(Minghui.org) Despite the health benefits and improvements in mind and heart that millions experienced from practicing Falun Gong, Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party, launched a campaign to persecute the practice in July 1999.

To garner public support, a propaganda campaign was broadcast around-the-clock and the “Tiananmen self-immolation” incident was staged to further slander Falun Gong and deceive people worldwide.

Since May 2015, more than 180,000 Falun Gong practitioners and others have filed criminal complaints against Jiang with China's Supreme Procuratorate. They are exercising their legal right to charge Jiang Zemin with crimes perpetrated over the 16-year persecution.

The following accounts are excerpted from criminal complaints provided by Falun Gong practitioners residing in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province. It is our hope that, through these accounts, those who have been poisoned by the lies and propaganda generated by the Chinese regime will come to realize that Falun Gong is good.

1. Skin Growths on My Face Disappeared

I witnessed the amazing changes in my mom after she practiced Falun Gong, and I decided to try it myself. I was deeply moved by the Fa principles when I read the book Zhuan Falun. I came to know the real meaning of life, and I began to practice Falun Gong.

Before I practiced, I was irritable, got angry, cursed people and easily lost my temper. I was often dizzy, had insomnia, low blood pressure, my heart would stop, etc. I also had skin growths on my face. I tried various treatments, but nothing helped.

Yet, I underwent fundamental changes both physically and mentally after I began practicing Falun Gong.

My health improved tremendously. My illnesses left me one by one, and I no longer had the growths. My face became smooth and healthy.

My workplace rehired me eight years after I was laid off in 2000. I followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and I worked hard and stayed calm and kind even though my boss kept giving me extra work. I did not fight with others for personal gain. Thus, my boss and colleagues all came to know that Falun Gong practitioners are good people.

2. From Attempting Suicide to Being Reborn

I used to be an opinionated and stubborn person with a hot temper. I did not get along with my son and his wife. I got angry easily and was depressed. After I developed heart problems and emphysema, I could not go out in the winter due to shortness of breath. I took Chinese and Western medicines and even tried folk medicines, but they did not help. I even tried to commit suicide after a big quarrel with my daughter-in-law.

I started to practice Falun Gong in 1996 after reading some positive reviews in the newspaper. Through the practice, I learned what it means to be a truly good person and the reason why it was wrong to commit suicide. I required myself to live according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, so I became mild-tempered, considerate, and forgiving. I tried to look within myself to see if there was anything I did not do well or if there was a conflict. Thus, my family relationships improved.

I am 75 years old now. I feel energetic and healthy, and I look after my 90-year-old husband. People around me all agree that I am a different person.

3. I Became Considerate and Forgiving

My life became meaningful since I started practicing Falun Gong. I used to be in poor health: I suffered from urethritis, rheumatism, chronic pharyngitis and coronary heart disease. I was short-tempered and domineering at home, and my mentality was such that I felt everybody had to listen to me. In my workplace I was opinionated and unforgiving. Everyone was afraid of me.

Yet, all my diseases were gone after I started to practice Falun Gong in 1996. I became a new person. At home I no longer lost my temper and I became considerate, and my family became harmonious. At work I worked hard and no longer fought for personal gain.

4. Once Paralyzed, Now Able to Walk

I used to have severe rheumatoid arthritis and was not able to walk. My hands were deformed and I could not touch cold water. I also suffered severe headaches, and I was unable to do any work or look after myself. Life was meaningless to me. I was waiting to die.

My son gave me the book Zhuan Falun in February 1997. He pushed me in my wheelchair to the practice site the next day, and I read the book while other practitioners were doing the exercises at the site. A miracle happened to me on that day after I finished reading: I was able to walk home!

I have not been on medication since I started to practice Falun Dafa 18 years ago. I recovered from my illnesses and can now take care of myself. I am also able to do the house work.

I cannot help but weep in gratitude when I talk about Falun Gong and the miracles I experienced that day at the practice site! I am very thankful to Master and Dafa, which saved me and gave me a new life.

5. 70-Year-Old Looks Like 50-Year-Old

People used to say that I looked 50 when I was actually 40. But now, I look 50 when I am in fact 70.

My doctor recommended Falun Gong to me in July 1997, as I had been suffering from low blood pressure, gynecological diseases, and heart disease.

I read the book, Zhuan Falun, and it opened up my mind. I gradually let go of my pursuit for self interest. My health improved as a result. I am now illness-free.

6. My Husband Recovered from Hepatitis B

My husband changed completely after taking up Falun Gong. He recovered from Hepatitis B, which is usually incurable. He even quit alcohol and tobacco, and he was no longer irritable. He even gave up gambling, and he no longer fought with me.

Because of his positive changes, I started to practice Falun Gong as well.

I was an introverted person, and I had strong jealousy, was competitive, and narrow minded. I fought with my husband over trivial things.

I used to have allergic rhinitis. I could not open the windows or run fans at home even in summer; otherwise, I would constantly sneeze and have a running nose.

All my symptoms disappeared after I began practicing Falun Gong. Soon, I became cheerful, and I no longer complained at home about the household chores. At my workplace, I did whatever I was asked to do, and I kept being reassigned.

My colleagues were worried that I would lose my job since I did not have a fixed job. Plus, at that time many staff were already laid off. They urged me to talk to the main boss. As I am a Dafa practitioner, I did not fight for personal interests. I said to them jokingly, “I have been in every position except for the position of director.”

7. Two Cases of Recovery

1. After I started to practice Falun Gong on December 23, 1997, all my diseases disappeared within three months of practice. I have been healthy ever since.

1. I started to practice Falun Gong in July 1995. I have not seen a doctor for 20 years. It's amazing!

8. I Returned 10,000 Yuan to its Owner

Out of curiosity, I opened the book Zhuan Falun and read it. I found this book teaches people to be good, but when I read it a second time, I found it was much more amazing and profound. To this day, I feel calm and peaceful when I read the book. Every word enters my heart.

I started to practice the exercises every day. Soon I found that the tumor near my right temple was gone, and my body no longer leaned to the right. I recovered from tracheitis as well. Dafa is so amazing.

I abide by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my daily life. I work hard, am responsible, and go to work early and work late. Thus, I have a very good reputation at my work.

When my wife lost her job in 1999, some colleagues of mine urged me to get a false medical certificate for her so that she could get her pension earlier on the grounds of early retirement due to poor health. But I did not do it because I am a Falun Gong practitioner.

I once found 10,000 yuan on my way home. The owner was very touched when I returned the money to him. “I've met a good person today,” he said. I told him that I practice Falun Gong and try to be a good person wherever I am.

9. Good No Matter What

My mother brought home the book Zhuan Falun in April 1997. Out of curiosity, I opened it and spent the whole afternoon reading it. I soon decided to give it a try. I was 22 years old then, and even now I can still remember how excited I was.

I used to drink, eat mindlessly, and goof around with my colleagues, most of whom were demobilized soldiers. Our lives had no structure, and we drifted along day by day.

Yet, I quit tobacco and alcohol after I practiced Falun Gong. I became energetic and easygoing, and I worked hard and was kind to others. Even when I had conflicts with my colleagues, I tried to consider things from their perspective.

When I left the company, I even paid back 400 yuan for meal expenses on my own accord. The logistics manager was surprised but very appreciative.

Falun Gong gave me a healthy body and I now better understand the principles of karmic retribution, the relationship between loss and gain, and that I should be a good and dignified person wherever I am.