Xu Mingtang is the current Grandmaster and lineage holder of Zhong Yuan Qigong, a system that is thousands of years old. He comes from an ancient Shamanic and Kungfu family closely associated with the Shaolin monastery.
One of the foremost teachers and healers in Chinese medicine today, he has taught the ZY Qigong system to more than 40,000 students in at least 17 countries, and he supervises clinics throughout the world.
Some of the current distinctions of Grandmaster Xu include:
- President of Chinese Zhong Yuan Association
- Board member and Advanced Specialist Consultant of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (WASMQ)
- Keynote Speaker at 2006 International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM) Conference
- Publication in Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, Volume 17, Number 1, Diagnosis and Healing of Energetic Diseases, by Grandmaster Mingtang Xu
- Invited speaker at the 2007 US Congressional Caucus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, invited by Congressman Kucinich.
- Founder of Kundawell Institute, in Beijing, China, for study and teaching of Image Medicine, with emphasis on understanding and treating "untreatable" diseases.
- Founder of a degree program in Image Medicine at the Oriental Culture and Medicine Academy of the Ukraine National Academy of Science
- Invited to present Image Medicine (Qigong Healing) at Harvard Medical School in 2011.
Xu Mingtang comes from a family of famous surgeons in China’s Henan Province. Beginning in early childhood, he studied Wushu with his great grandfather and learned Shamanic practices (Wu Yi) from his grandmother.
While still a child, he began training with his first real teacher, an 80-year-old Shaman woman from his village. There he learned the spiritual healing methods and other practices that are central to the ZY Qigong system. He studied Traditional Chinese medicine along with his technical studies and his skills were so great that he worked as a hospital diagnostician during his third year of University.
Grandmaster Xu started teaching ZY Qigong outside of China in 1991. Since 1998, he has led annual international Qigong retreats in Shaolin. As the current lineage-holder of ZY Qigong, he teaches ZY Qigong and Image Medicine to all levels of students. Currently, Grandmaster Xu divides his time between his teaching and research at Kundawell Institute in Beijing, and his many healing, teaching and speaking engagements throughout the world.
By rough estimate, Prof. Xu Mingtang has completely healed more than 10,000 cases of refractory illness of all types, using the diagnostic and treatment methods of Image Medicine. Concurrently he has trained approximately 50,000 students in the healing and health maintenance skills of Image Medicine. There are now about twenty Image Medicine health institutes worldwide, and approximately 3,000 full-time practitioners of Image Medicine. This remarkable success is now paving the way to world-wide embrace of this orthodox traditional Chinese medicine.
From his clinical practice of Image Medicine in six countries, over the span of more than two decades, Prof. Xu has observed numerous cases of instantaneous or otherwise "miraculous" healings. He has successfully treated Crohn’s disease, atrophy, illness of the cervical vertebrae, vertebral disc herniation, asthma, childhood epilepsy, deafness, blindness due to illness, heart attack and its complications, diabetes, and many other diseases. He has found that Image Medicine is particularly and uniquely effective with regard to "informational illness."
The significance of Prof. Xu's Image Medicine methods is detailed in this article from Top China Magazine, dated January 1, 2010: A visit with Image Medicine Founder, Xu Mingtang.
Image Medicine offers hope not only for individual lives, but hope for the future of human life itself. Thus, at the 2009 International Traditional Medicine Technology Symposium and All China Forum on Progress in Traditional Chinese Medicine External Healing, Professor Xu Mingtang was awarded the "All-China Outstanding Contributor to Progress in the Study of Traditional Chinese Medicine External Healing" award.
Born into a well-known family of doctors and martial artists in the Henan province, Xu Mingtang followed in the tradition of his ancestors. He studied Chinese medicine, shamanic practices, and martial arts before beginning diagnostic work at the hospital where his father, a surgeon, served as director. Working alongside his father, Xu Mingtang began seeing patients at the age of seven. His father carefully assessed his scanning abilities, using Western diagnostic testing as the standard. Xu Mingtang's skills at scanning and diagnosing were so accurate that he was allowed to begin seeing patients independently at age fourteen.
He left home two years later, to study the modern discipline of computer science at the prestigious Xian Jiaoda University. In his free time he continued to see patients, and his skills at scanning, diagnosing and treating disease further improved. After graduation he returned to Henan province and trained intensively at places known for their healing power: the Longmen Grottos, the White Horse Temple, the Cloud and Mist Mountains, and the Shaolin Monastery. At Shaolin, he was inspired by his ancestor, Prince Kimnara, Guardian of Principles of the Monastery centuries before. The monastery hall in Shaolin is dedicated to his forefather and, in the tradition of his family, Xu Mingtang upholds those family principles to this day.
Xu Mingtang’s father and his teacher both urged him to pursue a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, as the modern scientific age unfolded in China. He attended Beijing University, where he graduated at the top of his class. He then was employed as the Chief Engineer and Project Director at the Software Laboratory of the National Academy of Science of China. But he spent every free moment practicing of ZY Qigong, and in 1988 he founded the Chinese Zhong Yuan Association. A year later he was appointed Associate Professor of the Chinese Research Institute of Human Latent Potentials.
In 1991, Xu Mingtang decided to focus his life on ZY Qigong. He left his prestigious position in China and began teaching in Russia. Within a few years, he was giving seminars on ZY Qigong throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His roster of patients grew exponentially and now includes cultural, business, sports and government elite. Over the course of the next ten years, Xu Mingtang founded the Kiev Chinese Traditional Medicine Clinic and the Oriental Culture and Medicine Academy at the Ukraine National Academy of Science, which includes degree programs for medical students and health professionals. Prof. Xu is also affiliated with the Laboratory for Human Brain Research and Moscow University. He first published his two-book series, Entering One’s Own Universe—ZY Qigong, in Russian. It has since been translated into Hebrew, German, Czech, and finally English.
In China, Xu Mingtang was awarded a professorship at the Chinese and Western Medical Joint Hospital of the Beijing Chinese Medicine University. Additionally, he is a Board member and Advanced Specialist Consultant of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Xu Mingtang’s current vision is to establish a North American clinical center which could accommodate patients for extended stays. Treatment protocols would combine hands-on healing, herbal supplements and individualized nutrition programs, as well as personalized ZY Qigong training and practice. Such a facility would also allow for intensive training in Image Medicine and clinical internships for new ZY Qigong healers.