MV writes: “A family member gave me some pain cream from a company called Jadience. I checked everything about the website, the founder and her other companies, something does not feel right about the company, the philosophy and tradition. Can you please check this website out and tell me if it is new age? I think it is.”
Jadience is not New Age but it’s basis in traditional oriental medicine certainly endears it to a New Age audience. And like so many New Age movements, traditional oriental medicine is based on the existence of a universal life force known as qi or chi which they believe can become unbalanced and cause illness. Traditional oriental treatments include acupuncture/acupressure, tai chi, qi gong, herbology and massage.
Jadience calls itself a “purely natural company rooted in the healing and beautifying wisdom of Traditional Oriental Medicine.” Their product line consists of a variety of skin and body care products produced from recipes that have been passed down through generations of “Master Herbologists”. Their “tightly guarded” formulas, “combined with the power of Jade” (the Chinese believe Jade has great healing and protective powers), are capable of feeding and cleansing the body “to the core.” http://www.jadience.com
What is most problematic about this company is their stated intention to do more than just provide these products, but to educate people in their philosophy by providing them with lifestyle techniques and methods for use in daily life.
“Our mission, driven by ancient Eastern medical wisdom, philosophy and skill, is to open the door to the healthiest, most youthful, and most rejuvenated condition possible without adverse side-effects, which often stem from improperly formulated products. At Jadience Herbal Formulas, we continue to stay ahead of the trends, while always remaining connected to the root of Eastern medical wisdom.”
Because traditional chinese medicine is rooted in a pantheistic belief system based on the existence of a vital energy force which supposedly regulates a person’s spiritual and physical health, it is not compatible with Christianity. We do not believe that our spiritual and physical health depends on an energy force (which remains scientifically unfounded, by the way), but on the Almighty, who is a personal God and not an inanimate force.
It’s one thing to sell people a product, but to sell them a philosophy along with it makes me very unwilling to purchase anything from Jadience.