Pang Anchang Saves a Woman and Her Baby

February 8, 2010 4:44 pm Last Updated: February 12, 2010 11:18 am

Pang Anchang was a renowned Chinese doctor in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 A.D.). In his childhood, he loved reading books and could remember the details easily.

Once his father, a doctor who had inherited ancestral medical knowledge, told him to read "The Key to the Internal Energy Passages." But Pang Anchang refused saying, “This book is not worth reading.” Instead, he intensively studied other books about the internal energy passages—those by the Yellow Emperor, a legendary Chinese sovereign, and Bian Que, the earliest known Chinese physician (ca. 500 B.C.). He quickly comprehended the theories. When he was not yet 20 years old, he could discuss theories with others in the field, and his arguments were always clear and convincing. His father was amazed at his intelligence.

Pang Anchang was able to use supernormal abilities to diagnose illnesses, and he was skilled in the use of acupuncture. The following is a story of his unusual abilities.

A pregnant woman had still not delivered her baby seven days after her due date. Medicines and other medical techniques that were tried had all failed. It appeared that the woman could only wait for her death.

On the family’s request, Li Jidao, a renowned doctor and also a student of Pang Anchang, was called in for consultation. Doctor Li said, “We have no medicine to solve the problem. I think that acupuncture could be effective, but I do not have the necessary skill to use it.”

It so happened that Pang Anchang stopped by. When he saw the woman, he immediately said he could help her.

Pang Anchang asked the woman’s family members to warm her belly and back with warm water. Then he treated her with acupuncture. The woman felt a slight pain in her abdomen and soon after a baby boy was born. Both the mother and baby survived, safe and sound.

The woman’s entire family was astounded and in high spirits. They couldn’t stop thanking Pang Anchang, and they asked how he had treated her so successfully.

Pang Anchang said, “The baby had already come out of the womb, but one of his hands mistakenly held onto the intestine and wouldn’t let go. Therefore, medicines were not effective. I simply applied a needle on the baby’s Hukou point (acupuncture point located between the thumb and the index finger) through her belly. The baby felt pain and drew his hand back, so he was born. There was no other special trick.”

Later when they checked the baby’s right hand, they found a needle mark on his Hukou (Tiger’s mouth) point.

How did Pang Anchang know what to do? He used a supernormal ability to see through the human body. His skill was indeed extraordinary.

In ancient times, doctors cultivated themselves to be exceptional people. According to ancient qigong theories, a person who cultivated great virtues could develop certain supernormal abilities, which we now call “paranormal abilities.” Based on this concept, one can understand Pang Anchang’s supernormal abilities.

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