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Prof. Jerry Johnson



Having first begun treating cancer patients in 1976 (in a clinic specializing in acupuncture, herbal medicine and medical qigong therapy), it was my observation that most of the patients were scared, confused, depressed, irritated, and just plain frustrated with the information that they had been given, not to mention the discourteous treatments that they had received from certain oncologists. After being subjected to harmful radiation, needless surgeries, and the toxic and ineffective approach of chemotherapy, society has begun to rebel against the orthodox approach to cancer therapy.

Alarming books have been written containing documented reports from several major research clinics, hospitals, and medical colleges from around the world, confirming the ineffective applications of certain Western therapies towards cancer. Such books as Dirty Medicine from England, as well as The Cancer Industry, and The Cancer Handbook: What's Really Working, from the United States began to expose to the public the multibillion dollar cancer 'industry'. New books began to surface in the US exposing the various smear campaigns launched by pharmaceutical companies in order to discredit 'alternative' methods and still capitalize on corporate investments.

Although alternative approaches to cancer treatment can assist the patient in his or her road to healing and recovery it is not a panacea. Sometimes the combination of both Western and alternative therapies are needed for successful healing and recovery to occur. This is the genius of John Davidson's web page at Self-Help Cancer, as it offers the patient an honest approach to dealing with the difficult diagnosis of having cancer.

In China, it is believed that cancer is a systemic disease that affects the whole body. Excising a specific tissue area does not completely remove the cancer from its host. It is only through treatments that also address the individual's diet, nutrition, emotional well-being and spiritual harmony that the patient's physical tissues can be brought back into a state of natural balance and health. The ancient Chinese approach in explaining medical concepts is generally expressed through a three dimensional convergence, seeing the physical body as an energetic hologram and observing the physical, energetic, and spiritual aspects of the tissues. By stimulating any one of these three matrices, a doctor can affect the other two and influence the body to initiate either health or disease. Diagnosis and treatment is therefore approached in a nonlinear progression, working holographically towards the health and healing of the multidimensional person.

The use of qigong for cancer treatment is well documented. In one research study entitled, 'A Review of Qigong Therapy for Cancer Treatment', presented in the Journal of International Society of Life Information Science, vol. 20 (2), 2002, Drs Chen and Yeung from mainland China report that there was significant evidence suggesting that medical qigong therapy has an inhibitory effect on cancer growth, in both in vitro and in vivo studies, as well as in clinical observation. The articles presented by doctors Chen and Yeung cite over fifty-four studies demonstrating the beneficial effects of emitted qi and/or qigong exercises on patients with cancer.

It is clear from studies in China and Europe that medical qigong is an option that every cancer patient should consider, regardless of whether Western medical techniques are also being utilized.

One important thing to note, is that since Chinese medicine is pattern-based, the specific energetic modalities that the doctor uses in initiating an effective medical qigong treatment are determined by each patient's individual energetic characteristics and clinical manifestations. This especially applies when teaching effective medical qigong prescription exercises and meditations.

Professor Johnson PhD, DTCM, DMQ (China) is the president and founder of the International Institute of Medical Qigong (IIMQ). He is one of the few internationally recognized non-Chinese grand masters, healers and director/professors of medical qigong therapy. Having studied for more than thirty-five years, he is recognized in both China and the West as America's leading authority on medical qigong therapy. Professor Johnson received his masters degree in Chinese medical qigong therapy from the Hai Dian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. He is licensed as a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine (D.T.C.M.) specializing in oncology, and is a professor of medical qigong science and philosophy at the Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Professor Johnson is also dean of medical qigong science and director of the medical qigong clinics at the Five Branches Institute, College and Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, California, and has currently been appointed by the Chinese government as the overseas director of medical qigong therapy for the Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a council board member of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong in Beijing, China, and was appointed as ambassador of Chinese medical qigong therapy to North America
commissioned by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Beijing, China (sponsored by the United Nations).

He is also on the external advisory committee in Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cancer Treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, and is the author of the current textbooks entitled, An Energetic Approach to Oncology, and Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy: A Comprehensive Clinical Text, which are currently being utilized as required study texts in several acupuncture colleges and medical qigong institutes throughout the world.


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