Lorraine Elliot is 73 years old. Diagnosed with postural tremor, she received regular buttock injections. She decided to try Acutouch treatment and stopped the injections on 25 August 2000. She started Acutouch Therapy on 29 August. She had three treatments a day that lasted between 30 and 45 minutes on the points indicated for Parkinson’s disease in the Manual. She kept the Pointers on the points until the sensation faded. She noticed improvement after three days, and after a week she was 75% better. Three weeks later the trembling was gone. She reports that every 3 to 4 days she still gets some tremors when picking up heavy items, but her writing is back to normal, she walks at a brisk pace, and the trembling disappeared from her speech altogether.
Audrey Young was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995 at the age of 65. A neurologist prescribed dopamine and the dosage was increased 4 times during the last 5 years. She started Acutouch Therapy, and after a month she could feel the improvement. After two months the tremors had diminished substantially, and her medication was reduced to a third of what it had been in the beginning. She now drives again, sleeps better, and her speech is perfect. Her walking has also improved dramatically.
Hans van den Breggen was a heavy smoker. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 15 years ago. In 1994 he had to retire for medical reasons. His diagnosis was later changed to Postural Tremor. He started to lose his hearing and was then diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. His condition was quite severe before he started with the Acutouch treatment. He was on medication that could control the symptoms to an extent, but the dosage had to be increased regularly. He started treatment in January of 2000. He initially felt worse, but his body started to detoxify. After a week he started to feel better. Tests after a follow-up visit to his doctor revealed that all the signs of Meniere’s syndrome were gone. His medication was reduced substantially.
Two months later all his symptoms had disappeared, even the tremors subsided completely. He keeps up the maintenance formula as his only treatment.
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69-year-old Susan van Niekerk was desperate about her health. She couldn’t hold a cup of tea or a book to read. This was due to the symptoms of Parkinson’s and Postural Tremor. She also had swelling on her leg due to a surgical procedure, end the Postural Tremor severely influenced her balance and hence her ability to walk. She read about Acutouch Therapy in a newspaper and decided to try it. It was a hard road for Susan and the Acutouch therapists, but in the end they triumphed. She is in a lot less pain, and can walk without trouble. The best impact was that the tremors stopped, and she could use her hands effectively again.
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Mr. A. B., aged 76, started suffering from Parkinson’s years ago. Although never formally diagnosed, he started treatment two years ago, with excellent results.
A few years ago, Mr. H. T. (85 years old), was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. His abilities were limited, and he needed full-time medical care. He could not turn himself over in his sleep, walking was difficult and he was dependent on friends and family for everything he needed. His treatment started in February 2001. His condition improved so rapidly, that he can walk, and even get out of a car by himself. He still receives maintenance treatment three times a month. He got his independence back and is grateful to his friend who introduced him to Acutouch.
Martin le Roux contracted Bell’s Palsy at the age of 59, but only started the Acutouch treatment a year later. By this time his face was severely deformed and he had intense pain. Within two weeks he had much less pain, and after a month his mouth was much better and his lips were no longer drawn in. His eye was also starting to recover and was drawn up much further. He had treatment once a day for 2 months and is currently only doing 2 treatments a week. To people who haven’t seen him in a while, the change is remarkable.
Frikkie Fourie had always been an active sportsman, but for the last few years sport was the last thing on his mind. He began to experience strange symptoms, and only after months and a lot of tests did the doctors diagnose MS. The shock of being a paraplegic in a wheelchair resulted in severe depression.
“I wanted to commit suicide, I just wanted to die.”
The medication that was prescribed had little effect, and Frikkie was declared unfit to work. He started the Acutouch treatment and eleven days after that, he started walking with his legs in braces. A month later he dropped the braces and started walking with only a stick. Now he cycles 60 km a day and his electric vehicle is gathering dust in the garage. Frikkie’s his speech is almost back to normal and the stutter he had lived with for 40 years is also gone!
Hannetjie Human was already diagnosed with MS at the tender age of 20. Her mother told her never to get married, but she did anyway, and has been married for to husband Leon for 8 years. Her life had been a struggle from the start of the disease, but she fought bravely through several relapses, learning to write and speak again. But at the age of 30 she had a relapse so severe that she was bedridden and totally without energy. Her husband hired a wheelchair for her, but in an act of defiance she threw the chair down a set of stairs. Leon read about the Acutouch treatment and decided that they had nothing to lose. The treatment did wonders, and today Hannetjie is living a normal life and telling her story to other sufferers of MS in an attempt to provide hope amidst the terrible suffering.
Mrs. M. suffered a severe cerebral infarct that completely paralysed her left side. Fortunately, it did not develop into a coma, but she was totally disabled on that side. Her vision was badly damaged and she only had partial use of the right side of each eye, and no vision in the left halves of each eye. Her speech was somewhat slurred.
A doctor started treatment within about five hours of the stroke. He gave her about three hours of Acutouch Therapy, using all the points in the Users Manual. Immediately after the first treatment, she could already feel some sensation in her left shoulder and left thigh. She said she felt as though she were “thawing”. The following day, before the second treatment began, she felt the doctor’s hand on her left cheek, and the left side of her face was less droopy than the night before. After the second day’s treatment, she could bend her arm and leg somewhat. The third, fourth and subsequent treatments produced continued improvement — to the great surprise of her other doctors. By the tenth day, she could stand with assistance. Although her neurologist and physiotherapist don’t hold out much hope for her eyes and left hand, the doctor who performed the Acutouch Therapy is optimistic. She is in rehabilitation and improving daily, and at this stage actually feels the Acutouch Pointers in all areas.
Acutouch Therapy was originally invented in order to treat the effects of stroke.
Part of the 58-year-old Mr. T’s daily routine was coping with blinding migraine attacks. For 20 years he had suffered from depression and had an aggressive temperament as a result of his extremely painful headaches. He consulted various doctors, who prescribed painkillers and anti-depressants, which were generally ineffective and brought only tempory relief. At that stage he was employed by the Air Force and decided on an early retirement because of his condition, which might have been caused by tension. After one treatment with the Acutouch Pointers, he had only a mild headache and could feel a vast improvement. The second treatment proved to benefit his condition even more — he could hardly feel the headache at all. By the third treatment his symptoms cleared, and he was very impressed with Acutouch!
Mrs. E. U. is 43 years old. Several years ago she started getting severe headaches, which she suspected were hormone-related. The condition got progressively worse. To her astonishment, she instantly felt better after her first Acutouch treatment. Since then, she has had minimal headaches and the pain got gradually lighter and eventually cleared completely. Four months later, she still receives maintenance treatment, but has not had a headache in two months.
Various students reported a positive response after using the Acutouch Pointers during exam periods. Some had developed extreme tension headaches, which the Acutouch Therapy cleared either immediately or within a day or two.
Six months ago, Celine Mouton was so spastic that she spend most of her time in a foetal position. Her mother, Anna, had already become worried when Celine was 6 months old. After several tests at the Academic Hospital in Pretoria she was refered to the clinic for cerebral palsy.
Before the Acutouch therapy she could not chew, she had to suck on her food and then swallow. She could not even turn in her sleep, she never crawled, and her arms and legs were pulled up with spasm. Her one leg pemanently crossed the other and both her knees and ankles were turned inwards. Celine’s feet were also turned inwards, and when she was held up, she used the inside of her feet as heels. On top of all, this Celine could understand everything, but nobody could understand what she tried to say.
Hannah Helberg, the Genesen Therapist who assisted with Celine’s treatment, said she knew she would get some relief, but did not know to what extent. The Acurepatch was applied daily behind her head to treat the cerebral part of the brain. Acutouch Therapy was also applied directly to areas of spasm on both her arms and legs.
Celine’s hands started to relax within a short period of time and the fact that she could then for the first time pick up her toys caused great excitement for herself and her mother, Anna. At the same time, the spastic colon relaxed for the first time in her life. Both mother and child realised that she was going to improve even further. Celine showed a lot of perseverance for such a small child, and two weeks after the treatment started her speech improved and her legs and feet straightened and relaxed with time.
Today Celine pulls herself up into a standing position and she also walks small distances with help. The last time Genesen heard from Celine she could put her feet flat on the floor. We believe that this new development may mark the beginning of Celine’s ability to eventually walk on her own.
Marlie Loots was born prematurely on 9 May 2000. She wasn’t breathing and she was already blue. The hospital staff eventually stabilised her on a ventilator. The following morning Marlie had 3 convulsions approximately 10 minutes apart.
Marlie was released from the NNICU after a month. Everything went well after that until Marlie got bronchitis. Marlie was diagnosed with asthma, and they noticed that she couldn’t move her neck to the right when she laid on her left side and the other way around. Marlie was 4 months old when she started physiotherapy.
Marlie’s slow progress was troubling her parents, and doctors again performed a series of tests, which included an RT, MR and EIG. Results disclosed that she had an epileptic charge throughout her brain, cerebral oedema and severe damage in her white matter. The doctor prescribed Epilum and Prelone to control her convulsions. She slept all day and showed no interest in the world around her.
In December 2001 the family bought an Acurepatch and a set of Genesen Acutouch Pointers. (They are currently using only the patch, and will begin treatment with the Touch Pointers soon.) In the past, Marlie could only take sweets to her mouth, but now she is even able to take the patch off her head! Her parents noticed a remarkable difference in her energy levels, and she started sleeping soundly at night. By the end of December, they observed that her concentration had improved, and she curiously turned her head as people spoke to her. She showed a lot more interest in the world and also had better concentration. She even pulled things off the table to play with them, held her own toys and took toys from other children. On 27 December she started to turn onto her right side when in bed. On 1 February 2002 she started talking back in baby language and now tries to feed herself. Marlie’s sense of smell has also improved dramatically. She is now learning to crawl.
Cailin Douman was born prematurely 3 years ago. She could not communicate or sit, and her lower limbs were mostly affected by spasms. She got bronchitis on a regular basis, and her lungs were very weak. She was very restless and irritatable, and her sleeping patterns became very irregular. A common CP symptom, salivation was present, and constipation also occurred regularly. Although she was spontaneous and pleasant, her biggest problem was still her legs, especially her left hip, which was very spastic. Moving, crawling, and walking caused extreme pain.
Her parents started treatment with an Acurepatch on 13 October 2001. Within the first two weeks of treatment, she became more patient and peaceful. She slept much better and her digestion improved daily. After the first month, her salivation remarkably reduced and her verbal skills improved. She was also paying more attention to her surroundings. After 6 weeks of Acutouch Therapy, she comfortably moved around and her spastic legs decreased tension. Communication constantly improves. Her sensitive respiratory tract became stronger. On 3 January 2002 Cailin began to crawl — something she was never able to do. Treatment continues on a daily basis.
Louis Conradie is a nine-year-old boy from Cape Town who has Cerebral Palsy. His is very spastic in his arms and legs, and has a very high muscle tone. Louis is very intelligent and his mind is quite alert. His main problem is in his upper limbs, and it is worst on his right. Mrs. Conradie has a set of Genesen Acutouch Pointers rather than Acurepatches, because they are more effective at Louis’ age. Although Louis can talk, he still has difficulty in pronouncing certain sounds and vocals. After one month of treatment, his spasticity improved, and his whole body feels more relaxed. He shows more interest in his surroundings, and concentrates better. In the middle of January 2002 his hand started to react to treatment. He actually started to move his hand, which he wasn’t able to do before. By the beginning of February 2002 he could physically use his hand. His parents give home tuition, thus making it a lot easier for Louis to use his computer. Louis still receives treatment and improvement can be seen every day.
Jeran Harris was born 2 months early and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was 10 months old. When he was 5 months old, his mother had noticed that he couldn’t sit or communicate. He was constipated, and his left eye squinted. He was taken to a paediatrician, who referred him to a physiotherapist. The evaluation confirmed that he was very spastic and had a very high muscle tone, especially his arms and legs. He was tested by an optometrist, who discovered that Jeran was nearly blind.
After a few months’ intense treatment with Acutouch Therapy, his left eye dramatically improved and his verbal skills are up to 70% better. He is capable of using his upper limbs constructively and can hold and take objects in his hands. His regular constipation is something of the past . In January 2002 he started to find his own way around, and acts more independently. Although he responded so well to the treatment, he still receives therapy, and his satisfied parents are looking forward to more rewards for their dedication to the treatment.
Margarita and Elizabeth van der Merwe are 7-year-old twins. The twins were born at 26 weeks. Their parents only realized at a later stage that they could not sit and that both children’s legs were not optimally developed. The upper limbs are normal. Their mother shared that they could talk, but found it difficult to articulate words. Their parents tried to improve their quality of living and sent them to the New Hope School from an early age. They are hyperactive and received physiotherapy, occupational therapy and Herbarium therapy. Their improvement was minimal, but Margarita started completing puzzles, and Elizabeth started stuttering. Margarita finds it difficult to walk and moves with the help of a walking aid. Elizabeth finds it easier to walk, but supports herself against her surroundings. These children have no mental setback, their main problem is they are unable to walk normally, due to complications in the lower back and hip area.
At the beginning of February 2002, their grandmother bought Acurepatch as a last resort. Treatment started 3 weeks ago. The children are noticeably calmer and the high muscle tone started reducing. This was observed by their mother and physiotherapist. Their mother confirmed that their sleeping pattern dramatically improved. They are less resistant to go to bed and they sleep soundly for longer hours. Even more outstanding results are expected in the long run.