Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Acupuncture and Bell Palsy

Two case record of Bell Palsy by Acupuncture.

Case 1 : Mr Mohd Nordin Bin Jaafar Age 37 years
came to our Acupuncture Centre at Kelantan - co - Bell Palsy. After close check up I decided to give 6 acupuncture points on the face and two at hand.
Within tow day - bell palsy is completely ok.

Case 2: Mrs Kalthom CT Age 43 a Malay Women - Occupation - a doctor.

She came to my clinic co Bell Palsy - suffered for last 3 days. After compeleting the case record, I found out that stress was the main factor. I gave one acupuncture at Bahui, 6 extra facial points and one Hegu and Quici.

After 3 session of acupuncture treatment, she was completely alright.

Acupuncture May Benefit Undiagnosed Patients

A recent study carried out by a team of researchers from the Institute of Health Services Research, at the University of Exeter’s Peninsula Medical School has found that patients who are suffering from unexplained symptoms may benefit from having five-element acupuncture added to their usual care.

According to the study, which was published in the British Journal of General Practice, frequently attending patients with medically unexplained symptoms reported significantly improved overall well-being after being treated with acupuncture for 26 weeks.

The study examined 80 patients who were experiencing symptoms that were medically unexplained. Half of them were treated with acupuncture alongside conventional medical treatments for 26 weeks while the others were not. Those who were treated with acupuncture reported a number of benefits that were not experienced by those who were not treated with acupuncture.

Among the most commonly reported benefits was a dramatic increase in energy levels.

For the one in five patients who have undiagnosed symptoms, the inclusion of this relatively safe therapy in their treatment may be great news.

As well, these findings may reduce the strains that undiagnosed patients can put on health systems. Patients who have symptoms that are undiagnosed by medicine are twice as expensive to treat as patients with a diagnosis.

Acupuncture Effective For Undetermined Illness

Acupuncture Effective for Undetermined Illness
By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on May 31, 2011

Acupuncture Effective for Undetermined IllnessDespite the advances of modern medicine, one in five patients has symptoms that are unexplained and untreated, contributing to stress for both the provider and individual.

Further, studies have shown that the cost of managing the treatment of a patient with medically unexplained symptoms can be twice that of a patient with a diagnosis.

In an effort to provide a solution, a UK research team performed a clinical randomized controlled study on the efficacy of acupuncture for the undiagnosed disorders. Included in the research design was a linked interview of each patient’s subjective opinion of the intervention.

Some 80 patients from GP practices across London were selected to have five-element acupuncture added to their usual care.

The results of the research are published in the British Journal of General Practice.

The study group was made up of 80 adults, 80 percent female with an average age of 50 years and from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who had consulted their GP at least eight times in the past year.

Nearly 60 percent reported musculoskeletal health problems, of which almost two-thirds had been present for a year.

The patients were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a control group. Eight acupuncturists administered individual five-element acupuncture to the acupuncture group immediately, up to 12 sessions over 26 weeks. The same numbers of treatments were made available to the control group after 26 weeks.

At 26 weeks the patients were asked to complete a number of questionnaires including the individualized health status questionnaire “Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile.”

The acupuncture group registered a significantly improved overall score when compared with the control group.

They also showed improved well-being but did not show any change in GP and other clinical visits or the number of medications they were taking. Between 26 and 52 weeks, the acupuncture group maintained their improvement and the control group, now receiving their acupuncture treatments, showed “catch up” improvement.

Results from the associated qualitative study, which focused on the patients’ experiences, supported the quantitative work.

This tool identified that participating patients had a variety of longstanding symptoms and disability including chronic pain, fatigue and emotional problems which affected their ability to work, socialize and carry out everyday tasks.

Participating patients reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable. They appreciated the amount of time they had with each acupuncturist and the interactive and holistic nature of the sessions – there was a sense that the practitioners were listening to their concerns and, via therapy, doing something positive about them.

This patient-centered orientation encouraged individuals to take an active role in their treatment, resulting in cognitive and behavioral lifestyle changes, such as a new self-awareness about what caused stress in their lives, and a subsequent ability to deal with stress more effectively; and taking their own initiatives based on advice from the acupuncturists about diet, exercise, relaxation and social activities.

Comments from participating patients included: “the energy is the main thing I have noticed. You know, yeah, it’s marvelous! Where I was going out and cutting my grass, now I’m going out and cutting my neighbor’s after because he’s elderly”; “I had to reduce my medication. That’s the big help actually, because medication was giving me more trouble…side effects”; and “It kind of boosts you, somehow or another.”

Dr. Charlotte Paterson, who managed the randomized control trial and the longitudinal study of patients’ experiences, commented: “Our research indicates that the addition of up to 12 five-element acupuncture consultations to the usual care experienced by the patients in the trial was feasible and acceptable and resulted in improved overall well-being that was sustained for up to a year.

“This is the first trial to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment to those with unexplained symptoms, and the next development will be to carry out a cost-effectiveness study with a longer follow-up period. While further studies are required, this particular study suggests that GPs may recommend a series of five-element acupuncture consultations to patients with unexplained symptoms as a safe and potentially effective intervention.”

She added: “Such intervention could not only result in potential resource savings for the (National Health Service), but would also improve the quality of life for a group of patients for whom traditional biomedicine has little in the way of effective diagnosis and treatment.”

Malaysia, Centre of Acupuncture Study

According to Dr Haluk Cil from Turkey, he said
" Malaysia is the best place to study Classical Chinese Medicine. The way Prof Nik Omar is teacher is very simple, straight forward and easy to understand, he teach A to Z Acupuncture.

I have study Acupuncture in China for two months but didnt understand until I come to Malaysia and got all acupuncture knowledge from our great Si Fu Prof Nik Omar. "

Says Dr Haluk Cil from Ankara, Turkey.

Back Pain With Acupuncture Treatment


Back pain sufferers to be offered acupuncture treatment on the NHS

• Medical watchdog urges more alternative therapies
• Condition estimated to cost UK £5.1bn annually

Denis Campbell
The Guardian, Wednesday 27 May 2009
Article history

Back pain sufferers will get improved access to treatments by acupuncturists, osteopaths and chiropractors on the NHS in an effort to reduce the misery, welfare bills and inability to work caused by the condition, it was announced today.

Advice issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) recommends that the millions of people who develop persistent non-specific low back pain receive up to nine sessions of spinal manipulation or 10 sessions of ­acupuncture over 12 weeks.

Experts praised Nice's first guidance on how to tackle back pain as a breakthrough in treating a condition that costs the country an estimated £5.1bn every year, including £1bn of the NHS budget, and leads to the loss of around 5m working days. The problem affects around one in three adults each year and leads to 2.6 million people visiting their GP.

While most people with acute back pain recover within six weeks, an estimated 7% go on to develop a chronic form of the condition, which in the worst cases can lead to immobility and inability to work. Some GPs already offer acupuncture and some primary care trusts pay for patients to have manipulation privately. But Professor Martin Underwood, a Coventry GP who helped to draw up the advice, said current NHS treatment of back pain was "patchy".

In future sufferers in England and Wales will be given a choice of attending exercise classes, undergoing spinal manipulation or having acupuncture. Underwood said providing these treatments to patients in England and Wales may save the NHS money in the long term.

It will cost the NHS £24.4m to provide acupuncture and another £16m for ­manipulative therapy. But £33.6m will be saved by stopping the practice of injecting therapeutic substances into people's backs and £13.2m from reducing the number of sufferers sent for an MRI scan or X-ray.

Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, welcomed the guidelines. "This is good news for GPs and patients. Most GPs deal with patients with backache every day of the week," he said. "I welcome the endorsement of some complementary therapies for which there is a clearer ­evidence base."

Dr Dries Hettinga, of the patients organisation BackCare, said: "These treatments are all effective. In future, virtually all ­people who get low back pain should be prevented from developing the serious form of the problem."

But it is unclear when patients will be able to routinely access the treatments on the NHS and if the NHS will pay for patients to visit private practitioners for treatment.

Laurence Kirk, head of osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University and osteopath to the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: "As osteopaths we knew that our treatment worked for most back pain sufferers, and it's good to have official recognition of that. This should mean that the public have greater access to the services of skilled manipulators who will alleviate pain."

But some opponents of alternative ­medicine criticised Nice. Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary ­medicine at Exeter University, said Nice had ­"overestimated the benefit and under-estimated the risks of chiropractic spinal manipulation".

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What Acupuncture Can Treat

Conditions Treated With TCM - Acupuncture
Apa Yang Dapat di Rawat oleh Rawatan Akupunktur

Oriental medicine is a very comprehensive system of medicine. It works with your body to produce true healing instead of suppressing symptoms. A few of the conditions successfully treated by acupuncture and Oriental medicine:


* Women’s issues, including painful periods, menopause, and other gynecological issues. These are treated without requiring uncomfortable examinations.
* Chronic pain, especially joint and muscle pain, arthritis, as well as headaches and other discomforts.
* Fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome, or a general feeling of being down.
* Most conditions that respond to drug treatment, respond even better to acupuncture and Chinese herbs - without side effects. However, we insist on partnering with your doctor to determine a proper course of treatment. Some medications need special care and planning.
* Most chronic conditions such as allergies, asthma, and more respond extremely well to acupuncture.

Specific conditions treated

Cardiovascular Disorders

* Angina
* Hypertension

Dermatology (Skin Conditions)

* Acne
* Eczema
* Psoriasis
* Rosacea


* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Diabetes
* Thyroid Conditions


* Acid Reflux/Heartburn
* Constipation
* Diarrhea
* Indigestion
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome


* Breech Positioning Of The Fetus
* Female And Male Infertility
* In Vitro Fertilization Support
* Induction Of Labor
* Irregular/Painful Menstruation
* Menopause
* Morning Sickness
* Post-Partum Depression

Mental Health

* Anxiety
* Depression
* Insomnia/Sleep Disturbance
* Stress

Musculoskeletal Pain

* Dental Pain
* Joint/Limb Pain
* Low Back Pain/Sciatica
* Neck Pain
* Osteoarthritis
* Repetitive Stress Injuries
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
* Sports Injuries


* Allergic Rhinitis
* Asthma
* Bronchitis
* Common Cold
* Cough
* Flu
* Sinusitis


* Bell’s Palsy
* Headache/Migraines
* Meniere’s Disease
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Post Stroke Paralysis
* Shingles
* Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
* Trigeminal Neuralgia


* Bed Wetting
* Bladder Dysfunction
* Incontinence


* General Well Being
* Smoking Cessation
* Weight Control

Where to Find good acupuncturist at Kuala Lumpur call 03 4042 2020

Testimony from Patients About Acupuncture Treatment

Tinnitus Cured

In January after many doctors told me, “there’s nothing wrong with you, you just have to ignore it” I came to Dr Nik Omar Acupuncture Centre for help with constant ringing in my ears. Through treatment both homeopathy and acupuncture, I am able to make it through the day.
My results have been a blessing. Now I am very happy that my tinnitus has gone.

From Mohammad Abdullah, Record 6678

Fatty Liver Cured & Hepatitis B

I had a very sever Fatty Liver problem and worst with hepatitis B. My doctor in Australia can do nothing and with blessing of God I met Dr Nik Omar I met Dr Omar in the net and went over to Kuala Lumpur to met him.
I have been taking very tiny pills from him for the last two years and now spurising all my fatty liver, hepatitis has gone.
My doctor in Australia suprised to hear such news and he said 'You as a miracle doctor" Thank you

Dr M Haque Australia.

Neck Pain

For six months I have been receiving acupuncture treatment for pain in my jaw, neck and shoulder, with excellent results. I am a a teaches with stress and repeated strain to muscles due to over using of computer. Acupuncture helps me relax and enjoy my works . Khatijag Ahmad Record 2332

Enuresis - Kencing malah

The the last 14 years my son has been suferring from bed wetting and almost every night he will wet his bed. I have been trying all sort of treatment, but nothing doing. I brought my son to Dr Nik clinic at Kuala Lumpur and with only two session of acupuncture treatment my son is completely cured. It is miracle. Thanks to Dr Nik

From Mohd Zubai Record No. 5397.

Gout Cured

I have been suffering from gout for last 11 years. I have been taken pain killer on and off but my gout still remain. I tried acupuncture treatment with Dr Nik an after 6 months treatment my gout all most 80 % gone. I am very happy. Thank you.

Mr AWR Record No. 5977

acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture was first documented in China between 300 B.C. and 100 B.C., but is considered to have been around before then, maybe even 7,000 years ago. The realignment of the energy field is based on the Chinese concept of Chi, which is the underlying energy of life, according to the Acupuncture Answer Book. Asian medicine deems that good heath is determined by a balanced distribution of Chi throughout the meridian paths that influence the organs and bodily systems. Along the meridians are points where Chi can be affected by acupuncture needles or finger pressure. Acupuncturists find those paths and apply needles to bring healin

Comment by Ex Student of Acupuncture at Department of Chinese Medicine. FAHOM Malaysia

1. Prof Dr Mehmet Kocabas, From Turkey

" Thank You very much for your guide and help. I have learn acupuncture earlier at China but I dont understand what the lecturer teach over their. My friend advised me to study with prof Nik Omar, and I am very proud that through him, acupuncture study become very easy to understand, and Prof Nik is one of the best lecturer I ever met."

2. Dr Robert J from Germany

" Dear Dr Omar:It is really very encouraging to find that efforts are being made by your organization to introduce and promote Acupuncture in Malaysia and world wide. Under your guide I found that Acupuncture are very interesting and great.

3. Dr Taka from Tokyo, Japan.

" It was long time that I wanted to study Acupuncture. I found this academy through the web and be proud to be part of student from this academy."

4. Dr Mohammad Al Hedi Al Mitri, Oman

"thanks for the wonderful stay at Kelantan. I enjoy the way you teach Acupuncture to us. We enjoy each and every moment of your and the lecturer at your academy."

5. Dr Mustafa, Semarang, Indonesia.

" Terima kasih diatas tunjuk ajar yang diberikan kepada kami sewaktu belajar akupunktur bersama bapak Prof Nik Omar dan para pensyarah sewaktu kami di kampus, di Kelantan.' Kami amat bertah kerana bapak Prof Nik Omar merupakan seorang pakar akupunktur yang baynak ilmu pengetahuan tentang perubatan ini. Terima kasih."

Acupuncture Courses in Malaysia

Acupuncture Courses In Malaysia

How To Apply

Department of Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture
Faculty of Homeopathy Malaysia ®

Main Campus: No.122 Taman Universiti, Kg Gelang Mas, Meranti
17010 Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Malaysia
Tel: 019-9401915

FAHOM Registration No: KT 0035017-H

Our Research Institute are running various type of courses to suit the individual need. For those who are very busy they may join the Intensive Course for basic understanding of Chinese Medicine in Acupuncture. While those who are going to be the full time practitioners, they need to join the Three Years Professional Programme. All courses will follow the syllabus adopted by The Beijing Academy of Chinese Medicine, China with the collaboration of WHO Nomenclature, and The International Standard of Certification In Acupuncture approved by most of the colleges all over the world.

Subjects Minimum Time Approved

Module One
1. History of China and Acupuncture ( 5 Credit Hours )
2. Anatomy and Physiology ( 10 Credit Hours)
3. Acupuncture terminology ( 5 Credit Hours)
4. Theory Yin and Yang ( 5 Credit Hours)
5. Study of Meridians, Lung, Pericardium, Heart. ( 15 credit Hours )
6. Case Study ( 15 Credit Hours )
7. Examination Part 1 ( 1 Credit Hour )

Module Two
1. Study of Material and Technique ( 5 Credit Hours )
2. Contraindication and Prohibited ( 5 Credit Hours )
3. Dangerous Points ( 5 Credit Hours )
4. Theory of Five Elements ( 5 Credit Hours )
5. Study of Meridians, Large Intestine, Triple Warmer,
Small Intestine. ( 15 Credit Hours )
6. Clinical at our Hospital ( 10 Credit Hours )
7. Outdoor the Case taking ( 30 Credit Hours )
8. Examination Part 2 ( 1 Credit Hour )

Module Three
1. Needling - Type of Needles ( 5 Credit Hours - 1,000 needling)
2. Positions of Needling ( 5 Credit Hours )
3. Technique of Puncturing ( 5 Credit Hours )
4. Clinical at our Hospital. ( 10 Credit Hours )
5. Out door Case taking ( 30 Credit Hours )
6. Study of Meridian, Ren, Kidney, Spleen,
Gall Bladder ( 15 Credit Hours )
7. Examination Part 3 ( 1 Credit Hour )

Module Four
1. Stimulator and Stimulation, Laser, Cunometer ( 5 Credit Hours)
2. Moxibustion ( 5 Credit Hours )
3. Therapeutic ( 5 Credit Hours )
4. Clinical Practice at Hospital ( 10 Credit Hours )
5. Study of Meridians, DU, Urinary Bladder ( 15 Credit Hours )
6. Examination Part 4 ( 2 Credit Hours )

Type of Courses

Full Time / Distance Learning / Part Time *

Type of Course Duration Certificate Study Duration
Basic Course - One week Intensive Course Cert.Acu. 30 Credit Hours
Diploma In Acupuncture - One Year D. Ac 150 Credit Hours
Master In Acupuncture ** - Three Years M.Ac 500 Credit Hours
Membership of Research Institute of Acupuncture MRIAc 150 Credit Hours

* Distance Learning is meant for foreign students or practitioners who are living far
away from our campus.
** For M.Ac ( Thesis Presentation)

Other Short Courses Offered:
Cupping / Blood Stasis / Bekam 2 days ( 16 Credit Hours )
Moxibustion and Related Subjects 2 days ( 16 Credit Hours )
Reflexology 2 days ( 16 Credit Hours )
Clinical Practice 7 days ( 36 Credit Hours )

Homoeopathy - Full Time / Part Time Course.
Basic Course - D.F.Hom 1 year ( 105 Credit Hours)
Advance Course - B.H.M.S. 4 years ( 420 Credit Hours )

Master Course - M.D.Hom 5 years ( 1000 Credit Hours )

Post Graduate in Homeopathy
M.F.Hom. Thesis Presentation ( 200 Credit Hours )
F.F.Hom Thesis Presentation ( 300 Credit Hours )

Application For Courses, please write to:

The Registrar,
The Faculty of Homeopathy Malaysia - FAHOM ®
No.122 Taman University, Gelang Mas, Meranti
17010 Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Malaysia
Tel: 019-9401915
E mail: fahom2@yahoo.com
Web http://www.homeopathymalaysia.org.my

Intake of Student : Open to all Malaysian / Foreigners. Lecture started first week of every month.

Medium of Instruction: : According to your choice either
English , Malay or Chinese.

Department of Chinese Medicine, Faculty of Homeopathy Malaysia, kelantan

Acupuncture main Campus Compound at
Taman University Gelang Mas, Meranti
Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Malaysia.

Director: Prof Dr Nik Omar

Lecture hall - Depart of Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture.
We have 6 Main Lecturer in Depart of Chinese medicine
i.e. Prof Nik Omar., Prof Mohd Nasir, Ac Nik Fairuz Hakim, Ac Nik Badrul Hakim
Mohamed Kocabas, Mrs Peng Lee

Our Main Medical Centre

This is Our Kuala Lumpur Acupuncture Centre For Training

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Acupuncture Administered by US military Physician

For Immediate Release

Acupuncture Administered by U.S. Military Physicians
Growing for a Variety of Medical Conditions
Journal coverNew Rochelle, NY, May 12, 2011—The U.S. military is increasingly using acupuncture as a complementary therapy to help alleviate the debilitating effects of mild traumatic brain injury. Colonel (Ret.) Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of Medical Acupuncture, a peer-reviewed journal and the official journal of American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, has been at the forefront of efforts to adopt battlefield acupuncture and has demonstrated its effectiveness in pain control. The Journal is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article on the growing success of medical acupuncture to treat mild cases of traumatic brain injury, one of the most common types of injuries affecting U.S. wounded warriors. The article describes the Navy’s use of acupuncture—inserting needles at key targets in the head, ears, hands, and feet—to relieve symptoms such as sleeplessness, memory problems, anxiety, headache, and irritability that often follow an injury to the brain.

“The expanded use of acupuncture on the battlefield is being met with enthusiasm from physicians and patients because it works,” says Dr. Niemtzow, Colonel (Ret), U.S. Air Force, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD) and Director of the USAF Acupuncture Center, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. “Acupuncture may be used as a primary modality or as an adjunct to Western medicine. In either case, it is changing the face of military medicine as a force multiplier.”

Medical Acupuncture is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published quarterly in print and online that presents evidence-based clinical papers, case reports, and research findings that integrate concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training. Tables of contents and a free sample issue may be viewed online.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of Women’s Health, and Journal of Palliative Medicine. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 60 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available at our website.

The opinions and assertions contained herein are the private views of Colonel (Ret) Richard C. Niemtzow and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Department of Defense.

Greeting from Bangalore, India

Hello Dear Dr Nik Omar,


We, the officers and staff of St. George Cancer Care and Research
Center, Bangalore, thank you for the great support, prayers and
blessings given during the inaugural ceremony of our head office at
Bangalore City.

Please continue to support us in introducing the new cancer management
methodology called "DYNAMIC SCIENTIFIC APPROACH" for the welfare and
well being of humanity and also for the transformation of the
scientific thinking and parameters of research from a material
philosophic perspective to a dynamic or spiritual philosophic

The press release and photos attached herewith can be published in
newspapers, magazines, websites and other mediums of mass
communication. We expect your kind support in this regard.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Shaji V. Kudiyat
Chief Physician and Researcher
St. George Cancer Care and Research Center
T.C. Palaya Main Road Corner 4th Main Road,
Hoysala Nagar, Ramamurthy Nagar,
Bangalore - 16
Karnataka State

Latest Acupuncture Research

Dr Nik with Harley Group at Kuala Lumpur

I am sure that you will find my latest research on acupuncture incredibly interesting.
I have spent the past two years researching amongst other things the property of water
and have made discoveries that prove very simply how acupuncture works. I think it will
not come as too much of a surprise to you to discover that it is nothing whatsoever
to do with chemistry but it is all to do with the unique properties of water and vibrations.

Western science ignores things that it does not understand, and energy
flow is one of those subjects. If you ask most scientists with a
western trained background they will look at you blankly when talking
about energy flow. Not any more. I have managed to provide
overwhelming evidence that acupuncture works on simple scientific
principles; namely vibrations and the unique properties of
water. It is through water that the energy is transferred
throughout the body.

So far the responses to my ideas have been incredible:

“AN EPOCH MAKING BOOK” Professor B.M. Hedge Professor of Cardiology, London University


“YOU’VE AWAKENED ME” Professor Gerald Pollack Dept Biology, McGill University

The book is completely FREE to download until the 30th of April from
www.blindedbyscience.co.uk . Go there now to see what the fuss is all

If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Matthew Silverstone


Penyembuhan Penyakit Melalui Sentuhan

Tahukah Anda, sebenarnya kita punya kemampuan untuk menyembuhkan penyakit, menyalurkan energi positif dan menyampaikan ekspresi kasih sayang tanpa perlu mengeluarkan kata-kata?

Sebagai makhluk sosial, manusia memiliki kebutuhan akan kehangatan, keakraban, dan kedekatan sebagai pribadi (need for intimacy). Menurut psikolog Ratih Ibrahim, pemenuhan kebutuhan itu bisa dipenuhi lewat sentuhan fisik dengan orang lain. "Sentuhan, pelukan, atau genggaman adalah contoh komunikasi non verbal yang punya kekuatan dan arti lebih besar dari kata-kata," katanya.
Menurut Tiffany Field, Ph.D, direktur Touch Research Institute, kontak dari kulit ke kulit adalah makanan bagi jiwa. Sama halnya dengan makanan bagi perut kita. Itu sebabnya tindakan ini perlu untuk dijadikan kebiasaan. Sebab, jika jiwa kekurangan 'makanan', mood dan kerja hormon-hormon pun bisa terganggu.

Sebuah pelukan diketahui dapat membantu meredakan emosi. Pasangan yang berpelukan usai berdebat, hubungannya akan lebih langgeng dibandingkan dengan yang tidak melakukannya. Berikanlah juga pelukan sayang kepada anak. Anak yang terbiasa mendapat sentuhan kasih sayang orangtuanya akan tumbuh jadi pribadi yang lebih terbuka dalam menerima orang lain.

Sentuhan terhadap tubuh manusia juga bisa bermanfaat dalam penyembuhan penyakit. Riset yang dilakukan dari University of Cincinnati mengungkapkan, pengobatan moderen yang digabung dengan terapi sentuhan bisa membantu pasien sembuh lebih cepat.

Usapan perlahan di punggung pasien yang sakit ternyata memiliki efek yang sama seperti obat penenang. Sedangkan genggaman dan tepukan di punggung tangan sambil mengucapkan kata-kata pemberi semangat akan memberikan keberanian pada orang yang sedang dilanda kebimbangan.

Mengingat begitu banyaknya efek positif dari sebuah sentuhan fisik, jadikanlah terapi sentuhan sebagai bagian dari keseharian Anda. Berikan pasangan atau anak pelukan yang paling hangat untuk kualitas hidup yang lebih mengagumkan.

Sumber : Laporan wartawan KOMPAS.com Lusia Kus Anna, Sabtu, 13 Juni 2009 | 02:43 WIB

Thanks To Prof Dr Nik Omar

Letter of Acknowledgement

Special thanks to Prof Dr Nik Omar, lecturers and staff at The department of Chinese Medicine for helping me in my study to complete the Diploma in Acupuncture at your academy.

It is a great pleasure for me to able to get first hand guidance to complete my clinical training and also giving me encouragement to complete my thesis.

I can say, perhaps Sir Fu Dr Nik Omar is one of the great master of acupuncture at this moment in Malaysia.

Thank you

Lee Foong Meng
Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Nik Omar Riding Harley davidson at Yokohama, Japan

New method Offers Safer CT Scanning For Children

New Method Offers Safer CT Scanning for Children
By Medimaging International staff writers

A Swedish research team has developed a method that allows the lowest possible dose of radiation for children having a computed tomography (CT) scan while still obtaining good image quality, new research revealed.

CT imaging is a sophisticated form of X-ray scanning that generates images that are extremely detailed and very useful in diagnosing patients. If the dose of radiation is lowered too far, however, the scans become blurred and there is a risk of missing small details.

The author of the thesis, medical physicist Dr. Kerstin Ledenius, from the department of radiophysics at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy (Sweden), has studied and assessed a new method together with radiologists, nurses, and medical physicists at the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital (Gothenburg, Sweden). This method succeeds in combining the lowest possible dose of radiation with what radiologists consider to be sufficiently high image quality for a correct diagnosis. In various studies, the researchers also looked at the image quality of CT scans of the brains and stomachs of children in various age groups from birth to 17 years.

Computer manipulation of images from previous scans was utilized to simulate various reductions in radiation dose. The investigators then evaluated the findings of the simulation and decided whether exposure to radiation should be adjusted for the next patient in the same situation, and if so by how much. This made it possible to find the lowest exposure capable of generating a sufficiently good image for each type of examination performed.

“Adjusting exposure is important, as a small patient does not need the same exposure as a large one,” explained Dr. Ledenius. “Children also differ anatomically from adults, which affects the image quality needed.”

The method is already in use at the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Ledenius hopes that more hospitals will follow suit. He concluded, “Our method ensures the best possible CT scanning, combining images of high quality with the least possible exposure to radiation.”

Related Links:
Sahlgrenska Academy
Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital

Friday, May 13, 2011

Our Turkey Branch at Ankara Under The Guide of Prof Dr Mehmet Kocabas

Faculty of Homeopathy Malaysia has open the branch at Ankara, Turkey and so far more tham 50 students from Turkey has qualified homeopathic, acupuncture and cupping courses under the mentor of Prof Dr Mehmet Kocabas.

Here are some of the students at classes in Ankara 11 April 2011

Effect of Acupuncture on Allergen -Induced Basophil

Effect of Acupuncture on Allergen-Induced Basophil Activation in Patients with Atopic Eczema

Pfab F, et al. Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Technische Universität München , Munich, Germany.

The crucial symptom of atopic eczema is itch. Acupuncture has been shown to exhibit a significant effect on experimental itch; however, studies focusing on clinical itch in atopic eczema and corresponding mechanisms are lacking. The study design was a unicenter, single-blinded (observer), prospective, randomized clinical pilot trial with an additional experimental part. In 10 patients with atopic eczema, we investigated the effect of acupuncture treatment (n = 5) compared to no treatment (n = 5) on itch intensity and in vitro basophil CD63 expression upon allergen stimulation (house dust mite and timothy grass pollen) in a pilot trial. Results: Mean itch intensity in a visual analog scale was rated significantly lower in the acupuncture group (-25% ± 26% [day 15-day 0]; -24% ± 31% [day 33-day 0]) than in the control group (15% ± 6% [day 15-day 0]; 29% ± 9% [day 33-day 0]). From day 0 (before treatment) to day 15 (after 5 acupuncture treatments) as well as day 33 (after 10 acupuncture treatments), the acupuncture group showed less CD63 positive basophils than the control group regarding stimulation with house dust mite and grass pollen allergen at various concentrations (5 ng/mL, 1 ng/mL, 0.5 ng/mL, or 0.25 ng/mL). Conclusions: Our results show a reduction of itch intensity and of in vitro allergen-induced basophil activation in patients with atopic eczema after acupuncture treatment. Reducing basophil activation can be a further tool in investigating the mechanisms of action of acupuncture in immunoglobulin E-mediated allergy. Due to the limited number of patients included in our pilot trial, further studies are needed to strengthen the hypothesis.

J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Apr;17(4):309-14. Epub 2011 Mar 28.

Source: PubMed

Be Gentle With The Needle

Be Gentle With the Needles

By Julie Chen, MD

Pain is a difficult condition to live with.

Unfortunately, for many of my patients, this affliction is a daily challenge they have to endure. Acupuncture can provide significant benefits to these patients by lessening symptoms as well as increasing functionality.
Even within the realm of clinical research, there are progressively more studies that support acupuncture for pain therapy.

So, why aren't all pain patients turning to acupuncture then?

When pain patients seek relief, they typically are less discriminate about how they obtain this relief as long as the pain is diminished. However, despite their openness to various treatments, many patients still come into clinics with potential positive or negative preconceived notions about acupuncture. Concerns such as needle phobia or horror stories from friends of friends, just to name a few, may all play a role in their hesitation.

Even predetermined ideas, about what the treatment should entail, could be an obstacle in a therapeutic relationship. If these preconceived notions are dramatically different from what the practitioner thinks is appropriate for treatment, the prior expectations of the patient may become problematic in this therapeutic exchange. So, how do we, as practitioners, bypass these impediments so that our pain patients can lessen their daily struggles via acupuncture therapy?

In order to have a beneficial therapeutic relationship, preconceived notions must be addressed with our patients. Frequently, practitioners find it difficult to come up with the time to clarify expectations with patients before the start of treatments. However, this simple act of communication is an integral component to creating a successful therapeutic alliance with your patients, which ultimately leads to a successful thriving practice.

Also, do not underestimate the importance of being less aggressive in early treatments and easing a patient into needle acupuncture. Negative experiences early on in the therapeutic alliance may have a greater impact on a patient's perception of the experience even if the clinical symptoms are mildly improved. To further clarify these points, let us take a moment to examine a myofascial pain patient case where she was highly doubtful of acupuncture benefits and disliked the idea of needle therapy.

A.R.* was a 31 year-old female with fibromyalgia and chronic back pain with her MRI showing no significant abnormalities. After taking time during her first visit to discuss her concerns and potential pros and cons of acupuncture therapy, she was willing to try cupping but not needle acupuncture for her myofascial pain symptoms. After the cupping treatment, she reported improvement of symptoms and was willing to try gua sha.

In the follow-up treatment session where I incorporated cupping and gua sha, she reported 50 percent decreased myofascial pain symptoms and was happy with the results. Her only complaint was that the symptom relief was transient. However, her positive experience with these treatments opened up communication for discussion about using needle acupuncture therapy to treat more significant underlying pathology associated with fibromyalgia such as treatment of Jing deficiency and excess Liver heat, just to name a few.

I was less aggressive and less ambitious with her first needle treatment so as to ease her into the acupuncture therapeutic process. After this first needling treatment, she felt mildly fatigued but reported, in follow-up sessions, that her insomnia and energy was mildly improved. She returned to the clinic for bi-weekly therapy for several weeks until her symptoms were significantly improved. She is only seen at the clinic for maintenance therapy at this point.

In my experience, for patients who are hesitant about acupuncture therapy, it is prudent to make avoidance of adverse reactions the priority in the first few sessions.

If practitioners are too aggressive in early treatments hoping to attain the greatest treatment benefit, we may create the phenomenon where the patient's greatest fears about adverse reactions are realized. All too often, I have heard of patients eschewing acupuncture because of a prior experience where symptoms were slightly improved but it was too aggressive leaving them feeling drained or fearful of the process thus no longer wanting to re-attempt acupuncture.

For those of you who have built a successful practice, we all know that it takes tremendous perseverance, passion about our work, and time. But, no time is better spent than the time we take to counsel our patients on expectations and fears.

With the crucial information we gather from our patients during these discussions, we can provide the kind of medical care that our acupuncture patients are seeking; in a manner that resonates with their hopes and not with their fears. In doing so, we begin to build a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship, that in the end, is indispensable to the creation of a successful acupuncture practice.

TCM and Infectious Diseases

TCM and Infectious Disease

By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc

In traditional Chinese medicine, the first reference to infectious disease appeared in Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic) compiled in the first or second century C.E.
This text discussed the presence of Re Bing (hot disease), which according to our understanding today, refers to the various types of infectious disease.

The understanding of infectious disease progressed further during the Ming and Qing dynasties as many people in Southern China suffered and died from a variety of feverish conditions. Many doctors recognized that these patterns of illness were significantly different from shang han (cold damage) patterns, and therefore, must be diagnosed and treated differently. W Yu-Xìng, Yè Guì, and Wú Táng, three of the most influential doctors during that era, collectively contributed to a new school of thought, namely wen bing (warm disease). According to this new theory, warm and hot disease plagued everyone, starting "from one person to the entire household, from one household to the entire street, and from one street to the entire village." When affected, the disease first affected the exterior of the body, and progressed to the interior, following the patterns of wei (defensive), qi (energy), ying (nutritive), and xue (blood) levels. Furthermore, it was observed that the cause of these warm and hot disease have "no sound nor smell, and no shape nor shadow." In addition, it was noted that the warm and hot disease may be transmitted from one person to another via "heaven (air borne)" or "earth (direct contact)," and affect weak, deficient individuals (i.e., those with low immunity).

Lastly, many of the bitter and cold herbs and formulas used to treat these warm and hot diseases are recognized today to have remarkable antibiotic effects. These observations are made and published approximately 200 years before the discovery of bacteria and other micro-organisms. Wen bing (warm disease) theories accurately described the origins and transmission of epidemic disease, and the importance of the immune system in relationship to the pathogens. Wen bing (warm disease) theories revolutionized and significantly influenced the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine, changes that persist even today.

Prevention of Infectious Disease

One of the fundamental concepts in traditional Chinese medicine is that "superior medicine prevents disease, and inferior medicine treats disease." Prevention of infectious disease is certainly no exception since bacteria and virus tend to adversely affect those who have weakened or compromised immune systems. Many herbs and formulas that tonify wei (defensive) qi have been shown to have marked effect to boost the immune system. Examples include:

Classic formulas with immunostimulant effect:

* Shi Quan Da Bu Tang (All-Inclusive Great Tonifying Decoction)
* Ren Shen Yang Ying Tang (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi)
* Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang (Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Decoction)
* Si Jun Zi Tang (Four-Gentlemen Decoction)
* Yu Ping Feng San (Jade Windscreen Powder)

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