Dear Brother P,
You have rightly pointed out all the important things when one is practising a health diet or qi gong to improve health.
Health is holistic: body, mind, spirit (of oneself) and one's relation with the wider environment (i.e. physical as well socio-cultural such as family, society, nation, earth planet, universe).
My understanding is that if one is faced with a health problem, one has to find out the most important causes based on the holistic approach.
Take the case of cancer patient and family members visiting me from time to time, my task is help them to identify the most possible important causes using the holistic approach. Then they should know what to do. If the patient feels chemotherapy is essential, go ahead. If the patient is not ready to change the diet, never mind. If he is willing to learn qi gong, good. Basically, it is the patient's own choice. It is his/her life that he or she has to think of. We have to respect the patient's decision.
Coming back to the issue of Paida & Lajin or other herbal products for that matter. Yes, it helps to relieve and reduce pain. But, it does not guarantee good health based on the holistic approach. Therefore, it is most inappropriate to advise others to stop taking medicine when one begins to learn this art of health or taking a special herbal product. In the long run, I do not think that a specific product or exercise can do wonder. I have seen qi gong masters not in good health. Good health comes only when we adjust our life holistically in a specific manner.
Helping others to reclaim health naturally is part of my life now. To facilitate this, I do occasionally take vegetables cooked with meat when circumstances require. It is not a problem at all. I can easily detoxify it the next day.
Good to interact with you at this level. It reminds me that I have to be more careful when helping others. Thanks and best regards.
From the office of love, health & compassion