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A holistic approach to treatment and cure

by Justin Yap, justinyap@theborneopost.com. Posted on May 11, 2012, Friday

KUCHING: Traditional Chinese treatment is a holistic medical system that has been practiced for over 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest and most widely used systems of medicine in the world.

“Although these practices are considered alternative medicine in the Western world, they are a common part of medical care throughout East Asia, accounting for an estimated 40 per cent of all health care delivered in China,” Blessed Health Care founder Law King Nguong told The Borneo Post recently.

Blessed Health Care Centre is the only traditional Chinese medical treatment house in Malaysia that is officially recognised by The World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in official relations with World Health Organisation (WHO).

“In Malaysia, there’s a misconception on how traditional Chinese treatment works. It’s not just about medication or the process of prescribing herbs but also the steps taken during the treatments,” Law stressed during the interview.

“As the ancient saying goes, a good Chinese physician has to know how to prick and release blood. One needs to know how to perform the wholistic treatment that includes proper massage techniques, acupuncture and moxibustion, cupping as well as exercise therapy together with the use of herbal medicines,” he pointed out.

Law further revealed that some minor discomforts or illnesses could be cured just through massage techniques, which he said was also divided into different categories such as treatment massage and relaxation massage.

“If the symptom is not removed after massage, we will then go through acupuncture or moxibustion. In Chinese, we call it ‘zhen jiu’ – ‘zhen’ is needle and ‘jiu’ is moxibustion, whereby we use a common herbs called ‘ai cao’ for treatment. The most common therapeutic modalities are acupuncture and herbal medicine,” Law explained.

While practices like acupuncture and acupressure have become familiar to most people, another less-talked-about Chinese medicine therapy that could also benefit people suffering from chronic pain is called ‘cupping’. It is a technique in which glass cups are placed on the afflicted area of the body and it is said to remove the blood stasis.

“From the three processes (massage, acupuncture and moxibustion, cupping), if we can’t archieve what we want, we will then proceed with the final process – medication. When choosing medical therapies or treatments that are right for you, it is important to consider all your options,” Law said.

Law further pointed out, as in the case for babies and young children, neither acupuncture nor moxibustion were allowed. The safest way was only to massage to relieve pain or through medication.

“Chinese treatment is a philosophy and not just basic science. In the context of Chinese medication, once you are cured, it means you are truly cured,” he stressed.

Asked if traditional Chinese treatment would leave any side effects, Law pointed out that there were minimal dangerous side effects compared with conventional treatments.

“The most common types of patients that we treat here are stroke patients. To everyone’s surprise, the percentage rate of patients recovering from a stroke using acupuncture are very encouraging,” he added.

“Conventional medicine has its limits and the prognosis for patients may not all be favourable. Blessed Health Care Centre, we never give in to pessimism, we always remain positive and do our best to provide comfort and healing for our patients.

“Through our strong collaboration with WFAS in Beijing, we are continously updating our techniques and exploiting new methods to treat our patients effectively and efficiently, thereby giving them new hopes in their helpless situations,” Law explained.

“At the end of the day, our patients are our testimony to how successful we are in the healing process. Our philosophy is to never give up and keep trying to help our patients to the best of our ability,” Law stressed.

For more information, Dr Law can be contacted at 013-8206648 or 082-864537. Blessed Health Care Centre is located at Lot 17-18, Batu 15, Jalan Kuching-Serian.

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