The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been an important part of the arts of Kung Fu and Qigong for many generations. It has been said that a master’s Kung Fu is only as good as their Dit Da (Traditional Orthopaedic or External Medicine) and medical knowledge is necessary to prevent and treat student injuries as well as to supervise their training. Medicine is also an integral part of the theory of Qigong therapeutic exercises, in order to ensure that the practitioner derives the maximum benefit from each exercise. All of these skills were an integral part of the training at the Shaolin Monastery.
The Choy Lee Fut system contains the TCM knowledge from its Shaolin lineage. It has also been a strong family tradition within the Chen Family, with skills passed down from teacher to family disciples. Our Founder Chan Heung operated a TCM clinic in his home village of Ging Mui which he called the Wing Sing Tong clinic.
Below are some key aspects of the Chan Family TCM tradition:
- Herbal medicine
- Dietary therapy
- Dit Da (跌打) – healing training injuries
Part of Grand Master Chen Yong Fa’s opening of the Lohan Qigong system to the general public has always included the medical aspect of the Qigong exercises. The medical knowledge helps make Qigong practice more profound and helps practitioners to ease the burden of lifestyle-related symptoms and to have a more positive, healthy and happy life.