Published: Wednesday April 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday May 23, 2013 MYT 2:05:15 PM

Healing with heat

What is Mitsui Onnetsu therapy? You can learn more about this heat therapy at The Star Health Fair 2013.

HEAT is a natural healer. When our body comes under viral attack, it develops fever in an attempt to fend off the attacks. Fever improves the body’s defence system and thus increases the capability of the body to combat the “intruders”.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), moxibustion (a form of thermal therapy using moxa) has been used to treat chronic illnesses and to improve health for thousands of years. Together with acupuncture and herbal medicine, they form the three pillars of TCM.

In modern oncology studies, doctors from many parts of the world (e.g. Germany, Japan, the United States) are using hyperthermia (a treatment method for cancer and other difficult illnesses using high temperature) to augment traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and to raise the immunity of cancer patients.

Research studies in the last 10 years show positive outcomes, although much is yet to be understood. Thousands of studies are currently underway, and many oncologists consider hyperthermia as an important element in cancer treatment.

Technology has contributed much to the advances of modern medical science. Onnetsu therapy, a Japanese thermotherapy modality invented by Dr Tomeko Mitsui, has gained popularity in recent years.

Centres offering this therapy modality has been set up in many parts of Japan. Mitsui Onnetsuki, the device used to deliver this therapy, has been approved as a home medical device by Japan’s health ministry.

Apart from alleviating pains and aches, this device is capable of providing heat in the form of far infrared rays deep into the core of the body, promoting blood circulation in the deep organ tissues. It can even be a home hyperthermia device if use appropriately.

Tan Meng Kwang will be at The Star Health Fair 2013 to explain and demonstrate how this technological innovation of thermal medicine from Japan is capable of helping patients with chronic illnesses to alleviate their symptoms. This device can also help those who are conscious of their own health to maintain and prolong good health.

Tan is a highly respected educator and practitioner in the arena of holistic wellness. He received his Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore. In between working stints, he went on to pursue and achieve three Masters degrees in Science, Education and Business Administration in Britain, Australia and Singapore, respectively.

To date, he has trained many physiotherapists, nurses and even doctors on these therapies. He is also the author of several books on various wellness topics.

In addition, at the health fair, you can learn more about Great Eastern Life’s 21 Days Mobile App, which can help you kick your bad habits by setting up reminders to motivate you to keep track of your intentions to live healthily. Learn more about it at Great Eastern Life’s Live Great Portal on

You can also look forward to the Live Great Challenge at the health fair – a contest to test one’s physical and mental fitness, financial fitness, nutrition knowledge, and to advocate healthy eating. Attractive cash prizes await you!

Great Eastern Life’s Live Great Programme is a holistic health and wellness approach which aims to help Malaysians live healthier, better and longer lives. The programme comprises expert advice, simple health tips, support, articles, apps, rewards, workshops and events, and more.

■ This year’s theme ‘Let’s Live Great!’ is to inspire Malaysians to lead a healthy lifestyle by being physically and mentally fit. The Star Health Fair 2013 is organised by The Star with Great Eastern Life as the event partner. It will be held in Halls 1 to 3 of the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from April 12 to 14. It is open from 10am to 7pm and admission is free. For enquiries or to participate, call 03-79671388 (ext 1243/1529) or visit

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