(Minghui.org) Before the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999, practitioners went to practice sites to participate in group exercises every day. The following are some stories from our practice site in Beijing.

My Marvelous Change to Better Health

I am a medical doctor and have practiced Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) for 20 years. I didn't have a good impression of qigong before I started practicing Falun Gong, but I witnessed marvelous recoveries from illness in Falun Gong practitioners, many of whom had previously suffered from incurable heart disease, high blood pressure, and chronic heart failure.

I thought about asking my many diabetes patients to try Falun Gong. But fearing unexpected consequences, I decided to try the practice for myself first, and if the practice was safe, I would ask my patients to try it.

I gradually learned that the purpose of Falun Gong was not for treating illnesses, but through the practice many practitioners' illnesses truly disappeared. The prerequisite is that one needs to attentively study the Fa teachings and practice the exercises, and truly follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Doing otherwise is not effective.

During my Falun Gong practice I noticed my own body undergoing significant changes. I had much more energy and did not feel sleepy even if I went without sleep for two days. The chronic pharyngitis [inflammation of the throat] that I had suffered for several decades simply disappeared. Within a week after I began practicing, the pain in my back was also gone, and I could do heavy physical labor easily. Within a little over a month, my chronic enteritis [inflammation of the intestine] and hemorrhoids, things I had suffered with for decades, all disappeared.

I had used high power eyeglasses for more than four decades, because I had congenital farsightedness and astigmatism [A defect in the lens of the eye]. I found that I could not wear my glasses after practicing. An examination by an ophthalmologist showed that my vision had improved. Curious, the ophthalmologist asked me why my vision had become more like that of a more youthful person. I said that it must be because I was practicing Falun Gong.

I can now read, write, do house work, and walk around without wearing glasses. Before practicing Falun Gong, I had to put on my eyeglasses before getting up in the morning. Otherwise, I could see very little.

My dramatic health changes impressed many people, many of whom also started practicing Falun Gong.

Oxygen Cylinder and Sphygmomanometer

Falun Gong has marvelous effects on health. As more and more people started practicing it, many formerly chronically ill patients recovered from their illnesses, and no longer needed to take pills. Some had packets of unopened medicines and did not want to throw them away. They asked me to give them to patients in need. I asked a pharmacist at my hospital to take a look and was later told by the hospital management that I could distribute the pills when I conducted tours for treating people in rural areas.

I was working the night shift in my hospital shortly after the New Year in 1998 when a young man dropped off a large suitcase. Inside was a new set of oxygen cylinders that patients use at home. He said, “I bought this for my parents as a New Year’s gift. But when I went back to my city, I found out that my parents had become healthy after practicing Falun Gong!”

He continued, “I don't know who to give it to. I heard that you are a doctor who practices Falun Gong and you have helped redistribute some unused medicines from other practitioners, so I brought this equipment for you. Please give it to someone who needs it.”

I thought, “To whom should I give such expensive equipment? I have no place to store it in my office. All my patients have diabetes or endocrine disorders. No one here has respiratory problems. Let me ask the immunology department, where the patients have asthma and respiratory problems.”

I went to immunology department the next morning. The director of my hospital was doing a diagnosis there. I explained the issue to her, adding, “You have patients with respiratory problems here. Could you please give this to someone who needs it?”

The director said, “If you can, can you take it to the director's office? We plan to purchase an ambulance and need this type of equipment.”

I said, “I also have a sphygmomanometer, which was donated by another Falun Gong practitioner. I put it in an equipment box in my department.”

She said, “All right. You can use it when conducting tours for diagnosis in other areas. It is easy and safe to carry along. Nowadays it is hard to get this type of equipment because there are severe shortages. Falun Gong is awesome. Our hospital's workload would drop if more people practiced Falun Gong. It would save a lot of medical expenses.”

Stories of Elderly Army Officers

There was an elderly military general who attended our practice site. He started practicing Falun Gong in the early 1990s and his health benefited a great deal. He introduced the practice to his colleagues and supervisors. Some of them also started practicing.

He told us one day, “The elderly army officers are so happy to become healthy after practicing Falun Gong. One of them told me, 'My whole body was aching before practicing Falun Gong, even though I had money, a house, a car, a driver, and a nursemaid, and I didn't need to do any work. All my illnesses are gone now! I eat well and sleep well. I have also become more youthful and don't need any help from my sons and daughters. Society also benefits because I no longer require help with my medical bills.'”