Call for regional meets on Chinese medicine

DUBAI - A leading Egyptian acupuncturist practising in the UAE has called for regular conferences on Chinese medicine in the region to dispel fears and doubts about this ancient and alternative health management science.

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Published: Thu 21 Apr 2011, 12:37 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:19 AM

With a history of 2,000 to 3,000 years, Chinese medicine has unique systems to diagnose and cure illnesses, and is effective in treating a number of both chronic and acute illnesses, said Dr Abir El Naggar.

After graduating as a Physiotherapist in Chinese Medicine and Physiotherapy in 1986, she obtained an MA degree from the Nordic College of Chinese Medicine in Denmark and an MD from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China.

Though she had a popular clinic back home in Egypt, Dr El Naggar joined her family in the UAE and she got licensed by the Health Ministry to work here as an acupuncturist two years and five months back.

As her treatment gained popularity, patients from across the country, particularly Abu Dhabi, and abroad started flocking to her clinic, which may be reached at: abirelnaggar@hotmail.com. “As patients get better, they recommend my clinic to their family members and friends,” Dr El Naggar told Khaleej Times.

Patients with back pain, cervical pain, headache, obesity, constipation, asthmatic bronchitis and depression are regular visitors to her clinic.

“I believe my patients trust me because I give them all the necessary treatment and do it properly,” she said.

Dr El Naggar said Chinese medicine successfully cures a number of diseases and conditions like disc prolapse, sciatica, cervical pain, obesity, migraine, constipation, allergy and muscle spasm.

Acupuncture stimulation increases the endorphins — a natural painkiller secreted by the brain. In today’s stressful life, the body gets poor sleep, and remains and unmotivated — all of these lead to more stress, she added.

Chinese medicine improves the flow of body energy, which is known as Qi (or Chi), and makes the body balanced and relaxed.

“Acupuncture also treats fertility issues by increasing the blood flow to the uterus.”

Conventional or modern medicine involves the use of chemicals which have some side effects.

“However, Chinese medicine encourages the body to treat itself in a natural way,” Dr El Naggar said.

Acupuncture, which is one of the therapies of Chinese medicine, treats patients by inserting needles in certain points on the energy channels or meridians.

The treatment takes place in sessions and a patient must go through up to three sessions per week.

“The treatment could take up to 12 sessions, but in the case of obese patients, it may take more.”

On the harmful effects, Dr El Naggar said acupuncture might have some side effects if the needle is not inserted in the right location. “Needles must be used only once and thrown immediately after so as not to spread diseases like AIDS or Hepatitis.”

Asked about impressive treatment successes she had, Dr El Naggar said one patient, 52, had severe back pain while playing golf.

“He had pain in his lower back and left buttock. He recovered in four weeks, and could stretch to a much greater extent.”

Calling for conferences on Chinese medicine on a monthly basis, Dr El Naggar said the region needs to know more about the importance and effectiveness of Chinese medicine. “I eagerly hope to see a university here teaching Chinese medicine.”

Dr El Naggar warned that the training centres which give short courses on Chinese medicine distort the image of the great health system and fail to give satisfactory results.

“Chinese medicine must be taught by specialists for several years,” she said, noting that she was only accepted in the Chinese medicine college in Denmark after she passed tests in anatomy, psychology, physiology and pharmacology.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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