View Full Version : Helot a miracle! (little long)
08-17-2004, 01:01 PM
As some may recall I have (or I should say had) a badly injured left knee. latteral ligaments torn and stretched, anteriors torn completely and a half torn maniscus. Over that last year I have been forced to live with this and it has not been easy. Not a day has gone by that my knee did not hurt and I popped my knee out of place almost on a weekly basis. I have no medical insurance and the county funded programs have proven to been painfully slow and mostly useless. Until about a month ago I felt this was going to be the norm for me for a long time. But events were set in motion that have brought me to a skilled teacher and healer. I am a student of Limalama under Master David MacDougal and recently Master George Lugo. Recently the Limalama organization has been reorganized and the Grandmaster Tino Tuiolosega has turned over the art to his Son Senior Master Rudy Tuiolosega. Master Lugo has been put in charge of certifying all instructors and confirming their ranks as there has been a rash of unlawfull promotions in the Limalama organization. I had the chance to meet with Master Lugo during the conferance to discuss the reorganization of Limalama. During the course of our conversations he told me about a bonesetting art he practices called Helot. He also informed me that he could probably fix my knee. This conversation took place in Vegas 2 months ago and I dismissed the idea that my knee could be repaired without surgery. About 3 weeks ago I began taking classes with master Lugo to further my Limalama and I began taking Ninjutsu under him as well. My first class with him he asked about my knee and if I was ready to have it fixed yet. We sat for about an hour as he told me about Master Sam. The guy that gave him the Helot and fixed his back and knee when he had been severaly crippled by an accident. I agreed to let him try and that thursday was my first Helot session. I have since had a total of 3 sessions with Master Lugo and the results are nothing short of a miracle! I will need more work with him but my knee is stronger and more stable than it has been in a year. Also it no longer hurts. I am moving and walking with so much improvement that I can hardly believe it. I know I am not yet 100% but I am on my way and I feel i have found something very valuable here with Helot. Master Lugo is doing what modern medicin says is impossible. Ligaments are healing and working again without surgery! I am sorry for rambling on in this post but I felt this was a story worth telling. Thanks for letting me shout it from the roof tops as it were :)
08-17-2004, 01:24 PM
Congrats! I wish you a quick and full recovery.
If I may ask, is your Ninjutsu training part of a particular ryuha or organization?
08-17-2004, 06:37 PM
Hilot is a folk medicine system, akin to bonesetting and massage, from the Philippines. (Where my parents are from).
There is a lot to learn from these "lay" systems of therapy.
I wonder where he learned it from. It's great that you feel better!
08-18-2004, 02:43 PM
Master Lugo learned Hilot from a teacher he refers to as master Sam. I do not know is last name but apparently he was an amazing healer and a good Escrimador. As to the ninjutsu I do not recall the ryu at the moment but I will try to make a note of it at the next class.
09-09-2004, 05:51 PM
Just wanted to update everyone on my progress. I have received my 4th Hilot session with Master Lugo and I am doing great! I've even began leaving my cane behind. I've been hobbling around with a cane and a heavy duty knee brace for a year with no improvement now I walk with no cane and a light knee brace. I still use my heavy duty knee brace when I am at my classes with master lugo or when I am teaching my own students but everything is so much easier now. I was even jumping at my last class! I havent done that in a year. I still am not up to 100% dont know if I ever will be there but I'm atleast at 60% which is a lot better than my "doctors" would have thought possible without surgery. I have more Hilot sessions to go but all is looking well and I finally feel I have a chance to be free again. On another note I had always wondered how people would recover from damaged ligaments and tendons before the advent of surgery. I knew there had to be some method used thousands of years ago when in india for example (as well as many middle eastern and eastern countries) a champion wrestler or fighter was considered part of the wealth or atleast prestige(sp) of a kingdom. It would be a terrible loss to lose such a skilled person to a bad knee there must have been a way of repairing the damage and now I know there was and still is. Look at this I'm rambling again :D
09-09-2004, 06:24 PM
I've also experienced severe knee trauma, but I required surgery. :cry:
However, proper supplementation and incremental rebuilding of my knee strength, stability, and mobility have allowed me to regain everything I lost. :D
09-10-2004, 01:14 PM
all the doctors I saw told me surgery was the only answer too. You will not find a western doctor that would suggest some alternative therapy such as hilot and if you do find one hes a doctor to stick with. The doctors I saw had planned on removing some ligaments from my hamstring and wrapping them around my knee. This they said would probably need follow up work by the time I'm 40 and that I would have a good chance of arthritis in my knee too. I had good doctors as far as western medicine goes (I went to Loma Linda) but I see Hilot as a much better alternative and anyone who requires knee surgery or any other surgery to repair a damaged bone, joint, etc. I strongly recomend you try and seek out a Hilot practitioner first. I think doctors are far to close minded about medicine these days and I think that this closed minded approach has cost countless people their freedom from a broken or bound body.
09-10-2004, 03:46 PM
I had a pot-handle tear in my medial meniscus. The torn material had finally become lodged in my knee joint, preventing me from straightening the limb. Prior to this, I only had an occasion odd, painless "pop" in the joint. When it became stuck, surgery was the only option.
In effect, there was no actual dysfunction until the condition had deteriorated beyond the point of preventive or non-invasive care. On the bright side, I got to stay awake during the operation. It was very cool to watch the procedure on TV while discussing it with the surgeon. He was kind enough to snap some digital photos for me to keep (and label them afterwards). :D Truly a fascinating process, but not one I'd like to repeat. :wink:
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