's sister came from Hualian City and gave him a precious book about cultivation, the Falun Dafa book, Zhuan Falun. At that time, Mr. Liu had difficulty raising his left hand because of a stroke. So his sister suggested that instead of learning the exercises, he first read through Zhuan Falun. After reading the book one time, Mr. Liu felt great improvement in his left hand. But more importantly he felt that the principles in the book were very profound. Mr. Liu was extremely happy and started to learn the exercises at home by following the exercise teaching videotapes.

Mr. Liu's health started to improve significantly. However, illnesses and pills had already become part of his life for such a long time. Although he started to practise, he was still thinking about his previous illnesses.

One day when attending a group study and discussion, Mr. Liu was touched by other practitioners' sharing on overcoming illness related tribulations. After reading through all the Falun Dafa books, Mr. Liu had a further understanding of illness and karma. He came to realise that true health would arrive only if one continually improved one's moral character, suffered to eliminate karma and cultivated genuinely. On the other hand, if one held an attachment to worrying about illness then they are not genuinely cultivating.

However, upon arriving home from the group discussion, Mr. Liu's blood pressure was more than 200. His entire body was hot and his joints felt sore. It was as if thousands of ants were moving around in his face. Still, Mr. Liu was able to act according to the requirements for a practitioner. Fortunately, his wife was by his side, reminding him and encouraging him. Eventually, Mr. Liu was able to let go of his attachment to curing his illness.

Surprisingly, right at that moment Mr. Liu felt his body start to cool down. His heart started to lighten up and the feeling of thousands of ants in his face disappeared immediately. Mr. Liu came to realise that it was very important for a practitioner to let go of the attachment to illness.

On that day, Mr. Liu was able to say good bye to the medicines that had accompanied him for over 40 years. By that time Mr. Liu had practised Falun Gong for just 6 months.

The happiest thing in his life

Through his own experience, Mr. Liu came to understand that everything said in Zhuan Falun is true. He also understood that one needed to be dedicated to one cultivation system when cultivating at high levels. Therefore, he even more cherished the precious opportunity. He said, "Shortly after I began to practise, all my illnesses were gone. If I had not practised, it's highly likely that I would now just be bones and ashes. The feeling of being free of illness is so good!"

Mr. Liu knew that if a person could let go of attachments and truly cultivate, Falun Gong would not only improve his physical health, but also significantly improve the person's character. In such a morally degraded society, this would have powerful, positive effects. Such a good cultivation way has been brought out to the public without charge. What is needed is for more predestined people to come and learn.

In order to introduce Falun Dafa to more people, Mr. Liu started a class where people could come to learn the Falun Dafa exercises and find out more about the practise on the campus of Zhubei Elementary School and has helped many people to learn the exercises without charge. Mr. Liu also went to Zhubei County government to tell the officers there how peaceful and wonderful Falun Dafa is. The results turned out very well.

After such a long journey, Mr. Liu feels the happiest thing ever is to see more people starting to practise Falun Dafa, improving their bodies and minds, and helping as well as encouraging each other in returning to their original, true self.

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