Chinese Image Medicine

Chinese Image Medicine (CIM) is a modern, innovative branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which follows the ancient concepts taught by the legendary Chinese healers Bien Chue (407–310 B.C.) and Hua Tuo.

The direction of CIM was developed by Professor Xu Mingtang, the founder of Beijing Medical Research Kundawell Institute, director of the Kundawell Institute of America in Seattle, USA, deputy chairman of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong, who created the modern doctrine of Image Medicine.

The Chinese language term for Image Medicine is 意象医学 (Yi Xiang Yi Xue), where Yi means mind, consciousness, thought; Xiang – picture, image; Yi Xue - medicine. Thus, the combination of words "Yi Xiang Yi Xue" means that this type of medicine elicits mental images for diagnostics, treatment, and prevention of diseases.

According to Chinese philosophy and medicine, a man is more than his physical body, and consists of 3 components: material body, energy, and soul/information or consciousness. The famous Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote: “Body is the vessel of life, energy is the foundation of life, spirit is the guide of life; if one of them does not perform its role, the others will suffer. Therefore, positive results are achieved when the spirit leads and body follows, while the opposite brings harm.”

Modern instruments confirm what was known to ancient Chinese healers, in that every living cell is surrounded by a specific biofield. Mental images are biomagnetic fields that are instantly recognized by our brains. A healthy organ has its characteristic biofield, enabling the observation of disorders at all three levels of existence. For this purpose, practitioners of CIM use special methods for developing the sensitivity of hands, body, and the ability of inner vision. This approach occasionally even reveals the causes of disease beyond the physical body.

Western medicine studies matter (substance), but ignores the links between the information, energy, and physical aspects, and thus cannot explain and affect many processes.

The high effectiveness and unique capabilities of Image Medicine is based on the fact that the diagnosis and treatment are performed by taking into account all three components and thus act on these three levels. The main goal of the method is to find and eliminate the main causes of disease, instead of battling the symptoms, especially because each patient is unique and the treatment therefore must be strictly personalized.

Treatment with the methods of CIM allow to change the information component of patient, while adjusting the energy and physical components, through using mental image of the disease and changing it. When the body receives correct information and sufficient energy, the organism activates all of its resources and abilities towards regeneration, and achieves healing.

The large amount of experience gained over 26 years of CIM research and practice has proved that this method can be effectively used for the treatment of the following conditions: asthma, chronic bronchitis, herniated discs, hypertension, various chronic gastrointestinal disorders, Crohn’s disease, chronic prostatitis, impotence, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, female and male infertility, chronic nephritis, eye diseases, recovery after cardiac infarction, stroke, and other conditions.

The research topics at the Kundawell institute also include difficult or incurable viral infections, muscular dystrophy, various diseases of the nervous system, diabetes, and oncological conditions.

The methods of treatment used in Image Medicine are remarkable by their lack of side effects, complementarity with other therapeutic approaches, effective diagnostic potential at early stages of diseases even in the absence of pronounced symptoms.

The discipline of CIM continues to attract increasing attention and recognition. Specialists who have received training at the Kundawell Institute already are working in more than 50 countries worldwide, helping their patients to activate their own abilities of self-regulation, to regain their lost health and to renew great quality of life.


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