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When hearts open and healing begins.

The first impression one gets when walking into Fong Nyuk Yen's acupuncture centre is an awe inspiring set up of a gallery-like ambience full of space, the right shades and hues reflecting an aura of nature's peace within. The colours are subtle. The screens just right and the feel; simply awesome and inspiring. This is precisely what acupuncturist Fong popularly known as Ah Fang the TCMP in social media had in her mind and heart; a passion and a calling that brought her out of her previous engagement in the world of fine art, IT and graphic design to the wellness arena of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Fong did her first degree in Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Theories at Goldsmiths College, University of London and completed her second degree in TCM from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. She believes that her practice of TCM and acupuncture should prevail in an environment of artistic grandeur where peace and soft aura emanate and where her clients would begin to open up their hearts that in turn would stir and encourage the inner connection to eventually promote physical healing.

A far cry from the usual traditional Chinese medicine halls of yesteryear, Fong struck a balance between 'two worlds' in that she opened an artistically creative Lily Valley Acupuncture centre that breaths life while offering traditional Chinese medicine with acupuncture treatment. Lily Valley Acupunture was established seven years ago in the heart of an affluent Bukit Bintang area. She wants her clients to feel the joy of peace and inspiration that exudes from her centre.

Fong says she tries to lead a balanced lifestyle in order to enjoy good health.

Fong provides the following health management programmes; acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine and stretching. She has a way with her clients assisting them in treating all kinds of ailments. She helps them cope with and manage pain and other setbacks by understanding their emotional status and physical conditions. Her methods are therapeutic and holistic in nature. She also believes in spending quality time and care with her clients.

Fong employs the natural essence of music and sound therapies as the backdrop while performing an acupuncture procedure. Her methods combine music, art, self-corrective procedures and TCM. She believes that 'The body and its soul are two separate entities. When we do not listen to our body's needs and take it for granted, we eventually get sick. Acupuncture, meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and so on are methods of which one can reconnect with the body to restore balance and good health.'

What makes Fong stand apart from the rest is the fact that she incorporates acupuncture in conjunction with modern medical facilities such as MRI and CT scan. For example, in a spinal chord compression (back pain) an MRI is done to actually help a client see the physical problem inside and after treatment another MRI is done so that the client can actually 'see' the healed area. Fong also explains that in some cases when her clients are already on a western medicine prescription, she would ask them to continue to do so while she only performs the acupuncture part.

In fact, today, one can see fully operational acupuncture treatment with trained acupuncturists in government hospitals working hand in hand with mainstream medicine.

What kind of ailments does Fong attend to using her technique of acupuncture and Chinese traditional medicine?

She believes that almost all of the ailments developed by the people are those that are triggered by day-to-day stress and emotional breakdowns. These contribute to the 'imbalances' within our body and that's how one begins to get sick. Fong also reiterated that in her practice, she makes sure that her clients understand that traditional Chinese healthcare does not help to reverse aging process (time cannot be reversed). Some form of healing processes can be initiated via acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine but one has to also change his or her lifestyle to ensure that the same 'injury' or pain does not recur. If the person seeking her health care assistance continues to be involved in any of his or her 'habitual' activities then the chances of the pain or injury recurring is high. She further explains that TCM has its own methods of diagnosing a 'patient', a far cry from how main stream medical experts do.

Fong's acupuncture method is termed as the 'Balance Method' where typically, at least eight needles are used, can be more depending on condition, are used for about 45 minutes subjecting the person into total harmony mode so that the healing can begin. Sometimes, scalp acupuncture is used when 'brain and body are not in sync' and this method helps to relieve the situation. A brief explanation of acupuncture treatment would be to understand the nature of 'qi' or the flow of energy which is supposedly to be blocked or moving in the wrong direction when someone has a disease; and so acupuncture plays the part of stimulating certain vital spots in the body that can regulate and promote once again the flow of 'qi'. Acupuncture is recommended for pain management post cancer treatment, infertility, menstruation cramps, diabetes, indigestion, asthma, skin problems, high blood pressure, heart complications and depression.

With TCM, her brand of performing an acupuncture is not only with the combination of modern medical facilities, but she also assesses her client's mental and physical state by identifying the root cause of an ailment as she believes that it is important that she tends to both physical and emotional aspects of her clients. Many have come away feeling rejuvenated, not only from whatever ailments they were suffering from but also feeling a sense of renewed exuberance. Fong intervines her TCM and acupuncture with nature as inspiration as she believes that in TCM the human aspect is a part of nature. The two sync in harmony.
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Date:Apr 26, 2018
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