Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1316-1317
AST 1316 –Li Clan, Meridians Knocking Soul Pulling, Medical Treatment
Yefeng Guwu disappeared.
Qing Shui could guess that she must have some relationship to some people here. For example, her family could be in the area. If her clan was very powerful, why did she end up staying in the Western Oxhe Continent?
Having just arrived here for the first time, there was no one that Qing Shui knew. At the beginning, with Yefeng Guwu next to him, it felt quite good. However, right now, he could only go around and take a look by himself. He decided to first take a look around Yefeng City. After all, he was equipped with various skills, including forging, medical skills, refining demons, drawing, cooking. Therefore, it would be very easy to find a job.
Although there were 81 cities in each country, cities were just a concept. The capital city was the prime area of a country and then each city amongst the 81 cities would have aurora regions. In this region, there were in fact countless cities but there was only one main city. The main city was the most prosperous area and was also where the strongest forces were located.
Looking at the vast prosperous city, Qing Shui didn’t feel at a loss but instead, had the feeling of a bird soaring high up in the sky or a fish swimming in the deep seas. He had come here to take a look at what the Dancing Phoenix Continent was like and to see if he could establish a firm stance here.
He had always planned to come a little later. However, the two geniuses from the Dancing Phoenix Continent had suddenly came to the Dancing Phoenix Continent, causing him to come earlier as well. He didn’t know how they had come to the Dancing Phoenix Continent but everyone had their secrets. It was just like he had his secrets and some people knew of that.
As he continued to be immersed in his thoughts, Qing Shui suddenly thought of that Demon Lord. He didn’t know if her city was in the Dancing Phoenix Continent, the Soaring Dragon Continent or the Haohan Continent. Should he go and look for her?
They seemed to have told him that it was best for him to reach the False God realm before he were to look for her. Otherwise, not only would he be unable to help her, he might even lose his own life. This made him very hesitant. Everyone would have times when they felt that they were weak but would also feel that they were strong at the same time. This was a contradiction.
He felt that if he could stay by her side, he would definitely be able to help her. His Emperor’s Qi could weaken opponents’overall abilities by 20% and was definitely a powerful martial technique. However, he didn’t know if he would be instantly killed if he were to come across a False God.
Another thing that he also recalled was that beautiful lady in palace clothing who was on top of that huge green dragon. She was so flawlessly beautiful. He didn’t know which continent she was from, nor which dynasty she belonged to.
“Someone help! A person has fainted over here!”
A series of noises rang out, breaking Qing Shui’s train of thought. Under a huge willow tree next to the road before him, many people were gathered.
Qing Shui walked over and saw that someone was taking the person’s pulse. He himself started to monitor the old man who had fainted. The man was very old and when Qing Shui saw him, he was stunned.
The man’s lifespan was at its end. Actually, just like Headmaster Sui and Headmaster Cao, the old man was quite strong and comparable to Headmaster Sui. Moreover, he was even older but was only 100 years older than the Headmaster Sui before he was treated by Qing Shui.
Don’t look down on this 100 years. It was a tremendous breakthrough and was a very crucial one. It was because Qing Shui discovered that the old man had a self-recuperating effect and thus he felt that the old man should be a doctor. At least, he was helped by quite a good doctor before.
In the end, the elderly man who was taking the pulse stood up, shaking his head. Although he didn’t say anything, the others around him understood the situation. The old man was incurable.
Qing Shui felt very gloomy. For a man with his abilities, it was impossible that there wasn’t anyone protecting him. So how could this old man have came out alone? When his lifespan was at its end, he knew what was in store for him. Could it be that he hoped to leave the world outside?
Qing Shui saw that the old man was lying on a deck chair, his expression calm and at ease. Qing Shui understood now. Just as he wanted to step forth, a group of people appeared before Qing Shui.
There were over ten people of all ages and of both genders. They dashed up to the old man and cried out anxiously.
Two old men grabbed onto each of the elderly man’s hands, calling out father and kneeling down.
“Father, let the Old Master take a look at Grandfather!”Just then, a valiant and mature looking man quickly went up and said.
The two old men had been at a loss and they quickly got up and said to the old man walking over, Old Master, we’re leaving it to you.”
“I’ll do my best!”With that the old man grabbed onto the elderly’s wrist.
The old man moved his second finger and Qing Shui’s eyes lit up.
Meridians Knocking Soul Pulling！
Qing Shui hadn’t expected that the old man had mastered this amazing skill of taking pulses. Qing Shui had came across this method of taking pulses in some books. Back then, he had found it very unbelievable and thus remembered it.
This method of taking a pulse was just like its name. Other than allowing the user to check out the illness of the patient, even a person on his deathbed or a person who had just passed away were to have this Meridians Knocking Soul Pulling applied, then they would be able to wake up and have their lifespan extended by three days. However, this would just be a momentary recovery of their consciousness before their death.
Very soon, the old man woke up. However, at that moment, the old physician stood up, “I’ll let the Old Master share his condition with you himself!”
“Sigh, Soulsearch, why did you wake me up? What use is it for me to live another three days?”The old man looked toward the old physician and said, smiling bitterly.
“Physician, I beg of you to save my great-grandfather,”a young lady from the group said anxiously.
“Yan`er, don’t be making it hard on him. I know my own condition well. No one can save me. This is unless I can attain a breakthrough to False God within three days,”the old man shook his head and said, very much at ease.
“Even if you don’t attain a breakthrough to False God, you can still extend your lifespan.”
Just then, a voice rang out abruptly. The person who had spoke was naturally Qing Shui. He walked up directly.
The young man who had suddenly appeared took everyone by surprise. The old physician looked at Qing Shui then shook his head and averted his gaze.
“Are you really able to save my great-grandfather?”The lady from earlier looked at Qing Shui in surprise. It could be because she was left with no other options and was just trying any random option she had. Either that or it could be because this young man appeared to be very reliable.
“Thank you for your kind intentions but it’s impossible,”the old man looked toward Qing Shui and said, smiling.
Qing Shui was far too young, so young that it was unbelievable.
“Even our Old Master isn’t able to do anything. To think that a young kid who is hardly dry behind his ears would dare to say such arrogant words. Do you know who our Old Master is?”Just then, a voice of disdain rang out.
Qing Shui looked toward the source of the person who spoke. It was a young man next to the old physician. The young man looked very handsome but was too arrogant. He was arrogant like a rooster.
“Ye`er, how many times have I told you? If you were to carry on like this, you will never be able to learn true medical skills. Your mental state is easily shaken and you aren’t cut out to be a physician.”
The old man then looked toward Qing Shui, “Mister, please don’t take this to heart. I apologize on his behalf. Old Master Li’s lifespan is at its end. Do you really have a way to help him?”
The old physician’s tone was very calm and no one could see any fluctuations to his emotions or expressions. At the very least, Qing Shui didn’t see any signs of the old man looking down on him. Usually, for a powerful physician to reach the old man’s level, it would be a reflex reaction for them to harbor feelings disgust toward Qing Shui. It was because no one was able to save a patient whose lifespan was up. Even the effects of some medicinal pills were limited and they were basically useless now. Therefore, it was as if a young man from his previous life were to say that he could treat cancer in the final stage. It was impossible for anyone to believe that.
Under such a circumstance, the old physician had yet to display any hint of dissatisfaction.
“I won’t mind the words of a clown. Removing the impurities from his body, removing some of the hidden illnesses and impurities in his body would allow his lifespan to increase. Half of his lifespan has been restricted by the hidden illnesses and impurities in his body,”Qing Shui smiled and said.
When the old physician heard Qing Shui’s words, he was still very calm. It was because this was a commonly known fact. It was how, in Qing Shui’s previous life, it was theoretically possible that to cure cancer, one had to eliminate all cancer cells to allow the body to recover to normal. However, who was really able to do that?
“Mister, are you able to remove the damage left behind by these impurities and hidden illnesses?”The old physician looked at Qing Shui.
“I can but I can't remove them entirely. However, I can remove some of them,”Qing Shui spoke with confidence.
A gleam of light burst out from the old physician’s eyes and he looked at Qing Shui seriously. Qing Shui also looked back at him calmly. After a very long time, the old physician looked toward the old man on the deck chair and said, “Old Master Li, let this physician give it a try!”
“Then I’ll be troubling you, young physician.”The old man nodded toward Soulsearch before he spoke politely to Qing Shui.
“It’s not convenient here,”Qing Shui smiled and said.
Naturally, they agreed and immediately headed back. Many physicians have their own taboos and thus what Qing Shui requested wasn’t strange.
The old physician and the young man by the name of Ye`er went along as well. However, the young man was full of contempt and also appeared to have a hint of viciousness. Earlier on, if it wasn’t that the old physician had stopped him, he would have raised his hands against Qing Shui. He was half a disciple to the old physician due to the relationship his clan had with the old physician. Otherwise, the old physician wouldn’t have kept him by his side.
Li Clan was quite a big clan in the Yehuang City. Most importantly, the branch here was not the main branch. However, the name Li Clan was quite useful.
The group of people went to a quiet courtyard which was not big. It wasn’t much better than the residence of an ordinary person and was considered the most ordinary manor in the capital city.
The hall wasn’t big but it was very clean. Qing Shui remained very calm all this time. He didn’t mention any compensation after treating the old man. It could be because they didn’t believe that Qing Shui could treat him. Moreover, it wouldn’t be too late to give the compensation after he was healed or after the treatment.
Qing Shui let the old man take off his clothes and shoes, leaving only his pants and revealing his feet and upper body. Qing Shui took out a box of gold needles. For now, he would not treat the old man completely and was just planning to extend his lifespan for several decades, not more than 100 years. It was because he didn’t want to appear too abrupt.
He applied the gold needles on several major acupuncture points on the old man, including the Tianji, Shenque and other acupuncture point which many other physicians wouldn’t dare to touch. In the process, the old physician seemed to have wanted to stop him but after seeing the way Qing Shui applied the needles, he kept silent.
Healing some of the hidden ailments in the old man’s body, Qing Shui concurrently forced out some of the impurities in his body to the Zhiyin point on the bottom of his feet. When he felt that it was about sufficient, he then applied a gold needle on the Zhiyin spot.
A stream of force bounced out.
Nine Yang Gold Needle, Nine Yang Force!
A drop of black liquid dripped down, following the gold needle. It was followed by another drop. The room was filled with a powerful stench.
At this moment, the old physician’s countenance finally changed as he looked at Qing Shui in disbelief. He, Soulsearch, had been called a Ghost Physician by others and even many powerful cultivators would have to politely address him as Old Master when they met him.
AST 1317 –Imperial Cuisine Hall, Life and Death Needles, Physician’s divine Artifact
It was because medicinal pills weren’t omnipotent and the more medicinal pills one used, the greater the resistance their body would develop toward medicine. Physicians could reduce the medicinal resistance built up, especially powerful physicians!
This was also why powerful physicians were turning toward physicians who could battle.
Ordinary physicians weren’t comparable to alchemists. After all, alchemists’mastery of acupuncture was high. Of course, they could also heal medical conditions and it would be at a great speed. At the initial phase, physicians were more pitiful and could only treat medical conditions using medicinal herbs. In comparison, physicians were slower and the duration of the treatment would be longer as well.
When physicians grew stronger, they would be able to use acupuncture as well as other unique methods to help cultivators better absorb medicinal pills and reduce their level of medicinal resistance. They could even use their abilities to extend one’s lifespan. Of course, there were very few physicians who could reach this stage.
The old physician by the name of Soulsearch had reached this level of mastery. If Qing Shui’s guess wasn’t wrong, the reason this elderly man could live for 100 years more should be because of this old physician.
The black liquid continued to drip out and a small bowl was used to hold it. It stopped only after over ten drips. Qing Shui slowly drew out the needles and someone immediately brought out the small bowl which was used to contain the pungent liquid.
After the windows were opened, fresh air quickly filled the room, dissipating the pungent smell from earlier. Old Master Li moved his body and realized that his body seemed to be much more at ease than before. He was filled with a powerful vitality that seemed to be slowing increasing.
He looked toward Qing Shui in astonishment and spoke after a very long while, “Physician, you’re really a miraculous physician. Earlier, I made the wrong judgment. Both you and Soulsearch are miraculous physicians. I’m really honored.”
“Old Master Li, I’m in no way comparable to Sir.”Soulsearch smiled bitterly, shaking his head. However, he quickly looked at Qing Shui with a fervent gaze.
“Old Master, if I’m not wrong, the reason Old Master Li could live 100 years longer must be thanks to you, right? Right now, I’ve only extended Old Master Li’s lifespan by another 100 years. Therefore, you’re being too polite,”Qing Shui said politely.
“Sir, you should talk more with Soulsearch. His Imperial Cuisine Hall is well-known even across the entire Yehuang Country. It was his medicinal food which allowed this old set of bones to live for another 100 years. Right now, meeting sir has allowed me to live another 100 years. I’m really honored. Heaven has really treated me well.”Old Master Li was clearly very happy.
The young man called Ye`er now had his head lowered as he stood behind Soulsearch. However, he threw occasional gazes toward Qing Shui, filled with hatred. Qing Shui’s spiritual sense was very powerful and could of course sense it. However, he did not think much of it.
“Tayuan, bring out that set of needles.”Old Master LI said to an old man next to him.
“Yes, Father!”The old man left.
Soulsearch’s eyes lit up as he looked toward Old Master Li. Then, he broke into a faint smile.
“Thank you!”The lady called Yan`er walked up to Qing Shui and thanked him seriously.
She wasn’t very tall but she had a well-proportioned figure. Her pair of big eyes seemed a little charming and her lips were very se*y The curve at her chest was well-embodied as well.
She was very beautiful but was still a very far cry from Canghai Mingyue’s level. However, Qing Shui still felt a little agitated. It was because she looked too much like the girl he had liked in his previous life, both her voice and appearance.
It was a pity that Qing Shui knew that they were two different people and only looked alike. This was also one reason he had agreed to treat the old man earlier.
“There’s no need to stand on ceremony.”Qing Shui looked at her face. Time had passed and the agitation he had felt in the past was now replaced with calmness. However, he still had an extremely familiar feeling. It was a feeling, a feeling from his previous life.
At that moment, the earlier old man entered while holding a rustic wooden box.
The old man handed the wooden box to Old Master Li.
The old man slowly opened the box. Milky white gleams of light with an indescribable glow was exuded. Even Qing Shui was taken aback by the powerful spiritual intelligence it exuded.
Life and Death Needles
Qing Shui looked at the nine nine-inch needles which were half milky white, half pale green in color. There were a total of nine brilliant glows on them. Old Master Li held onto the Life and Death Needles. He had once given them to Soulsearch. However, after Soulsearch had caused the deaths of numerous people with these needles, he returned them to Old Master Li. Soulsearch didn’t say anything back then. These were good needles but it was a pity that he couldn’t use them.
“Sir, these needles are said to be called the Life and Death Needles. Soulsearch had used them before but he returned them to me. Please take a look to see if you would be able to use them. These needles are very dangerous. They are as their name suggests, a fine line between life and death.”Old Master Li looked at Qing Shui in anticipation and then handed the Life and Death Needles to him.
During this period of time, Qing Shui had already assessed them with his Heavenly Vision Technique. He was agitated, too agitated. It was as if these needles were specially made for him. The Life and Death Needles were half heaven and half hell and if used well, their effect would even be several times or several tens of times better than the Gold Needles.
However, the upper portion of the Life and Death Needles which were a light green in color were the Death Needles. The lower portion where the needles’tips were at were the Life Needles. They could also be called the Yin Needles and Yang Needles.
Such needles could be used on both ends but to use these needles, one would need a power which could awaken powerful vitality or a force which could strengthen vitality. Therefore, when Qing Shui saw these Life and Death Needles, the first thing he thought of was the Force of Rebirth.
His Force of Rebirth!
“Old Master, this is too valuable. I can’t accept it.”What Qing Shui said was the truth. These needles could be said to be divine artifacts for physicians. Of course, that was if the physician could use it.
“These needles have been with me for several hundred years but it's a pity that no one has been able to use them. A treasured sword should be gifted to a hero. Since you’re able to use these, I’ll be very happy to gift them to you. Moreover, you have saved me. Just take this as my thanks!”Old Master Li was at ease with this. He knew that the needles were good stuff but keeping them with him would be just like casting pearls before swine and he won’t be able to reveal their true value.
“Keep it. If you were to use these needles, the effects of your treatment will be able to increase by several times over. It’ll be like adding wings to a tiger, doubling its might,”Soulsearch also said happily.
“Then I shan’t stand on ceremony.”
Qing Shui said politely and then reached out his hands to receive the Life and Death Needles. Although he didn’t try them, he knew that he could use them. Therefore, he was about to put them away.
“Who knows if you can use them. Why don’t you try it out right now?”Just then, an exceptionally irritable voice rang out, causing many people to frown.
Qing Shui felt that this young man must be definitely backed by a powerful clan. Otherwise, he wouldn’t dare to be so arrogant. Moreover, Soulsearch didn’t seem to really like this young man but yet still kept him by his side. There must be some other reason for this.
“Alright. Do you dare to let me try it out on you?”Qing Shui smiled and looked at him.
“I don’t want to be killed.”The young man’s acrid voice rang out.
“I’ll give it a try!”
At that moment, the lady called Yan`er spoke up.
“Alright, then we’ll let Miss Yan`er try it out!”Qing Shui smiled and said.
Qing Shui’s words shut the few people who wanted to talk up.
“Yan`er, you’ll have to think over this carefully. You’re still so young. If any problem were to occur, you would lose your life.”
When the young man said this, Soulsearch’s lips twitched a little. He had a trauma from these needles. When the young man said this, it was as if he had gotten a slap in the face.
“I believe in him!”Li Yan wasn’t afraid in the least. She spoke softly but firmly.
Qing Shui picked up a Life and Death Needle, held it in the middle and then twisted it to spin it very quickly. He channeled in his Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique.
Closing his eyes, Qing Shui sensed the energy coming from the tip of the needles. He didn’t feel any harm in it and thus circulated it around. He wanted to observe it for a little longer.
After about less than 7.5 minutes, the light green portion started to exude a death Qi in the direction of the silvery white portion. As it passed through one of the seven-colored spots, it would grow a bit stronger and by the time it reached the needle’s tip, it had already became very powerful.
This kind of death Qi was useful as well. It could force some of the death Qi in the body to a certain area and could also absorb poison. It was like how poison could be used to tackle poison. Sometimes, poison could be used for more than just inflicting harm.
After a while, Qing Shui used his own powers in a bid to attempt to stop the death Qi and then he let the Qi of the Ancient Strengthening Technique circulate down. He managed to do so with ease.
Next, Qing Shui then circulated his Force of Rebirth. Wherever it passed by, the nine seven-colored light spots on the Life and Death Needles suddenly shot out with a brilliant glow. Qing Shui’s eyes lit up. What a powerful spiritual Qi!
By this time, even Soulsearch was stunned.
Qing Shui opened his eyes and saw that Li Yan was just right before him. He then directly pierced the needle into her Central Palace!
Next, he quickly picked up another two Life and Death Needles and a surging powerful flash to and fro on the needles multiple times before the needles were then inserted at the Yunmen and Tianfu acupuncture points.
He inserted the needles in the shape of the Big Dipper, all the way down to her abdomen. His finger lightly flicked the needles and an extremely clear buzzing sound rang out.
A faint glow was exuded from Li Yan’s body and a powerful aura scattered out.
She had attained a breakthrough!
Although Li Yan wasn’t the strongest amongst the younger generation, she was also a Peak Grade One State Master. However, she had now attained a breakthrough and it was a powerful one. Her powers were increased by close to 50%.
Qing Shui was surprised as well. It was because as he helped her to nurture her constitution, he was also helping to build up her foundations. He hadn’t expected that the moment he was done with the building up of her foundation, she would attain a breakthrough immediately. In the future, her cultivation would be increasing rapidly.
Qing Shui had underestimated the prowess of the Life and Death Needles. This was the first time he was using them and he hadn’t even used 10% of their prowess. However, it was already much better than the effects of the gold needles.
Qing Shui removed the needles and Li Yan opened her eyes and looked at Qing Shui in surprise with her beautiful eyes. It was because she had been stuck at Peak Grade One State Master for a very long time and hadn’t expected to attain a breakthrough this time around. Moreover, she had almost reached the level of a Peak Grade Two State Master. She wasn’t aware that when compared to this, her greatest benefit from this was that Qing Shui had nurtured her constitution and strengthened her foundations.
“Sir, you’re a miraculous physician. Are you accepting disciples?”Soulsearch asked carefully.
“You have a junior who wishes to pick up medical skills?”Qing Shui asked curiously.
“No, it’s me. My only hobby is medical skills. Can you accept me as your disciple?”
Soulsearch’s words stunned everyone, even Qing Shui and the young man called Ye`er. Qing Shui was astonished by what the old man said but Ye`er was full of regret. His abilities were about the same as Li Yan but with this, her abilities had surpassed his by more than twice.