Andrew Fergusson is the General Secretary of Christian Medical Fellowship
My concern about this article centers around the claim that Western trained physicians are more qualified to deliver acupuncture treatments than other licensed acupuncture practitioners. What makes a qualified practitioner is the amount of training and experience s/he received in the treatment method being practiced. Physicians can often practice acupuncture after undergoing only a weekend course in acupuncture techniques. On the other hand, licensed acupuncturists must undergo thousands of hours of training about acupuncture and acupuncture theory and sit for a licensure exam before they are allowed to practice. Consumers should be aware that calling a service “medical acupuncture” does not mean it is safer or more legitimate. If you are considering acupuncture you should inquire about the practitioner’s training and experience, not whether they are an MD. I would much rather a loved one receive acupuncture from a non-medically trained practitioner who has studied acupuncture extensively than from a Western physician with a weekend course under his/her belt. The so-called “qualified physicians” are not necessarily qualified at all.
sciencebasedmedicine.orgchinaforjesus.comFor a good number of years I had a strong interest in studying acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine. In the fall of last year, I had uprooted my family and moved to a new location to attend an acupuncture college for five years and receive my certification.
For several weeks while waiting to attend school, as classes had not commenced, I spent much time in prayer and did much research about the origins of acupuncture and the philosophy behind it.
Coupled along with that, I also read a short book on a Chinese Christians’ experience with practising tai chi, and chi kung while living in China during the 80’s and 90’s.
My personal study of the subjects led me to understand that acupuncture points and meridians are based on Chinese Astrology. The 12 meridians that acupuncturists refer to, are based on the Chinese Zodiac and translate as the Jing Luo (??) known in English as the ChingLo channels or simply channels or meridians.
As with many cultures of the time from the Mediterranean to Asia, there was a common belief that the Stars and Planets exhibited an effect on the human physique. This indicated that a personís health and destiny are determined by the position of the Sun, the Moon, the 5 Planets and the apparition of comets, along with the personís time of birth. In this worldview, each body segment corresponds to one of the 12 Houses of the Chinese zodiac system di zhi (??) known in English as the Earthly Branches, and which consists of 12 two-hour (30į) divisions of the Ecliptic. Along the channels of the 12 meridians are positioned 360 acupoints. There is a direct correlation between the five elements in acupuncture and the five planets visible from earth.
This information was gathered from Ben Kavoussi’s article “Astrology with Needles”. His
research is credited solely to him. Ben has a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist in the U.S. His article can be read at:
I had also stumbled across a book written by Hsiao Guang, a man who studied and practised chi kung (qigong, has mulitiple spellings) for many years, later to become a Christian. He states in his book, “I am a Christian who practiced qigong for many years. My experience with it reached to great depths and led me to comprehensive studies of its theory and practices, as well as to my acquaintance with all its related religions such as Taoism, Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, yoga and also astrology, martial arts and Chinese medicine. My experience with qigong also led me to practice to various extents of all the above religions. I have been an atheist, a theist, a devout qigong disciple, and finally a Christian. The process has been long and at one point seemed endless, but it is now past. I congratulate myself on accepting Jesus while I am still young. I also rejoice that, though life is short, I have found the meaning of life before life ends for me”.
The name of the book is “Breaking Through the Barriers of Darkness: Recognizing the Cult of Qigong for What It Is”. The book can be read online at http://www.chinaforjesus.com/resources/qigong/index.htm
Guang mentions in his book that he began studying qigong as a boy, being mesmerized by tales of kung fu masters having great powers, being able to perform supernatural feats using their chi. Guang and his parents suffered from health issues that were “cured” by performing qigong exercise. Studying various forms and performing them, he later discovered many ungodly demonic things happening to him and around him and that certain movements of qigong had to be performed correctly or else negative health consequences and mental disorders could ensue. He finishes his book by explaining that Christians should stay away from qigong and yoga as they are closely related, along with transcendental meditation etc. etc.
His book and experiences are very thought provoking for the Christian.
To sum it up, I had personally been interested in studying acupuncture and chinese medicine for a number of years, was accepted and moved to attend a reputable school, later to withdraw from the program before the semester began. This information that I had come across challenged my thinking about the truth and nature of chinese medicine, qigong, acupuncture and taoist philosophy.
I now hold to the opinion that acupuncture and chinese medicine is truly astrology combined with “medicine”. The bible does have things to say about astrology, mediums, necromancy and consulting of those who practise these things etc. etc. I feel that as a Christian we really should take a look at acupuncture, chinese medicine and qigong for what they are and decide if it is something we should be introducing into our lives.
In my personal experience, I had to delay my dream of becoming a TCM doctor because I felt that as a Christian I could not participate in such things, unless I knew more about them. I am still learning and trying to keep an open mind, but it seems the more I learn, the more I feel deterred from the acupuncture profession.
Perhaps God has something better in store for my desire to be a healer.
One Christian approach towards
It is always amazing reading a “Christian” assessment of anything at all. A Christian making comments about the occult when the Christian is involved in absurd imaginary conversations with his/her man made God.Astrange type of delusional activity.
The above article is absurdly written by someone who is unaware of the illogical fallacies of the metaphysical base of their own arguments.