A form of Chinese electro-puncture looks promising in alleviating bed-wetting issues often seen in childhood.
In the 1980s, psychologist and neurologist Dr. Tareq Anwar Wali began researching nontraditional treatments for children who wet their beds at night. The main driving force behind his research was that his own child suffered from the same issue.
The direction of Dr. Wali's research changed considerably in the mid 1990s when he met Dr. Sarbast Kakayee at an Erbil hospital. Dr. Kakayee treated such children with electric vibrations.
Dr. Kakayee passed away, leaving Dr. Tareq sorry that he never learned enough from his colleague. But Dr. Tareq now practices a Chinese science called electro-puncture, which consists of applying low electric vibrations to affected parts of the body.
Dr. Tareq graduated from Mosul University Medical College in 1970. He was the first to supply Erbil's main hospital with a muscle lever measuring apparatus, he claimed. And he was one of a group of doctors to establish the first intensive care unit in the same hospital.
Beginning his practice with his new knowledge was expensive. "At that time the tool cost US$1,700 and I was not able to afford it," he stated. So he and a friend who was an electronics expert invented an apparatus using parts of a radio receiver that produced low-level electric vibrations. "The tool was covered in a can".I used it for many years." His invention not only resulted in positive treatment of bedwetting cases, but also in removing pain in certain parts of the body.
He no longer utilizes the handmade tool. Instead, he now uses two white apparatuses; each is as big as a large-size cellphone and connected to wires. Any of these tools, which are basically used for measuring muscle lever, now can easily be found in the market and cost only US$170.
Dr. Tareq said that children wet their bed at night due to either psychological or physical issued with the nervous system or in the spine -- but he said psychological issues are most common.
Applying electric vibration to the bladder and other body parts can stop bedwetting, promised Dr. Tareq, noting that at least three sessions are needed. "Even if this method does not stop the problem, there are no negative side effects," he assured. The electric vibration tightens cells and activates blood circulation.
Regarding medications to stop bed-wetting, Dr. Tareq said, "Medication hasn't become a treatment for this disease. They are like headache pills." He suggested vitamins, calcium or honey to alleviate bed-wetting.
Dr. Tareq retired in 2007 and soon after closed his private clinic. But he never quite stopped working all together. "I would like to continue serving people," he said. He now receives patients for three hours in the evening at the Zanyari public clinic in Erbil.
He said he has treated numerous children for bed-wetting, but his archives vanished after he closed his clinic so he has no records.
Still, he claims to be the "only doctor in Iraq who uses this treatment" and is ready to teach other doctors his methods.
He would like to attend electro-puncturing courses in China, but he also realizes it will be difficult to make such a wish come true. He also said regional health authorities never tried to assist him with his invention.