Ceragem massager is not an Aids remedy, says centre manager

2009-11-27 00:00

THE long queues outside the Cerogem Centre in Pietermaritzburg are not of people looking for an Aids cure, says centre manager Monica Yoo.

Yoo was responding to rumours that the queues are an “Aids line” after reports emerged that a Cerogem operator in Johannesburg had claimed it cured Aids.

She said the Cerogem portable thermal massager is not an Aids remedy.

Yoo said the rumours embarrassed many of their patients who are now fearful of being labelled “Aids sufferers”.

“The Cerogem massager is a natural healing power that is not a cure,” said Yoo.

“We attend to at least 300 people a day and 7 000 per month, and we always encourage those with chro­nic illnesses to continue taking their medication until their doctor tells them to stop.

“Although the Cerogem is effective in helping to improve the CD 4 count of HIV-positive people, it is not a cure or a replacement for HIV treatment.”

She also said it was not a scam but a way of giving back to the community, and that it has assisted a lot of elderly patients who were tired of the “panado treatment” they receive at hospitals.

“It is a natural healing power that targets ailments such as high blood pressure and strokes and helps one recover from them.”

The patients also recounted their experiences of Cerogem. Anthony Mpangase suffered a stroke that left his left side paralysed; he says that with the help of Cerogem he has been able to recover most of his motor functions.

“I have been here 127 times. When I got here, I could not use the left-hand side of my body, but now I am strong.”

A medical practitioner, Dr F.M. Akoo, expressed concern about the “perceived healing powers” of the device. He said it is a temporary solution that does not treat the problem. “I have done some extensive research on the machine and have found it not impressive,” said Akoo. “It creates a false sense of relief without dealing with the problem.”

Yoo said the doctors are correct in saying that Ceragem is a temporary solution.

“This is a lifestyle change to help people improve their health. Those who come here do so at least three times a week, because if they do not come they will regress.”

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