Hong Kong Speach

The Natural Health Association of Honk Kong

Sub: Integrated Health Approach(Invest in health but not in disease)

Presented in English by Mohammad Mohsin Ali

Tuesday June 1st 2004 at 7.00 pm
Recital Room
8th Floor, High Block
City Hall
Honk Kong

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       TREATMENTS
  Acupuncture  
  Acupressure  
  Osteopathic Massage  
  Chiropractor  
  Reflexology  
  Deep Tissue Massage  
  Aromatherapy  
  Shiatsu  
  Slip Disc / Backache  
  Diabetes  
  Stress Management  
  Stroke Awareness  
  Meditation  
  IMC Health Approach  
 
 
       
 

INTEGRATED HEALTH APPROACH

Good evening Ladies and Gentleman,

I am Mohammad Mohsin Ali from New Delhi practicing Alternative medicine for the past 20 years.

Thanks to Mrs. Kwok, Mrs. Simmi and Mr. Karim for inviting me to be present here in Hong Kong. Thanks to all for lending me your ears and invaluable time; for supporting my cause and for offering encouragement.

I hope that I may fully justify the session and benefits your knowledge.

            Integrated health is the gathering together of all the factors that contribute to your continued well being and balancing them to enable you to full potential all the time. This takes the form of preventive measures to ensure your maximum freedom from disease and adverse conditions: the most advantageous curative procedures in the event of your falling ill, using the best of all traditional and conventional techniques; and optimizing your condition to take advantage of your full potential.

Much of traditional medicine has been handed down from physician to physician and family to family for thousands of years. Its value lies in the wealth of experience gained over time in harnessing the healing power of the body itself and empowering it to maintain health and correct imbalance caused by sickness. It was only some 300 years ago that medicine sought to employ science to bypass the practical experience that formed the basis of traditional medicine, and to provide an alternative, which has caused much confusion among patients and physicians alike. Traditional medicine remains the lifeblood of our profession.

I believe that there is much to be gained by combining all forms of medicine into an integrated whole, so gaining the best of all worlds. It is obvious to me that conventional medicine, as it is now known, has outstanding advantages for acute specific illnesses, while traditional and complementary medicine often outshine it when dealing with chronic ailments and conditions caused by a combination of factors (multifactorial conditions). Besides, modern technology has made conventional medicine cripplingly expensive and making the best use of traditional medicine may be the only way to sustain health services health services globally.
In my experience 80 percent of everyday illnesses do not need the attention of a doctor. In order to release doctors from this unnecessary load and give them time to deal with complex cases the public needs to be well-informed on how to deal with these common ailments.     

The body is made of nature. Nature knows all its own secrets and how to maintain itself. All we need to do is to help. Traditional medicine has proved itself effective over thousand of years. It can still deal with chronic conditions, usually more effectively and cheaply than conventional medicine. We should adopt the best of all medicines and integrated it all for the benefit of the people.

Heart Disease costs the USA $200 billion per year and is their number one killer disease. It is largely preventable under integrated health.

The body has got tremendous inner healing power if we can fix these healing powers, the body would fight the illness itself.

            The public needs to be well informed how to deal with these common ailments. Conventional doctors need MRI. Scan, blood test X rays surgery where as we can simply diagnose the disease by touching the place. They need parameters every where to find out the cause of ailments and then treatments. For example a case of slip disc where we can diagnose much more in advance that the person is going to suffer severe pain in the back and develop sciatica pain.  I am sorry I am not going to criticize conventional doctors here rather to find out a mutual understanding so that we all can work under an umbrella.

The Respiratory System

The respiratory system is essential to the circulatory system because it supplies oxygen and removes carbon dioxide. It is also part of the body’s cooling system and the power source behind the voice.  It can remove some toxins such as alcohol during exhalation.

The average adult breathes in and out between 16 and 18 times a minute.  The lungs have various defence mechanisms.  In particular, the bronchial tubes are lined with tiny hair like cilia which are in constant movement, sweeping germs, dirt and mucus out of your lungs.  Tobacco smoke, however, slows down and actually paralyses the cilia.  Dirt and germs that enter the lungs are then not removed and the mucus that collects in the lungs provides a fertile environment for the germs to multiply.  This is why smokers get so many respiratory infections.

Breathing is one function of the subconscious brain that can also be controlled by the conscious.  Thus you can hold your breath and regulate your breathing rate, slowing it down to calm the conscious mind.  This is the basis of meditation.  Yoga has dedicated an entire section to the practice of breathing.  This is called “Pranayama�?and its main purpose is to clam the mind and oxygenate the body to improve its functions.

The Muscular-Skeletal System

Muscles constitute 60 per cent of body weight.  There is more “meat�?in the body that bone.  Yet the role of muscles has been neglected.  For example, without muscles our skeletal system would not be able to support our body weight.  An elephant when darted with chemicals that paralyze muscles collapses within minutes. It is general misconception that the skeletal system supports our posture and keeps us erect.  The fact is that the skeletal system only provides surfaces, for attachment of muscles, and joints to facilitate movement.  It plays a secondary role in the maintenance of posture, and joints to facilitate movement.  The term skeleton-muscular system should in reality be called the muscular-skeletal system, giving priority to muscles.  In addition to its role in movement and posture, the skeletal system protects organs (skull, rib cage. Pelvis, etc.), facilitates blood synthesis (bone marrow) and stores calcium.

Bones have been studied very well, whereas muscles had been left under the charge of neurologists who study nerves along with muscles.  Only recently has sports medicine begun to study muscles in detail.  Specialists in this area have discovered new facts about muscles and their functioning.  In the east, however, much has been done to study muscles.  Every region, (Thai, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, etc.)  Has its own style of massage.  Their physician knew the importance of muscles for well-being and health.

The Nervous System

The brain consists of trillions of nerve cells, each isolated from the other and yet exchanging information with the help of microfibres (dendrites) and neurotransmitting chemicals.   The cells all over the brain are similar in structure and yet each one is coded to carry out a specific function.  Some cells “think�? carrying out intellectual, logical and memory functions.  Others “feel�? pain, heat, pressure and so on, while still others control movements.  What makes them different is now known and, furthermore, what makes them carry out higher intellectual functions is even more of a mystery.

The brain’s functions can be roughly divided into two types: (a) conscious, those of which we are aware, and (b) subconscious, and those of which we are not aware.  This should not be confused with the conscious and subconscious mind.  When we look at a board displaying the timetable at the railway station, our conscious mind is focused on the train timing, destinations and so on.  But the subconscious mind silently records everything else around us.  Thus the announcements on the public address system, the sound of trains, the smell of coffee from a snack bar, the movement of people and the flashing of advertisement lights are all recorded into the subconscious.

THE BRAIN AND THE NECK -Subconscious Brain functions are ( Example of cycle and Swimming) Respiratory, cardiovascular, cranial nerve centers, appetite centers, gait, posture, balance centre, the pituitary ( Master hormonal gland centre, controlling thyroid, adrenalin, stress, sleep centre. Vertebrae arteries controls most of the subconscious functions if the blood flow through them is good then feeling of well being is positive. Spasm of the neck , misalignment of the vertebrae can impair blood flow thus create ground for fatigue, headaches, dizziness, poor hormonal functions, insomnia, infact the whole body is in strange situations if the muscles are tight, due to tensions, you have created a block in the circulatory system. When you massage especially tight muscle, hence the résistance to blood flow, release the spasm.
Head massage improves the blood flow.

An extreme case of muscle spasm is cramp. Muscles cramp when there is lack of calcium and blood flow.

Insomnia is also a problem it affects day time activity.

Nature has divided the subconscious and the conscious brain in such a way that, where precision control is required, the former plays the major role.  If the conscious brain were to attempt to control heartbeats or body temperature it would literally go berserk.  These exacting tasks are beyond the capability of the
Conscious brain- Imagine using the conscious brain to command every muscle and co-ordinate them precisely in gait, writing or speech.  It would be an impossible task, so the subconscious brain does that.  The subconscious brain has been doing it for millions of years in evolutionary history.  The conscious brain has evolved only recently and therefore has limited experience.

The brain is linked to the spinal cord, from which nerves, thousands of kilometers of them, radiate to all parts of the body.  The voluntary nervous system controls the movement of our body �?chewing, walking, urinating and so on.  The involuntary nervous system is divided into two parts:

  1. The sympathetic or that part of us which controls our “fight or flight�?reactions.  For example, in a stressful situation, the body needs to gear up its resources to face the situation.  Therefore the heart rate, breathing rate, metabolism, body temperature, glucose absorption and so on goes up.  The body is on full alert.

  2. The parasympathetic, which controls “rest and repose�?  The heart rate, breathing rate, metabolic rate and blood pressure go down.  Digestion, movement of food through contraction of gut muscles, storage of glucose or fat, and so on accelerates. 

The most miraculous thing about the nervous system is its precision.  You can direct your limbs with marvelous accuracy.  Imagine the co-ordination of all the muscular activity of a top table tennis player, all within minimal reaction time.  Science doesn’t know how it is done.  It is a miracle worth defending against the enemy of a bad lifestyle.  You can check this wonderful precision with your own eyesight, by looking at something very thin like an overhead cable or a piece of cotton or a full stop, and if you try and look from one side of its width to the other you find you can do it.  Think of the minute movement of the eye in achieving this.  It is possible because of the tremendously sensitive feedback system. The signal from the part of the brain that controls eyesight back to the muscles of the eye is as accurate as the finest machinery.   The involuntary nervous system is carrying out complex functions such as this all the time.
.  Our nerves are known to grow very slowly, if at all, and I am convinced that treatment after surgery, for example, can divert signals through other back-up nerve fibers.  I have met cases of loss of sensation after surgery such as sinus or face surgery, when I have been able to bring sensation back into the tissue by massage. I have seen it too in stroke rehabilitation, where I apply marma therapy, a reflex massage dating back to Indian martial arts.  Here I have been able to achieve recovery of patients in a fraction of the time and cost required by normal physiotherapy, this would not be possible if signals in nerves could not be made to travel by a different route.  If I am right, then medical science is still a long way off explaining the functioning of the nervous system and we should pay more attention to the logic of the traditional physician.

The Hormonal System

Most vital systems in the body back-up and the distribution of hormones is a good example.  Hormones can be transmitted rapidly through the blood system.  For example, under stress the hormone adrenalin is secreted from the adrenal gland above the kidneys and distributed with a multi-address.  It increases the heart rate, metabolic rate, breathing rate and body temperature, mobilizes glucose and tones up muscles, preparing the body for “fight or flight” �? one hormone is producing 20 different responses and must be transmitted to 20 different addresses.  The nervous system would have to use 20 different nerves to send the same messages so nature has thus created a more economic and effective way of doing this.  The hormones travel rapidly through the circulatory system and reach their targets in a matter of seconds, allowing rapid multiple responses to be achieved.

The Digestive System

Digestion starts in the mouth, where the teeth chew up food into particles and mix them with saliva.  Saliva is alkaline and contains enzymes (proteins that speed up chemical processes such as digestion), in this case starting the digestion of carbohydrates.  The mixture is then swallowed and transferred to the stomach, where more dedicated grinding takes place accompanied by secretion of acid and more enzymes.  When the stomach has reduced the particle size to an acceptable level the pulp is transferred to the duodenum.  This contains a fixed amount of bile, which is alkaline and neutralizes the duodenum.  This contains a fixed amount of bile, which is alkaline and neutralizes the acid, and more enzymes to complete the digestive process. The digested mass then makes its way into the smaller intestine, some seven meters long, where most of the absorption of nutrients takes place, and then on through the larger intestine. Here water, minerals and the rest are either absorbed and the remainder is stored in the colon and bowel and then evacuated.  Much of the lifestyle programmed in integrated health is concerned with diet, because so many of the activities of the body depend on the efficiency of digestion.  Too many people treat their stomachs as a municipal rubbish dump and suffer more than they realize.

The digestive system can be understood in the following way.  The steel in a knife looks nothing like the earth it came from, in the form of iron oxide, water, nickel and so on.  Similarly human flesh is not the same as the vegetables, grains, meats and other things we eat.  These are broken up into small bits by the digestive system and used as ingredients to synthesize different tissues of the body.  Thus the basic building blocks �?glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins present in what we eat and in what comprises the human body �?are the same in both forms, but their permutations and combinations in each are different.  Digestion and metabolism are the two main processes that convert one into the other.  Briefly, digestion breaks up the food into units in the gut, while metabolism (assimilation) in the liver and other tissues builds what constitutes the body: blood, cells, storage material and so on.

STRESS

Stress is the condition which requires management rather than treatment.

When a situation of stress comes, adrenal glands start producing adrenalin that goes to every part of our body, then pulse rate increases, breathing increases, anxiety, stress, dehydration develops,  blood pressure shoot ups,

Many other complicated ailments develops due to stress in the long run, Cancer, psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, immune system goes down, lupus, ME tuberculosis, Allergies, Backache, Malfunction of the nervous system, C F S. (Fatigue is the result of Stress) When the body runs down so many ailments develop. Gradually all the organs and the body functions, with low intensity due to stress and those are the main reason for CFS.

  1. Work overload
  2. Time overload
  3. Information overload
  4. Require Overload
  5. Illness overload

Another two major causes of stress are-               

          1. Dilemmas (have to decide two conflicting subjects)
2. Dead lines (Nervous system follows certain RHYTHIM when you hurry, stress comes. Mind follows certain cyclical pattern but when you are in haste it creates stress.

HUMAN RELATION SHIP

Conflicts clashes, quarrels, over crowding, when some one tells you, you are wrong even if you are wrong that causes stress.

SOLUTION

  1. In crease the threshold level of tolerance
  2. Just get perfect treatment to recover for the damage is being done due to stress.

Massage:
60% of the body consists of muscles.
The heat producing from the healer’s hands is also coded allowing the healer to sense a great deal about the patient’s state of health and allowing the patient to accept power or interaction from the healer to eliminate the immunity.

The patient does the healing with the help and stimulation of the healer, so massage includes a high degree of sensitivity to the condition of the patient and the results to be achieved.

Yoga:
The acts of breathing calm down the nervous system. It oxygenates the blood and tissue. It acts as a physical as well as mental exercise

  • It maintains a good body posture
  • It can effect the internal organs
  • It relaxes the mind
  • Yoga produces reserves of energy
  • It tones up muscles
  • It cleans the body
  • It has no age limit

Diet: 
Wrong diet plays havoc on health
Minimum �?�? glasses of water
Restrictions on excessive fizzy drinks and coffee  

MODERATION IN EVER ASPECT

1/3 stomach should be empty
Water should be taken after 45 mins. to one hr. after major meal

If you do all this you are keeping your immunity on guard all the time you are not taking it for granted,”I will look after when it fails.�?/p>

Importance of maintaining health the highest possible degree is the aim of integrated health.

To boost energy in middle age I recommend-

  • Regular deep tissue massages,
  • Regular walks in the fresh air
  • Vitamin B complex with Magnesium 150 mg. tab. once a day or one tsp. of Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng) with honey once a day.

In acute stress situation a physiological response becomes a permanent pathological condition.
The constant release of stress hormone in the blood causes an increase in pulse rate, breathing rate, muscular tension and anxiety permanently. It is also as if the body is in a stressful condition all the time so even when the body tries to rest it cannot. Since the BP is raised so the sleep is also disturbed, the panic attacks come unless he/she really tries to switch off and takes precautionary measures to combat this state, a condition develops which is highly dangerous to the health.
There is so much in the body which cannot be measured.
These are not constant parameters to show stress or the body is on the verge of slipping into illness. Disc generation starts long before backache.
Prognosis or foretelling the advancement of health or disease is an important role of an integrated health physician.
For instance in High Blood pressure conventional medicine gives only systematic relief.

CONCLUDING PART

Traditional and integrated medicines have always put health on first ensuring compliance with nature’s law. The survival of the fittest. Their aim is to preserve the quality of life upto as near end of life as possible the logic tells it’s better to spend on health than on the disease.
Our aim is to integrate the best of all treatments and to start by making the best use of inexpensive Regimen therapy; where the patient’s participation is vital.
Conventional medicine should become integrated and focus on the 3 most vital parameter physical & emotional stress management (yoga), circulation massage and digestion (diet). The simpler the life style the healthier and the easier is it to treat the people.
There needs to be return to more physical treatments- hands on.

Treat the patients first then the disease.

The only way forward as to see it, is the introduction of integrated health ensuring the survival of the fittest, where most people come under this category, and where cures are carried out within the Laws of nature.

 
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