Simply Su-Jok: Ways to manage old age woes

My previous two articles on age-related problems elicited a lot of enquiries and I thought of doing a follow-up article on providing answers for some more ailments. This week, I will focus on common issues related to loss of motor and other functions. As we grow old, we lose a lot of our functions; be it hearing or speaking coherently, seeing well, and control of how we let go of body wastes. Even the skin loses its sensation and breaks into rashes.

One who has been reading my articles will surely know how to trace the meridians but for new readers I may explain that there are 14 meridians running through our body from head to toes. Prof Park Jae Woo of South Korea researched and found out that these meridians are also on the front and back side of our fingers and toes. The place for these are given in the figure. These protocols are based on the research done by the Institute of Acupressure and Holistic Healing. Allahabad for over two decades.

Treatment: One has to take a Jimmy / Probe or a pencil with its lead point broken and smoothened. Without applying much pressure move the blunt point in the area shown on the skin of fingers and toes. The affected point will be painful. Stimulate it, by turning it clockwise and anticlockwise for a minute or two. One will generally feel some relief instantly. Paste tiny Byol magnets for about eight hours preferably before sleeping. If the point has an arrow up, please use a magnet with a yellow side touching the skin and if the arrow down then white touches the skin. The points are to be stimulated three to four times in the daytime and magnets attached at night. Repeat the treatment till the problem is over.

Tinnitus: Pain in ear, discharge of pus from ear

Around 7% of the population in India suffers from tinnitus. We understand how difficult it is when we hear continuous sound in ear even when we know that there isn’t any sound present in the environment.

While pain is sometimes the only symptom, an ear infection or a more serious condition may be accompanied by pus or another drainage. Pus is usually associated with bacterial buildup. If you notice pus or other drainage coming from your ears, consult your doctor to prevent the symptoms from getting worse. In the current context of black fungus, it is important not to take this lightly.

Treat: Ly 1-1↓ (Refer diagram 1)

Diagram 1
Diagram 1

Hard of hearing

Symptoms of age-related hearing loss typically begins with an inability to hear high-pitched sounds. You may notice that you have difficulty hearing the voices of females or children. You may also have difficulty hearing background noises or difficulty hearing others speak clearly.

Treat K3 ↑ (refer diagram 2).

Diagram 2
Diagram 2

Other symptoms that may occur include:

  • Certain sounds seeming overly loud.

  • Difficulty hearing in areas that are noisy.

  • Difficulty hearing the difference between “s” and “th” sounds.

  • Ringing in ears.

  • Turning up the volume on the television or radio louder than normal.

  • Asking people to repeat themselves.

  • Being unable to understand conversations over the telephone.

Quivering

Deviated or stiff tongue of old persons indicate that attack of hemiplegia may be there in immediate future. The tongue may get wide in people who have no teeth and do not wear dentures. To prevent hemiplegia, treat Liv 3 ↓ (refer diagram 2) every alternate day.

Faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. The condition can range from an occasional  leakage  of stool to a complete loss of bowel control. Healthy bowel function is controlled by rectal sensation, the ability of the digestive system to accommodate waste, and the anal sphincter muscles. Treat: K 4↑ (refer diagram 2).

Frequent urination and urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence means a person leaks urine by accident. While it may happen to anyone, urinary incontinence is more common in older people, especially women. Incontinence can often be cured or controlled. 

 What happens in the body to cause bladder control problems? The body stores urine in the bladder. During urination, muscles in the bladder tighten to move urine into a tube called the urethra. At the same time, the muscles around the urethra relax and let the urine pass out of the body. When the muscles in and around the bladder don’t work the way they should, urine can leak. Incontinence typically occurs if the muscles relax without warning. Treat: K3↑ (refer diagram 2).

Glaucoma

Glaucoma damages the eyes optic nerve and results in vision loss. It is also the second leading cause of blindness. Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises and up to 40 percent of a person’s vision can be lost without them even noticing. However, with early treatment, eyes can be protected against serious vision loss.

Treat: GB 20↓ (refer diagram 3).

Diagram 3
Diagram 3

Herpese Zoster

Zoster causes more pain and less itching than chickenpox. A person may feel burning, itching, tingling, or extreme sensitivity on the skin (usually limited to an area on one side of the body). These symptoms are typically present for one to three days, sometimes more, before a red rash appears in the same area. A zoster rash usually occurs on only one side of the body. Treat: Liv 3↓ (refer diagram 2).

The rash soon turns into groups of blisters, which generally last for two to three weeks. At first the blisters are clear, but then turn yellow or bloody before they crust over (scab) and disappear. It is unusual to have pain without blisters, or blisters without pain. While Zoster is most common on the trunk and buttocks, it can appear anywhere the nerves have been affected, including the face, arms, or legs. Blisters on the tip of the nose signal possible eye involvement.

Of course, there are lot more problems covered more fully on our website. If you have any query, write to me in confidence at www.artofselfhealing.in.

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