Discovery of Healing Herbs
Five Steps Dragon (QiChun)
This small part of the mythical tale you are about to peruse is one of the many and varied stories that I was told, when I was a very young boy, all of which had formed part of my once esoteric family practice of LAMAS Qi Gong.
There is an abbreviated version of the story, which is a well known, and often-related Oriental legend, or myth, and is very closely associated with the discovery and use of ancient herbal remedies.
However I was told quite a very longer and more in-depth tale, one that far exceeds the length of the story that has been retold hundreds of millions of times, and been discussed and spoken about for millennia.
According to Ancient Chinese culture, be it legend, myth or folklore, whatever, a very short version of this story has been in existence for millennia and tells about a poor and lowly farmer in the province of Yunnan in Mainland China.
This poor farmer had accidentally discovered a large venomous snake near his home. Farms were tiny holdings and the buildings during that period were possibly very small and badly constructed. Probably mainly of clay, mud, straw, thatch and bamboo canes, which were bound together with natural rope and green twisted plant roots etc.
Sleeping arrangements was on a large oblong shaped pile of hardened mud covered by the hides of goats, sheep and other domesticated bovine animals.
Below and underneath which was a controlled fire set for the warming of the ‘bed’ as it were.
The farmer, who was returning from his smallholding, came upon a large snake near his home.
He decided that it was a danger to his family, friends and animals so he took a long bamboo stave and thrashed the snake until it seemed to be completely lifeless, until it appeared to be quite dead.
A few days passed and the farmer, on returning from working on the farm again saw the very same snake moving through his yard.
Not believing his eyes, he grabbed his strong bamboo stave and again proceeded to lash and beat the snake to a point that it was any beyond doubt that the snake was quite dead.
Days later walking back from his daily labour, the same snake reappeared in his yard, the farmer provided another death dealing thrashing.
However this time he made a decision to hide himself and watched from his hidden place, to see if any of the other farmers were playing tricks or trying to kill him or members of his family.
Many hours passed and the snake, which was covered in blood with a badly damaged body, did not move. The sun was almost about to vanish from the horizon, and night was already approaching.
The twilight still allowed for fairly good visibility. The farmer was about to leave when he noticed the body of the snake was beginning to shake, then it began to gradually twist and wriggle its body as if coming alive, and thereafter slowly it commenced to slither in almost a straight line.
It went towards the nearby grove of trees and stunted bushes, not believing his own eyes, the farmer furtively followed the snake, and was most surprised to see it eating a small bunch of grass-like plants.
What really was astonishing to him was that this particular type of snake was known to be very aggressive, and a highly voracious carnivore.
It was almost dark and so the farmer shaking his head in wonder stealthily went back to his hut and retired for the night.
Next morning as the sun rose high in the heavens, and he had finished his daily chores he began to make his way home.
Quietly walking the short distance to the small grove of trees and bushes, there before him was the same snake covered in wounds, which were already healing, and the snake apparently fully recovered was lazily sunning itself on a large rock.
Hereafter it appears began the mysteries of the art of healing others by using the essences of plants and their extracts together with the esoteric knowledge gained by the ancients of old. *
* This ancestral family folklore has been highly abridged and abbreviated or would have filled the pages of this book, however additional information is always available to all LAMAS Qi Gong practitioners.