A Wife Teaches Herself Chinese Medicine While Treating Husband

February 20, 2010 3:42 am Last Updated: October 1, 2015 8:43 pm

For the past 24 years, Ms. Feng Guirong’s husband has suffered from polycystic kidney, polycystic liver, thrombotic episodes, cerebral bleeding, uremia, a pituitary tumor, and Parkinson’s syndrome. Doctors diagnosed his illnesses as terminal on numerous occasions. With love and a “never giving up” attitude, time and again the wife has brought her husband back from the brink of death. She is not a doctor, however she believes in Chinese medicine, has used the treatments on herself, and has witnessed life’s miracles over and over.

Yanzhao Metropolitan News reported that on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday each week, an elderly couple and their son arrive at the Dialysis Section of the Northern China Coal Medical Institute in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. Mr. Dong Dazhao, 64, is carried in by his son and his 62-year-old wife. During each trip Ms. Feng has to carry her husband at least eight times. Beads of sweat drip off her face; still, she remains upbeat.

Ms. Feng married Mr. Dong in 1972. In 1986, Mr. Dong, at age 42, suddenly suffered thrombotic episodes and heart attacks. With his wife’s care he was able to return to work within six months.
In 1997, Mr. Dong had an infraction in his brain stem. He recovered and was able to stand up after intense care from his wife. Two years later, he suffered cerebral bleeding and was diagnosed with uremia, heart disease, and Parkinson’s syndrome. Ms. Feng did not give up. She comforted her mother-in-law, “As long as I’m here, Dazhao will survive and live well.”

Ms. Feng had a passion for Chinese medicine when she was young, but didn’t receive any formal training. She was a member of the logistics staff at the Fengnan District Hospital in Tangshan City. After her husband became ill, especially after he was diagnosed with uremia, Ms. Feng started reading books to learn about Chinese medicine. In her spare time, while taking care of her husband, she finished studying the Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor, an ancient Chinese medical text that possibly dates back to the first century BC, Compendium of Materia Medica by Li Shizhen, 1518-1593, which documented tens of thousands prescriptions with over 1,000 illustrations, and Essential Formulas for Emergencies Worth a Thousand Pieces of Gold by Sun Simiao, 581-682, author of the earliest Chinese encyclopedia for clinical practice. From reading these texts, she was able to prescribe herbs and remedies to meet her husband’s changing situations.

In 1997 she began trying each medicinal soup that she prepared for her husband for seven days in a row. Only if she felt it would work for her husband, would she feed it to him. According to the theory of Wang Qingren, a renowned Qing Dynasty Chinese medicine scholar, a stroke is caused by the lack of both qi and blood and developed an innovative herb soup that supplements one’s yang qi. It was this recipe that that enabled her husband to stand up after suffering a brain stem infarction.

In 1999, her husband was diagnosed with uremia. The usual approach would be dialysis or a kidney transplant. However, her husband has hereditary polycystic kidney disease, so a renal transplant would not work. Ms. Feng discussed her husband’s situation with the lead physician and settled on a treatment of mostly Chinese medicine that year.

Ms. Feng learned from the teachings of a renowned Chinese medicine scholar during the Jin and Yuan dynasties, Li Gao, that spleen and stomach problems tend to block nine apertures in the human body; while kidney failure is a result of a shortage of qi and blood. Following this theory, Ms. Feng focused on the generation and circulation of qi and blood. For 10 full years, her husband, despite the uremia, was able to rely on Chinese medicine without having to undergo dialysis at all. His case is truly a miracle among kidney patients. By 2009 other complications developed, and so her husband started undergoing dialysis.

In 2000, her husband also developed a pituitary tumor. Doctors told Ms. Feng that her husband would soon lose the sight in both eyes. He was not expected to live longer than three years after that. However, relying exclusively on Chinese medicine, Mr. Dong is still alive 10 years later. Further, his eyesight is better than many of his age.

In 2008, Mr. Dong’s illness suddenly worsened. Doctors declared that he was terminal. Ms. Feng however, did not give up, and, based on her years of experience, quadrupled the doses she was giving her husband. Miraculously, 24 hours after giving her husband the Chinese medicine she prepared, he passed dark brown urine and was brought back from the brink of death in seven days.

While reading about how to treat her husband, Ms. Feng found that Sun Simiao and other famous Chinese medicine scholars paid particular attention to the time at which medicine was administered. She developed the “Midnight-Noon Ebb-flow” Theory in which a day is broken into 12 equal intervals of two hours. Zi interval is from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., while Wu is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each of the 12 intervals corresponds to the opening and closing of a meridian in the human body: Zi corresponds to gallbladder, Chou (1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.) corresponds to liver, and so on.

For the last decade, Ms. Feng has slept for six or fewer hours a night. She feeds the medicines to her husband at given time intervals. She also massages him to help the circulation of qi and blood. In addition, she has paid attention to seasonal changes and also uses different recipes during morning and evening hours.

In 2008, after years of self-study and practice, Ms. Feng Guirong passed the national examinations and earned an associate degree in Chinese medicine—when she was 60 years old. Ms. Feng often tells others, “When a porcelain bowl is chipped, we glue it back to make it whole. A family is like that too. As long as my husband is here, my family is complete.

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