Friday, November 28, 2008

Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms can vary depending on what type of arthritis you have. Arthritis can affect several part of the body and can be caused by several different factors. Although many of the arthritis symptoms may be similar, there are also some differences. Here are a few examples of arthritis symptoms.

Ankylosing spondylitis is arthritis of the joints in the spine. It is also known as Marie-Strumpell disease and rheumatoid spondylitis. This disorder affects multiple organs such as eyes, heart, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of this arthritis include: low back and hip pain and stiffness; difficulty expanding the chest; pain in neck, shoulders, knees, and ankles; low-grade fever; fatigue; weight loss. Initial arthritis symptoms are uncommon after the age of 30, although patient may not be diagnosed until after then.

Bursitis is another form of arthritis. Bursitis usually affects the hip, shoulder, and elbow. But it can also affect the knee, heel, or base of big toe. Usually this affects athletes, golfers, baseball players, or people who are out of shape and have poor posture. This arthritis’ symptoms are pain and stiffness in the joint. Arthritis symptoms become worse when joint is used. The joint may also be swollen and warm to the touch.

Juvenile arthritis symptoms are similar to the adult symptoms. There is pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Symptoms can come and go. Young children especially do not complain about their arthritis symptoms. Parents may not notice until they see their child limping, avoiding physical activity, or acting unusually clumsy.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form in older people. It is brought on partly by long-term everyday use. Depending on which part of the body is affected, arthritis symptoms may vary. Most people with osteoarthritis in their fingers don’t even know about it unless an x-ray reveals deterioration in the cartilage. Arthritis symptoms are standard with pain and swelling. With osteoarthritis though, even though the arthritis never goes away, the pain fades over time.

Gout is a form of arthritis where the body has too much uric acid. The symptoms of gout arthritis are intense pain in the joint (usually the big toe). It may also become red, swollen, and warm to the touch. At times, gout can occur in the wrists, ankles, and knees. Arthritis symptoms may not come back for several years. But if crystals formed by the uric acid are left untreated, it can destroy part of the bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an overactive immune system. Arthritis symptoms usually start out as minor stiffness and pain. It may come and go, but eventually the arthritis systems get worse and more frequent. Treatment for this is most effective if caught within the first few months.

If you have some arthritis symptoms, contact your doctor. Treatments are always more effective if they are caught in the early stages. You can also get more information on arthritis symptoms from the Arthritis Foundation.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Hokkaido Trip - Day 1@ 14-Nov-2008

Just came back from my Hokkaido trip last week. It was indeed a very good trip with very good meals.

We had crabs in almost every meal. The crabs in Hokkaido are super huge. They are called spider crab with long "legs". The meat is super fresh and sweet. Hokkaido is also well-known for its hairy crab. I don't like hairy crab as much as the spider crab, as you don't find much meat in hairy crab. If you love eating crab roes, then you must not miss hairy crab.

Here I present to you some of the photos taken in Hokkaido.

Our first meal in Hokkaido. It's a Ramen steamboat - the portion you see above is for one person. The yellowish noodle is the Japanese ramen - it is chewy and springy, unlike our local yellow noodle. Do you notice the prawn. We called it pregnant prawn as it has a lot of blackish roes in its belly that made it looked like pregnant. This meal is accomplished with a bowl of japanese sticky rice topped with reddish salmon meat, potato salad, baby scallops and some pickles. We were told to put in the ramen into the soup and let it boiled for a while before serving.

That was me in the picture, looked tired after the long flight.

Our Malay trip mates. This restaurant prepared a special soup base to cater for our malay mates.

Our first stop was to visit the King of Hokkaido - the Bear Ranch @ Showa - Shinzan Kuma Bokujo.

These huge bears fed on apples. They just love apples.

This is a baby bear - look very similar to racoon.

Hubby acting terrified with the huge bear behind him.

Can you see the huge scallops? There are lots of these scallops in Hokkaido. We were served unlimited of these baked scallops in the Hotel's Buffet dinner on the first day. It's yummilicious.

Beware: PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE In Flu Medicines and Cough Syrups Causes Hemorrhagic Stroke

Ubat Batuk dan Selsema kita rupanya merbahaya kerana boleh menyebabkan Pendarahan Otak. Penarikan semula ubat mengandungi PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE
(Mesej asal oleh Dato' Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Hospital Gleanagles)

Kesemua ubat yang mengandungi PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE sedang ditarik balik. Anda boleh menghubungi nombor 800 yang tersenarai di semua kotak ubat dan bertanyakan tentang bayaran balik. Sila baca dengan TELITI, kerana sesetengah daripada anda menggunakan ubat-ubat ini (salah satunya ialah Alka Seltzer Plus).

BERHENTI MENGAMBIL sebarang ubat yang mengandungi PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE. Ia didapati berkait rapat dengan pertumbuhan hemorrhagic stroke (pendarahan otak) di kalangan wanita berumur 18-49 dalam masa tiga hari selepas mengambilnya. Masalah tersebut belum dikesan untuk lelaki, tetapi FDA menyarankan setiap orang (termasuk kanak-kanak) mencari alternatif lain.

Ubat-ubatan berikut mengandungi PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE :

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Strength
Appetite Control Alka-Seltzer Plus
Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (perasa ceri atau oren)
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold ! Medicine Original
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent
Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine Effervescent
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
BC Sinus Cold Powder
Comtrex Deep Chest Cold & Congestion Relief
Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief
Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules
Contac 12 Hour Caplets
Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
Dexatrim Caffeine Free
Dexatrim Extended Duration
Dexatrim Gelcaps
Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels
Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
Dimetapp Elixir
Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels
Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets
Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets
Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops
Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion
Triaminic DM Cough Relief
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Congestion
Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

Adalah difahamkan pihak pengeluar Triaminic dengan secara sukarela menarik semula ubatan berikut kerana mengandungi campuran yang menyebabkan stroke dan serangan mengejut kepada kanak-kanak:

Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (merah jambu) 3D Cold & Cough Berry
3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

Hubungi mereka di nombor 1-800-548-3708 dengan menyatakan nombor lot pada kotak untuk membolehkan mereka menguruskan pemulangan ubat tersebut dan mereka akan memberikan bayaran balik kepada anda.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Story Behind The Famous Amos - Secret Recipes

This is a true story.

My daughter and I had just finished a muffin at Famous Amos Café in Bangsar & decided to have some cookies. Because both of us are such a cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Hawaiian Nut Cookie".

It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown "I'm afraid cannot". Well I said, "Would you let me buy the recipe?"

With a cute smile, she said "YES". I asked how much and she responded, "only two fifty, it's a great deal!" I said with approval, "Just add it to my bill"

Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Famous Amos and it was RM285.00. I looked again and remembered I had only spent RM9.95 for two muffins and about RM20.00 for a pie. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "cookie recipe - RM250.00". That's outrages!!!

I called the Famous Amos's Accounting Dept. and told them that the waitress said it was "two-fifty", which clearly does not mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any POSSIBLE interpretation of the phrase. Famous Amos refused to budge. They would not refund my money, because according to them, "What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe - we absolutely will not refund your money at this point."

I explain to her the criminal statues which govern fraud in Malaysia . I threatened to refer them to police for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, "Do what you want, we don't care, and we're not refunding your money." I waited for a moment, thinking of how I could get even, or even try to get any of my money back. I just said, "Okay, you people got my RM2-50.00 , and now I'm going to have a RM250.00 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover in Malaysia with an email account has a RM250.00 cookie recipe from Famous Amos...for free... She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this" I said, "Well you should have thought of that before you stole from me", and slammed down the phone on her.

So, here it is!!! Please, please please pass it on to everyone you can possibly think of. I paid RM250.00 dollars for this...I don't want Famous Amos to ever get another cent off of this recipe.....

Recipe may be halved:

2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal & blend in blender to a fine powder)
24 oz. chocolate chips
1 tsp. salt
18 oz. Cadbury bar (grated)
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)
2 tsp. vanilla

- Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda.
- Add chocolate chips, Cadbury bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.. bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 122 cookies..

Have fun trying the recipe !!

This is not a joke - this a true story...Ride free, this isn't some stupid chain letter either..pass it on...if you don't, you won't die or get'll just do the world an injustice...

How To Tell If the Milk Products Are Made in China or Taiwan?

With more and more milk products from China and Taiwan are having problems, we really got to check where these products are produced. Here is a way to differentiate Taiwan made products and China made products: by looking at the first three digits of its Bar Code.

If the 1st 3 digits are 690, 691 or 692 - China made
If the 1st 3 digits are 471 – Taiwan made

So, take note ya the next time you buy any milk products - besides checking where is is manufactured from, do check its bar code as well.

Beware: Never Ever Shake A Baby - it causes death

December 4th, 2007, Jessica Sherwood had to do something no mother should ever have to do.

At 2:29 pm Jessica made a very tough, but the right decision to take her little 3 month old daughter off life support
In memory of little London Marie, i thought id start a little forward..
Jessica had a message that i want every one to know..

This is what Jessica said:

'If anyone has kids, make sure that you keep them with you the whole time. Don't give then to anyone that you don't trust. Trust me, I thought that I trusted Josh. But now as of December 4, 2007 at 2:29 AM, she is gone. My one & only baby . & He is going to pay FOREVER, even if he gets out of jail scott free, he will be dead no matter what. & To all my friends that know London , I am very angry & upset that I lost the love of my life, my baby girl. She died on her three month birthday .

London had six fractured ribs, both of her legs were fracture, & her brain was so damaged that if she were to live she would be a vegetable
So I did what was right & what was best for her & took her off life support
That's what you call Shaken Baby Syndrome [SBS]'

For those of you who don't know what Shaken Baby Syndrome check out the facts ;

- Shaking, jerking and jolting can cause blood vessels in the head to tear or burst.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is the shaking of an infant or child by the arms, legs, or shoulders with or without impact of the head.

This trauma can result in bleeding and brain injury with no outward signs of abuse

Often frustrated caregivers feel that shaking a baby or small child is a harmless way to make the child stop crying. However, a baby's brain and blood vessels are vulnerable to whiplash motions, such as shaking, jerking, jolting, and impact.

The neck muscles of an infant or small child are weak, so the child's head is relatively heavy and the neck cannot support the stress of shaking or impact

- Shaking a very young child, with or without impact of the head, can cause irreversible brain damage, blindness, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, spinal cord injury, seizures, learning disabilities, and even death.

It is tragic that healthy, intelligent babies are suffering these disabilities simply because their caregivers don't know about the dangers associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome

An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) occur each year in the United States .

Only 1 out of 4 babies dies of Shaken Baby Syndrome

HOWEVER, the other three babies will need ongoing medical attention for the rest of their short lifespans.

London in the hospital

London after she passed

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Going for Fish Spa? Beware of FAKE Fish!

Fish spas are all the rage now in the world, so how do you differentiate the authentic Garra Rufa from the FAKE Garra Rufa (Chin Chin fish)?

The Authentic Garra Rufa

Scientific Name: Garra Rufa
Nickname: Doctor Fish
Who named it as Dr. Fish: A group of well-known professors after research has been done. It has been named Doctor Fish before Chin Chin came into the picture for more than a decade.
Origin: Kangal, Turkey
Research: Scientifically proven by many well known universities for its supernatural ability to cure skin problems.
History: More than 100 years of saving many from skin problems.
Why this fish appear in the market: It appears more than a decade ago and never intend for exporting. Due to a great research white paper done by Austria Medical University (one of the largest medical research university in the world) and published by Oxford University Press, it became popular overnight.
Therapeutic Effect: Helps to relax mind while nibbling, the process also alleviates beautification and smoothness to our skins.
Price per fish in the market: RM 30 per fish
How many fish is required in Fish Spa: Normally at least 10,000 fish is required in fish spa, depending on the setup.
How much to invest for a fish spa with this fish: RM 30.00 x 10,000 = RM 300,000.00
Will the fish die easily: Yes, depending on the spa set up. It is more into a question of environment adaptability.
How big can the fish grow: Largest it can grow is only about 6cm - 8cm. It will never cause pain, cause it is a toothless fish.
Why this fish is used in Fish Spa: To provide the BEST and QUALITY fish therapy experience to their customers.

FAKE Doctor Fish - Chin Chin Fish

Scientific Name: Tilapia, Talapia
Nickname: Chin Chin Fish (Kiss Kiss Fish), also claimed as Doctor Fish
Who named it as Dr. Fish: The China breeders who wanted to market this fish, named them as Dr. Fish, so it is easier to sell to the market. Chin Chin Fish is named as Doctor Fish because Doctor Fish is not a trademark or registered.
Origin: Chengdu, China
Research: No Research was done
History: Gained unscrupulous popularity by claiming as Garra Rufa or Doctor Fish to the uneducated market.
Why this fish appear in the market: Just started 2 years ago when the Japanese started the first fish spa in Asia using the only real and original Garra Rufa from Turkey. Apparently, Chinese see this a big market and great opportunity for fish spa business across China . However to start fish spa with authentic Garra Rufa, it requires huge investment and the supply of authentic Garra Rufa is rather low. So, the Chinese trained a new fish by starving them just for the sake of attacking our skin when we put our foot into the water, and claiml it as Doctor Fish.
Therapeutic Effect: No significant therapeautic effect.
Price per fish in the market: RM 0.40 per fish
How many fish is required in Fish Spa: Normally at least 10,000 fish is required in fish spa, depending on the setup.
How much to invest for a fish spa with this fish: RM 0.40 x 10,000 = RM 4,000
Will the fish die easily: Yes, it is a cannibal fish. It eats each other.
How big can the fish grow: It is useless when it reaches about 6cm, the sharp teeth are growing and it could be dangerous. So, Fish Spa owners are usually advised to replace with smaller one.
Why this fish is used in Fish Spa: Cheaper and easier to start a fish spa. Some fish spa owners may be cheated for authentic Garra Rufa. But, when they find out, it is too late, they have NO choice but to cheat consumer for the ROI. Worst are for those who know about it, and still telling customer it is Garra Rufa.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Health: Diabetes Treatment

Nowadays diabetes treatment has become a common disease among people. It is caused due to mismanagement of carbohydrate metabolism inside the body. Diabetes is identified with the excessive production of urine, hunger, thirst and excessive loss of weight, blurred vision, and delay in healing of skin, repeated infection, and excessive fatigue. Diabetes has got a serous issue of human health. It denotes sugar in blood and urine very excessively.

So, when it comes to treatment of diabetes the main concern should be given to control blood sugar, which is main cause of diabetes. Managing blood sugar is the stepping-stone of this diabetes treatment program. To remove the complications of diabetes one must take it seriously and adopt some good diet process or healthy exercise. Apart from doing so some take insulin and any other type of medication program to be cured to some extent. Frequent testing of blood sugar can denote you how much you have improved on your part to manage suitable measure of sugar in blood. It is very important to learn the right range of glucose in blood unless and until you cannot have the idea about the complication you are facing about this disease. It depends on age mainly such as in younger age assuming not much complication is there the suitable range of glucose is 80-120 mg/dL and in older age it is 100-140 mg/dL.

Diabetes program includes some specific self-treatments like having good and suitable diet, having proper exercise, maintaining healthy weight and medication. When it is about good and suitable diet it does not make any suggestion to take all dull food which are not of your interest rather it denotes to have more fruits, vegetables and grains that means you should be conscious in taking the foods of high nutrition and lower fat and calories. Avoid taking sweets and animal products with no limit. The main part of this diabetes treatment program is that you own self should be challenging in this task otherwise this program will be harder enough. Consult any dietitian about meal plan and try to maintain it at the fixed times every day with same amount according to your diet plan.

On the part of having proper exercise you should be cautious about all aerobic exercises. In this diabetes treatment program you can make your choices among the daily exercises like doing morning or evening walk, jogging, hiking, biking, swimming and any other exercises of heart and lungs. Remember giving consistency to your exercise process is very important to get the best result through it.

Try to maintain weight according to your activity level and age because overweight is dangerous factor which help to make your cells more resistant to insulin. Making suitable weight loss plan and going according to that can make its result more effectively.

Sometimes medication takes a very important role in case where it is found that good dieting and exercise are not fulfilling it purpose. This type of diabetes program includes the insert of insulin as per requirement. As it can’t be taken in form of pill some people have it injected by syringe or some have it with insulin pump.So now it is very clear that diabetes is always manageable if the sufferer give a serious daily attention to it. Although diabetes stands for life long suffering, yet it never means the end of your life. You just have to remember that the disease will be in your control only and only if you are self disciplined for your each and every step of treatment program.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What You Don't Know About Baby Carrots

The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots. Most people probably know this already.

What you may not know and should know is the following: once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them (this is the same chlorine used in your pool) since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine.

You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for few days, a white layer will form on the carrots, this is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables which are practically plastic?

We do hope that this information can be passed on to as many people as possible in the hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed. Chlorine is a very well known carcinogen. Pass this information on...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Serious, You Got To Read This (I couldn't stop laughing...)

Health: Sneaky Signs of Diabetes

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be tricky, which helps explain why millions of people have the disease but do not know it. You may know the classic symptoms of fatigue, recurrent infections and frequent urination.

Lesser known signs:

1. Bad Breath
A smell like nail polish remover. Excess sugar in saliva prompts bacteria growth, which help create foul-smelling gases.

2. Swollen gums.
Increased bacteria can lead to inflammation and bleeding.

3. Blurred Vision.
Sugar in the lens of the eye makes it swell and refract light improperly.

4. Frequent Thirst.
In an effort to eliminate sugar, the body demands plenty of fluids.

If you have two or more symptoms, and any other risk factors (being over age 40 or overweight; having a family history of diabetes; having high blood pressure or cholesterol), consult doctor soon. Be in control of your health.

So How Broad is Your Generel Knowledge?

Test yourself on these 12 questions to find out. Maximum score: 20 points

Q1. What is the collective word for a group of frogs?

Q2. What was the origin of the expression "rule of thumb"?

Q3. Academy Award winner Halle Barry stars in the Catwoman. Who played the same character in the 1992 flick Batman Returns?

Q4. A chance laboratory occurrence led to the invention of the microwave oven. What was it?

Q5. How many balls are required for a game of snooker?

Q6. What two countries are bordered by the greatest number of nations?

Q7. Who was chasing the great white whale in Moby Dick?

Q8. The Bullet Train, which travels at up to 300km/h, was introduced in 1964. What is the Japanese name for the Bullet Train?

Q9. What does an archer keep his arrows in?

Q10. A change in an organism's genetic code that causes offspring to have different characteristics called a what?

Q11. How many legs do lobster and crabs have?

Q12. What do you call the tree trunk tosses by competitors in Scottish games?





...... try first before you scroll down for the answers, k?










1. An army.
2. An old English law banned husbands from beating their wives with anything thicker than a thumb.
3. Michelle Pfeiffer.
4. A researcher walked past a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
5. 22.
6. China and Russia each share borders with 14 other countries.
7. Captain Ahab.
8. Shinkansen.
9. A quiver.
10. A mutation.
11. Ten.
12. The caber.

Touching Moments

Standing by the front window waiting for her overdue husband to return from work, she remarked to me, "I think he must be having an affair."

I replied, "You always think the worst. He's probably just had an accident."


A friend and his wife were considering visiting Alaska, a trip the husband had long dreamed of taking. He kept talking about how great it would be to stay in a log cabin without electricity and drive a dog team instead of a car.

"If we decided to live permanently away from civilization, what would you miss the most?" he asked his wife. "You," she said.

While I was shopping with a friend, she announced that she had found the perfect gift for her husband in the soft furnishing department. I saw that it was a cushion with a message embroidered on it that read: "I sometimes wake up grumpy in the morning. Other times I just let him lie."

Monday, November 3, 2008

I am Flying To Hokkaido Soon (13-Nov)

I just have a quick check on the weather in Hokkaido. Hooray... it's snowing now. I guess by the time we reach Hokkaido, it will well covered with thick snow.

I've been longing to see and touch the real snow since young. Yeah.. my dream will soon come true.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Plastic with Recycling Code Below 5 Release Cancer-Causing Chemicals?

What is Recycling Code?

Check the bottom of the bottle, there should be a triangle sign and there will be a number on it.

The Rumor
The plastic used in the beverage bottles contain a potentially carcinogenic element (something called diethylhydroxylamine or DEHA). The bottles are safe for one-time use only especially for those bottles with recycling code below 5. If you must keep them longer, it should be or no more than a few days, week max, and keep them away from heat as well. Repeated washing and rinsing can cause the plastic to break down and the carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical agents) to leak into the water that you are drinking.

The Fact
While it's true that many plastics are imprinted with a numeric code. Like all materials intended to come in contact with foods or beverages, the plastics used as beverage bottles are subject to federal safety review and regulations. Such materials must meet stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety standards before they can be marketed to consumers.

So, what is in the number? The numeric codes that you see on many plastic items are used to help sort port-consumed plastics for recycling purposes. Different types of plastics are sometimes referred to as "resins" and the numeric symbols are known as "Resin ID Codes".

Each number (1 through 6) signifies a specific type of plastic and usually appears inside a small triangle imprinted on the bottom of a plastic item. The number "7" is used to represent a group of other plastics or combination of plastics.

Hence, the numbering is just meant to differentiate the type of plastics for recycling purpose.

1 - PET, polyethlyene terephthalate
2 - HDPE, high-density polyethylene
3 - PVC, polyvinyl chloride
4 - LDPE, low-density polyethylene
5 - PP, polypropylene
6 - PS/PS-E, polystyrene / expanded polystyrene
7 - OTHER, resins or multi-materials

Alternative Cure For Stroke Survivors

Stroke survivors now turn to traditional Chinese cures combined with modern technology to speed up recovery and reclaim their lives. Chinese medical theory cites that excesses or deficiencies in food intake, work, exercise, emotions, and so on, can cause illness. More people are discovering just how effective modern alternative health and therapeutic treatment is in healing ailment raging from tension and fatigue to pain and serious illness like strokes.

Majority of stroke patients are left with some forms of permanent disability that interferes with normal daily activities, such as walking, speech, vision, understanding, reasoning and memory. To ease their condition there is various treatments and rehabilitation involves using a mirror. It is believed that if a person who has had a stroke watches how the unaffected side of his or her body moves, it can give visual clues to help the person move the affected side.

Traditional Chinese medicine which is acupuncture employs the additional use of a machine to stimulate the needles and, in effect, provide relief where needed. Acupuncture is one Chinese treatment, which has been intensively researched on, challenged and corroborated by western doctors. The journal of American Association of Anatomist indicated that acupuncture points correspond to areas where connective tissues are thickest and which contains many nerve endings. Far from being a fleeting trend, acupuncture has become an accepted health care practice. It involves science intersecting with nature.

Electrotherapy is among the services, which offers holistic and integrated approach based on the intrinsic flow- and – energy balance theory of health and healing. It has proven to be a very effective treatment, especially when administered within one year after a person suffers a stroke. It is able to help improve blood circulation, speech, and motor facilities. A stroke is a brain damage caused by lack of blood flow to a portion of the brain. It results in permanent damage to the brain tissue- and in many cases permanent disability for the patient. In addition to physical consequences like speech disability and paralysis, stroke survivors often deal with the psychological effects, like feeling depressed, angry and frustrated at their inability to perform tasks that, before the stroke were easy or automatic. The person’s general ability to take part in a rehabilitation program after the stroke is important consideration when decisions are being made about rehabilitation. Rehabilitation begins as soon as possible after a person is admitted to the hospital