Aplastic Anaemia (42 years old)

Towards the end of 2002, I began experiencing frequent gum bleeding with the appearance of bruising patches in many parts of my body, subcutaneous haemorrhage (petechial rash) in both legs, and intense fatigue. As persistent, abnormally high body temperature was also among the primary symptoms, dengue hemorrhagic fever became the initial suspicion of my condition. Subsequently, I underwent a blood test. The results showed that the levels of my haemoglobin concentration, blood platelet count, and white blood cell count were 6.5g/dL, 9 x 109/L, and 1.9 x 109/L respectively, which were simply too low to indicate that it was dengue. After several rounds more of follow-up tests, I was eventually diagnosed as suffering from aplastic anaemia, an autoimmune disorder characterized by dangerously low levels of haemoglobin concentration (anaemia), blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia), and white blood cell count (leucopoenia). In the absence of a timely and proper treatment, a patient of this rare disease would normally not survive beyond 1 or 2 years from its first onset, with the mortality rate as high as 80%. Currently, the supportive and definitive treatment approaches adopted by the medical fraternity include blood transfusion, steroid injection, and blood serum transfusion, other than bone marrow transplant. Since I had otherwise been perfectly healthy in the past, the confirmation of the diagnosis was as good as the pronouncement of a death sentence on me!

As a consequence, I was given a series of medical treatments, which carried a 1 ½ year course of steroid injections and blood serum (anti-thymocyte globulin, or ATG in short) transfusion. All in all, with the hospitalization expenses included, the total medical bill was well over RM100,000. Besides, based on the physician’s instruction, I had to take certain prescription drugs, which were aimed at preventing graft rejection, continuously for 2 years. When the levels of my haemoglobin concentration, blood platelet count, and white blood cell count showed signs of elevation, I started to count my blessing that I was already on the way to recuperating from the life-threatening disease. But it was not to be. In April 2004, I suddenly suffered a relapse, with the levels of my haemoglobin concentration, blood platelet count, and white blood cell count dropped to 6.8g/dL, 11 x 109/L, and 2.5 x 109/L respectively (the levels for a healthy person should be in the ranges of 13~18g/dL, 150~400 x 109/L, and 4~11 x 109/L respectively). The physician proposed that I take another course of the ATG treatment. However, I instantly rejected the proposal, as the massive medical bill of another RM100,000 or so would be too much for me to bear. It was around this time that I began to consume various blood-supplementing concoctions, including some expensive health supplements imported from the US. These, too, cost me a bomb, but did not contribute much to improving my condition.

Before giving Lingzhi a try, my wife and I were vehemently against it, as we had previously heard the rumours that the consumption of Lingzhi could lead to premature death. Nevertheless, as sceptical and reluctant as I was, since I had practically exhausted all options available, I eventually started consuming Yung Kien Ganoderma as last resort. Due to my lingering doubt on its safe consumption, I took only 1 capsule of Yung Kien Ganoderma in addition to 2 capsules of Yung Kien Pollen twice a day. After continuing with this for more than a month, I discovered that the levels of my haemoglobin concentration, blood platelet count, and white blood cell count had stopped to drop further. With the last drop of uncertainty now eliminated, I increased the amounts of my daily consumption to 12 capsules of Ganoderma and 24 capsules of Pollen (split over 3 times a day). This time around, the level of my white blood cell count returned to normal. The physician subsequently reduced my dosage of steroid and other drugs into half. With my confidence in the products significantly boosted, I further upgraded the consumption to 16 capsules of Ganoderma and 30 capsules of Pollen on a daily basis. On top of that, I had also been taking 2 packets of Jia Hor Instant Soya Protein Powder every morning, in addition to 2 tea bags of Gynostemma Herbal Tea as my daily beverage. Many friends of mine commented that my formerly pale face had turned rosy. Even the physician was astonished at the marked improvement of my condition, of which a radical cure was considered to be inherently difficult to achieve. What’s more, the side effects of taking steroid, including moon face and swollen legs, had also vanished. All these had indicated that the products actually worked as far as my condition was concerned.

In an effort to facilitate my progressive recovery, I made the consumption of the products as my daily regimen, apart from maintaining normal hours between everyday activities and sleep, observing a bland diet, and insisting on having a round of jogging every morning. By September 2006, my daily consumption of Ganoderma and Pollen was increased to 20 capsules and 30 capsules (split into 2 times a day) respectively. After continuing with this for almost a year, the level of my haemoglobin concentration also restored to normal. In response to this, the physician replaced his prescription of potent drugs with those of pharmacologically milder ones. With full confidence, I increased the daily consumption to 30 capsules of Ganoderma and 60 capsules of Pollen (split over 3 times a day). In November 2007, when I underwent another medical check-up, the results showed that the levels of my haemoglobin concentration, blood platelet count, and white blood cell count had elevated to 13.1g/dL, 73 x 109/L, and 4.2 x 109/L respectively. By the time I revisited the clinic for a blood test, I found out to my pleasant surprise that the levels of my haemoglobin concentration, blood platelet count, and white blood cell count had further improved to 13g/dL, 75 x 109/L, and 4.7 x 109/L respectively. The physician said that these figures were not only better than those recorded following my ATG treatment (11.4g/dL, 28 x 109/L, and 3.7 x 109/L respectively), but have even set an all-new record!