Nobody likes pain, but it is actually a super-medicine. Like diseases, it is a gift from nature. The “pain” here does not refer to the kind caused in accidents or fights, but the sensation generated when proactively doing Paida and/or Lajin. Of the various recovery responses/healing crisis, pain is the most commonly encountered. Some may refuse to do Paida and Lajin because of the pain. Actually, it is precisely the reason that Paida and Lajin should be practiced. Pain is the secret weapon of E-Dao self-healing methods miraculous efficacy.
The reasons are as follows:
1. Firstly, pain is a tool of precise diagnosis.
As an old saying goes: Where there are no blockages in the meridians (energy channels in the body), no pain will be felt. Pain indicates the part of the body where the illness lies; the intensity of pain indicates the severity of a disease. Patients with heart diseases and emotional illnesses are more afraid of pain than the average person. Heart diseases refer to disorders in the physical organ, the heart; whereas emotional illnesses refer to disorders of the intangible psyche, spirit, and mind. Heart diseases and emotional illnesses are interrelated and mutually influenced; they are both manifestations of blockages in the heart and pericardium meridians. If a part of the body where a meridian runs through is painful, it signals that the corresponding organ is having problems.
2. “Pain” directly stimulates and opens up the heart, triggers will power, and mobilizes vital-qi (right qi); it is a “medicine for the heart”.
The heart, as sovereign of bodily organs, governs the spirit. It stimulates secretion of bio-chemicals that the body needs, i.e. “endogenous medicine”. Without pain, our self-healing power will not be activated, thus the endogenous medicine will not be produced. Our self-healing ability acts like a compound medicine, and pain is the catalyst that triggers the endogenous generation of this medicine. Therefore, pain is part of the process of producing endogenous medicine; it may even be a part of the medicine itself, i.e. the “pain medicine”. In addition, pain is also the process of pinpointing the location of diseases so that further treatment can be carried out; it reveals its targets very clearly, i.e. at the location where the pain is felt. Hence, pain is a precision medicine; prolonged pain means continuous treatment with precision medicine. Moreover, this pain is bearable; it can be self-regulated according to the person’s own condition.
3. As the “pain medicine” is an “endogenous medicine” manifested as self-healing ability, it is more accurate, symptomatic, eco-friendly and direct compared to medication.
In Chinese medicine, self-healing ability is referred to as yang-qi or vital-qi (zhengqi/right qi); in Western medicine, it is referred to as immunity, repairing ability, hormones, insulin, stem cells, adrenaline, enkephalin. With the advancement of medical science, new terms will be continuously added to the list.
4. The degree of “pain” is proportionate to the efficacy of this “medicine”, i.e. the more painful it is, the better the self-healing efficacy.
During Paida and Lajin, when more pain is felt, yang-qi is increased faster and the entire body immediately warms up and even starts to sweat. The time when most pain is felt is the time when yang-qi is conjured up the fastest, hence the best efficacy is gained. The qi of diseases is yin-qi; when it accumulates, more diseases will occur and life is shortened. On the contrary, when yang-qi is abundant, fewer diseases will occur and life is prolonged. When yang rises, yin will decline. Yang-qi is zhengqi (or literally “right qi”, as described in《黄帝内经》Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine), “when zhengqi is kept in, evils shall not enter”. This sentence sums up the true essence of Chinese medicine.
In case the pain becomes almost unbearable at the early stages of Paida and Lajin, the intensity of slapping or stretching may be reduced and the duration of Paida and Lajin can be lengthened.
5. “Pain” makes us focused; we can experience the state of the body and soul becoming one, the state where giving and receiving is occurring within the same physical entity.
Thus, pain is also a meditation method. When one meditates, he/she may find it hard to concentrate. When pain is felt in the process of Paida and Lajin, the mind is unprecedentedly focused; it is impossible at that moment to think about such things as the share market, children, or other daily matters. Your thoughts will focus on the most painful part of the body, and that is almost invariably where the disease nidus is located. A person’s ability to endure pain varies with his/her changing thoughts, and it will be strengthened through continued Paida and Lajin. The ability to endure greater pain indicates that health is improving.
6. “Pain” is our natural protection system that enables us to avoid danger; as such, the “pain medicine” is safer than medication.
When the pain exceeds a person’s level of endurance, he/she will instinctively stop using the “pain medicine”. Beginners, the seriously ill, and the elderly need not start Paida or Lajin with high intensity, they also should not anxiously try to gain significant efficacy at one go, but should instead take it one step at a time.
7. Our ability to endure pain will gradually improve along with the increase in intensity and duration of Paida and Lajin.
When the tolerance levels for the “pain medicine” and medication are compared, it is found that their effects on the human body are directly opposite. Greater tolerance of “pain medicine” indicates alleviation or curing of diseases, but greater tolerance of externally introduced medicine implies that the drug has become ineffective, or has even caused side effects.
8. The “pain medicine” is essentially a “medicine for the mind”; it is the result of the interaction between the mind and the body.
A person’s attitude towards pain varies constantly. Once a person changes his/her mindset and starts to view pain as proactive and positive treatment, he/she can instantly endure greater pain. Then, pain will no longer be the enemy or the devil, but instead a friend or an angel.
9. As smooth flowing meridians are considered a nourishing tonic to the body, and pain is the process of cleansing meridians, thus the “pain medicine” is considered a tonic as well.