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In obedience to God's will and counting on His mercies and blessings, and driven by the desire to care for one another, we seek to provide help, direction and relief to those who suffer from cancer.

Lung-Bone-Brain Cancer: Pain Gone After 4 days of e-Therapy

Patient, 66-year-old, was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to her bones and brain. She had undergone radiotherapy, took Iressa and later switched to Tarceva but the treatments failed her. After 9 months of medical treatment she decided to try out our CA Care Therapy.

Patient led a miserable life. She was constantly in pain and had difficulty sleeping. Patient, her husband and daughter came to CA Care Penang on 8 June 2014. She was started on the e-Therapy. After 4 days, her pains were gone!

Listen to her story.

 

 

Patient was in pain for 2 weeks before coming to see us in Penang.

Nature of her pain:

  • Poking pain in the left rib.
  • Pain radiated from front to the back.
  • Pain comes on and off lasting from 5 minutes to 30 minutes at a time.

After the e-Therapy

The following are notes recorded by her daughter.

Day One

  • Started with Detox #2 on Sunday evening. Felt mild pain at the ribs while undergoing the therapy.
  • Mild pain at 2 am to 4 am.

Day Two

  • Detox # 3 and Insomnia #18 on Monday morning. More pain during the session. Went home felt very, very tired, restless and irritable. Had deep sleep for 30 minutes.
  • Pain at 2 p.m. and then at 9.30 p.m. The pain gradually increased at 11.30 p.m. and 4 a.m. Able to sleep but woke up due to the pains.
  • Overall she had more hours of sleep.
  • The pain now is a bit less than what she experienced while at home before the e-Therapy.
  • Good appetite.

Day Three

  • Pain # 65, 80 and 89. No pain and had good sleep during the therapy. Had mild pain at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Duration of pain decreased.
  • At night she was alert, talkative and energy level higher.
  • No pain throughout the night but had coughs with a lot of phlegm.
  • Wake up, sleep, wake up, sleep. Didn’t sleep well.

Day Four

  • Whole day and night NO pain.
  • Before the therapy she had pains every day and night.
  • At night she had pain 2 to 3 times and daytime it was 3 to 4 times per day.
  • After 4 days of the e-Therapy the whole day and night no pain.
  • She felt better, whole day comfortable. She was happy.

Daughter: (The e-Therapy)… It is very good. At night no pain, the whole day no pain. Very good mood. Very good appetite. Happy.

Chris: You can’t ask for more!

Pain Gone After e-Therapy

Jane (not real name) was a 47-year old lady from South Africa. She lived with her husband and their dog in a boat that sailed around the world. The happy family had been sailing like this for the past 15 years. Sometime in mid-2013, they landed in Malaysia. Jane developed breathing difficulty and was subsequently diagnosed with lung cancer. CT scan showed a 3.2 x 4.1 x 6.7 cm mass in her lung.

Jane was asked to go for chemotherapy but she refused. She was in severe pain when she came to seek our help. One way to help Jane with her recurrent persisted pains was to put her on the e-Therapy.

Listen to what happened to her.

 

 

Day 1: After detox 1 and detox 2: She went through “hell”. She felt very tired and the pains were more severe.

Day 2: She had nausea, was very tired and the severe pains persisted! She became very irritable, did not feel like eating and it was pain, pain, pain – all the time.

Day 3: In the morning, things seemed to improve a little bit. She became less irritable and less nauseous. However, the pain remained the same.

In the evening, Jane had more of the e-Therapy (almost 2 hours). She had hot flushes, she had a lot of sweat and felt something “moving” inside. The pains did not improve.

Day 4: She awoke at 3 a.m. and felt real good! I jumped out the bed. No pain. I felt absolutely healthy. Jane had more of the e-Therapy in the morning. She walked some distance to an organic shop for lunch. Her pains started to come back.

Day 5: I felt good, rested and it was fantastic.            

Day 6: Jane was better off today than she was on Day 1.

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We were glad to be able to help Jane with her pains. The next day, she sailed away with her boat (picture) and we never get to see Jane again. Later we received an e-mail from her husband saying that Jane had passed away on 1 January 2014. The cancer had spread to her brain. It was indeed unfortunate that we were unable to help Jane using herbs because her “Caucasian” stomach would not tolerate them.

 

Pain After She Ate Chocolate

Jane (not real name) was a 47-year old lady from South Africa. She lived with her husband and their dog in a boat that sailed around the world. The happy family had been sailing like this for the past 15 years. Sometime in mid-2013, they landed in Malaysia. Jane developed breathing difficulty and was subsequently diagnosed with lung cancer. CT scan showed a 3.2 x 4.1 x 6.7 cm mass in her lung.

Jane was asked to go for chemotherapy but she refused. She was in severe pain when she came to seek our help. We prescribed her the lung herbs.

1. After 5 days on the herbs, the pains were gone.

2. On day 5, 6 and  7, she felt great.

3. On day 8, the pain came back! Why?

Listen to what happened to her.

 

 

 

Comments

Very often patients are being told that they can eat anything they like – food has nothing to do with their cancer! Unfortunately, with time such advice has now been showed to be misleading and a bad joke! Over the years, I have seen cases after cases of “disaster” after patients started to take “bad” food.

In this story, Jane learned that sugar is bad for her!

Read more:

Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ: Eat anything you like! 

Diet for Cancer Patient – Some Doctors’ Illogical Arguments

Refined Sugar is Toxic 

The Sugar-Cancer Connection

 

Menstrual Pain and Bleeding Resolved After Herbs

MM is a 45-year-old housewife. She came to seek our help on 25 January 2013 regarding her recurrent menstrual pain and bleeding. In fact a week earlier she had been hospitalized for this problem.  Listen to her story.

  1. Since 14 years old, MM suffered menstrual pain with blood clot. In our Oriental culture, problem like this is not something that family members would talk about! Furthermore, pain during menses is considered part of being a woman! So the problem that MM had was just left as it was.
  2. In the early 1990s she was told that she had ovarian cyst. She did nothing about it.
  3. In July 1992, she underwent a laparoscopic surgery to remove two ovarian cysts, each 10 cm in size.
  4. In 2006, MM suffered heavy bleeding and underwent another surgery. This time a 7 cm fibroid was removed. According to the doctor, her ovaries were clean.
  5. During the period between 2006 and 2010, MM started on Ayurvedic treatment for her recurrent bleeding problem. At first she received treatment in Kuala Lumpur (costing RM 300 per day). Later she went to Kerala, India for the treatment. According to MM, the treatment in Kerala was cheaper – RM 3,000 for a six-week treatment (inclusive of flight cost).
  6. In 2010, the pains and bleeding became more severe and she went to a university hospital in KL and underwent uterine arterial embolization (UAE). The procedure failed. She suffered severe pain and has to be knocked off by morphine. According to MM, My advice to anyone, never go for AEU! MM had a very high tolerance for pain and had never cried but UAE made her cry in pain!
  7. MM tried acupuncture. This helped. Her problem came on and off. Her periods became regular.
  8. In early January 2013, MM suffered severe bleeding and she was hospitalized.

CT scan done on 18 January 2013 indicated a large uterus. There is a large posterior wall uterine myoma measuring 6.6 x 8.4 x 8.9 cm with central hypodensity likely to represent necrosis. It causes anterior displacement of endometrial and bladder depression.

Bilateral ovarian cysts. Right ovarian cyst measures 3.2 x 3.7 cm and left ovarian cyst measures 2.8 x 5.2 cm. There is an suggestion of left hydrosalphinx.

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The doctor suggested that MM undergo a total hysterectomy. It was at this point that MM drove to Penang and sought our help. MM said she suffered pain before and during her periods and this was usually followed by severe bloating of the stomach. Having understood her problem, my reaction on that day was, We shall try our best. 

MM was prescribed PMS Pill, GY-5 and GY 6 teas. In addition, she was asked to take A-Lung-2 and A-Kid-6 tea to balance her meridian disharmony (See another story Nocturia – frequent night time urination resolved by herbal therapy). 

Problem Resolved After the Herbal Therapy 

Two months later, 24 March 2013, a happy MM came to our centre again. Her long standing problems had been resolved. Listen to what she said.

 Chris:  You took the herbs for two months. What happened?

MM:  No more pain and no more bloatedness. My periods were normal – 5 days. No blood clot.

C:  Before taking the herbs?

M:  A week before I came to see you, I had to be hospitalized due to severe bleeding and pain. That was why I did the CT scan.

C:  You mean when you went home and started to take the herbs, all your pain and bleeding were gone?

M: Yes.

C: I really don’t know what to say to you! You will have to continue taking the herbs for a while more.

Did the herbs really help you?

M: Yes.

C:  And you are happy now?

M:   Yes.

C:  Not too bad. You have improved!

Breast Cancer Went Wild After Surgery, Chemo-Radiotherapy. E-Therapy Helped Relieve Her Pains

Eva (not real name) was 33 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery at a hospital in Hong Kong in June 2009.

After surgery, Eva received 6 cycles of chemotherapy – 3 cycles using FEC (5FU + epirubicin + cyclophosphamide) and 3 cycles of Taxol. This was done in Hong Kong. She received 30 radiation treatments in Macau. There was no further medication after this.

A follow-up mammogram in 2011 showed everything was clear.

In 2012 (i.e. some 3 years later) Eva started to have back pain. MRI in December 2012 showed some spots in her lumbar.

In January 2013, a PET / CT scan showed extensive bony metastasis. She was prescribed Tamoxifen and Xeloda and pain killers. After taking Xeloda she was not able to sit down or walk. She had to be hospitalized for a week and given painkiller injection. She was discharged and had to use the wheelchair.

At the end of February 2013, Eva decided to return to her home in Indonesia.

In late March 2013, she consulted an oncologist in Penang. She was told to undergo chemotherapy again using Carboplatin. She has to take an oral drug, Navelbine.  She has to undergo six cycles of this treatment and each cycle would cost RM 7,000. In addition she needs a monthly injection of bisphosphonate for her bone. This would cost an addition RM 1,700 per month.

Can the treatment cure her? The oncologist said: Not sure!

Eva refused further medical treatment. Eva and her mother (who also has cancer) came to seek our help on 21 March 2013. She presented severe pain and was unable to sleep at night. Her movements were very restricted.

Her CA 15.3 results over the years showed an increase from 12.7 to 246.1

Date

CA 15.3

21 October 2011

12.7

29 August 2012

36.8

5 November 2012

80.1

23 January 2013

246.1

The following are the results of her PET/CT dated 16 January 2013.

  1. There is no hypermetabolic lesion noted in the residual right breast.
  2. There are multiple hypermetabolic lymph nodes seen over the right internal mammary region, right superior mediastinum, right supraclavicular fossa and lever V of right neck.
  3. No hypermetabolic node found in bilateral axillary regions, left supraclavicular fossa or left neck.
  4. The left breast shows normal FDG uptake.
  5. Hypermetabolic nodule noted in the right pectoralis major at the level of 1st anterior rib.
  6. There is physiologic uptake of brown fat in bilateral lower necks.
  7. Physiological FDG uptake seen in the brain parenchyma.

Extensive bony metastasis

  1. Multiple hypermetabolic deposits are present in:
    1.  bilateral pariental bones and left occipital bone,
    2. Right sphenoid body
    3. Clivus,
    4. Left submandibular ramus,
    5. Sternum,
    6. Left scapula,
    7. Right upper humerus,
    8. Right 4th and 5th ribs,
    9. Left 3rd and 10 ribs,
    10. Bilateral iliac bone,
    11. Left ischium,
    12. Bilateral pubis,
    13. Lesser trochanter of right femur,
    14. Left femoral neck,
    15. Extensive involvement of spinal column from cervical spines to sacrum.

PET / CT scan showed the cancer had spread to some 29 locations in her body as below

E-Therapy at CA Care

We really felt sorry for Eva seeing her in such severe pain. We decided that Eva should try the e-therapy right away and requested her to postpone her return home. She needed to stay in Penang for an additional 5 days. And here is her story.

In summary after 2 days on the e-therapy, Eva had less pain and was able to sit up and watch the television for 2 hours. This is something she could not do before. She had to lie down in bed most of the time. With the e-therapy she could sit, walk and move around without much difficulty.  We told Eva to come back to Penang for the e-therapy again if her problems recurred.

 

Nocturia – frequent night time urination resolved by herbal therapy

MM is a 45-year-old housewife. She came to us for problems of backache and severe pain during her periods (her story in another article). As with all patients we read her meridian energy using the AcuGraph (below).  Only 3 of the 12 meridians were normal (green), 5 meridians were split and 4 meridians were low.

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From our experience, those with low or split bladder meridian (BL is blue, arrow) may have problems of frequent urination at night.  (See our previous article: http://ejtcm.com/2011/03/25/low-or-split-bladder-meridian-may-result-in-frequent-urination/). In addition, she also had low KI (kidney) and SP (Spleen) meridian energy.  The significance of this is explained below.

We asked MM if nocturia was also her problem. Her answer was YES – urination 3 to 4 times each night. It is indeed a nuisance having to waking up so often, besides depriving her of a good sound sleep. We suggested that MM take the herbal tea, A-Kid-6, for 2 weeks to try and resolve her problem.

We got to met MM again 2 months later and she told us her nocturia was resolved after taking the herbal tea. Listen to what she said below:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM ) View of Bladder Function

TCM views the kidney and bladder as an interrelated pair that controls water in the body.  The function of the bladder – i.e. storage and discharge of the urine, depends upon Kidney Qi. If Kidney Qi is sufficient the bladder will function normally and urination is well controlled.

If Kidney Qi is deficient the bladder becomes dysfunctional. Disharmony of the Bladder meridian can lead to problems such as difficult urination, incontinence (inability to control proper urination), painful eyes, runny nose, nose bleeding, nasal congestion, pain in the head, neck, back, groin and buttock.

According to Steven Clavey (in Fluid physiology and pathology in TCM) nocturia is due to exhausted kidney yang or spleen and kidney yang deficiency. However, in cases where the symptoms are less severe, nocturia can be due to Bladder qi deficiency.

Acknowledgement: We record our sincere thanks to Dr. Adrian Larsen, President of Miridia Technology Inc., USA, for his generosity in providing a unit of AcuGraph 3 for our research at CA Care.

 

e-Therapy In, Pain Killer Out

Dr. Z has been using the e-Therapy machine for quite a while now. On 11 September 2012, I had a chance to meet up with her again and talked about her experience. Listen to what she said.

 

 

My “travel companion”I never leave this (e-therapy machine) behind. It is always with me everywhere I go!

HeadachesI used the e-Therapy and within a day the headaches will be gone. I don’t have to take Panadol or Ponstan anymore. Previously pain killer drugs are always in my handbag, now I don’t carry any more medicine inside my handbag.

Hives goneWhen I was in the US, my daughter had hives. I used (the program) “Hives” on her. Just once . . . . no more complaints of itchiness.

Sleep Better, No more Body AchesIn the past, I took Panadol every four hourly. And in a day finished a whole strip – still nothing happened.  After Panadol did not work, I went for Ponstan . . . . (eventually) graduate to Arcoxia.  I stopped the medication. Now, I have this (e-Therapy) no more drugs for me.

Breast Cancer: Pains Gone After e-Therapy

 MT (S-127) is a 44-year old female from Batam, Indonesia. She was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in August 2005. MT underwent a mastectomy followed by 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 30 radiation treatments. Then she took Tamoxifen for 5 years.

After 5 years, MT was told to stop Tamoxifen because she was already cured.  But barely a year later, in April 2011, MT started to have pains in her tail bone and shoulder blade.  CT scan in February 2012 indicated metastasis to her bones.

MT gave up further medical treatment and came to CA Care for help. Her health improved. Her pains disappeared. When she was well, she exerted herself causing the pains to recur. MT came back to see us again on 6 May 2012 and underwent the e-Therapy.

 

Acknowledgement:  MT granted us her permission to use this video without having to mask her face.

Before the e-Therapy

Watch the first part of the video carefully. She walked with difficulty and with a limp. She had difficulty sitting down and had to support herself. She appeared to be in pain when moving due to the following problems.

  1. She had pains on both thighs and around her hip.
  2. Pain in the lumbar region.
  3. Muscles cramps in both legs.
  4. Her tail bone felt pains and “hot.”
  5. Her muscles around her shoulder blades felt numb.
  6.  She had pulling pains in her head.

After the e-Therapy

Watch the second part of the video. After two to four sessions of the e-Therapy MT appeared a “different person” free from all pains. She was able to walk normally (not limping anymore). She could sit down normally.

Chris: Is there any difference in your sleep – before and after the e-Therapy?

MT:  I slept better after the e-Therapy.

After the e-Therapy, were there more or less pains?

Less pain. The lumbar region had “loosened” up and there were no more pains.  The whole body felt “lighter.” I felt better when walking.

You said you had pains in both thighs?

No more problems.

Are you sure?

No more problems!

You said your legs were numb?

No more.

Your tail bone felt hot?

Not anymore.

At the back, around your shoulder blades – they were tight and numb – what happen now?

No more. I fell “lighter” now.

The pulling pains in your head?

I did not feel that anymore.

After two sessions of the e-Therapy and you really feel better?

Yes. I felt much better. Before e-Therapy I had difficulty standing up. I had to push myself up with both my hands. Now, I am okay – no problem.

Do you have problem walking?

Not any more.

What other problems do you have now?

The muscles at the lower rib region feel a bit tight.

Okay, we will “repair” that.

 

Up on my feet again four days after another (slipped disc) attack!

What does earthquake and backache (or slipped disc) have in common? Both are unpredictable. They strike at any time – at any unsuspecting moment. Let me share with you what happened in this second week of April.

On Monday morning, 9 April 2012, I was getting ready to go to our cancer centre. As usual I went to my computer to check if I have any emails waiting to be answered. The Google Chrome did not work!  I looked at the wire connection and thought it could be due to some misconnection. I bent down to check. I turned a bit and twisted my back! I could feel the muscle “snapped.” Initially it did not feel that bad. I could still go downstairs to have my breakfast. Then I went upstairs into my study to try to “repair” my back. After all I expected to have a busy morning at the centre – formulating all those herbal teas that had to be replenished. But it was not to be. The problem became more serious. I thought I should just stay home. I sat on my reclining chair and did the e-Therapy, using my favourite program – Lumbago. It did not work! In fact, it gave me more pain. I felt tightness of my stomach muscle. I could not stand up straight after being in a sitting position. Then I found it hard to walk. Lying down or etting up was a torture. The amazing thing was – I did not feel any numbness in my feet.

So for the whole day, I stayed in bed – reading many books! Since I could not walk much, I had to take lunch and dinner in our bedroom! Wah, good to have a loving wife sitting together for (sorry, not candle light) dinner. Then it was back to bed again to rest by “fragile” back. I did more programs from the e-Therapy machine, such as Backache & Spasm.

Day 2: Tuesday 10 April 2012. I did not get any better! It seemed that the machine was “useless”. It was indeed a difficult day – painful to wake up, painful to sit up straight and painful to lie down. I had to use a walking stick to push myself up.  But when I lie down on my back, I was just fine. But turning to the left or right was painful. Unfortunately, I did not video tape what I had suffered. But to give you an idea of I went through, just see the video of this Aceh lady – how she struggled to get up and walk. Yes, I was just like that, more or less.

 

 

Then I remembered that I had appointments with two patients on Wednesday (tomorrow). One was from India. It would be unfair if I could not meet this person who had to fly all the way from India. I managed to write an email to him asking if it was possible to defer his trip. I wrote the same to another patient in Kuala Lumpur. Good that both understood my situation and agreed.

I did not let up on using the e-Therapy but the problem did not seem to improve. I took a few doses of the Backache Wine over a period of time. These generally would help based on previous experiences. But the wine did not help either. What has gone wrong? With this same therapy, I managed to help others “like magic” but I could not do that for myself? Was this just a placebo effect that we the alternative practitioners are often being accused of? It is all in the mind! And my mind cannot work on me?

Day 3: Wednesday 11 April 2012. My condition improved slightly. There was less pain and less muscle tension. Actually when I was lying down I felt great. I was my normal self in that position. In fact I told my wife that if the person in India comes because he has already bought his plane ticket, then what we could do is – let him come and see me in my home. I can still talk – just cannot walk around too much. Fortunately we did not have to come to that.

In the late afternoon – the house trembled! I was in bed reading. I felt the bed shaking lightly at first and then it became more violent. The glass panels of our three-tier- from-floor-to-ceiling book shelf rattled vigorously.  I thought it was going to topple down. The shaking lasted for quite a while and then stopped. That was the 8.7-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra.

Day 4: Thursday 12 April 2012. I felt much better. I was able to walk downstairs and have my meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. It looked like I would be okay by tomorrow! I found out that the e-Therapy program: Muscle Spasm and Detox seemed to make me better.

Day 5: Friday 13 April 2012. This is our cancer care day. I was able to go up and down the stairs with a lot more confidence. I took a walk in the garden. And just be sure that I would be well rested for our afternoon consultation, I remained in bed all morning. Then at about 2.30 p.m. we went to see patients at our centre. About a dozen patients came for help that afternoon. The consultation session ended by 6.30 p.m. I came home to take a rest.

Day 6: Saturday 14 April 2012. Great day! I could manage to sit up in front of my computer and write the first draft of this story! Yesterday’s consultation session with patients did not cause any adverse effects. But I was aware that I was still fragile. I felt my back was still “soft” – perhaps could break any time!  No, I have no more pains when waking up or lying down. There were no pains when I stood up. I could walk about without a walking stick.  I could now bathe by myself but I could not bend down to wipe and dry my legs! Yes, I did recover. But not fully yet!

At the end, I realised that the e-Therapy did not let me down! Perhaps I was expecting too much too soon. Okay, let me go back to my bed and rest. I should not be sitting down in front of the computer for too long!

In the evening we brought our visiting relatives for dinner in town.

Comments

  1. I am aware that there is no cure for low back pain. It will recur and recur. I just have to be careful and try to avoid any situation that can cause it to come back. Indeed it is hard to anticipate. It can strike at any odd moment at any place. I just have to learn to live with it.
  2. This was not the first time I suffered from such problems. It happened many times before. The first two times landed me in hospital. That was in the “good (or bad?) old days” when I believed modern medicine could solve all the world’s problem. I have written about this earlier (see  My Own Personal Experience With Lower Back PainWith a problem like this, the obvious reaction is to rush to the hospital. No, I did not do that now.  I just wanted to relax and allow my body to heal. It is not an emergency!
  3. This week’s episode is just unfortunate but it was one of the worst that I have ever suffered since the past many years. Nevertheless, I thought I could handle it myself. My earlier experiences with the orthopedic taught me  that I need not rush to the hospital for this kind of problem. I just need to take care of myself. I would “reserve” going to the hospital for some other more serious problem!
  4. While in bed, I took time to read many books. I read Mitch Albom’s – Have a Little Faith and Randy Pausch’s The Last lecture. Professor Pausch had pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery and chemo. Then he ended up with 10 spots in his liver and was told he had a few months to live. Read this if you have time.  I also read Life Before Life – documentation about young children telling about their past lives. Then I read some chapters of Michio Kaku’s, Parallel World, Bruce Lipton’s, The Biology of Belief and Jerome Groopman’s,  How Doctors Think. So, it was a time well spent in bed.
  5. Those of you who have this e-Therapy machine – can you read at the same time you do the program? No, you have to hold the hand-set! About a month ago, I made a bit of modification and instead of using the hand set we could also use a stick-on electrode (used for ECG, etc.). So, this time I have the opportunity to try out this hands-free treatment on myself for the first time. So with my hands free, I can do other things. Real cool!

Let me conclude by quoting some of what Dr. Jerome Groopman wrote in his book, How doctors think.

  • How doctors think about a problem like chronic low back pain is heavily influenced by the speciality that they are trained in – who you see is what you get.
  • Each of the various muscles, tendons, bones, joints and ligaments in the lower back contains sensory nerves that can transmit messages of pain through the spinal cord to the brain. There are also organs in the abdomen and pelvis that, when they become inflamed or diseased, can signal pain in the back. Given all of these structures, the source of the chronic low back pain is often a mystery. Doctors can be hard-pressed to identify why a patient is uncomfortable.
  • Each approach to diagnosis and treatment is essentially a “franchise,” and that too many franchises are battling for control.
  • The technology has also developed rapidly. New sorts of screws, rods, and cages, as well as other devices, can be inserted into the spine. These instruments are aggressively marketed and generate high profit margins for both the manufacturer and the hospitals that use them.
  • Research showed that 85 percent of patients who suffer from low back pain cannot be given a precise diagnosis; the pain is usually vaguely ascribed to “strain” or “sprain” in the lumber region. It turns out that the diagnosis is not critical, because the outcomes tend to be similar anyway. With acute low back pain, 90 percent improve within two to seven weeks without specific therapy. Even with an acute ruptured disc … 80 percent feel significantly better within six weeks without surgery. Over time the disc retracts, so it no longer presses on the nerves and the inflammation subsides.

Wow! Lower back pain heals by itself but it takes about two to seven weeks to do so. So, I am not doing badly  – being able to be on my feet after a few days!

Walking, Sensitivity of Leg and Stiff Neck Improved After e-Therapy

CR is a 73-year-old female from Indonesia. She is our breast cancer patient and has been taking our herbs for many months now. In late March 2012, she and her family returned to Penang for a routine check-up. Everything is alright. However, she has a long-standing problem. About three years ago, she underwent a surgery for hip and shoulder joint replacement. After this surgery she had the following problems:

  1. Her left leg felt heavy when walking
  2. There were pricking (electric) shock when the tips of her left leg fingers were touched or her left sole stepped on something.
  3. There was numb feeling in her lower left leg.

The surgeon was unable to help her with the above problems – that’s the way it is! Otherwise, CR could undergo another surgery to correct the problem!

About a month ago, CR had stiff neck.

We suggested that CR undergo the e-Therapy since she had about four days in Penang. It is with great satisfaction to note that the e-Therapy helped her very much.

Watch this video.

 

Kidney-Bone Cancer: Herbs and e-Therapy Helped Reduce His Pain

RZ (S-143) is a 48 year-old Indonesian.  He came to seek our help on 18 March 2012, immediately after being discharged from a private hospital. And he was in severe pain. How could this be? This is RZ’s story.

About one and a half months ago, RZ was told by the doctor in Aceh, Indonesia that he had kidney problem. In early March 2012, he came to a private hospital in Penang for further management. A CT scan was done and showed a 10 x 9 cm enhancing lesion in the left kidney with renal vein thrombosis. The right kidney was normal. There were multiple nodules noted in the left upper paraaortic area.  Histopathology report confirmed a poorly differentiated renal cell carcinoma, sarcomatous type, Stage 3 – 4 (T2N2Mx). Four of 8 paraaortic lymph nodes had metastatic disease.

X-ray of his left shoulder showed a large lytic area with pathological fracture of the left scapula. Actually RZ came to Penang because of the severe pains in his swollen  left shoulder (picture below).

RZ was admitted on 5 March 2012 and underwent surgical removal of his left kidney.  Nothing was done for his swollen left shoulder which according to the surgeon was due to the cancer that had spread from his kidney. RZ told us that the pains became more intense after his kidney surgery. He was unable to sleep at night and had to endure pains throughout the day and night.

The kidney operation cost him RM 14,000. RZ was told that with this surgery he will be cured. If he did not undergo the surgery, but only take medication, he would be 30 percent cured.  After being discharged from the hospital, the surgeon scribbled these words on his medical report: Targeted therapy + DXT to (L) shoulder. RZ confirmed that he was asked to see a radiologist for radiotherapy. However, he was not able to do this because he had run out of money and could not afford anymore treatment in Penang.

RZ was prescribed Tramadol for his pains. This medication helped relief pains for about two hours only and the pains  recurred.

Comments

This is the second of such case – after surgery patients were in pains and they came to seek our help instead of asking the doctors for help. And they came immediately after being discharged from the hospital. This is the story of an earlier case:  https://painandwellness.org/2011/12/10/ovarian-cancer-after-surgery-left-leg-swollen-painful-and-uncomfortable-herbs-and-e-therapy-helped-her/

When we looked at RZ we really felt sorry for him. The reason he and his wife came to Penang was to find relief for his shoulder pain – but after spending RM 14,000 the pains became worse.  And they had no more money for more treatment. He could not afford the radiation treatment in Penang. And to tell him to take the Target Therapy medication as suggested by the surgeon is unrealistic. If I could guess rightly, that would involve taking Sutent and this is going to cost about RM 18,000 to RM 20,000 per month. This medication does not cure cancer! How can RZ ever afford to pay for such a treatment?  If you wish to know what Sutent can do click these links:

https://painandwellness.org/2011/12/10/ovarian-cancer-after-surgery-left-leg-swollen-painful-and-uncomfortable-herbs-and-e-therapy-helped-her/

http://cancercaremalaysia.com/2011/09/18/sutent-for-advanced-kidney-cancer/

RZ and his wife said that they were about ready to go home to Aceh in the next three days. The question in my mind then was: What can I do to help this unfortunate man the next days while he is here in Penang ? I suggested that RZ come to our centre every morning and try the e-Therapy and at the same time take the herbs: Capsule A, C-tea + WF tea, Kidney Tea, Bone Tea and Pain Tea (six times per day). This is what happened:

18 March 2012: e-Therapy – detox program. The night after this treatment, he felt better. He could sleep about half of the night.  The pains were less and he did not take the Tramadol prescribed by the doctor.

19 March 2012: e-Therapy – detox program + program for shoulder pain. He felt much better. The pains were less and he could sleep throughout the night. He woke up at about 5 a.m. due to coughs.

20 March 2012: repeat of the e-Therapy as yesterday and he was ready to return to Aceh.

The following is the gist of our conversation.

Part 1: Remove your kidney – 100 percent cure. But doc., the cancer had already spread to the bone!

Wife: His kidney problem surfaced about one and a half months ago.

RZ : There was no pain in the kidney.

Chris: You have removed your kidney?

RZ: Yes.

W: After the surgery, the doctor asked him to go for radiotherapy. We did not want to do that yet. We want to go back to Aceh first. We can do the radiation in Aceh.

C:  What did the doctor say about the pain in your shoulder?

W:  It is a cancer. But the doctor did not do anything about it. The whole night he was not able to sleep.

C: How much does it cost you to operate the kidney?

W: RM 14,000.

C:  And now you are in pain?

RZ:  Yes. It is a dull kind of pain – not pulling type. If I massage my shoulder, the pain goes away for a while and then comes back again. The pain becomes more intense when I move. At night, I am not able to sleep because of the pain.

C: Did you have this swelling on your shoulder even before your surgery?

RZ: Yes. But it was not as painful like now. The pain just came on and off. Even when I was in the hospital, the pain was not serious. I felt more pain after being discharged from the hospital.

C: So, even before the surgery, the doctor already knew about your shoulder – and he did not say anything?

RZ: No. I did ask him about this swelling in my shoulder. The doctor said: “Just wait first, we need to remove the diseased kidney first.”

C: Did you ask the doctor why there is this lump in your shoulder?

W: Yes, the doctor said this is due to the kidney cancer that has spread to the bone in his shoulder.

C: How long were you in the hospital? Did you derive any benefit gong into the hospital?

W: He was in the hospital for two weeks.

RZ: Before the operation, I was very weak. I became better after the operation. But the pain in my should became worse after coming out of the hospital.

C: Before you agreed to the surgery, did you ask the doctor if the surgery is going to cure you?

W: The doctor said the cancerous kidney has to be removed – it was an aggressive type.  If he (the patient) only takes medication, there is only a 30 percent chance of cure. But if he goes for surgery, it will cure him a 100 percent.

C: Is this why you agreed to the surgery – to get a 100 percent cure? Do you really understand “cure” really means when the doctor said the operation can “cure” you? Do you really understand him?

RZ: If the kidney is not removed, the cancer will spread. If the kidney is removed, the cancer will all be gone. No more cancer.

C: Did he tell you how he can cure the bone cancer in your shoulder?

 

Part 2: After one session of e-Therapy: Pain was less and he slept through half of the night

C: Last night you took the herbs and did the e-Therapy. How do you feel now?

RZ: There is improvement. I could sleep on and off.

C: After the e-Therapy, did you have any difficulty?

RZ: No, no problem. And I felt better. The pain was much less.

C: Before you came and see me, how was your pain?

W: He was in pain throughout the night but now the pain is much less.

RZ: The pain came on and off only. I woke up three times last night and went back to sleep again. Before I came to see you, I was not able to sleep the whole night.

C: This pain now, is it the same type of pain? Is the intensity of the pain the same when you feel that pain?

RZ: Same type of pain and the intensity is also the same. But the pain did not last long. It came on and then went off.

 

Part 3: After two sessions of e-Therapy: Pain gone and he slept through the night.

C: Yesterday  you did the e-Therapy one more time.  How are you now? Do you have more or less pain?

W: Less pain. There was no pain the whole night. Early morning, at about 5 a.m. he had coughs and he felt “heaty”.

C: Okay, did he drink a lot of water? He should drink more water. And you said there was no pain throughout the night.

W: Yes, no pain. Only at about 5 a.m. when he woke up he felt the pain.  Before we came to see you, he had pain throughout the night. We have done the e-Therapy twice. After the first therapy, the pain came on and off. It helped him nad he could sleep at least half of the night. After the second therapy, he did not feel any pain for the whole night. Only when we work up at about 5 a.m. that he felt the pain again.

C: Let me ask you again. Before you took the herbs and did the e-Therapy, did you need to take the pain killer (Tramadol) that the doctor gave you?

W: Yes. He had to take the painkiller. It was effective only for about two hours, then the pain came back.

C: Now, after the herbs and the e-Therapy, do you still need to take the painkiller?

W: No need to take any painkiller.

C: So, you did not take the painkiller for the past two nights?

W: No need for painkiller and he only took your herbs.

RZ: Now, I feel better. The pain is very much less. Before this I was not able to sleep because of the pain.

C: Did the treatment of the past two days, helped you?

W:  Yes, it helped him very much.

C: That’s about all that I can to help you. It seemed that he able to walk with more strength?

W: Yes, more strength and his movements had also improved.

Reflection

This is indeed a sad story. Reflect on this case again and ask some questions:

  1. If you were RZ, what would you have done differently?
  2. The surgeon said surgery could cure his cancer 100 percent – what you think?
  3. Do you think, surgery is really necessary given that the cancer had already spread to his bone?
  4. The doctor suggested radiotherapy and then possibly the Targeted Therapy – what do you say to that? Is this a genuine attempt to “cure” the cancer, or it is just an effort to feel that he is doing the right thing? A hero with no realistic chance of success?

Lung Cancer: e-Therapy Helps in Her Pains

SC (H222) was 68 years old when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.  She underwent an open-and-close surgery. The cancer had spread to the back of the chest wall and was considered a Stage 4 lung cancer.

She was asked to undergo chemotherapy but refused. She was told that she had six months to live. SC took our herbs and she is still doing alright up to this day – after three and a half years. Unfortunately, she suffered pains.  The following are our e-mail exchanges with her daughter.

13 December 2011

Hi Im, Prof Chris,

I am at my wits end trying to see how else to ease Mom’s pain.   We are trying acupuncture currently, three sessions so far but she said the pain is still as bad.   Last week she had a very bad palpitation which lasted for almost 7 hours.   And it happened again today though not as long as the previous time.   The pain must have been really bad as she is talking about dying.

7 February 2012

Prof Chris,

Apart from the pain and lack of strength, Mum looks okay and can eat moderately. Should I bring Mum up to see you again?

Reply:  Do you think you can persuade mom to try the machine again. If you can come and stay for a few days we can use the machine for pain. See this website www.PainAndWellness.org . This website concentrates on pain cases. We seem to be having good results but I don’t know why mom is reluctant to use it. There must be a reason for this fear? I really don’t have any other way to help with her pain besides the Pain Tea. If she agrees, why not give a try again. But it all depends if she agrees to use it or not.

Thanks Prof Chris,

I talked to Mom again about coming up to Penang to do the e-therapy again.  She did not resist the idea.  When would it be convenient to you for us to come up to see you?

SC came to Penang to receive six days of e-therapy (from 13 to 18 February 2012). She benefited from the treatment! Her improvements could be seen in her face! We are glad that she took the challenge to come to Penang and try the e-Therapy.

Permission to use this video without having to mask her face is granted by her daughter.

Trigger Finger and Discomfort in the Backbone Resolved After the e-Therapy

Wita (not real name) is a lady from Indonesia. This is her story.

 

Permission to use this video without having to mask her face is granted by the patient.

 

13 December 2011

  1. The middle finger of her right hand had difficulty “straightening up.” She had to push up this finger which “locks” on bending. Such problem is referred to as “trigger finger.”  The fingers of her left hand were rather “tight” and not comfortable.
  2. The fingers of her left hand lacked strength although they are not trigger fingers.
  3. She received her first session of e-Therapy.

14 December 2011

  1. She slept well after the e-Therapy. Before the e-Therapy her sleep was not good – probably due to stress and too much thinking.
  2. She did not suffer any side effects after the e-Therapy.
  3. Fingers on her left hand felt better. Previously she had difficulty picking up a pillow with her left hand. After the first session of the e-Therapy she was able to pick up things with her left hand – now her fingers had more strength.
  4. Fingers of her right hand remained the same – the middle finger remained “locked” when bent.

15 December 2011

  1. Fingers of her left hand felt better – even more strength than before.
  2. Fingers of her right hand were better. The middle finger remained a problem but she was able to “open” it with much less effort.

18 December 2011

  1. Fingers of her left hand were good.
  2. Fingers of her right hand were better. Once a while the middle finger still gave problem but she could “trigger” open it and it was not “stuck” any more. According to her, the problem had resolved by about 70 percent.
  3. She had undergone four sessions of the e-Therapy and felt much better.

After five sessions of the e-Therapy, Wita returned to Medan. She returned to CA Care after about three weeks for more of the therapy. The questions we ask:

  • Did her problems recur after the initial treatment three weeks ago?
  • Could the benefits of the e-Therapy be just a placebo effect?

10 January 2012

  1. The healing of her trigger finger and loosening of fingers in both hands remained and they remained good until the end of the year. However from the beginning of 2012 – she did not have a helper at home. So Wita had to do all the house chores of washing using her bare hands. The fingers of her right hand felt “cold” and a bit tight. But the middle finger was still able to “straighten out” and not stuck like before.
  2. The fingers of her left hand remained good.
  3. Before receiving the e-Therapy, she felt “uncomfortable” in her backbone.  When she stood up after sitting down for a long time, she would feel “tight” and felt like “ant-bite”.  After standing up, she had to move slowly at first before she could walk normally. She felt “something” in her backbone. After the e-Therapy she felt good. She could stand up right away and walk without anymore problem.
  4. Her sleep was good after the e-Therapy.

11 January 2012

After another session of the e-Therapy the fingers of her right hand felt better than the day before.

 

Breast-Bone Cancer: e-Therapy Relieved Pains of Her Backbone

Ati (S-71) is a 44-year-old lady from Aceh, Indonesia.  Sometime in early 2011, the nipple in her right breast retracted. There was no discharge but she felt pulling pains. Although Ati is a staff in a hospital, she refused medical treatment. She went to seek the help of a sinseh in Medan and was on his herbs. Since this did not help her, she came to a private hospital in Penang in February 2011.

Ati underwent a mastectomy. The histopathology report indicated an infiltrating ductal carcinoma, Stage 2 (T2bN1Mx). One of the five axillary lymph nodes was positive for metastatic cancer. The tumour was positive for ER, PR and c-erbB2 receptors.

After this Ati returned to Aceh. She started to take the tea made from sour sop leaves for about one and half months. She came back to see her surgeon again for a follow up. MRI done on 8 April 2011 indicated multiple ill define mixed lytic and sclerotic lesions involving the spine – predominantly at the lower thoracic and lumbar spine as well as in the pelvis. These are likely bony metastases.

At was asked to undergo chemotherapy. She refused.

In December 2011, Ati came back to Penang again. MRI done on 5 December 2011 revealed extensive vertebral metastasis involving the thoracic and lumbar spine. There was a fracture at L4 vertebra and bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing at L4/5 and L3/4.

Blood test done on 7 December 2011 indicated elevation of the liver function enzymes.

Alkaline phsophatase  109.88
GGT  142.45  High
ALT    74.1    High
AST   66.44   High

Unfortunately her doctor said there was nothing wrong with her liver. Instead Ati was asked to undergo a colonoscopy. She refused.

Ati and her husband came to seek our help on 8 December 2011. She presented with severe pains in her backbone and wind in her abdomen. We prescribed herbs and told her to come back and see us if the pains still persisted.

On 1 January 2012, Ati came back again. We put her on the e-Therapy to help with her pains and restricted mobility. After four days on the e-Therapy her pains had almost disappeared and her movements improved by more than 50 percent.   Watch the videos below and see for yourself the wonderous healing that took place.

 

Permission to use these videos without having to mask their faces was granted by the patient and her husband. 

Gist of our conversation

Video 1:  Life is hard with cancer in her backbone, but life was good after the e-Therapy

  1. Her mobility was torturous because of the extensive bony metastases. There was also a fracture at L4 vertebra.
  2. She had pains along the backbone and raising her arms was painful.
  3. Ati underwent the e-Therapy from 1 January to 5 January 2012. After just one session of the e-Therapy, she experienced some improvements. She felt better. She could turn her body to left or right when sleeping. The winds in her stomach had improved. However, she still felt tightness along her backbone. With more sessions of the e-Therapy her conditions improved further. She could stand up by herself without any more help.
  4. She did not suffer any side effects of the e-Therapy.
  5. After 5 days, she and her husband decided she was well enough to go home to Aceh.

Video 2: An interview with her husband

  1. After 4 days here, her condition had improved a lot. Before the therapy she had to be supported when walking, but after the first day of the e-Therapy, her condition had improved by about 30 percent.
  2. Then the next day, her conditions improved further. She had less pains and her body felt lighter. By the fifth day, she felt real good. Over all, her conditions had improved by at least 50 percent.
  3. Before she came here, she urinated standing up. Now she can squat down. At home, her mobility was restricted. She moved by sitting on the floor and pushed herself forward bit by bit. Then she had to push herself up slowly. She slowly took a step at a time to walk.
  4. At home she slept most of the time because she had to lie down. I had to carry her to the toilet. Now after the therapy she can sit up and watch the TV – but not for too long.
  5. Actually my wife is a staff in the hospital.
  6. The oncologist asked her to go for chemotherapy but we refused. Even my friends in Indonesia who are doctors advised us not to go for chemo. They asked us to go for alternative treatment. They told us, “Find someone whom you can trust and feel comfortable with.”
  7. When we came to Penang, we have already made up our mind not to go for chemo even if the oncologist in the hospital here told us to do so.
  8. After much thinking during the night and after talking to many friends we decided to seek the help of Dr. Chris. We have confidence in Dr. Chris.
  9. We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Chris for whatever help he had given us for the past few days. We remain grateful and do not know how to repay you for this kindness.
  10. Chris: We are here to help you. There is no need to repay for what we have done for you. Don’t worry we do this not expecting to get anything in return. It is God who helped you! (Note: e-Therapy for this patient is done without any charge. But we decide who needs the e-Therapy. It is not patient’s right to demand this therapy).  My main concern is to know if what we are doing here really helped you or not.
  11. Certainly Doctor, the therapy worked and it helped my wife.  Since we came here last Sunday and it is now Thursday – 5 days, my wife’s condition had improved by a least 50 percent. Her pains are very much less and she can walk by herself. She can now turn her body and swing her legs. Before I had to hold and support her and she felt pain. Now when I hold her there is no more pain.
  12. As a Muslim, I pray that God bless you and let you live longer to help others like us.
  13. Chris: God bless you and I am really happy to see you getting well.

AcuGraph Study

As in the videos, the AcuGraph readings taken on 1st , 3rd and 5th January 2012 showed improvements.  Her total qi was higher and the energy of the various meridians was more balanced on 5th January compared to her first day, 1st January 2012 (below).

Comments

Indeed we started 2012 with a great story! But let me confess – it was a near miss.

I remember reading what a Red Indian chief said, “Two dogs live in us – one Good Dog and one Bad Dog. And they always fight with each other.” After reflecting on what we saw of Ati when she first came on 1 January, the Bad Dog said to me in the middle of the night, “Just send her home. She might just die here and that would create a lot of problems for all of us.“ Unfortunately the two dogs did not “fight”. The Good Dog remained silent. When I woke up the next morning, I conveyed this feeling to Im – we might just have to do that.

But when we saw Ati’s face and also the way she walked the next morning, we knew that the Bad Dog was wrong!

I have written an article earlier about my experience with back pains – something that I have to live with for many years now (see, https://painandwellness.org/2011/11/08/lower-back-pain-resolved-after-e-therapy/). This video clearly documented the suffering anyone with back pain has to go through. Every moment and every step represent a struggle.  I know from experience that it is hard. I can understand the suffering that Ati had to endure.

The Bad Dog in me might be right but I am glad that it did not win.

Ovarian Cancer: After Surgery Left Leg Swollen, Painful and Uncomfortable – Herbs and e-Therapy Helped Her

SLK (S51) is a 49-year-old Indonesian female. For about a year she had complaints of abdominal distension with mild abdominal pain on and off.  She suffered occasional pain during menses. An ultrasound showed a large right ovarian cyst with nodules within it.

SLK came to a private hospital in Penang and underwent a surgery on 4 October 2011.

Things did not turn out right for SLK after the surgery.

  • She was discharged after 8 days in the hospital for her surgery.
  • After being discharged from the hospital, SLK suffered cramps and muscle pull in her left thigh. She had to be hospitalized again. This time it was for 6 days.
  • Unfortunately the pains and discomforts in her leg did not go away. The doctor told her that he had done his best and could not offer any more help.
  • The next day, on 20 October 2011, a desperate SLK and her family came to CA Care. They wanted us to help SLK with the pain in her leg.
  • Unfortunately there were no medical reports and we did not know what had happened. We told the family to go back to the doctor and ask for all the medical records.  We did not get to see SLK again after that.

On 23 November 2011, SLK and her husband came back to see us again – this time with a photograph of the ovarian cyst that had been removed and its histopathology report.  The histopathology report dated 14 October 2011 indicated clear cell  adenocarcinoma of the ovary. Endometriosis.

Let SLK tell her story.

Gist of our conversation:

  1. The surgery for my ovarian cancer was done on 4 October 2011. Before the surgery I was able to walk without any problem. But before that I used to have cramps in my left leg – but no swelling.
  2. There were some varicose veins in my left foot.
  3. Four days after the surgery, my left calf became uncomfortable – muscle pull.
  4. On 12 October 2011, I was discharged from the hospital, i.e. after eight days.
  5. But on 14 October 2011 I had to be readmitted into the hospital because my left leg became swollen. It was painful and heavy. I was discharged on 19 October 2011. While in the hospital I received a total of 12 injections – 2 injections a day. In addition I took Warfarin and Dalfon (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). These medications did not help much. I was still in pain and my leg felt uncomfortable.
  6. That was why on 20 October 2011 we came and see you.
  7. We returned to Jakarta on 2 November 2011. At that time my leg was still swollen, but the size had somewhat reduced.
  8. At home, I continued taking the doctor’s medication – Warfarin and Dalfon.
  9. I came back to Penang again and saw my doctors (the surgeon and blood specialist-oncologist) on 18 November 2011. The oncologist asked me to continue taking the Warfarin for another six months and this time with an increased dosage. The doctor said I would be cured after six months.  In the meantime, I was asked to undergo chemotherapy for my ovarian cancer.
  10. I refused to undergo chemotherapy. I also did not want to take the Warfarin anymore. We waited for you to return from Laos and came to see you.

CA Care from 23 November to 28 November 2011

  1. I took the herbs that you prescribed me and also underwent the e-Therapy. These treatments helped me.
  2. After three times of e-Therapy, I could now walk. And my leg did not swell any more. Previously if I walked, my left leg become swollen. I could now walk to the market and also travel by bus. I felt lighter when I walked. Before coming to CA Care I could not walk like I do now.
  3. Husband: Now she can walk so far – from Gurney Park to Pulau Tikus market – with no problem. Before your treatment, we had to take a taxi to come and see you. Now we just take the bus and walked to wherever we want to go.

Watch this video carefully and see how SLK walked, before and after the herbs plus the e-Therapy.

 

 

Chronic Pain

Is Pain Useful?

Yes.  The ability to experience pain is critical for survival. Without pain, we might seriously hurt ourselves yet not knowing it. Or we might not realize that we have a medical problem that needs treatment. So pain is our danger signal that calls for our attention. That being the case, what do we make out of it when we take “pain killers” to cut off this signal? Is that the right thing to do?

However, chronic pain serves no biological purpose. It tends to go on and on and it is no longer a pain that brings any good for us. In fact, it becomes a serious problem to those who suffer from it.

Feeling of Pain

Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may remain constant. We may feel pain in one area of our body, or we may feel pain all over the body. The Chinese is elaborate when describing pain. They say pain can be: aching pain, distending pain, dull pain, empty pain, cold pain, gripping pain, heavy pain, pulling pain, scorching pain, scurrying pain, and  stabbing pain.

Chronic pain may be due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown with no apparent cause.

Process of Pain

Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. There are four basic steps involved:

1. Transduction – when a certain “noxious stimulus” in a particular part of the body causes the release of chemicals that essentially turn on nerve cells.

2. Transmission – the pain signal is sent to the brain through a number of relay stations in which the signal jumps between the nerve cells in the spinal cord and finally reach the thalamus in the brain.

3. Perception – the brain registers and interprets the pain.

4. Modulation – the brain acts to change the body’s response to pain.

Incidence of Pain

 In the US, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined (1).

Condition

Number of sufferers

Chronic Pain 116 million people
Diabetes 25.8 million people
Coronary Heart Disease (heart attack and chest pain) 16.3 million people
Stroke 7.0 million people
Cancer 11.7 million people

The most commonly-reported pain conditions are lower back pain (27%), followed by severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%) and facial ache or pain (4%). 

An article in the Wall Street Journal of 11 May 2010 said, “Some 76.5 million Americans, or about 26% of all adults, suffer from chronic pain, generally defined as any pain that lasts more than six months … the conditions can be as debilitating as many severe diseases, leaving the patient exhausted and unable to carry on with many everyday activities. Unless you live with chronic pain, you can’t imagine how it feels.

Without adequate treatment, this pain and suffering can be expected to continue throughout life (2).

According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, chronic pain affects about 30 per cent of the adult Norwegian population. The most common chronic pain conditions  are back and neck pain and pain of unknown origin. Other chronic pain conditions include headaches, pains from injuries and surgery, pain associated with cardiovascular disease and with neurological disorders (3).

Prevalence of pain increases with age, and women are more susceptible than men.

Treatment of Chronic Pain

Treating chronic pain be challenging. Often the reason for the pain is not clear. And it may take several types or combinations of treatments before relief is found (4).

Dr. Edward Pullen wrote, “Treatment of chronic pain is the scenario that puts me and every practicing primary care physician in a no-win situation regularly (5).

Science Daily of 5 June 2008 (6) reported that while various approaches and combinations of therapies to treat pain have advantages and disadvantages, researchers don’t yet know how to determine which is best for individual patients. Among the approaches to pain management studied were those relying on the prescription of opioids (drugs such as morphine), surgery, and alternative medicine (acupuncture, herbal remedies). Matthew J. Bair, assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine said, “We have found that there are huge gaps in our knowledge base. For example, none of the opioid research trials lasted longer than four months, a small fraction of the time during which many chronic sufferers typically experience pain and are prescribed this potent class of medication”. Many physicians have not been well trained in pain management.

Dennis C. Turk, MD, and colleagues from the University of Washington in Seattle said, “Treatment of chronic pain today remains strikingly inadequate …for all the treatment modalities surveyed, only about half of treated patients had a response — and the reduction in pain was only about 30%” (7).

In Norway the most common method of managing chronic pain is to use painkillers or analgesic drugs. Both opioids (morphine-like) and paracetamol /acetaminophen (Panadol-like) and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are used. In 2010, around 1 million people are prescribed these drugs (3).

Many analgesics are effective for a short time period only. And they carry a risk of habituation and dependency with prolonged use. Some painkillers can cause side effects when used over time. NSAIDs can cause bleeding / stomach ulcers and medication-induced headache (3).

Multidisciplinary Pain Management

Straightforward “single mode” pain treatment usually results in short-term relief at best (8).

Multidisciplinary Pain Management is the gold standard when it comes to helping people with chronic pain recover their lives (9). Chronic pains management should take into consideration a broad range of physical, social, psychological, and behavioral issues. Medications, acupuncture, local electrical stimulation, brain stimulation, surgery, psychotherapy, relaxation, biofeedback, and behavior modification may need to be employed to treat chronic pain.

References

  1. http://www.painmed.org/patient/facts.html#top)
  2. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704879704575236373207643604.html
  3. http://www.fhi.no/eway/default.aspx?pid=238&trg=Area_5954&MainArea_5811=5895:0:15,4671:1:0:0:::0:0&MainLeft_5895=5954:0:15,4671:1:0:0:::0:0&Area_5954=5825:88781::1:5955:1:::0:0)
  4.  http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/chronic-pain-treatment-overview
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Trigger Finger Resolved After Five Sessions of e-Therapy

What is trigger finger?  Trigger finger, trigger thumb, or trigger digit (medically known as stenosing tenosynovitis) is a problem of your finger or thumb getting stuck in a bent position and to straighten it you have to snap or push it up – like pulling and releasing a trigger of a gun. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position and is unable to straighten.

Symptoms: One of the first symptoms may be soreness or swelling at the finger or thumb.  The most common symptom is a painful clicking or snapping when bending or straightening your finger. Trigger finger is more common in women than in men and tends to occur most frequently in people who are between 40 and 60 years of age.

Cause: It may be caused by highly repetitive or forceful use of the finger and thumb. The problem arises due to the inflammation of the tendon. Medical conditions like arthritis and diabetes may also give rise to this problem. 

Medical treatment: The doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen or may give you steroid injection. If your condition does not respond to these treatments, surgery may be recommended.

Case Presentation:  Yoke is a 61-year-old female from Kuala Lumpur. She had a problem of trigger finger over the past seven to eight years ago. About three years ago she underwent an operation to correct the problem. The surgery helped her for some months but the problem recurred after that. Yoke came to see us on 31 October 2011. She underwent five sessions of e-therapy and her problem was resolved.

Listen to our conversation.

 

 

Gist of our conversation:

 

Session 1 – Detox #2: She had good sleep. The tightness of her fingers had loosen up.

Session 2 – Detox # 3: Her sleep was not good. The tightness in fingers had reduced.

Session 3 – Trigger Finger #127: She had less sound sleep. The tightness of her fingers was reduced further. Left hand fingers had returned to normal.

Session 4 – Trigger Finger #127: The problems in both hands were almost resolved. Only one finger in her right hand was still tight.

Session 5 – Rigger Finger #127:  All problems resolved. The “stubborn” finger of her right hand could be straightened without any more pain. She could now open up both hands showing the palms fully.

My Own Experience with Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb

Over the years, I did suffer from trigger finger.  In the middle of the night, unintentionally one finger was bent and snapped closed. It would not straighten up. I was awakened by this. I had to massage the base of the finger and then push up the bent finger. Sometimes it worked but sometime it did not because it needed more massaging. The problem persisted for some weeks.  I did not do anything but learnt how to live with it. Fortunately the problem went away by itself. It comes back again once a while.

My problem became serious sometime in August when we were about to go to USA visiting our children. My thumb became swollen and could not bend. And when it was bent I could not straighten it. Of course it was painful and I had to massage it. Massaging helped a bit but did not cure it. I realized that the cause of this “bad” thumb was due to the over use of my thumb – for years I have been using my right thumb to pry open the lid of the herbal containers in our centre. During August I over used my thumb because I needed to prepare many herbal teas before going for our holiday. Now, I learn not to use my thumb any more for this. Instead,  I use the fingers of my right hand to open the container.

During our stay in the US for three weeks, I had to endure the pain and discomfort of a trigger thumb. On certain days the thumb became more swollen – probably due to increased inflammation after eating certain food.

When I came back from the US, I started to read about trigger finger. I wrote Program #127 (Trigger Finger) for my e-machine and began to use it. After a week, the problem was resolved. Based on this experience, with much confidence, I was able to help the above lady.

Sleeplessness, Body Aches and Dizziness Resolved After Four Days of e-Therapy

Jee is a 81-year-old female from Kuala Lumpur. She came to seek our help on 30 October 2011 and stayed for four days in Penang specifically to do the e-Therapy.  Below is our video recording of how she benefited from our therapy.

Gist of our conversation:

Her problems:

  1. She had difficulty sleeping for more than ten years. She would go to bed and fall asleep for one or two hours then remained awake for the rest of the night.
  2. Her whole body ached – the joints, shoulder blade, lower back, etc. These are also long standing problems. We suspected it could also be due to arthritis. We advised her not to take tomato, potato and brinjal (besides capsicum). All these plants belong to the Nightshade (or Solanaceae) family and are said to be not good for people with arthritis. Coincidently these are the vegetables Jee liked to eat very much.
  3. She has dizziness, a problem that started some twenty plus years ago.  This is indeed a serious problem for her.
  4. Skin itch is also a twenty-plus-years-problem.  Her doctor would give her some medications. They worked for a while but the problem  kept recurring.

Day 1 after Detox #1

  1. She slept like a log.
  2. Pains were less.
  3. There were no side effects of the e-Therapy at all.

Day 2 after Detox #3

  1. She had good sleep.
  2. Body aches were reduced.
  3. Dizziness also reduced.

Day 3 after Arthritis # 60

  1. She had good long sleep.
  2. Joint pains and shoulder pains  were gone.
  3. In general, her whole body pains were reduced by more than 50 percent.

Day 4 after Joint Pain #69

  1. She had good sleep.
  2. All pains were gone.
  3. No more dizziness.

Her problems were resolved. She was happy.  Jee said, It is worth my trip to Penang.

Lymphoma: Herbs and e-Therapy Brought Her Back to Good Life Again After Eight Cycles of Chemo

Anne (M965, not real name), from Indonesia, was 52-years old when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She underwent 8 cycles of chemotherapy in a hospital in Jakarta. Anne suffered severe side effects, such as:

  1. Heart palpitation
  2. Loss of ability to produce sweat
  3. Weak leg – feeling unstable when walking
  4. Fatigue
  5. Shortness of breath
  6. Hardened abdominal muscle
  7. Ringing in the ear

All treatments were completed in August 2010. A repeat CT scan on 20 November showed no more ascites, but the lymphoma had not totally disappeared. Soon afterwards, Anne suffered swelling of the left side of her face around the jaw. A biopsy was performed. The report on 6 January 2011 indicated recurrence of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

 

CA Care Therapy

Anne came to see us for the first time on 29 April 2011. After about two months on the herbs, Anne and her husband came back to see us again of 1 July 2011. She benefited from the herbs. During this second visit, Anne underwent a week of e-Therapy in addition to taking the herbs. Her health improved further.

 

 

Gist of her story:

  • Felt much better after two months on the herbs. More energy, walk with more stability, better appetite, slept better – could turn sideways, right or left. Able to bend my knees – before to do so was painful.
  • Heart palpitation still persists. Had eight cycles of chemo. Before chemo no such problem.
  • Felt recurrence of lumps in my body and the lump on my cheek seemed to grow bigger. I also have fevers at times.
  • Doctor asked to undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy. I declined.
  • Came to CA Care Penang for the second time after two months.

 

 

Gist of her response to the e-Therapy:

  • The first session of the Therapy done on Friday night. After the Therapy stomach churned for a while, until she fell asleep. Problem gone the next morning. Passed out a lot of urine. Beside these there were no other side effects. Able to sleep better than before. Woke up with more energy. Was able to go to the shopping mall the whole of Saturday. Lump on the cheek felt less tight.
  • The second session of the Therapy done on Sunday night. Woke up the next morning – I felt more fresh. Over all felt much better. On a scale of 10, condition improved to 8. Before the Therapy it was at 3 or 4.
  • The third session of the Therapy was done on Monday morning. The fullness feeling of the abdomen was gone. This feeling arose after chemotherapy. No such problem before chemo. Pain in both sides of temple improved by 50 percent. Slept soundly, unable to sleep well before this . Bowel movements better. No more pain when sweating.  Breathing improved. Tense or hardened stomach muscle eased and able to pinch the stomach now.

 

AcuGraph Study

The AcuGraph reading during the first visit, on 29 April 2011 is a below. The picture showed many imbalances.

 

 

On 8 July 2011, the AcuGraph reading showed tremendous improvements. This was after undergoing a week of the e-Therapy. Anne was ready to go home after this.

 

 

 

 

Sleeping Difficulty Resolved After e-Therapy

Ron is a 21-year-old male from Medan, Indonesia. A year ago he met with a motor car accident. While driving one night, he and his four friends drove off the road and fell into a 20-metre-deep ravine. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.

Ron came to CA Care on 31 March 2011. He presented with two problems:

  • Inability to have a good sleep at night. He wakes up two to three times each night for no apparent reason. For the night he sleeps a total of only about five hours.
  • He suffers from pains in the lumbar region and both sides of his shoulder blades.

 

We suggested that Ron try our e-Therapy. He received a total of three treatments:

Treatment / Duration Response
Day 1: Detox # 2 – for 34 minutes After receiving this therapy, he was able to sleep for eight hours without having to wake up. He felt fresh the next morning.
Day 2: Detox #3 – for 51 minutes Same as the first day. Uninterrupted sleep for eight hours. Felt fresh the next morning.
Day 3: Lumbago # 98 – for 30 minutes No more pain in the lumbar region.

 

Below is our video conversation recorded over the three-day period.

 

 

Comments

Ron is not the only person who slept well after the e-Therapy. There are many others before him who reported similar results. I have been using the therapy for more than a year now. After the 51-minute Detox program I experienced deep, good sleep. The benefit of e-Therapy in promoting good sleep is without doubt.

The most important question to ask is: Does e-Therapy produce any adverse side effects? This is the first question we always ask of every person who undergoes the e-Therapy at our centre –  Do you encounter any problem after receiving the therapy? No one has so far encountered any adverse reaction, provided of course they follow our instruction to drink plenty of water after the treatment.

As said earlier, I have been using the Detox program for more than a year and I too did not suffer any adverse side effects. In fact one of the positive side effects is that my hair has turned darker from the usual silvery gray!

Using the e-Therapy is cheap and does not come with adverse side effects like the sleeping pills.