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Greeting at Ghost Gate
The Story Told by A Chinese Doctor (1)

16 April 2009

This is a story posted on a popular mysticism online forum 莲蓬鬼话 on 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 translation:

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 gone.

However, according to the rule, this particular treatment should be executed with respect for and compassion towards the shadowy 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 of compassion for the beings that might be less dignified or fortunate than humans.

Excerpt of original Chinese text by 池草













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