This is a story posted on
a popular mysticism online forum 莲蓬鬼话 on tianya.cn by a young Traditional
Chinese Medicine doctor pen named 池草. The
post appeared since the beginning of this year with massive
responses from the viewers, and it is still running. Here
is the excerpt of the original Chinese text and its English
Recently I have been gone through the notes left by my great-grandfather
and grandfather; both were Traditional
Chinese Medicine practitioners. One of those was about paranormal
phenomenon they had personally encountered during their
consultation with their patients.
If there indeed are ghosts and spirits existed, then Traditional
Chinese Medicine doctors are the ones with the best chance
to run into them. Traditionally in China, when a terminal
ill patient lingering between
the yin-yang two worlds, it needed a highly skilled TCM
doctor to determine to which world the patient chiefly belonged.
In the old days, each village or town would have a doctor
who was assigned this role by fate, and my grandfather was
one of such doctors who decided people's status of existence.
The following are a dozen of stories recorded in the notebooks
that are claimed to be absolutely true:
1) Greeting at Ghost Gate (鬼门贺)
If you study Chinese acupuncture (针灸术) you'll know there
is a special acupuncture system called 13 Ghost Acupoints,
which is exclusively reserved for shadowy beings.
When a patient suffers from severe metal disorder, a modern
Western doctor would diagnose him as having a psychological
disorientation, and threat it accordingly; but a traditional
Chinese doctor would further investigate if he is under the
control or influence of an invisible alien being who might
co-host his body.
My great grandfather had a friend who was also a TCM doctor.
In fact he was the fifth generation inheritor of a family
run Greeting at Ghost Gate school. This particular GGG was
especially effective when used to treat manic-depressive
illness, so effective that they never failed their patients,
not even for once, which made this doctor rather smug about
his power over the beings from the other world. When he paid
a house call, he would poke a finger at patient's nose cursing
aloud, and the previously violent and hysterical patient
would lowed his head and become quiet, by then the doctor
swiftly took the needle out and pricked in all 13 Ghost Acupoints,
which would put the patient in deep sleep for half a day.
When the patient woke up again, the problem would be completely
However, according to the rule, this particular treatment
should be executed with respect for and compassion towards
beings. The doctors are not the judges or prosecutors,
but mediators between all parties involved. During the process,
a doctor should negotiate with the spirit at each stage;
normally a spirit would beg for mercy and inform the doctor
what the antagonism is between it and its human host, and
the doctor will then help the both parties to address the
conflict. But this smug doctor did not believe negotiation
with shadowy beings is necessary since in his view a strict
boundary is drawn between the yin
and yang two worlds and any illegal
migrants should be dealt with by total elimination.
The ruthless measure he adapted eventually brought a merciless
consequence to his life.
One day the doctor was called to see a young female patient
who during attack would climb onto a rooftop to pray to the
moon, ate chickens alive or ran into streets naked, with
a physical strength that could only be overpowered by several
strong men. When the doctor arrived, as usual he poked a
finger at her nose and denounced the shadowy being in her
body. This time, however, the patient did not calm down,
but tossed her head to shout back. The doctor got furious,
ordering to hold down the patient's limbs, and prick her
Ghost Acupoints one by one without pause. When eventually
it came to the 13th point to seal the channel, a voice from
deep within the patient's throat yelled, "Damn you!
You are determined to destroy me, right? I won't let you
get away with that! I curse you to have a mentally retarded
child in each of your generation."
The doctor returned with a sneer. He stuck the needle in
patient's tongue and finished off that possessing spirit.
Two years later his wife gave birth to his second son; and
when the child was 3 year old, it was clear that the boy
suffered severe down syndrome. By the time my grandfather
recorded the incident, the doctor already had great grandchildren,
and in each of his four generations, there was one child
with that particular mental disease.
Generally speaking, medical practitioners help relieving
suffering of those sick and injured, and are doing tremendous
service to mankind. Then why this particular doctor would
face a terrible consequence like this? The answer should
lie in his attitudes: it is not because he helped people
to eliminate the undesirable courses, but because he lacked
for the beings that might be less dignified or fortunate
Excerpt of original Chinese text by 池草
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