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Feb 8, 2008

Healing electric power

TO RID the body of aches and pains or to find cures when afflicted with a certain disease seems to be the common preoccupation among people.

When conventional medicine does not work, the belief is that the unconventional might render a glimmer of hope to scores of people seeking healing remedies.

Many people swear by alternative therapies, though some of these therapies may seem outlandish, and even border on the bizarre.

Electrotherapy is one of the latest treatments available and it seems to be gaining popularity among Malaysians from all walks of life.

One area where such "electrifying" experiences takes place is in Lucky Garden, Bangsar.

A handful of people gather at 10am daily just two shoplots away from the Pizza Hut outlet. Soon the handful turns into a mini crowd numbering about 40 people.
By 10.45am, the number doubles as the steel shutters of the shoplot called Happy Life roll open.

The crowd, comprising senior citizens and titled folk, teenagers and young executives, housewives and the middle aged, elbow their way in.

After being registered and screened, they are seated on electrotherapy pads in batches of 30 for 20 minutes.

Electric wires carrying high voltage alternating energy criss-cross along the chairs "electrifying" those seated on them.

"The idea is to create ionisation on the surface of the human body and an electric field in the surrounding atmosphere," says Anthony Chung, the managing director of Happy Life.

Chung says the treatment can help adjust the acidity-alkalinity balance of the blood and promote metabolism of tissue cells.

The treatment, which is offered free to the public, also helps to enhance the natural healing power of the body and align the autonomic nervous system.

"Stressful city living and heavy work pressure result in headaches, insomnia, constipation, muscle stiffness and shoulder and neck pain," says Chung, adding that electrotherapy treatment can help alleviate these complaints.

The treatment can be safely administered to just about anyone, with the exception of those undergoing medical treatment for very chronic conditions, expectant mothers, people suffering from malignant tumours, heart disorders, infectious diseases and fever.

"People with implanted medical devices such as pacemakers cannot be treated with the electrotherapy method," Chung cautions.

Apart from these restrictions, he adds, the general public can benefit from this treatment which is part of mainstream medicine in more than 70 hospitals in Japan.

Accessories like electro pads and pens are also used to give localised treatment on trouble spots like eyes, neck and knees.

During the 20-minute sessions, patients are given a health talk on varying subjects to encourage them to inculcate a healthy lifestyle.

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