The Role of TCM in the Management of Cancer
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment can help relieve the symptoms of disease, regulate immune function and prolong the patient's lifespan. It is important to state that TCM is not a substitute for Western Medicine in the treatment of cancer. The combination of Western medicine and Chinese medicine however may be of benefit in alleviating the many body disorder symptoms that come with cancers.
In TCM, there are lots of principles of treatment, such as clearing away heat and toxic material, support the healthy energy and strengthen the body's resistance, promote blood circulation by removing blood stasis, soften hard lumps and dispel the nodes, treat the malignant disease with poisonous agents, and much, much more.
In the course of treatment, both symptoms and cause of the tumor should be treated at the same time. Different therapies should be taken according to the different conditions. It is not only able to reduce the side-effects, but also enhances the function and efficiency of the immune system, improve the recovery of health, prevent relapse and transfer, and increase the therapeutic effects.
We believe that, in the future, Chinese medicine will be an important form for treatment of cancer.
What is the efficacy of acupuncture?
What is acupuncture? TOP
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced chee) or natural healing energy. Sometimes rather than just inserting acupuncture needles, your doctor may choose to use fine acupuncture tacks to stimulate it over a long period of time or may use heat or mild electrical stimulation. The technique of heat is called Moxibustion and the application of local electricity used is called electro stimulation. Acupuncture needles used in the United States are all sterile and generally disposable.
How safe is acupuncture? TOP
Acupuncture is often used along with other medical care to increase their benefits. It is used for pain control after medical and dental procedures are performed. It is used for improving health generally as well as promoting healing and lessening the side effects of many drugs including chemotherapy.
Can acupuncture be effective when other things have failed? TOP
Yes, each system of medicine has its own areas of efficiency and excellence. Acupuncture excels in those areas in which conventional medicine usually comes up short such as chronic diseases, pain control, and stress reduction.
What is the difference between Western and Eastern medicine? TOP
Western medicine looks to identify a disease, looks to identify a pathogen, looks to identify an evil influence that has overtaken the body and controls the body whether it is a germ or bacteria, a biochemical abnormality or a blood clot.
A Chinese medical doctor looks at identifying the health and dysfunction and status of Qi, blood, phlegm, moisture. The Eastern medical doctor would examine the patient and make a diagnosis based upon the physical characteristics of the pulse at the radial artery, which identifies the twelve acupuncture meridians, and from the patient's tongue - whether it is coated or not, its shape and movement, Also there is observation of the patient's overall physical stature, face, skin, nails, eyes. So the Eastern medical doctor would diagnose the status of Qi whether it is weak, stagnant, or congested, whether blood or moisture is deficient, stagnant, and slack or congested. They would also examine for the five pernicious influences. External influence of heat, cold, dampness, dryness, and wind.
Within the paradigm of Eastern medicine is the concept of Qi. In the West, it would be described as bioelectric energy. You can't look at it under a microscope; you can't detect it with any scientific instruments. You can't isolate it in any form or substrate. Acupuncture seeks to treat health on the level of Qi. There are pathways in the body which Qi flows. These are called meridians or channels and the needles are inserted along the meridians to influence the Qi that flows to various organs. Needles are also inserted in areas where specific pain is associated such as strained muscles.
What are the functions of Qi energy? TOP
Qi (matter energy) the vital energy of any living organism and source of all movement and change in the universe. The five main functions of Qi are defined as: (1) imposing-which is the growth and development of the body, (2) warming- maintaining the appropriate body heat, (3) defending the body against stress and pathogens, (4) controlling the blood and bodily fluids within the body, (5) metabolizing Qi, Blood and bodily fluids.
What is the meridian theory TOP
Chinese medicine describes invisible Qi circulating along a system of conduits. The principle ones are called meridians or channels as well as being carried along with the blood (xue), This Qi is the vital energy which gives life to all living matter, in a way Qi conduits resemble those of a vascular nervous system. There are twelve principle bilateral channels/meridians of Qi they are connected with one of the viscera of the body and each manifest its own characteristic of Qi,
How does acupuncture work? TOP
Acupuncture is a method of promoting natural healing and improving function within the body. It is by inserting needles and applying heat and/or electricity at various precise acupuncture points. Chinese explain acupuncture as Qi or energy traveling through channels in the body surfaces. These channels called meridians are like rivers that run through the body and nourish the tissue. Any obstruction of movement of this energy is like a dam which backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts the flow in other parts. An obstruction or blockage or deficiencies of energy (Qi), blood and moisture would lead dysfunction and ultimately disease and death. Meridians can be influenced by acupuncture needling, unblocking the obstruction of the dams within the meridian circulation releasing the regular flow of Qi, blood and fluid, moisture through these meridians. Acupuncture treatments can be helpful for internal organs, connective tissue and promoting digestion absorption and energy production. Section one
What is the Qi Sensation? TOP
Is Subjective and is described as numbness, pressure sensation, heaviness, soreness, or distention. A feeling of heat or of coldness can also be present. The De Qi sensation differs from patient to patient and is also dependent on the place of needling. Different methods of stimulation of needles can evoke propagated sensations along the channels, which have a positive effect on the success of the treatment.
What conditions may be treated by my clinic? TOP
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