It is sunny and there is no cloud in the sky. The mountains in the wild are covered with thick green vegetation. Great trees soar above and stand firm. Under the trees, various flowers and grass cuddle up together; they stretch their bodies and breathe the fresh air in the mountains. Occasionally, as a breeze blows over, they begin to gently dance as if whispering to each other or ready to tell us something. …
Their breaths of fragrance take to the breeze and come into my clinic lying at the foot of a mountain.
I am a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. I often go into the mountains nearby to dig Chinese medicinal herbs. Every time when I walk into the mountains, I can breathe the fresh air and smell the attractive odor given forth by all kinds of rare flowers and grass, and enjoy the green before my eyes. Various trees have different forms: Some are very pretty and charming; some are tall and erect; some are laden with fruit. …
In the eyes of people who don’t know them, they are just different kinds of plants, or they just can be used as firewood for cooking rice and stir-frying, or as fuel for heating. But in the eyes of us doctors of traditional Chinese medicine, they are various rare and precious treasures. They have their own effects and some even have multiple uses.
Some plants have the effects of subduing inflammation. For example, goldthread, the medicinal part of it is its root. It has the effects of clearing away heat, dampness, and fire and detoxicating toxins, and can be used to heal many diseases caused by the dampness and heat of intestines and stomach, such as abdominal pain, dysentery, or vomit. And it can also heal the constant high fever caused by all warm diseases, the insomnia caused by heart fire, and the diabetes caused by stomach heat.
Some plants can promote blood circulation for removing blood stasis. For example, the safflower we are familiar with, the medicinal part of it is its flower. It can unblock the blood vessel and is widely used to heal the diseases caused by stagnant blockade of blood and blood stasis, and it is especially important for healing the coronary disease and angina pectoris. For females, it is also an essential medicinal material; whether to heal dysmenorrhea, to flush out extravasated blood after child-birth, or to heal physical injuries, it is essential. Often drinking the water infused by safflower flowers can prevent and heal cerebral infarction and myocardial infarction, and can also lower blood pressure.
Some plants can dispel wind and dampness. For example, cortex acanthopanacis, the medicinal part of it is its velamen. It has the effects of dispelling wind and dampness and strengthening muscles and bones; it can heal wind-dampness arthralgia and soreness and weakness of waist and knees, and can also induce diuresis for removing edema.
Some plants can build strength, keep longer longevity, and improve body’s natural defenses. This kind of plant is mostly tonifying medicinal material, including ginseng, astragalus mongholicus, Chinese angelica, Chinese wolfberry, and so on. They are the medicinal materials we are familiar with and have a good effect on recovery from weakened bodies, illnesses, or operations. Many people whose bodies are weakened have taken them.
Some plants have good effects on dispelling pathogenic wind and cold and preventing and healing cold and fever. Such as Ephedra sinica Stapf, the medicinal part of it is its entire body. It has several uses: dispelling cold to induce sweating, inducing diuresis to remove edema, and relieving cough and asthma; its stem can induce sweating while its root can arrest sweating. This is too wonderful!
Every time when I used these plants to heal people of their diseases, many thoughts welled up in my mind: Where are these plants from? And who bestows upon them such lives?
Afterward, I believed in God, and from the book ofI saw these words: “‘And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth: and it was so.’ While God was speaking, all these things came into being following the thoughts of God, and in an instant, an assortment of delicate little life forms were unsteadily poking their heads up through the soil, and before they had even shaken the bits of dirt from their bodies they were eagerly waving to each other in greeting, nodding and smiling to the world. They thanked the Creator for the life that He bestowed upon them, and announced to the world that they were a part of all things, and that they would each devote their lives to showing forth the authority of the Creator.”
It turns out that these flowers, grass, and trees are from the Creator’s creation. They are the same as us humans. It is God who bestows upon them tenacious life force, and it is God who supplies and nourishes their lives. They are living for showing forth the Creator’s authority and power. In addition, besides the enjoyment they bring to us, they also have their own wonderful uses: They can resolve our different kinds of rare illnesses, and the medicinal parts of them are also different. I couldn’t help being amazed at the Creator’s creation. I thought: What’s the relationship between man’s body and these plants? Why can they be used to heal people’s diseases? How did the ancients find the uses of these flowers and grass and trees?
Then, I saw God’s word says: “Among all things, whether it is animals, plants, or all kinds of grass, God also created some plants that are necessary to resolve harm or illness to the human body. What do you do, for instance, if you get burned? Can you wash it with water? Can you just find a piece of cloth somewhere and wrap it up? It might fill up with pus or get infected that way. What do you do, for instance, if you get scalded accidentally by a flame or by hot water? Can you flush it with water? For instance, if you get a fever, catch a cold, suffer an injury from physical work, a stomach ailment from eating the wrong thing, or develop certain diseases due to living habits or emotional issues, such as vascular diseases, psychological conditions or diseases of the internal organs—there are corresponding plants to cure all of these. There are plants that improve blood circulation to remove stagnation, relieve pain, stanch bleeding, provide anesthesia, help people recover normal skin, eliminate blood stasis in the body, and eliminate toxins from the body. In short, they can all be used in daily life. They are of use to people and have been prepared by God for the human body in case of need. Some of these were allowed by God to be inadvertently discovered by man, while others were discovered from certain special phenomena or by certain people prepared by God. Following their discovery, mankind would pass them down, and then many people would know about them. This way, God’s creation of these plants has value and meaning.”
From these words, it can be seen: God loves man and is considerate about man’s survival. Before mankind was created, God had created all the beautiful things, and prepared abundant good things for mankind; He knows the need of mankind who comes into this world. In order to let created mankind better survive, God not only prepared the air, sunshine, and temperature, but also prepared the medicinal herbs for healing man’s illnesses. God is really so considerate and thoughtful. Thus, it isn’t creditable to us that we can know the uses of these medicinal herbs, but it is creditable to God’s arrangement. All things God created are perfect and wonderful and have their own special function and value. The heavens and earth and all things are created for mankind. Only God knows man best and loves man best. So God arranges these plants to protect man’s health, as if they were the guards of man’s health. With them, mankind is able to develop and reproduce healthily under God’s gaze. Through these plants, we can see how true and real God’s love to man is!
When I went into the mountains again, seeing the verdant hills and mountains and the dancing plants in wind, I loved them more. They are generous because they are gifted by the Creator for their function of healing diseases, as well as because they are the manifestation of the Creator’s authority. And even more important is that they bear a deep love—the Creator’s worry and care to us. This makes people feel very warm.
All the glory be to God!
By Jin Hua, China