Saturday December 8, 2012
Free acupuncture services a boon for PJ residents
By OH ING YEEN
THIRTEEN years ago, a doctor told him that there was no hope but to wait for death; now stroke victim Ng Seng Chin is able to walk thanks to acupuncture and exercise.
The 62-year-old travel agency owner was wheelchair bound for years.
His wife Yang Hee Choo, 56, also suffered a stroke and was paralysed on her left side.
“I used to fall a lot due to the imbalance and I couldn’t drive.
“We went to many acupuncturists and I exercised regularly. Now I can walk,” she said as she proudly demonstrated her mobility.
She added that she was adamant about not using a walking stick as she did not want to be too dependant on it.
She saw an advertisement about free acupuncture services at the Section 21 Kawasan Rukun Tetangga, Jalan 21/19, Petaling Jaya held every Saturday from 2pm to 5pm and tried the services.
The service is jointly organised by the Voice of Women Association, KRT Seksyen 21 Sea Park, Kelab Sukan Komuniti Damanasara Utama, 1Malaysia PH Service Team, and Kelab Komuniti Kemajuan Selangor.
It began on Aug 25, in conjunction with National Women’s Day and Dec 1 was the 15th week of the programme.
According to Voice of Women Association president Chew Hoong Ling, to date, they have provided the service to 116 patients.
The treatment is given by her father Chinese physician Chew Wah Chye, who has a bachelor’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Guangzhou University, China.
“We receive five to nine new patient each week. It is open to anyone who walks in.
“Three patients had their hearing restored,” Hoong Ling said, adding that her hearing was also healed via acupuncture.
One of them was Jessie Tan, 66, who suffered hearing loss 10 years ago.
She found out about the service through a story in The Star.
“After the first session, my hearing recovered and I was pleasantly surprised.
“I brought my husband, who was initially sceptical, to get his legs treated. He used to have difficulty climbing stairs. Not anymore now,” she said.
Hoong Ling added that one of the patients had donated an air-conditioning unit.
“He had facial paralysis, which was cured after the acupuncture,” she said.
Mobile units from the association also provide basic health screenings for Petaling Jaya residents.
As of Dec 1, 493 people have benefited from the service.
For details, call 013-545 3131.
Those who would like to volunteer for the programme can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hoong Ling at 016-233 2993