御教え『病気とは何ぞや』

「文明の創造、科学篇」 昭和27年

愈々(いよいよ)之から病気に就(つい)ての一切を解説する順序となったが、抑々(そもそも)病気とは何かといふと、一言にしていえば体内にあってはならない汚物の排泄作用である。従って体内に汚物さへなければ血行は良く、無病息災で年中潑剌(はつらつ)たる元気を以て活動出来るのである。としたら一体汚物とは何であるかといふと、之こそ薬剤の古くなったもので、毒血又は化膿した不潔物である。では何故其(その)様な病気の原因となる処の薬剤を使用しはじめたかといふと、之には大いに理由があるから詳しくかいてみるが、抑々(そもそも)人類は未開時代は兎も角、漸次人口が増へるに従って、食物が不足になって来た。そこで人間は食物を探し求め、手当り放題に採っては食った。勿論農作法も漁獲法も幼稚の事とて、山野、河川至る処で木の実、草の実、虫類、貝類、小魚等を漁ったが、其(その)良否など見分ける術もないので、矢鱈(やたら)に食欲を満たそうとしたので、毒物に中(あ)てられ、其(その)苦痛を名付けて病気と謂ったのである。そこで何とかして其(その)苦痛を脱れやうとし、草根木皮を試みた処、偶々(たまたま)苦痛が軽くなるものもあるので、之を薬と称して有難がったのである。其(その)中での薬の発見者としての有名なのが、中国漢時代に現はれた盤古氏で、別名神農といふ漢方薬の始祖人であるのは余りにも有名である。

右(上記)の如くであるから、食物中毒の苦痛も勿論其(その)浄化の為であり、薬効とは其(その)毒物の排泄停止によって苦痛が緩和されるので、已に其(その)頃から浄化停止を以て病を治す手段と思ったので、此(この)迷盲が二千有余年も続いて来たのであるから驚くの外はない。そうして西洋に於ても草根木皮以外凡ゆる物から薬を採ったのは現在と雖もそうである。従って薬で病気を治す考え方は、之程開けた今日でも原始時代の人智と些かも変ってゐないのは不思議といっていい。

偖(さ)て愈々之から実際の病気に就(つい)て徹底的に解説してみるが、抑々(そもそも)人間として誰でも必ず罹る病としては感冒であらうから、之から解説するとしやう。先づ感冒に罹るや発熱が先駆となり、次で頭痛、咳嗽(がいそう)、喀痰、盗汗、節々の痛み、懈(だる)さ等、其(その)内の幾つかの症状は必ず出るが、此(この)原因は何かといふと、体内保有毒素に浄化作用が発り、其(その)排除に伴ふ現象である。処が其(その)理を知らない医療は、それを停めやうとするので、之が大変な誤りである。今其(その)理由を詳しく説明してみると斯うである。即ち人間が体内に毒素があると、機能の活動を妨げるので、自然は或程度を越ゆる場合、其(その)排除作用を起すのである。排除作用とは固まった毒素を熱によって溶解し、喀痰、鼻汁、汗、尿、下痢等の排泄物にして体外へ出すのであるから、其(その)間の僅かの苦痛さへ我慢すれば、順調に浄化作用が行はれるから毒素は減り、それだけ健康は増すのである。処が医学は逆に解して、苦痛は体内機能を毀損(きそん)させる現象として悪い意味に解釈する結果、極力停めやうとするのであるから、全く恐るべき誤謬である。そうして元来浄化作用とは、活力旺盛であればある程起り易いのであるから、弱らせに限るから、茲(ここ)に弱らせる方法として生れたのが医療である。勿論弱っただけは症状が減るから之も無理はないが、実際は無智以外の何物でもないのである。其(その)弱らせる方法として最も効果あるものが薬である。つまり薬と称する毒を使って弱らせるのである。人体の方は熱によって毒素を溶かし、液体にして排泄しやうとして神経を刺戟する。それが痛み苦しみであるのを、何時どう間違へたものか、それを悪化と解して溶けないやう元通りに固めやうとする。それが氷冷、湿布、解熱剤等であるから、実に驚くべき程の無智で、之では病気を治すのではなく、治さないやうにする事であり、一時の苦痛緩和を治る課程と思ひ誤ったのである。処が前記の如く苦痛緩和手段其(その)ものが病気を作る原因となるのであるから由々しき問題である。つまり天与の病気といふ健康増進の恩恵を逆解して阻止排撃手段に出る。其(その)方法が医学であるから、其(その)無智なる評する言葉はないのである。近来よく言はれる闘病といふ言葉も、右(上記)の意味から出たのであらう。

右(上記)の如く感冒に罹るや、排泄されやうとする毒素を停めると共に、薬毒をも追加するので、一時は固まって苦痛は解消するから、之で治ったと思ふが、之こそ飛んでもない話で、却って最初出やうとした毒素を出ないやうにして後から追加するのであるから、其(その)結果として今度は前より強い浄化が起るのは当然である。其(その)証拠には一旦風邪を引いて一回で治り切りになる人は殆んどあるまい。又陽気の変り目には大抵な人は風邪を引くし、風邪が持病のやうになる人も少なくないので、そういふ人が之を読んだら成程と肯くであらう。此(この)様に人間にとって感冒程簡単な体内清潔作用はないのであるから、風邪程有難いものはないのである。処が昔から風邪は万病の基などといってゐるが、之程間違った話はない。何よりも近来の如く結核患者が増えるのも風邪を引かないやうにし、偶々引いても固めて毒素を出さないやうにする。従って結核予防は風邪引きを大いに奨励する事である。そうすれば結核問題など訳なく解決するのである。それを知らないから反対の方法を採るので、益々増へるのは当然である。

そうして右(上記)の如く病原としての毒素固結であるが、此(この)原因は先天性と後天性と両方ある。先天性は勿論遺伝毒素であり、後天性は生れた後入れた薬毒である。処が其(その)両毒は人間が神経を使ふ局部へ集中固結する。人間が最も神経を使ふ処としては、上半身特に頭脳を中心とした眼、耳、鼻、口等であるから、毒素は其(その)処を目掛けて集中せんとし、一旦頸部付近に固結するのである。誰でも首の周り、肩の附近を探ればよく分る。其(その)処に固結のない人は殆んどないといっていい。而(しか)も必ず微熱があるのは軽微な浄化が起ってゐるからで、頭痛、頭重、首肩の凝り、耳鳴、目脂、鼻汁、喀痰、歯槽膿漏等は其(その)為である。処が毒結が或程度を越ゆると自然浄化が発生するし、其(その)他運動によって体力が活潑となったり、気候の激変によって自然順応作用が起ったりする等の諸原因によって風邪を引くやうになる。よく肩が張ると風邪を引くといふのは之である。又咳嗽は液体化した毒結排除の為のポンプ作用であるが、之は首の附近とは限らない。各部の毒結もそうである。次に啑(くしゃみ)であるが、之は恰度鼻の裏側、延髄附近の毒素が液体となったのを出すポンプ作用であるから、此(この)理を知れば実際とよく合ふ事が分るのである。

右(上記)の如く頭脳を中心とした上半身の強烈な浄化作用が感冒であるから、此(この)理さへ分れば、仮令(たとえ)感冒に罹っても安心して、自然に委せておけばいいので、体内は清浄となし、順調に割合早く治るのであるから、此(この)ことを知っただけでも、其(その)幸福の大なる事は言ふ迄もない。


What is Disease?

“Creation of Civilization” written by Mokichi Okada in 1952

 

From now on, I explain all sort of disease. Then, to begin with, what is a disease? It is, in a ward, the excretory action of filth which should not be in the human body. Therefore, if there is no filth in the body, blood circulation is improved, and people live their lives in good health and can act lively all year round. If so, what on earth is filth? It is old medicine and toxic blood or purulent filth. Then, why did people start to use such medicine as the cause of disease? There is an important reason for it, so I describe it in detail. In the first place, except for the uncivilized era, as the population increased, human beings faced food shortage. Therefore, they had to look for the food more, collected and ate it at random. At that time, though farming and fishing were, of course, unskilled, they collected nuts, seeds, insects, shellfish and small fish and so on all around fields, mountains and rivers to satisfy their appetite, then ate them without any knowledge to distinguish whether or not they were edible. As a result, they were poisoned and they named their pain disease. Therefore, to free themselves from pain somehow, they tried to have roots of herbs and barks of trees. As they found some of them to release their pain by chance, they called them medicine and felt grateful for them. In those people, Pangu is the famous person to find such medicine, who appeared in China in the era of Han dynasty. He is also called Shennong and famous as the founder of Chinese medicine.

As I described above, the pain of food poisoning is, of course, due to its purification. The medical effect is to ease pain by stopping discharging the toxic substance, so people have already misunderstood that the way of curing disease is to stop purification action since those days. I can do nothing but to be surprised that this fallacy has continued for more than two thousand years. In western countries, in addition to roots of herbs and barks of trees, people also collected all sort of things as medicine and still do so. Therefore, people still think that disease is cured by medicine even in this age of civilization. Strangely, this idea is no different from what people thought at the primitive time.

From now, I thoroughly explain actual diseases. To begin with, since any human being surely catches a cold, I will explain this disease first. When people catch a cold, they have a fever first, which is surely followed by some of the symptoms such as headache, cough, sputum, night-sweat, joint pain, tiredness and so on. When purification action occurs on toxic substances in the body, they try to be removed, which causes such symptoms. However, medical care has no such idea and tries to stop them. That is a serious mistake. Now I explain the reason in detail as follows. When a human being has toxic substances in the body, they prevent it from functioning properly. In case it exceeds a certain level, the excretory action naturally occurs. Excretory action is to dissolve solid toxic substances by heat and discharge them as the excrement of sputum, runny nose, sweat, urine and diarrhoea and so on from the body. Therefore, if only people put up with slight pain for a while, the purification action goes well, toxic substances are reduced and people become healthier. However, medical science interprets pain by contraries, which is the sensation that the bodily functions are damaged. It is understood in a bad sense. As a result, medical science tries to stop it as much as possible. That is a terrible fallacy. The more people are full of vigour, the more the purification action easily occurs. Therefore, there is nothing better than weakening them. Then medical care has appeared to weaken human beings. The weaker they become, of course, the fewer symptoms appear. It is natural but nothing else than ignorant. The most effective way to weaken human beings is to take medicine. In other words, they are weakened by using the toxic substance called medicine. A human body generates heat to melt toxins into liquid and discharge it from the body. This process stimulates nerves, which causes pain and suffering physically. Though I don’t know when and how to misunderstand, it is thought as the worsening process. So toxins are tried to harden as it was in order not to dissolve it. Those ways are ice-cooling, a wet compress, antipyretic and so on. It is such surprisingly ignorant, indeed. By this way, the disease is not cured, but on the contrary, is tried not to be cured. Releasing temporary pain is mistaken for the process of curing disease.

Worse still, as I described above, the way of pain relief itself is the cause of disease. This is a serious problem. In other words, the favour of health promotion called heaven-sent disease is understood in reverse and is tried to stop and expel it. That is the way of medical science. There are no words for such ignorance. People recently often say ‘a fight against a disease’. These words would be derived from the meaning as above. As I described above, soon after catching a cold, toxic substances, which are about to be discharged, are stopped discharging and toxins are also more added. As toxins are temporarily solidified and pain is relieved, the cold is thought to be cured. It is, however, out of question. On the contrary, former toxins are stopped discharging and more toxins are added afterwards. As a result, it is natural that the purification action, which is stronger than before, occurs. The evidence is few people cure a cold at once when they catch it for the first time. Most people also catch a cold when the season changes and not a few people have a cold as a chronic illness. When those people read this book, they would agree. In this way, there is no easier action than a cold to clean the human’s body. A cold is the most grateful disease. However, since a long time ago people have said, “A cold can lead to many kinds of diseases”. There is no such wrong story. In recent years, there are tuberculosis patients increased. It is because they primarily try not to catch a cold and not to discharge toxins by solidifying them, even when catching a cold by chance. Consequently, the best way of the tuberculosis control is to encourage greatly catching a cold. If so, tuberculosis problem would be easily solved. As unknown this reason, the opposite way is taken, so that tuberculosis is naturally increased.

As for solidified toxins as the cause of disease which I previously described, there are both congenital and acquired causes. Congenital one is, of course, an inheritance medicinal toxin and acquired one is the toxin taken after birth. Both toxins are, however, concentrated and solidified in the parts of the body where people use nerves. The body parts which people frequently use nerves is the upper body, especially eyes, ears, nose, mouth and so on with a focused on the head. Toxins once solidify around the neck to focus and concentrate on these parts. Examining around a neck and shoulders, everyone can easily understand it. It would be said there are quite a few people who have hardening parts there. Furthermore, there has a slight fever because purification action slightly occurs. Having a headache, the heaviness of the head, stiff neck and shoulders, ear noises, eye mucus, nasal discharge, sputum, pyorrhea and so on are due to the purification action. However, when toxins exceed a certain level, the purification action naturally occurs. Other than this, people catch a cold due to physical strength becoming vital by exercises, natural adaptation action occurring under extreme climate change, or other causes. Because of such reasons, when shoulders become stiff, people catch a cold. Besides, coughing is the pumping action for discharging liquefied toxic substances. However, this is not only the case of toxins around the neck but also in other parts of the body. Then, as for a sneeze, it is the pumping action for liquefied toxic substances existing around the medulla oblongata, just backside of the nose. When you see this reason, you can understand that it practically fits well.

As I explained above, a cold is the intense purification action which occurs in the upper body with a focused on the head. If you understand this reason, even when catching a cold, you may feel relieved and leave it naturally. Then, the body becomes clean and the cold is steadily and relatively quickly cured. Just knowing this, it is needless to say you are full of happiness.

Translated by N.H


P.S. You can also read this teaching and others in English on Johrei.