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AKUBEKAM therapy to restore vital energy
You have to think of your body as a complex system of channels that facilitate the flow of blood and energy and the drainage of toxic waste to understand Dr Helena Abdullah’s enthusiasm for AKUBEKAM.

According to Helena, there are 14 channels in our bodies which allow for natural flow of chi (vital energy) and blood. Unobstructed circulation of fresh blood and chi are the most important factors in health.
If there is too much toxic waste in our body, there is bound to be blood stasis, or stagnant blood, and this will block the smooth energy and blood flow in our body, causing great discomfort and serious illnesses.
Removal of these blockages by BEKAM ( a Malay word for blood-letting) will restore vital energy and the physical functions of the body.

Helena says this blood-cleansing procedure was widely practiced in Ancient Egypt, Europe and Arabia. Akubekam as practiced by Helena is a modern method based on this ancient tradition.

She says the AKUBEKAM treatment not only focuses on eliminating blood stasis/toxic waste, but also on strengthening  the body’s vitality and resistance to diseases as well as releasing and removing stagnant chi.
Helena advocates the use of akubekam to ‘overhaul’ the human body, thus giving it an opportunity  to restore quality health – to look better, to feel younger and stronger, to enjoy radiant beauty as well as a sense of total wellness and vigour.

The treatment begins with locating the problem spot; after which the skin is pricked several times with a sterile lancet. The same spot on the skin is then congested by using a plastic round glass cup with a pressure applied through a hand pump attached to the glass cup.

A tight vacuum is created, forcing the trapped chi, stagnant toxic waste and static blood to flow out through the pricked skin, thereby balancing the humors in the body.

Helena, who has worked as a staff nurse for 25years, started her akubekam practice since 1986. She now runs 6 clinics in Peninsular Malaysia. Her regular clients include professionals and patients refered to her by doctors.

According to a private doctor ( who does not want to be named ), she has recommended patients suffering from backaches, allergies, sinusitis and rhinitis. The treatment, she says, has reduced the severity of her patients’ illnesses and has cured their aches and pains.

Doctor Syed Azhar Syed Ibrahim, Helena’s son, also work in the clinic. Azhar was trained in surgery in the University of Malaya and had worked several years in government hospitals. He gave up his career in surgery to join his mother because he was looking for new ways to treat patients.

He says “Akubekam cannot replace surgery but it’s a good preventive treatment. We believe that diseases occur in polluted bodies. Diseases do not happen in random – lifestyle and diet are the culprits. The biggest killers in developed countries are heart diseases, lung cancer and rectal cancer.”

“Malaysia is following the same pattern. By removing the pollution in our bodies, we can prevent such diseases from setting in.”

The sun asked if any tests have been done on blood samples that is supposed to contain the incriminating toxins. Azhar’s reply was that such tests are too expensive to conduct.

“We go by subjective assessment such as the color of the blood and the rate of coagulation – clotting time is faster for ‘dirty’ blood.

“This may sound strange because the principles of Western medicine are based on evidence. For example, you look for evidence of an illness in the blood pressure, or plaque in blood vessels but there are also many other factors in the human body of which you can’t find evidence.

“Sometimes a patient has a problem but has no appearance of disease, such as chronic backache. In western medicine, if there is no diagnosis, there is no treatment.”

“But in alternative medicine, we don’t just look at the disease; we tackle the problem before it appears. That’s why we emphasize ‘good housekeeping’ for the body.”

“Initially, our patients come in for quick fix, but after the first treatment, a substantial number will come back. There’s no hard and fast rule how frequently you must have an akubekam treatment.”

While acknowledging its limitations, Azhar says the objective of alternative medicine is to make a person stay healthy, whereas modern medicine aims to treat diseases.

“I feel closer to my patients because I am genuinely helping them. I get more job satisfaction this way. I am not saying modern medicine is no good but it is over-stretched. Every healing method has its pros and cons.”

“When I gave up surgery, I was bothered for quite a while, wondering which is better – modern or alternative medicine. Then I met Professor Dr Ahmad Alcardy, a heart surgeon in the US, now the head of the research centre for alternative therapies in Florida.”

“He said different equations give you different results. As long as the patients get well and as long as it doesn’t betray the spirit of healing which is to help patients, then you can believe you are doing the right thing.”