Qigong Grandmaster Dame Dr. Effie Chow Recognized for Revolutionary Health Care Career. Dame Dr. Effie Chow Is Ancient Chinese Medicine & Qigong Expert Practitioner.
Dame Dr. Effie Chow http://www.eastwestqi.com is a health care innovator with a remarkable record of achievements. Recently, Dr. Chow’s accomplishments were recognized on air by Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica.
Dr. Chow is known the world over as a Qigong Grandmaster whose motto is “Giving individuals the power to determine and manage their own health and destinies is the secret of true healing.” For over forty years, Chow has been working to integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Western medicine. Her awards along the way have been many. She was the 1997 Visionary of the Year, the 1999 Humanitarian of the Year, and a recipient of The Visionary of the Decade 2000 Awards. In July 2000, Chow was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the original 15-member White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
In 1973, Chow founded the East West Academy of Healing Arts (EWAHA) in San Francisco; in 1988, an affiliation, The EWAHA Qigong Institute was established to promote research and clinical work in medical Qigong. Chow has been named a Chinese-American hero for her work in integrative medicine. She sees clients all over the world, offers seminars and trains practitioners. She has made presentations to over 700,000 people of all cultures, and to more than a 1,000 corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, universities, health clinics and government agencies. Chow is also a bestselling author, acupuncturist, energy healer, nurse and futurist. Kleyne, acknowledging her colleague’s impressive practice and accolades, noted that in 2008 Chow was knighted, becoming Dame Dr. Effie Chow.
Chow interjected that she shared Kleyne’s interest in water and evaporation. “Moisture (water) is the primary essence in our lives,” said Chow. Reflecting on their parallel work paths, Kleyne said, “As you know, our atmosphere is drying up. We’re seeing the dehydration of people who aren’t drinking enough water or misting to replenish the rapidly evaporating water vapor of their bodies.” Chow added that the first question she asks any patient is ‘how much water do you drink every day?’
Dr. Chow told the story for Kleyne and listeners of how she became inspired to integrate TCM and western medicine in her practice. “I was a rebel from the very beginning, even in my mother’s womb,” Chow said. “My parents were living in Canada, but I refused to be born there. I had to be born in China.” Dr. Chow’s family was steeped in ancient Chinese medicine and her father, whom she adored, encouraged her studies. When he became ill and died, Chow vowed to master the ancient healing arts, and that led her to her to the practice and eventual mastery of Qigong.
Asked by Kleyne to define the practice of Qigong, Dr. Chow explained that Qigong itself is the basis for all Chinese medicine. “Qigong,” Chow said, “is a non-confrontational series of energy-breath exercises. Qigong teaches you to tune in to and listen to the energy of your body. It teaches you to ‘feel’ your energy system, your lymph system, your nervous system. Qigong teaches that you are not just a kidney. Every cell is connected. That is why you and I are connected to every other living being on earth, and to the wider universe as well.”
Kleyne, also the co-founder and research director of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, said that everyone must understand that the water vapor is a living organism that keeps other organisms alive. Kleyne said that people should do all they can to slow down the body’s water evaporation, and Chow and Kleyne agreed that means drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water each day and learning to breathe properly.
“85% of the people in the world don’t know how to breathe properly,” said Dr. Chow, who shared an effective breathing exercise for those who breathe from their shoulders up. “You must breathe from your diaphragm,” said Chow, “not from your neck and shoulders. Also, one should integrate into one’s life a lifelong practice, such as I have done with Qigong.” Chow went on to describe how she had ‘died’ three times in 2015 during medical procedures, but had come back each time thanks to her deep Qigong practice.
If you would like to listen to the program featuring Dame Dr. Effie Chow and Sharon Kleyne, please follow this link: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/95085/the-sharon-kleyne-hour