Pasar Malam Acupuncture – Wrist Pain (RSI/CTS)

I’ve been sad lately because I couldn’t play Badminton…no not because I was grounded but because I was having some pretty nasty wrist pain which limited my wrist rotation and flex.

I thought it could be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Repetitive Strain Injury, but not being a doctor I wasn’t really sure.

Obviously caused by too much wanking typing/mouse use in the wrong position, I bough a new Fellowes gel mouse mat for the office to remedy the problem as I already have a nice ergonomic setup at home with my Ergohuman chair!

Then I need to fix my wrist itself, I was considering heading over to Osso Bone Care, but it’s just too bloody far!

One night I happened to be in Cheras at the Pasar Malam and I saw one of those random Chinese medicine counters in the middle. I thought why the hell not just give it a try.

Chinese Medicine Stall

The Chinese aunty proceeded to poke, prod and twist my wrist and declared that I have damaged my tendon. She then asked if I was scared to do acupuncture I promptly answered ‘mmm keng!

Chinese Medicine Aunty

After that she promptly jabbed me with a rather sharp needle.

Acupuncture Needle

It didn’t really hurt but it was a bit ticklish when the needle reached my tendon..she twisted it and turned it and poked it for a while then left it there.

After that she gave me a vicious massage with some dit da jao (bruise wine) and applied another type of tincture onto some tissue and wrapped it around my wrist. There were two kinds, one red and one brown. The red one was to be massaged after showering, then the brown one applied to tissue paper and wrapped around my wrist.

You can see the bottles in the middle of the table.

Dit Da Jao Bottles

She also offered to sell me some kind of medicinal pills in little colourful plastic capsules (you can see on the right of the table) which were rather expensive..

Of course I declined those. Total damage for the treatment (including acupuncture and application of gauze treatment) and two bottles of dit da jao? RM20!

Cheap as chips if you ask me.

She asked me to keep up the treatment for a week and keep any weight off my wrist and it should be fine. It felt immediately better after the needle poking and massage and I’d say by the end of the week my wrist was 80% recovered.

I’d say by now it’s about 95% ok, it’s still doesn’t feel quite 100% but I’ve gotten back almost 100% rotation on my wrist and it doesn’t hurt under normal circumstances any more.

Power to the pasar malam treatments I say.




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18 Responses to Pasar Malam Acupuncture – Wrist Pain (RSI/CTS)

  1. suanie December 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    eeeeee needle i scare!

  2. KY December 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    wahh got microphone too, can karaoke as well? 😛

  3. Ndmervin December 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    Thanks for trusting the power of TCM.. I think i need one for my waist and lower back… Whc pasar mlm was it? Tmn Connaught?

  4. Lainie December 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm # wrist also pain but i scare. Keng! Kengggg!

  5. foodcrazee December 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Ouch! i salute u. . .i wouldnt dare taking the risk of their treatment. . . .

  6. Mark Leo December 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    LOL, speaking of microphones, did you then speak through it to get the lady more customers at the pasar malam? 😉

  7. julian December 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    Before you trust the wrist gel support mousepad too much, check this out –

    “Don’t use a Wrist Rest – research has shown that using a wrist rest doubles the pressure inside the carpal tunnel…” (Professor Alan Hedge, Cornell University)

  8. xes December 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    woah! would try that one day!

  9. Mellissa December 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    I did acupuncture for sinus – needles IN MY FACE but after the second session I was too scared to keep it up! 🙁

  10. Tony Wan December 21, 2009 at 11:18 pm #


  11. kaswira December 22, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    needles could have been contaminated dude

  12. JaCJaC December 23, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    LOL i like when u said “promptly jabbed me with a rather sharp needle”

    like taking a voodoo doll and stab, dun care! stab only 😛

  13. moons December 23, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    Damn man ST, you seriously got guts lol.

    Don’t think I would even dare try it. Not to mention the pasar malam bit, I don’t think I would even try the normal acupuncture from licensed clinics.

  14. Meng December 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Acupuncture is not a proven treatment in western medicine but many people have benefitted it. Some doctors said that poking needles into your body creates an endorphin rush, thus causing you to feel better in a short duration.

  15. Azizul December 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    that is just cool man. I’m afraid of needle. as long as the treatment woks, who the hell care where it take place. now pick up the badminton racket, train hard and beat Datuk Lee Chong Wei

  16. ShaolinTiger December 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    suanie: Don’t scare, it’s teh stims!

    KY: Haha for advertising la.

    Ndmervin: Sunday night is Taman Muda, can probably find the same stall at different markets on different nights tho.

    Lainie: Can try go to Osso if you want to avoid the needles, they are very good too.

    foodcrazee: I don’t see why not, if no benefit then no harm done.

    Mark Leo: No need, having one gwailoh sitting there at her stall already gathered quite a crowd.

    julian: Hmm interesting thanks, will have to do more research on that.

    xes: It’s worth a shot!

    Mellissa: I think I too might draw the line at having needles stuck in my face.

    kaswira: The chance of hermetically sealed needles being contaminated is the same as those in the doctors surgery.

    JaCJaC: Yah just whack only la.

    moons: Hahahaha pussy!

    Meng: There are a lot of things Western science doesn’t understand or can’t prove – that doesn’t make it invalid.

    Azizul: Yup, sometimes gotta do what you gotta do. As for beating Chong Wei…don’t hold your breath.

  17. charles January 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Moral of the story…do not wank too much

  18. ShaolinTiger January 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    charles: Yes, an important lesson.

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