Laurie Raegan '79: Healing Through the Emotions: The Confucian Therapy System of Wang Fengyi

Laurie Raegan '79 discusses the Confucian therapy system of Wang Fengyi, which focuses on spiritual healing and self-reflection as a means to achieving a healthy body. She highlights the system's emphasis on finding causes as opposed to modern medicine's treatment of physical symptoms, offering examples of men and women who saw their medical problems disappear with changes in attitude and perspective. She delineates characteristics of the five elements - earth, wind, fire, water, and air - in both healthy and unhealthy states, and explains the importance of respecting one's heavenly nature, or yang, as well as one's body, or ying. With an emphasis on acceptance, forgiveness, and selflessness, the system centers on an appreciation for the life one is given, remembering that the universe gives individuals all that they need for health and growth.

Laurie Raegan is an assistant professor and dean of the School of Chinese Classical Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. She majored in biology at Swarthmore and went on to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard University and an N.D. (Naturopathic Doctor) from the National College of Natural Medicine.