Li Yundong's view of the couple was soon blocked as the students in the library had abandoned their seats and were now forming a crowd around the couple. There were a lot of students at the library since the semester had just begun—when most students still bothered with self-studying.
Students, especially the seniors, preferred to use the library facilities for self-study because the library was relatively quiet. And, it certainly helped that the library was air-conditioned.
Before long, the whispers grew insistent. The students were freaking out.
"Oh my God! What's happening to him?"
"Call an ambulance!" someone yelled.
Li Yundong grabbed his backpack from the floor and stood up from the reading chair he'd been sitting in, then quickly moved towards the crowd.
When Li Yundong got there seconds later, Shenkui guy appeared to be having a seizure on the floor. The woman who slapped him earlier was kneeling beside him, sobbing and begging him to wake up. White foams emerged from between Shenkui guy's lips as violent spasms shook his body.
Whatever was happening to the guy, it didn't look good at all.
Li Yundong slung his backpack onto his back, then tapped the shoulder of the guy in front.
"Run down to the university's health center," Li Yundong said to the guy. "Ask them to send a medic here or something."
That would probably be quicker than waiting for an ambulance.
The guy nodded and hurried away from the crowd.
"Excuse me, please," Li Yundong said as he shouldered his way through the crowd. "Coming through."
Li Yundong was beside Shenkui Guy in no time. Once there, he crouched down to examine the guy.
"H- Hey! What are you doing?!" Shenkui Guy's girlfriend cried out when she saw Li Yundong touching Shenkui Guy.
"Relax..." Li Yundong said in a reassuring tone. "I'm just trying to help."
The girl's face crumpled as she started crying again.
Before Li Yundong could do or say anything else, a man's voice rang out.
"Hey! Don't crowd his space, you guys! Give him room to breathe!"
The voice didn't come from the crowd, but from somewhere behind the crowd.
"Let me through! Let me through!" yelled the voice. "Tsk! Why are you guys still standing around? I told you to give him room! You're going to suffocate him!"
When the crowd parted, Li Yundong saw Yan Hua making his way towards him.
Yan Hua stopped short the moment he saw Li Yundong. And for a split second that their eyes met, Li Yundong could see the surprise in Yan Hua's eyes.
Li Yundong looked away and started giving Shenkui Guy a pulse reading.
From the corner of his eyes, Li Yundong saw Yan Hua crouching down beside him.
"You know Traditional Chinese Medicine?"
Li Yundong ignored Yan Hua's question and focused on Shenkui Guy's pulse instead.
Hmm... Li Yundong frowned. Pulse is weak, but rapid...
Li Yundong stared at Shenkui Guy for a moment. Fortunately, the convulsions had stopped, though the guy was still unconscious. Shenkui Guy's girlfriend had already wiped away the foam on the guy's mouth with her handkerchief.
Based on Shenkui Guy's pulse alone, Li Yundong would go with Su Chan's diagnosis of Renal Yin Deficiency, though he wasn't confident enough to see it as a final diagnosis. After all, he wasn't nearly as good as Su Chan when it came to Traditional Chinese Medicine, so it was probably best if he looked for more symptoms just to be sure.
I should check his tongue...
Li Yundong reached out and pulled Shenkui Guy's jaw downwards.
Tongue is red and covered with a light coating of fur...
Another symptom of Renal Yin Deficiency.
"So what's the diagnosis?" Yan Hua asked again. His tone sounded challenging.
Li Yundong ignored Yan Hua once again and pressed his palm on top of Shenkui Guy's head, right over his Baihui. Then, he performed the Qi-control technique that he had learned in order to pass the 7th dan of the Lianqi phase—Neiguan.
Closing his eyes, Li Yundong mobilized a tiny portion of his Qi into Shenkui Guy's body and then used it to observe the state of Shenkui Guy's internal organs.
Blobs of colors appeared inside his mind. The colors seemed faint and unhealthy. In particular, the black blob looked so dim that it was barely noticeable.
Li Yundong knew from the Five-Organ Pathological Model that Kidney's Qi was black in color.
It was confirmed. This guy's Renal Yin Deficiency had gotten even worse since Su Chan gave him the diagnosis last semester.
Li Yundong removed his hand from the top of Shenkui Guy's head and opened his eyes.
"You sure you know what you're doing?" Yan Hua taunted, making no attempts at all to hide the contempt in his eyes. "I doubt you can even come up with a relevant diagnosis."
"Aren't you supposed to be doing your military drills, freshman?" Li Yundong asked casually.
"I'm on the Special Admissions Program!" Yan Hua snapped. "I'm exempted from the drills." There was a pause. "Before you start getting any strange ideas… I'm not… I'm not skipping it because I'm some... some bookworm! I'm skipping it because there are better ways to make use of my time here."
Whatever you say, man. Whatever you say…
Li Yundong arranged Shenkui Guy into a meditative posture, then glanced at the woman beside him.
"Yo, girlfriend! Keep him in this position please."
"The guy clearly has Renal Yin Deficiency," Yan Hua snapped, clearly annoyed at being ignored. "All I need is a needle, and I can have him up and awake in no time."
Li Yundong froze, then turned to stare at Yan Hua.
Hmm... Acupuncture does work in this case. Plus, it would draw less attention.
Li Yundong smiled and gestured at Shenkui Guy's unconscious form, which was now upright—Miss Girlfriend was holding him up nicely.
"I agree," Li Yundong said with a nod.
A satisfied smirk formed on Yan Hua's face, though he didn't appear to be making any moves to take over Shenkui Guy's first aid.
"Well?" Li Yundong raised his brows, then gestured at Shenkui Guy again. "What are you waiting for? Go ahead. Do your acupuncture thing."
Yan Hua's smirk faltered. "I didn't have my needles with me…" His eyes widened slightly as though he'd just thought of something. A split second later, he turned towards the crowd. "Does anyone has a hairpin that I can use?"
Whispers washed over the crowd.
"Girls? Hairpin?" Yan Hua tried again. "Anyone?"
Nobody offered a hairpin.
Li Yundong turned towards Miss Girlfriend. "Keep him still, okay?"
The girlfriend nodded weakly.
Li Yundong rose to his feet and then moved to stand behind Shenkui guy. A few students stepped aside to give him room. The girlfriend shifted her position until she was kneeling on Shenkui Guy's left side, all the while keeping her hands on his back and shoulder to hold him upright.
"What kind of game are you playing here?" Yan Hua said angrily. "Stop messing around if you don't know what you're doing!"
Li Yundong ignored Yan Hua and performed the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering technique just like Su Chan had taught him. With his fingers, he applied firm pressure onto four acupoints on Shenkui Guy's head, and then waited.
Seconds later, there was a soft moan, followed by a gasp. Shenkui Guy stirred and started groping around with his hands like he was panicking. When Shenkui Guy's hands found his girlfriend's, he visibly relaxed.
"Whoa! Look! He's awake! He's awake!"
"Holy shit! That's amazing!"
"Man… He really is the Hero of Tiannan University…"
"This is gonna end up on the forums again for sure."
As soon as Li Yundong removed his fingers from Shenkui Guy's head, Miss Girlfriend burst into tears and threw herself into Shenkui Guy's arms.
"Oh, I'm so sorry, babe! I'm so, so sorry! God, you nearly frightened me to death!"
Shenkui Guy stroked the woman's hair and said, "I'm the one at fault here. I… I shouldn't have tried to break up with you..."
Well, would you look at that? They made up. Li Yundong chuckled in amusement.
"Alright then. I'm glad that everything worked out despite your little lovers' quarrel back there," Li Yundong said, patting Shenkui Guy's shoulder. "One word of advice though." Li Yundong smirked. "Next time either of you wants to kick up a storm? Make sure you do it at a place other than a library, okay?" Li Yundong lowered his voice conspiratorially. "Coz… you know, this isn't exactly a filming location for a soap opera."
The crowd burst into laughter.
"O- Oh..." Shenkui Guy rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly. "Y- You're right, of course..."
Li Yundong smiled and patted the guy's shoulders two more times before stepping aside to give the couple more privacy.
A second later, Li Yundong heard Yan Hua's derisive snort. When he turned, he realized that Yan Hua's eyes weren't on him but on Shenkui Guy instead.
"And my advice to you, pal, is to keep your bedroom activities to a minimum." Another derisive snort. "At this rate, you're gonna die young."
The crowd burst into laughter once again. Li Yundong was honestly having a bit of a trouble to see what was funny.
Shenkui Guy was blushing so deeply that he didn't even look like a guy suffering from poor health. Meanwhile, poor Miss Girlfriend was practically bleeding from the pores of her cheeks.
Li Yundong glanced at Yan Hua and shook his head slightly. F*cking asshole...
Li Yundong looked towards Shenkui Guy and gave him reassuring smile. "Don't worry, man. You won't die young."
Shenkui Guy was staring at him hopefully. "I- I won't?"
"No, you won't," Li Yundong said, then shot a glare at Yan Hua. "That's just an over-exaggeration."
Shenkui Guy grinned at his girlfriend. "You heard that, babe? Hah! I won't die young!"
"However..." Li Yundong gave Shenkui Guy a stern look, then waited until he had Shenkui Guy's full attention before he continued speaking. "You do have severe Renal Yin Deficiency. Your Kidney's Qi is too weak and you have insufficient Yuanyang." Li Yundong paused to let his words sink in. "Although I won't go as far to say that you'll die young, what I can say for certain is that you'll start experiencing symptoms of impotence at a young age."
"I- Impotence?!" Shenkui Guy stammered, clearly aghast at Li Yundong's words. As if on cue, his girlfriend started sobbing again.
Li Yundong nodded grimly. "I'm afraid so, pal. You'll run into all kinds of problems soon. Early aging. Reduced libido. Erectile dysfun—"
Shenkui Guy raised his palm. "Okay! Okay! I... I get the idea..."
The crowd burst into laughter again.
Li Yundong adjusted the straps of his backpack and backed away from the couple. "You take good care of yourself, man."
Li Yundong turned around to leave.
"Hey! Boss! Wait!"
The next thing Li Yundong knew, Shenkui Guy was on his feet and pulling him away from the crowd.
"You can't just up and leave after dropping a bomb like that! Geez!" Shenkui Guy hissed.
Li Yundong raised his brows. Dropping a bomb? Uh… Hello? You were given the same diagnosis months ago.
Shenkui Guy groaned into his palms. "Ugh. How am I supposed to show my face around here again...?"
"What do you want me to do, man?" Li Yundong sighed. "My girlfriend gave you the same diagnosis last semester, remember? She warned you to ease up on your sex life. But you didn't listen."
Shenkui Guy groaned into his palms once again.
Li Yundong decided to take pity on the guy.
"Look, do you understand what happened earlier?" Li Yundong asked. "Do you know why you passed out and went into a seizure the moment you became emotionally distressed?"
Shenkui Guy lowered his hands from his face and shook his head.
"That's because you've lost too much of your Essence through ejaculation," Li Yundong explained. "Losing Essence leads to weak Qi, and one of the things your Qi does is to promote blood flow." Li Yundong paused for a few beats. "Just now, you passed out due to insufficient blood flow into your brain." Li Yundong sighed. "Just don't let things get out of hand, okay? What if you passed out while you're driving? Ever thought about that? If things get worse, premature death might not be too far from your doorstep."
Li Yundong turned around to walk away. Again, Shenkui Guy wouldn't let him. He clung onto Li Yundong's arm as though it was a lifeline.
"Boss! You've gotta help me! Please! Help me," Shenkui Guy said. "Is there... Um… Do you know of any remedies?"
Li Yundong thought for a moment. "Do you have a pen and piece of paper?"
Shenkui Guy's expression turned hopeful again. "Please gimme a moment! I'll go get them right away."
A minute later, Shenkui Guy returned with a pen and a piece of paper torn off a page of a notebook. Li Yundong took the pen and wrote down a list of some kidney-strengthening herbs that he knew. He even added in a few general recommendations based on the Canon of the Yellow Thearch.
"You know there's this old saying," Li Yundong said when he handed the piece of paper to Shenkui Guy.
The latter took the paper and folded it carefully. "What saying?"
Li Yundong smiled. "When it comes to general health, nutrition triumphs over medicine, mental health triumphs over nutrition, and physical health triumphs over mental health."
Shenkui Guy slid the paper into his pocket and then stared at Li Yundong blankly.
"You..." Li Yundong sighed heavily "You didn't understand a single thing I said, did you?"
Shenkui Guy shook his head. "I kinda agree that nutrition triumphs over medicine. But mental health?"
Li Yundong smiled. "Here. Let me explain to you what I mean."
Shenkui Guy shared a glance with his girlfriend, then nodded.
"Traditional Chinese Medicine speaks of the seven emotions and the six sensory pleasures." Li Yundong glanced at Shenkui Guy. "Ever heard of that?"
Shenkui Guy nodded but said nothing.
"Well, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, all those things are bad for your health," Li Yundong continued, "which is why it is important to be mentally healthy and stable. But you might wonder why it triumphs over nutrition when it comes to maintaining general well-being. Well. Let me give you a simple example." Li Yundong raised a ringer. "Suppose that a person's mind is f*cked up, like they have a lot of emotional issues and all that crap. Chances are that they would turn to stuff like alcohol or even drugs to dull that emotional pain, because they aren't mentally strong enough to deal with their emotions the healthy way. In mild cases, they might end up overeating and eventually become obese. Look, the point is, if you're mentally unhealthy, then you're not in the right mindset to lead a healthy life." Li Yundong smiled, then shrugged. "Sure, you could consume highly nutritious foods for every meal, but that's not gonna do much for your health if you swallow a bunch of junk the moment you feel stressed out. Being mentally healthy means having the ability to handle stress and emotions, you see?"
A look of understanding formed on Shenkui Guy's face. "That... That actually makes sense..." Then, his eyes went wide. "Wait, what about the last part? The part about physical health and mental health."
"Well, that one's kinda obvious, isn't it?" Li Yundong said with a smile. "How can you be mentally healthy when you're sick all the time? If your body feels like shit every day, you would probably end up depressed."
"Even if you're happy and you aren't physically ill, you might still end up obese as well if you aren't careful."
"Which is why exercise is so important," Li Yundong added.
Shenkui Guy shared a teasing grin with his girlfriend.
Li Yundong rolled his eyes. "Oh get your minds out of the gutter, both of you," he said. "By exercise, I don't mean doing the horizontal tango." Li Yundong pointed a finger at Shenkui Guy's face. "In fact, too much sex is what got you here in the first place!"
Shenkui Guy blushed. "So... Um... Should I hit the weight room from now on?"
"It would be nice if you can," Li Yundong said. "But you don't have to lift weights to experience the benefits of exercise. Just go for a ten-minute walk or a slow jog or something. Preferably about an hour after your meals." Li Yundong chuckled. "Which reminds me of another old saying. They say that if you take a hundred steps after your meals every day, you get to live to ninety-nine." He shrugged. "Don't really know if it's true, but it does emphasize on the importance of exercise."
"Got it, Boss!" Shenkui Guy beamed. "Go for a light jog or a walk after meals!"
Li Yundong smiled. "No biggie."
Shenkui Guy gave him a strange look. "Why aren't you running your own clinic right now, Boss?"
Truth be told, the idea did occur to him earlier when Feng Na was talking about career prospects.
"Well… I can't exactly compete with modern medicine, can I?" Li Yundong smiled. "Not a lot of people believe in Traditional Chinese Medicine these days."
But at least he would be able to make a living, so it was definitely something that he would consider doing in the future. Plus, he didn't even need an actual clinic; he could just do travelling consultations. Heck, he bet he could make a lot of people feel better just by performing the Three-Pronged Flower Gathering technique alone.
Note to self: study more medical texts.
"It might not be popular now, Boss, but I'm sure it will be once you start popularizing it!" Shenkui Guy said excitedly. "I mean, you already have the skills. If they really work, then there's no reason why they won't become a big hit."
Li Yundong froze and stared at the guy for a moment. Then, he smiled and patted the guy's shoulder. The guy was right, of course. He could definitely make it as TCM practitioner if he wanted to. After all, being a Cultivator had already given him an edge over other practitioners of the same field. The best part about it was that he could help keep the Chinese culture alive while earning a living at the same time.
Someday, maybe. Someday...