(Minghui.org) When Science magazine celebrated its 125th anniversary on July 1, 2005, it published a list of 125 important questions in science. Among them, 46% were about life science, 16% related to universe and earth, 14% in matter science, and 9% on cognitive science. The remaining questions covered topics such as math, computer science, politics, economy, energy, environment, and population.
The importance of life science cannot be ignored. The 21st century is the age of biology, remarked Anne Glover in 2012 when she was Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission at the time. She believed the 19th century was an age of engineering while the 20th century was an era of chemistry and physics. But right now, “life sciences play a key role in tackling global challenges.”
Chinese scientists have also noticed this. Qian Xuesen (also known as Hsue-Shen Tsien), father of the Chinese space program, believed that human body science could be a new wave of scientific breakthrough with an importance of no less than quantum mechanics or theory of relativity. Unlike many other Chinese leaders, he proposed an open mind toward traditional Chinese medicine and qigong systems. In particular, he encouraged scientists to accumulate observational data on qigong so that “future scientific theories could be established.”
After Falun Dafa was introduced to the public in 1992, it quickly drew broad acceptance and gained wide popularity due to its huge benefits on mind and body. Wu Shaozu, then director of the General Administration of Sports, went to Changchun City in Jilin Province, birthplace of Falun Dafa, to study this phenomenon. At that time, qigong and human science were under the supervision of Wu’s agency. Noticing that Falun Dafa had become the fastest-growing qigong system, scientists and officials from the General Administration of Sports conducted several surveys and provided a comprehensive assessment of the practice.
In this article, we review several major surveys between 1998 and 2021 on the effect of Falun Dafa. The data comes from third-party sources.
1998: Guangzhou and Beijing
As part of the evaluation by the General Administration of Sports, 9 medical experts from the agency conducted a form-based survey of 12,553 Falun Dafa practitioners in Guangdong Province in September 1998. Practitioners were from Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing, Shantou, Meizhou, Chaozhou, Jieyang, Qingyuan, Shaoguan, and other cities in the province.
The survey topic was “Epidemiological investigation and situation analysis.” The observation indicators included participating practitioners’ health condition, physical condition, and mental condition, both before and after taking up the practice.
Among the 12,553 participants, 27.9% were male and 72.1% were female. The age distribution was 48.4% under 50 and 51.6% above 50. In addition, 10,475 participants (or 83.4%) had one or more diseases. After practicing Falun Dafa for a period of time (ranging from two months to three years), the health improvement was significant, with 77.5% of the participants having made significant or full recovery and 20.4% on the mend. In other words, 97.9% (77.5%+20.4%) of the participants had achieved health improvement through practicing Falun Dafa.
About one month later, another survey was started in Beijing and conducted by medical professionals from China Union Medical College, Beijing Medical University, Chinese People's Armed Police General Hospital, Xiyuan Hospital of China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and 304 Hospital of Chinese People's Liberation Army. Practitioners from over 200 practice sites in Xicheng District, Chongwen District, Dongcheng District, Xuanwu District, and Chaoyang District participated in the survey. Among the 14,199 questionnaires returned, 12,731 had complete data for analysis.
Among the 12,731 responses, 20% (or 2,547) had one illness, 23.6% (or 3,004) had two illnesses, and 49.8% (or 6,341) had three or more illnesses before taking up Falun Dafa. They added up to 93.4% (or 11,892 people with illnesses). Among them, 58.5% (or 6,962) were fully recovered, and 24.9% (or 2,956) made progress in their recovery after they started to practice Falun Dafa. The overall effectiveness of healing was 99.1%. In addition, these practitioners saved 41.70 million yuan of medical expenses every year, which was about 3,270 yuan per person.
A survey of Russian Falun Dafa practitioners were conducted between April 23 and June 24, 2001. It was led by Guluoqijin, senior forensic expert from Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Simingtanni, chief examination physician from Forensic Medical Examination Division. Aspects being surveyed included medical history, health indices before and after taking up Falun Dafa, Falun Dafa teachings, and practitioners’ daily life.
The research team adopted a random sampling method and surveyed 12 out of 32 practitioners. The questions included a) health condition of the body organs and systems, b) objective situation and subjective opinion of the respondents, and c) mental state of the respondents. Among these 12 participants (4 males and 8 females), three were under the age of 40 and 9 above 40.
All of these respondents had some illnesses before practicing Falun Dafa, including three who had gastrointestinal disorders (ulcers and inflammation), one who had endocrine disorder, and another who suffered from respiratory disease. In addition, 8 of them suffered stress at work or in the family. They had some level of depression and were easily fatigued.
Among the 12 respondents, 9 reported a significant positive change in 8 weeks. A comprehensive medical examination showed the respondents had no complaints or pathological indications, with normal blood as well as urine test results. Furthermore, they were mentally stable with a positive attitude, and easy to get along with.
The research team reached the following conclusions: a) The overall cure rate of Falun Dafa was 75%, b) medical examination showed the practice has significant benefits on mind and body, and c) Falun Dafa brings no harm and is safe for people to practice.
(To be continued)
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