Always Be Ready To Meet the Challenges of Disasters
Chiu-Nan Lai, Ph.D.

In recent days, I have been reading press reports on the tsunami disaster. What left a deep impression on me were the challenges faced by medical staff. Many survivors had not eaten clean food or water for over a week. Compounding this was the fact that their wounds had not been immediately disinfected and clean, and their lives were in peril. To save their lives, doctors resorted to amputating these patients’ arms or legs. However, because facilities and resources were limited, patients often died from loss of blood.

All these remind me that in our daily lives, we should have knowledge of first aid procedures, particularly with respect to materials around us that can be readily used in a disaster. Some of these materials are discussed below:

Medicine in the kitchen

Salt: Salt has disinfectant properties. When injured, pour boiled salt water to clean the wound. If the arms and legs show signs of infection, immerse them in salt water for 15 to 30 minutes.

Soda powder: Most bacteria and viruses cannot survive in an alkaline environment. For external wounds, wash them with diluted soda powder, or directly apply dry soda powder on the wound. For insect or mosquito bites, immediately apply soda powder to stop itching. Soda powder can be mixed with salt, and used together in combination. Mix equal portions of soda powder and fine salt, and use to brush our teeth. This is beneficial to our teeth because bacteria that cause tooth decay cannot survive in an alkaline environment.

Green grass juice: wheatgrass seedlings, barley seedlings, rice shoots, and other green grasses can cleanse both wounds and blood. Grind the grass to a pulp, and apply on the wounds.

Lemon: Lemon has disinfecting and healing properties. Apply lemon juice directly on the wound. Although this will cause prickly and painful sensations, it will facilitate recovery of the wound. Essence distilled from lemon skins is very good for disinfecting the air. Put a few drops in water, and spray to achieve desired effects.

Green papaya: Green papaya helps wounds to heal faster. A hospital in the U.K. discovered that wounds that did not heal after surgery did so after application of green papaya juice.

Many spices used for cooking have anti-bacterial and disinfectant properties. These spices include: clove, cinnamon, thyme, lemon grass, mint, and purple perilla. Boil the spices with water, and apply to clean the wounds. Alternatively, use their oil essence. Clove has the property of eliminating parasites. Its oil can be used as a painkiller, and is especially good for toothaches.

Effective Microorganisms (EM): Every home should have EM. It can be used in the kitchen and farm, and is also a very effective cleaning agent, air purifier, and emergency rescue aid.

EM is helpful for treating scalds, bee stings, infections, and bruises. Some readers indicate that after a fall, immediate application of EM directly on the wound leads to faster recovery. This is so even if the skin is not broken. Once, I applied a mixture of EM and salt on the wound of a person stung by bees—the numb and painful feeling immediately disappeared after its application. Another friend was bitten on the hand by a cat. The wound became infected, and her entire hand became swollen. Later, she soaked her hand in somewhat diluted EM. As a result, the hot sensation on her hand disappeared, and her wound quickly recovered. I was once scalded, and experienced a painful sensation after I used cold water to wash the scalded area. I then applied EM immediately, and the pain immediately disappeared.

EM is composed of 80 types of friendly microorganisms. They create a high energy environment, and therefore have the ability to ward off bacteria and viruses, as well as treat biological pollution. In times of disasters, EM is very helpful in purifying water and food supplies.

In the aftermath of the Taiwanese earthquake, an EM manufacturer sent workers to the disaster area to spray EM and to get rid of the stench of excreta and waste. Similarly, EM can be used to remove the stench of corpses and pollutants at the tsunami disaster areas.

Use of essential oil essence in emergency procedures:

Many types of essential oil can be used to kill bacteria, remove fungus and mold, relieve pain, calm nerves, and raise immune systems. Essential oils are derived from the plants’ lymphatic systems. Hence, they can influence the circulation of our lymphatic system. The scent of oil essences enters through our noses into our brains, and can affect our moods. Below are some common essential oils used to raise our immune system and kill bacteria: lemon grass, eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, thyme, and lavender.

Lavender has the widest range of functions. Beginners who want to choose only one essence can use lavender. Research shows that good-quality lavender is especially beneficial to breast cancer patients.

Medical research reports the case of a patient who broke his shin. After a year of treatment, his shin became infected and could not be treated by any type of antibiotics. Later, doctors applied the following mixture of oil essences to his wound: lemon grass, eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, and thyme. They applied one millilitre of this mixture with alcohol (actual dilution ratio not reported) to the wound everyday. After 3 months, the infection went away and the wound healed. Doctors had originally contemplated amputating his leg! In London, medical experts discovered that common oil essences have anti-bacterial properties. The mixture used comprised: Italian fir tree, menthol, lemon, eucalyptus, pine tree, ravensara, palmarosa, and gully gum. A nurse used a 5% concentration of sweet marjoram oil essence (a spice), and successfully healed bedsores that could not be healed by western medicine. Readers who want to know more about the use of oil essences in medical treatments can refer to: Buckel, Jane, “Clinical Aromatherapy”, Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

The third kind of emergency aid is a qi adjustment approach that is known by few people, although those who have personally used it will testify to its incredible effectiveness. Use either an energy pendulum, or a metal chain or string with a relatively heavier object tied to its end. Parts of the body that are injured or not well have negative energy. Use the energy pendulum to discharge this negative energy or to replenish the positive energy. Place a hand on the area that is unwell, and use the other hand to hold the energy pendulum or metal chain in a relaxed manner. Let the chain rotate by itself. It will turn in an anti-clockwise direction when releasing negative energy, and in a clockwise direction when replenishing positive energy. The process is complete when the chain stops moving. Areas that are severely injured need to go through this process a few times. In most cases, the wound or bruise will heal very quickly after this qi adjustment. Even areas that are subjected to chronic pains will also heal. A patient who suffered from gastric pain fro two years had the pain completely relieved after this qi adjustment process.

The power of the mind

Readers will recall Dr. Mitchell May who broke his bones in forty areas in a traffic accident thirty years ago. His savior was Jack Gray, who brought him to a healing space that transcended time and space. Jack used a flashing blue light to bring Mitchell to an Alpha wave state, and asked him to chant some verses together. At that time, Dr. May felt that this was strange, and did not chant along. A few days later, his pain miraculously disappeared. I asked Dr. May for the sound that Jack was chanting. He replied: Om Mani Padme Hum. This is the Six Syllable Mantra of Great Compassion that Asians are familiar with, and represents the power of loving kindness and compassion! This shows how the power of love can create miracles.

Mr. Masaru Emoto, who investigated messages contained in water, especially emphasized the power of love and gratitude. In the aftermath of the Asian disaster, his group established a plan centred on love and expressing gratitude to water. They sent letters emphasizing that at this moment, everyone needs to send out thoughts of love to eradicate fear, sorrow, anger, loneliness, helplessness, mistrust, and anxiety. Negative energy vibration facilitate infection. This group hopes that everyone will send out blessings every moment. In particular, everyone should send love and gratitude to those in the disaster areas. Readers who would like more information can check this website: http://thank-water.net/.

In summary, develop and train in the ability to meet the unexpected. Learn natural emergency rescue techniques. In particular, using materials that are easily obtainable. Live a life that is filled with gratitude and joy.

Extracted from Lapis Lazuli Light Magazine 2005 Feb Issue
Translated by Lapis Lazuli Light Singapore