Founder of the Chinese Nature Cure Institute in Singapore, Dr. Ang explained how to preserve one’s health and promote self-healing by opting for a holistic approach based on an appropriate and personalized food diet which takes into account seasons and the person’s current own condition, the use of specific herbs, specific exercise, acupuncture, self-massage (acupressure) and meditation.
He then presented the new Chinese medical approach based on the findings of Professor Yingqing Zhang of Shandong University (China) which demonstrate that the information of the entire organism is contained in embryo cells.
By stimulating precise acupuncture points, it is possible to activate the growth factors which ensure a proper cell differentiation and full development cycle. This makes it theoretically possible to repair damaged tissues and bones, re-establish normal biological cell processes including in tumours, regulate proper hormonal secretions, trigger body growth and balance body functions.
While research is still underway, Dr. Ang showed examples of remarkable results already achieved to-date in treating hard cases and heavy pathologies where all other treatments had failed. This has led to the development of “ECIWO-acupuncture” which complements traditional practice developed over thousands of years (see here-below the fourth question in the interview Dr. Ang gave to UN Special on the occasion of his lecture at the Palais des Nations).
Professor T.T. Ang began studying and exploring acupuncture in 1961, travelling extensively to various institutes and hospitals in Hong Kong and various regions of China. He is among the pioneer research fellows in the new field of ECIWO biology and its applications in medicine. T.T. Ang is also an expert in Taiji and Qigong.
Q:During your lecture you presented Chinese medicine as a holistic approach to health. Can you explain what this means and how people everywhere can apply the related principles to their lives for better health and well-being?
In Chinese medicine, we look at health as an integrated result of our food habits and lifestyles. Hence, our approach to health extends to eating suitable food and herbs, and incorporating exercises in our daily lives, to prevent illness, maintain good health, and heal the body from illness. Food and herbs can be classified into cold, hot, or neutral properties. Through understanding their unique properties and applying these theories to the food we eat, we can adjust our “Zangfu imbalances” (i.e. imbalances created in some of the body’s main organs), which in turn helps in disease prevention. Choosing the right exercises, too, can help adjust our bodies’ imbalances. Traditional forms of healing exercises such as Taichi and Qigong meditation are not only well known for their healing properties, but are also a good way to relax. That’s probably why they are still widely practiced today in China and in many other countries. If need be, health will be restored with the help of other remedies, including the practice of acupuncture.
Could you say a few words on the basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
This theory, Zang Fu, is a description of the main vital organs in the body. Each Zang Fu in the body has an individual meridian which can be found along the hand or the foot. Each meridian can be further classified under Yin or Yang (which represent opposite properties such as cold/hot, deficiency/excess or interior/exterior). Well-being depends on balancing Yin and Yang at all times. There are twelve regular meridians separated into three groups. Each group is further divided into two subgroups, each consisting of a pair of meridians. All the meridians have an individual series of acupoints which can be found at different very specific locations in the body. The first group, Tai Yin, consists of the Lung Meridian on the hand and the Spleen Meridian on the foot. Yang Ming consists of the Large Intestine Meridian on the hand and the Stomach Meridian on the foot. This group often relates to infectious diseases of the digestive system and to environmental or weather-related syndromes.
The second group, Shao Yin, consists of the Heart Meridian on the hand and the Kidney Meridian on the foot. Tai Yang consists of the Small Intestine Meridian on the hand and the Urinary Bladder Meridian on the foot. This group often relates to circulation, the nervous system, and the reproductive system. The third group, Jue Yin, consists of the Pericardium Meridian on the hand and the Liver Meridian on the foot. Shao Yang consists of the San Jiao Meridian on the hand and the Gall Bladder Meridian on the foot. This group often relates to the lymphatic system, immunity, the body’s defense system, and to vital systems for detoxification.
When there is a symptom, with TCM you often treat another organ (for example, in the case of a trigeminal pain for a patient, you treat the kidney). Can you explain why?
When a person suffers from illness or presents a series of symptoms, it can be due to an imbalance of a particular Zang Fu/organ within the body. The treatment can be done on the respective meridian or another location away from the affected area. For example, in the case of trigeminal neuralgia, treatments can be made on the Shao Yang Gall Bladder Meridian, where the acupoints are located on the facial region, or acupoints in Shaoyang San Jiao Meridian, accompanied by the acupoints on Shao Yin Kidney Meridian such as Taixi (K3). The kidney, as a Zang Fu, controls the nerves in the entire body.
What are the ECIWO biology and the bio-holographic law of nature?
ECIWO, or Embryo Containing Information of the Whole Organism, is a biological theory which can be applied to all living organisms. For example, each seed consists of the information equivalent to an embryo along with the “Life Force” of the plant. The quantity of seeds would reflect the life force of the fruit. In practice, between a kiwi and an orange, the kiwi will have more life force as it contains more seeds than the orange. By consuming the fruit, a person introduces more life force into his body and will absorb the benefits of the fruit. Similarly, this theory can be applied to the human body for diagnostic and treatment purposes, for example, to the Acupoints located on the Long Bones System or Metacarpal Bones System. There are many ways to determine the life force of a human body, such as a person’s voice. In ancient China, before modern technology was available, a gentleman’s family would appoint a matchmaker to observe the number of siblings an ideal future daughter-in-law had, to determine the life force and fertility of the lady. Between a leaf with many edges and a leaf that is rounded nicely, the many edges are the many life forces it contains. Bio-holographic law explains the complete biological records found in any natural or- ganism of size and shape. The theory can be observed in the case of a human body, the tongue and the palm, ear, etc. It can be applied to relations between Zang Fu (main organs).
For example, a TCM physician can obtain a pulse diagnosis by palpation of the wrist and radial of the lower arm, also known as Cun Kou. It is divided into three regions, each reflecting the upper body, such as lung, heart, or blood circulation system; middle part of the body trunk such as liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen or digestive system; and lower body, such as kidney, urinary bladder, large intestine, or reproductive system. Tongue diagnosis is another method where the different regions on the tongue reflect the different Zang Fu conditions the region is under. Very often, the above methods of diagnosis are practiced to determine the condition of a human body.
What is the difference between «classical acupuncture» and ECIWO acupuncture»?
In classical acupuncture, the main meridians from Traditional Chinese Medicine theory are used for health and treatment purposes. In the practice of ECIWO Biology in acupuncture treatments, treatment includes the use of points outside the main meridians, such acupoints from the Long Bone System or Metacarpal Bone System. This often provides greater accuracy in diagnosis and treatment of ailments when used in combination with classical acupuncture techniques.