Beth Israel celebrates Lunar New Year

By KENNY SUI-FUNG YIM

 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center rang in the Year of the Horse with its Lunar New Year Celebration on Jan. 30. The event highlighted the wide range of healing practices originating from Chinese culture. Proceeds went to the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence.

Tai chi teacher and practitioner Stanwood Chang explained the concept of tai chi. “Chi” literally means air, or the body’s spirit. This matter is channeled throughout the body along specific meridians diagrammed in ancient Chinese texts. “Tai” means moving the air in coordinated ways, either away from or toward different areas depending on the specific malady and what needs to be healed.

Chang went on to list medical issues that can benefit from tai chi, including depression, osteoporosis and smoking addiction. He said it took only an average of one session with acupuncturist Wenfei Xie before the patient ceased smoking.

Chang also noted that Boston is the only place in the country which offers “complementary medicine,” also known as “alternative” or “Eastern” medicine, alongside Western medicine in major hospitals.

Tai chi practitioner Stanwood Chang gives a tai chi demonstration at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Jan. 30. (Image courtesy of Kenny Sui-Fung Yim.)

Tai chi practitioner Stanwood Chang gives a tai chi demonstration at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Jan. 30. (Image courtesy of Kenny Sui-Fung Yim.)

After Chang gave a powerful tai chi demonstration , De Hua Zhen and Qingen Ke took the stage to show off haunting music using traditional Chinese instruments, the bamboo flute and jing ju.

The audience was also treated to a boisterous pair of lion dancers and their fan-waving guardian, who elicited the lions to come out and throw candy to the audience. The event was capped off by a green ribbon dance put on by the Chu Ling Dance Academy.

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