Acupressure - which is literally "finger pressure" or "touch communication" - is said to be able to help relieve many kinds of health problems like asthma, everyday ailments like knee pain, and even stress-related disorders like tightness around the neck. How does it work? And what are the advantages this traditional therapy in Chinese medicine has over modern medicine? We spoke to a local acupressurist for an insight into this increasingly popular mode of healing.
In a recent media expose, Tramadol, a highly addictive drug being was found to be sold openly in pharmacies all over the country. CAP is shocked at how easily a narcotic posing as a painkiller is being openly sold to schoolchildren and drug addicts for as little as RM1 each.
A 78-year-old woman was found unconscious on the floor of her apartment by a neighbour who checked on her. The woman could not remember falling but told doctors that before going to bed she had abdominal pain and nausea and had produced a black stool, after which she had palpitations and felt lightheaded.
Her medical history included high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure and osteoarthritis. She also had a cold with a productive cough. For each condition, she had been prescribed a different drug, and she was taking a few over-the-counter remedies on her own.
CAP is totally aghast with the relevant authorities, particularly with the Ministry of Health, for its absolute silence over the raging controversies on the rush to get our young girls vaccinated against cervical cancer.
In the first place, there are many areas of concern over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which is said to prevent infection against certain species of human papillomavirus associated with cervical cancer, genital warts and some less common cancers.
Many countries around the world are going slow on this vaccine because of many doubts raised.
We have said it before, and we have to say it again, since the Government has no rationale at all for allowing the medical profession and their institutions, whether general or specialist clinics or private medical centres, to advertise.
We see absolutely no sense in Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s statement on Sept 24 that the liberalisation of the guidelines under the Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 had been done “because medical tourism was a growing sector”.