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Update posted by Earl Joy Baton On Mar 22, 2019

I was about to go to sleep Tuesday, and very tired from a long, busy day from Cebu City, when my workmate and friend - Shurlai, messaged me on facebook. She asked me if I want to try acupuncture. It so happens that her mom, Tita Teofe, has a family friend who is a kind-hearted doctor who practices acupuncture. I immediately said yes, knowing the health benefits of acupuncture and what it can do to your body.

So, no matter how tiring travelling to Cebu is for me, I went back the next day, Wednesday with my mother to meet with the acupuncturist. Dr Tomonori Nakano, is a part of a missionary team from Japan, Yumekake Project, who visits 3rd world countries like the Philippines to help those in need, especially those who don't have access to immediate treatment or medicine due to poverty.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points, or acupuncture points, on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.

When I arrived, there were a lot of people already lining up to receive treatment. Most of them having issues with their back, migraine and joint pains especially in the knees. I was the last one for the morning patients, and so I waited for my turn. Dr Nakano, and his cool comrade, John Yuji Matsunuma, already know of my condition beforehand. Shurlai and her mom already told them of my situation. They were very kind and comforting with me during the whole process. First, I lie on face down on the makeshift table on the daycare center they use as an office. A series of needles were inserted in my lower and upper back including the back of my neck. Needles were also put on both of my palms and at the back of my legs.

The moxa, or dried mugwort, is also lit and put on my back. The process of using moxa is called Moxibustion. It is a method of heating specific acupuncture points on the body by burning an herb material close to the skin. This technique can be used alone or in combination with acupuncture. And let me tell you guys, it burns, its really hot and painful. But, no pain, no gain.


After a while, I turn over to lie on my back. Dr Nakano asked if i have difficulty breathing. I answered him, yes. Acupuncture needles were then put on my stomach area, chest areas, legs and hands. In most of the needles you don't feel the pain at all, but on some - very painful. And you can really feel how your blood flows through your veins. Here's a picture of me, very sickly, but I am very relaxed during this session.


Dr Nakano was very kind to even give me a moxa set good for 3months of self-care. He said I should put it in my acupuncture point in my legs were it is connected to my lungs. This should help with my breathing and coughing bouts. I have to apply it every night before I go to sleep.


I was beyond grateful for the opportunity. Meeting Dr Nakano and John is an experience I will never forget. Both are very compassionate and kind people and I'm glad to have meet them. The chance to experience acupuncture is an amazing opportunity, and i wish to be able to continue acupuncture. I believe it helped me a lot and I feel way better especially when it comes to my breathing. Until then, I shall see you again Dr Nakano and Yuji-san! Arigatoo guzaimasu!

Here's my picture on my first day doing moxibustion.



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Update posted by Earl Joy Baton On Mar 15, 2019

Last Wednesday, March 13, I visited a homeopathic clinic with my husband, and my high school classmate's wife. A homeopathic doctor is a licensed doctor who specializes in alternative medicine, safe and organic ways of treatment. With the generosity of Bryan and Lady Lou Saldua, we were able to meet up with Dr. Floro Camenforte Jr.

He checked my energy level and it was so low at 30, normal reading is 50 up, which means the toxin level in my body is so high. The first step we need to do to help me with my treatment is to detoxify. And so, he prescribed 7 different organic medicines for me and asked me to go vegan. I can only eat fruits and veggies.

Imagine, me being a carnivore before, and I'm not really a vegetable eater, now being a vegan. The first day was so hard for me, I was so hungry. Everything is so tasty to eat except what I'm eating. I was craving for lechon, fried chicken, fried fish, anything but this. LOL!

But, I have to be firm about this if I want to get better, right? A friend told me, 'You need to follow what the doctor told you. If you eat fruits and vegetables only, the cancer cells in your body will die because they can't feed off on anything. What fuels cancer cells are sugar, in the absence of sugar, they feed on protein and fatty foods. So if you take that out from your diet, they will starve and die. Lol. Well, I should be able to do this if I want to live longer right? Cheer me on!

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