Abstract: Tiya is a 42-year-old female. In November 2008 she underwent a hysterectomy. Since the surgery her health was never the same again. In January 2011 a scan showed an enlarged right lobe thyroid (44 x 37 x 30 x 27 mm). She underwent a thyroidectomy. Her problem was diagnosed as papillary carcinoma. Tiya came to seek our help after her thyroid surgery. She presented with insomnia, lethargy and lightheadedness, feeling of being unwell throughout the day and not wanting to go anywhere, dizziness and nausea, abdominal gas and shortness of breath when talking and walking. These problems came on after her hysterectomy three years ago. After three days on the herbs, her problems vanished.
Chris K. H. Teo & Ch’ng Beng Im-Teo
CA Care, 5 Lebuhraya Gelugor, 11600 Penang, Malaysia.
Declaration of Interest: The authors are practising herbalists as such have financial interest in the use of herbs mentioned in this article. CA Care records its sincere thanks to Dr. Adrian Larsen, President of Miridia Technology Inc., USA, for his generosity in donating a unit of AcuGraph 4 for our research at CA Care. We receive no financial incentive whatsoever from Miridia Technology for writing this article. Consultation and acugraphing at CA Care are provided to cancer patients free of charge.
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Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, not including the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes (1). Stanley West warned that “the surgery can have long-lasting physical, emotional and sexual consequences” (2).
The first of the side effects of a hysterectomy is that a woman goes into surgically-induced menopause, even if her ovaries are left intact. Since the blood supply to the ovaries lessens after the surgery, another of the hysterectomy side effects would be a decreasing ovarian function, including the production of progesterone (1).
Hysterectomy side effects can manifest themselves as: hot flashes, fatigue, insomnia, depression, urinary problems, weight gain, headaches, irritability and anxiety, heart palpitations, vaginal dryness, pains in the joints, memory lapses, osteoporosis, hair loss, low sex drive and painful sexual intercourse, dizziness and nervousness (1,2).
Thyroidectomy: A thyroidectomy is surgical removal of all, or part, of the thyroid gland. After a thyroidectomy patient may suffer from lightheadedness, chest pain and just not feeling well (3). Other patients reported rapid heartbeat, nervousness, swelling of the gland, lack of stamina, irritability, weight loss and dry skin (5, 6). Patients may have hoarse voice if the nerves controlling the voice are damaged during the surgery.
If the parathyroid glands are erroneously damaged patients will suffer from hypothyroidism (4). This problem can lead to hypocalcemia, i.e. level of calcium in the blood decreases (6).
Tiya (M958) is a 42-yer-old female from Indonesia. In November 2008 she underwent a hysterectomy due to a fibroid. Since the surgery her health was never the same again. Before she had the hysterectomy, Tiya felt a swelling in her neck but she ignored it. It was not until January 2011 that she came to a private hospital in Penang and did an ultrasound. The scan showed an enlarged right lobe thyroid (44 x 37 x 30 x 27 mm) while the left lobe was normal (30 x 10 x 10 mm).
Subsequently, one half of her right thyroid was surgically removed. Histopathology report confirmed a papillary carcinoma. Tiya was not on any medication after the surgery. She returned to Indonesia and started to take herbs / supplements such as sour soup leaves, bottled Magosteen juice, Kunyit Putih and Kurcuma alba pills.
Then on 19 April 2011, Tiya and her husband came to seek our help. She presented with the following:
- Difficult and disturbed sleep.
- Lethargy and lightheadedness
- Feeling of being unwell throughout the day and not wanting to go anywhere.
- Dizziness and nausea.
- Abdominal gas.
- Short of breath when talking and walking.
Her AcuGraph reading on 19 April 2011 showed high LU meridian; split PC, HT, TE, LR, KI and ST meridians, while her SP and BL meridians were low (Figure 1).
Figure 1. AcuGraph reading on 19 April 2011
We prescribed Tiya Capsule A, deTox Tea, Thyroid Tea, Utero-Ovary-tea, Gastric P and Stomach Function tea. Since she had difficulty sleeping, we decided to correct her PC and HT imbalances by prescribing her An Shen Bu Xin.
After three days on the herbs, Tiya and her husband came back and reported her improvements. Tiya’s AcuGraph reading showed great improvements. Only her PC meridian was split and TE was low, the remaining ten meridians were normal (Figure 2).
Figure 2: AcuGraph reading on 22 April 2011 – after three days on herbs
Below is the video recording of our conversation that day.
Part 1: Her Problems
Part 2: Never Felt So Good Before
Gist of our conversation
- She took the prescribed for three days and she felt much better.
- The Gastric P was very effective. She only took it once and she felt better.
- After taking the Stomach Function tea, she passed out lots of gas – good for her bloated abdomen.
- For the past three years since her hysterectomy she had insomnia. Her sleep was not good and she awoke very easily and she felt she “floated” throughout the night. After two days on the herbs, she slept well and woke up feeling fresh and energized. This was an apparent change she felt.
- Before the herbs, she always woke up in the morning feeling pain, sick and lethargic. She did not feel like going anywhere. Now, for the first time she could take a four-hour journey to visit friends in Sintok. There was no problem. Previously she would have pain, headache and nausea every day. Travelling in a car was something she could not endure.
- When she was not well, she took pain medication but this did not help her. She also took medication for her “gassy” stomach and this too was not effective.
- She was not able to sit down and talk to people for long. She had back pain. She becomes breathless easily. Even talking on the phone with friends and relative was difficult because of her breathlessness and lack of energy. After the herbs, her breathing problem improved significantly.
In his book, The Hysterectomy Hoax, Dr. Stanley West wrote:
“No one knows for sure why removing the uterus should bring on … these problems, and because we have no medical answers – and no useful help – to offer patients, their complaints often are dismissed as psychological. Medical students are taught that women who attribute symptoms to hysterectomy must be neurotic, hysterical or obsessed with their uterus. But, as you will see, these problems are very real and have absolutely nothing to do with a woman’s mental stability” (2).
Our reaction to the above is: if we do not wish to “see” the problem or acknowledge its existence, how do we expect to find a solution to it? Alternative practitioners have always held that problems can exist at various levels not just confined to what can be seen in the scan or under the microscope.
Tiya did not come to see us for her gynecological problems. She came because of her thyroid cancer. But as we kept talking and “digging” into her medical history we discovered that the underlying cause of all her problems for the past three years was probably the hysterectomy. She is now suffering from the side effects of this operation which modern medicine, according to Dr. Stanley West, would not acknowledge exist. Indeed most pathetic and tragic.
For those who need to “see” before they can believe, the AcuGraph offers an insight of her problems. When Tiya first came to see us, her AcuGraph reading showed disharmonies of the Lung, Pericardium, Heart, Triple Energy, Liver, Kidney, Bladder and Stomach meridians (Figure 1).
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) disharmony of the Lung meridian can cause breathing difficulties and shortness of breath. The Pericardium (PC) affects the mental and emotional state of a person. Disharmony of the PC may result in chest fullness, palpitation, irritability and agitation. The disharmony of the Heart meridian may result in palpitations, short or shallow breathing, chest pains, dizziness and insomnia. Disharmony of the Triple Energy can give rise to a wide range of disorders including fatigue and breathing disorders. Problems associated with the Liver disharmony include menstrual disorders, PMS, vertigo, groin pain, chest fullness and headaches. Kidney meridian disharmony can lead to backache. Disharmony of the Bladder meridian can also cause pain in the head, back, groin, etc. Stomach disharmony can cause abdominal distension, stomach pain, chest pain and vomiting. Disharmony of the Spleen can result in abdominal problems such as pain, distension or bloating, vomiting, general weakness and feeling heavy.
So, the problems faced by Tiya when she first came seemed to be self-evident. The disharmonies of her meridians showed them all.
After three days on the herbs, her problems “magically evaporated” away. The AcuGraph reading showed most of the meridian disharmonies were restored. She felt better.
2. Stanley West.2002. The hysterectomy hoax. Next Decade, New Jersey, USA.