A doctor applies lesson learned from nature
The cucumber or sea slug is an unattructive looking creator. It is soft and slimy and looks like a big worm. Notwithstanding its unimposing appearance, the sea cucumber, or gamat in Malay has been sought and used by the Malays since time immemorial to treat a variety of ailment. It is also used by pregnant women. Traditionally, the see cucumbers are boded into a soup and consumed although it smells and tastes horrible. However not all varieties of sea cucumbers have healing properties.
Today, thanks to modern biotechnology and to one man, the same medicinal value of the sea cucumber is made available in capsules, cream, gel and as drink, minus the horrible smell and taste.
A man of science, Dato’ Dr Hassan Yacob who holds a PhD in clinical pharmacology from the Royal College of Surgeons in London initially dismissed the use of gamat for healing purposes as only folklore until he saw his grandmother recovering from a bad wound as a result of using gamat.
Dr Hassan’s preliminary tests showed that the gamat is a mild analgesic, meaning that is works as a pain killer and can suppress pain especially where there has been inflammation and injury. He also knew that the gamat is able to reproduce itself very quickly. He had cultured 200 pieces in a container and within three months, it had reproduced to 1,400 pieces. But what exactly were the mechanisms that enabled the gamat to heal wounds? What were the ingredients? He decided to carry out research on gamat, a work that would take him seven years before he finally and successfully concluded his research.
His breakthrough came when he was in Japan on a Hitachi fellowship research award. Research is team work as it involves multi-disciplinary knowledge and efforts, said Dr Hassan. With help from the Japanese, he managed to isolate a group of four amino acids that was responsible for giving rise to the analgesic effects of the gamat. He called the group of four amino acids Gamodulin. But he still did not know why they were able to heal wounds. At that time, he was supervising two Japanese PhD students and one of them was doing research on the cell culture of the umbilical cord. The student had made so many petri dishes of cell culture so one day, without thinking much about it, Dr Hassan added the Gamodulin extract to three petri dishes that the student had left over.
The next morning, the student called him excitedly as the cells in all three dishes had become densely populated. This showed that the amino acids may be stimulating growth. The Kyoto University tested his claims and found that Gamodulin can indeed rejuvenate cells including cells of the immune system, in less that 24 hours. Gamodulin has since being patented in Japan. And the rest as they say, is history.
Gamat Emas, the source of the healing compound Gamodulin used in Gamogen and other House of Healin products
The Gamodulin extract. originally found in the sea cucumber is now a key ingredient in Dr Hassan’s health supplement products and ointments.
Dr Hassan has successfully treated the wounds of diabetics and lepers, serious dermatitis and in one case, a benign tumour. He has countless testimonials of the efficacy of Gamodulin and is willing to be challenged on his claims. TV3 took up his challenge 1995 and brought to him four people who had gangrene and all four were subsequently healed of their wounds.
Because Gamodulin is not a chemical but is food, one can take as much as one like without side effects, said Dr Hassan.
It has anti-ageing activity, enhances the metabolic activity of the body and energises the consumer, he added.
One of his popular products is Gamogen formula which contains Gamodulin. According to Dr Hassan, Gamogen has been clinically proven to increase the body’s immune system, increase blood circulation, promotes vitality, natural skin appearances and the general well being. It also helps maximise the body’s ability to rejuvenate (replacing and getting rid of old and toxic in cells in the body and the reproductive system).
Under the AG2000 brandname, Dr Hassan has also developed a range of beauty and cosmetics products.
According to the doctor, it is the only layman-skin care system that employs micro-peeling technology for a more radiant skin complexion. Formulated with natural ingredients, the skin care beauty series employs four basic concepts: to cleanse, treat, nourish and to protect. Trials by cosmetic doctors in Asia including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan have proven the system to be effective, added Dr. Hassan.
Advice to consumers
Dr. Hassan who is also CEO of Healwell Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd, advises consumers to inquire about the manufacturer of the products. Are the experts behind the products? Should purchasers have complaints about the product, does the company stand behind it? Does the company provide a contact person to refer in cases of complaints?
Source: Malaysia SME, July-August 2008 Edition