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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00

Unveiling Myths about Diseases

Written by  Loh Siew Chien, Melaka / Translated by Goh Hwe Yong

On Merdeka Day, Tzu Chi Melaka held a health workshop for its volunteers. Dr Ho Chee Wei from TIMA Klang was invited to conduct the workshop. [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]

Many symptoms of diseases are frequently mistaken for illnesses. Hence, treatments fail to eradicate pains and discomfort. Actually, many physical illnesses and chronic diseases are related to the imbalance of the body structure.


Aging brings on with it all kinds of physical discomfort, such as, back pain, leg cramps, migraine, frozen shoulders, spine degeneration, lower back pain and so on. Many people find all kinds of treatments only as temporary relief.

As a great number of Tzu Chi volunteers are faced with such problems, Tzu Chi Melaka decided to hold a health workshop for volunteers on August 31, a Public Holiday. Dr Ho Chee Wei, a member of TIMA Klang, was invited to conduct the workshop. Dr Ho graduated from Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine, China, specializing in neurology and orthopaedics.

During the workshop, Dr Ho revealed the myths about causes of diseases from head to toe. The workshop was attended by 86 volunteers who came in the hope of regaining health so as to shoulder voluntary responsibilities better, both physically and mentally.

Dr Ho split his sharing into three parts: “Legs, knees and the body”, “Pelvic and the lumbar region”, and “Thorax, shoulders and the head”. He guided the volunteers on physical training that could be incorporated into their daily life for stronger body functions. Volunteers also took the opportunity to clear their doubts on health issues.

No pain means disease is cured?

Symptomatic treatment has long been the way people treat their pains and physical discomfort. However, various techniques of massaging could only give temporary relief. Relapse would occur without fail.

The disappearance of pain or discomfort is often mistaken for recovery. Yet it should be understood that pains and discomfort are only signs of diseases. Using painkillers or muscle relaxants may relieve the symptoms, but they do not tackle the root cause. Over time, it may develop into something more serious. Hence, Dr Ho stressed that proper diagnosis for proper treatment is the only correct way to deal with pains and discomfort.

Pain in the lower limbs may signal health problems

Physical degeneration, such as, grey hair and wrinkles is a natural sign of aging. But, Dr Ho pointed out specifically that aging actually starts from the lower limbs. People tend to take their limbs for granted as long as they can walk and move about normally.

Ailments in the legs are the initial symptoms of illnesses. The legs are comparable to the foundation of the body; any problem in the legs is akin to misalignment of the foundation, affecting the knees, the pelvis and the spine, and in turn, the internal organs.

Today, bodily degeneration is affecting more and more young people. Factors like lack of exercise, bad postures, hunching our back in front of a computer, wearing high heels or shoes that are too rigid, injury sustained in a fall and so on, would result in a misaligned body structure.

Exercise is the best preventive measure

Is gastrointestinal issue due to stress?
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Exerting pressure on specific parts of the body gives rise to occurrence of bone spurs. Common causes may be the use of high pillows, or constantly looking down when playing computer games. Going overboard in stretching and yoga exercises may not be desirable too! Punishment like a strike at the head of a child may result in severe health consequence. Plastic surgery for beauty costs a lot, health-wise.

The aforesaid were some commonly misunderstood health issues as explained by Dr Ho. He pointed out that proper exercise is the best preventive measure against physical degeneration.
He even demonstrated on the spot how to do deep breathing and chest exercise correctly.

Postures crucial to a balanced body structure

Ho Chew Yin has pain in the legs for two years. She tried various therapies but to no avail, and the pain got worse. With Dr Ho’s explanation, she realized that her search for a cure could be futile. Since walking fast had worsened the pain, she learnt to go slow.

She also realized she had bad postures. The Master has always reminded volunteers to assume correct postures, yet they were not heeded. Sitting crossed-legged or resting the feet on the supporting bar of a chair were two common bad postures that would affect the body structure over time. Just a few simple exercises guided by Dr Ho did the trick to ease the pain she suffered. She realized she needed to start exercising.

Yew Kwong Chai learnt that the cause of his frozen shoulders was at his back, not the shoulders. He needed to realign and strengthen his spine to solve the problem. “Dr Ho’s ‘superman’ exercise really helped!” exclaimed Kwong Chai. Knowing the truth about the myths of diseases was the best thing he learnt from the workshop. All physical suffering could be eradicated if the source is rectified.

“We used to leave our health problems to the doctors,” said Ang Siew Moy, who suffers from acid reflux. She had used traditional herbal medicine for her problem, only to get another attack not long after. She realized that she should instead look for the actual cause. Dr Ho recommended that she tries deep breathing for her sleep problem.



Thomas Edison once said that future doctors would not prescribe medications. Instead, emphasis would be placed on care of the body structure, diets, as well as, the cause and prevention of diseases.

A misaligned body structure causes all sorts of illnesses. Good postures, proper exercise and getting to the root of diseases are the means to good health.

 

Dr Ho Chee Wei demonstrated proper training to strengthen the lower limbs as a way to maintain health. [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]   During the workshop, Ho Chew Yin realized she had many bad postures which needed rectification. [Photograph by Alex Tan Ah Lek]

Dr Ho Chee Wei demonstrated proper training to strengthen the lower limbs as a way to maintain health. [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]
 
During the workshop, Ho Chew Yin realized she had many bad postures which needed rectification. [Photograph by Alex Tan Ah Lek]
 
Dr Ho Chee Wei taught a volunteer how to do proper leg exercise. [Photograph by Alex Tan Ah Lek]   Yew Kwong Chai felt his frozen shoulders relieved after the guided exercise. [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]

Dr Ho Chee Wei taught a volunteer how to do proper leg exercise. [Photograph by Alex Tan Ah Lek]
 
 
Yew Kwong Chai felt his frozen shoulders relieved after the guided exercise. [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]