Chinese medicine is mostly based on some simple truths
of human body. It advocates that disease prevention and treatment can be as
simple as clearing meridians (the body's energy fields) and expelling toxins
and waste in the body.
Paida and Lajin (pronounced 'pie-dah' and 'lah-gin')
are two ancient
Chinese medicine techniques
. Paida (slapping) and Lajin (stretching/pulling the
ligaments or tendons of the body) are the most direct methods in this regard,
which is believed to activate the body's self-healing power by stimulating and
cleansing the body's meridian system. This method is believed to
be beneficial for daily health preservation and to relieve the agony of
diseases and pains.
BBC news has recently reported
that Xiao Hongchi, a Chinese therapist, who promoted the controversial
"self-healing" paida lajin method is now at
the center of controversy after an unexplained death of a seven year old boy in
Sydney, Australia, who had earlier attended one of his workshops. This boy
named Aidan Fenton, had type 1 diabetes, and police believe he may have stopped
taking insulin based on the advice of Xiao.
In the workshops conducted by Xiao,
participants reportedly slap various parts of their body, including the joint
areas and the head, until their skin turns red or starts looking bruised. Xiao believes that
repeatedly slapping one part of the body builds up heat, causing blood
vessels to expand, and draws out "sha", which is the toxin that is built up in
the body. However, critics say that this method of healing could only lead to
bruising of the skin and broken blood vessels.
book entitled The World of Medicine: The
Paida Lajin Self-Healing Method
, which was published in 2009, was
reportedly very popular. Xiao's workshops have been attended by hundreds of
people in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and recently even in
India, US, Germany and Australia.
Xiao's website is filled with many testimonials from parents who have
successfully used his slapping techniques in their children to cure them of
various ailments, critics firmly believe that Xiao's method of healing has no scientific
basis and is now in a big controversy or dispute. Another of Xiao's group slapping games for children
, wherein children hit one another on their
limbs, head, hands and feet is also under the scanner.
April 2011, Xiao was fined NT$50,000 (Ł1,060, $1,600) by Taiwan for making
claims that diabetic patients did not need medication and could be cured with
paida lajin. China and Taiwan are now questioning and debunking Xiao's method,
arguing that his method is not part of traditional Chinese medicine.
this self-healing technique may have shown positive results in many
individuals, health experts believe that few randomized, double blind and controlled trials are
essential to justify the effectiveness of this method.