There were many doctors in ancient China who could work miracles in healing. It is said that they not only had great wisdom, but also possessed supernormal skills. The miracles they performed manifested in the form of extremely accurate diagnoses and the treatment of diseases.
According to the book Historical Annals, Cang Gong, who lived during the reign of Emperor Wen in the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-A.D. 220) was considered to be a miracle-working doctor. There was a man who was suffering from a headache. Cang Gong felt his pulse and decided that it was a very serious disease, and he was beyond help. So he told the patient’s brother: “Your brother’s disease will soon affect his intestines and stomach; his body will swell up five days later and he will vomit pus and die after eight days.” It happened exactly as he said.
Zhang Zhongjing of the Han Dynasty was also a brilliant miracle-working doctor. Once, he was diagnosing Wang Zhongxuan, who was only 17 years old. After his observation, he said to Wang: “You have an internal disease and should consume the ‘five-stone soup’; otherwise, your eyebrows will fall out when you are 30 years old.” Wang didn’t believe him, nor did he take the medicine. Indeed, his eyebrows did fall out at the age of 30.
Miracle-working doctor Hua Tuo was even more of a household name across the land. One patient had a pain in his abdomen. After diagnosing him, Hua Tuo said: “Your disease is deeply rooted and you should have an operation. In any event, you only have 10 years to live, whether you have it treated or not. Upon the patient’s request, Hua Tuo performed the operation, but he still died 10 years later.
Doctors also showed their amazing abilities in their treatment of diseases, cured many strange diseases and difficult symptoms, and saved lives. Once, there was a poor scholar named Zhang Quan, who lived during the period of the Three Kingdoms. He unexpectedly received a bequest of a 7-room house and was overjoyed by it all. However, his extreme joy led to sorrow and he developed symptoms that compelled him to laugh uncontrollably and this could not be cured for a long time. Later, accompanied by his father, he went to see Hua Tuo. After feeling his pulse, Hua Tuo shook his head and said: “Your disease is not curable. It is beyond my capability.” The father and son were shocked at what they were told and knelt down to beg for help. Hua Tuo said: “I have a disciple called Wu Pu who lives in Xuzhou. Let me write a letter to him and maybe he can help. Remember, do not open the letter on the way, and you must arrive within 10 days. Otherwise, your life will be in danger.” It took eight days for the father and son to get there. Upon reading the letter, Wu Pu burst out laughing. It turned out that the letter read: “The visitor cannot help laughing uncontrollably due to an extreme amount of giddiness. It could not be helped with medicine, so I purposely told him that he was sick to death to make him worry and be anxious. The day they arrive will be the day he is cured.” Only then did the father and son realize that the son’s symptoms were gone. From the viewpoint of modern medical science, this was actually a type of psychotherapy treatment.
There was another case told in Hua Tuo Bie Zhuan (The Stories About Hua Tuo) that someone had symptoms of dizziness and could not be cured for a long time. Hua Tuo had him take off all his clothes, hung him upside down, and used a wet cloth to wipe his whole body. His pulse then showed five colors. Hua Tuo cut his wrist with a knife and drained the five-colored blood, then applied a plaster to the cut. The dizziness of the patient disappeared immediately. The strange method of treatment was truly a work of art.