Thursday, July 19, 2012

Acupuncture for Cancer - Does it work?

What is the causes of cancer?

You know that tar, heavy metals, asbestos, benzene, dyestuff, mold, cigarettes, automobile fumes, arsenics,  saccharine like chemical things and sunshine, gamma rays like radiation causes cancer. Most of those are from modern chemical materials. But those are not all the factors. Cancers have been around for a long time before most modern chemical materials were created. Then what is the cause of cancer? And in ancient time, did they know about cancer?

Stress, emotions and Cancer

And recently scientist found the stress also causing cancer. There is one example, A female had a stomach surgery due to stomach cancer. Even though it was minor one, more than half of stomach was removed. She was ok for the first 3 months. After three months, she had same symptoms as before surgery, even though she didn’t eat spicy or salty foods at all. But she always thinking for her children. Her continued stress damaged her stomach. Removing stomach cancer by a surgery will not solve the real problem. This is only part of solution. The real cause was her stress which was thinking too much.
Her constitution is weak stomach and spleen according to my diagnosis. and additional her too much thinking made worse her stomach worse. and made stomach cancer. 

Acupuncture for Cancer - Does it work?
How to help Cancer with acupuncture and moxa treatments

Do you know that acupuncture and herbs formulas helps cancer patients? I have several case about cancer. Stomach cancer, Breast cancer, Lung cancer, Ovarian cancer, Prostatic cancer and so on. Actually I can not diagnose cancer. And I don't know whether you have cancer or not. Only I know about your symptoms. In Ancient time, all of doctor did know about cancer, they just used symptoms to diagnosis. and they treated. Through the symptoms I can approach the cancer. There is another case of cancer.
A lady had a breast cancer on her right side. Her doctor suggested a surgery and advised her that even surgery may only extend her life 6 months to one year at most. She had a son who would go to collage soon. If she had a surgery, there was no money left for her son’s tuition. She decided to give up the surgery and tried the acupuncture. She got acupuncture and moxa treatments once a week. Her breast became swollen and felt hot with acupuncture. She got the therapy two times a week. She fully recovered from cancer after 6 months. Her doctor became speechless as he had insisted surgery was the only option.
Please note that acupuncture doesn’t work every time for cancer. However many report and in my experience acupuncture may work.
There are also many successful reports with moxibustion using mugwort leaves.
People usually get treated for cancer first with "modern" medicine which is a variety of chemicals and radiation. When that doesn't work, they try alternative medicine. I think the best solution is to combine conventional and alternate medicine, such as acupuncture and herbs.

Sometime acupuncture for cancer - very good result

In another example, a couple came to New York from California for two weeks stay. He got an endoscopy just a day before heading to New York. He got a phone call from his family doctor two days later. His doctor said that a biopsy from 8 spots showed cancer and asked him to get a CAT SCAN appointment. He had one malignant tumor out of four spots three month ago on 1st test. They tried to fly back earlier, but that would cost them $900 extra. Someone advised them that cancer wouldn’t grow much faster within two weeks, so he decided to stay in New York as planned.
He came to me with great anxiety. After examination, I told him that I don’t treat cancer and it is beyond my practice. However I can treat edema on legs, swollen face and productive phlegm and no energy and lots of sweating on his back with a little movement. All these symptoms are related to stomach and spleen.
I gave him two acupuncture treatments a day and he drank herb two times a day. This herb was to remove stomach fire and dampness and phlegm. He felt better with the treatments of acupuncture and herbs. His swollen face and edema almost disappeared after one week.
When he went back to his home, he made an appointment for the test. CAT SCAN showed negative meaning no cancer or tumor found. His doctor couldn’t believe the result and wanted another endoscopy later. He got another biopsy from the same spot while doing the endoscopy. This test was also negative. The doctor said when he did the previous biopsy; all the cancer may have been pulled out.

How acupuncture and herbs can help with cancer

It is impossible for acupuncturists to find cancer. It is only possible by western medicine. It is important to remove cancer itself through chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. It is also important to remove original causes, such as stress and anger and resentment based on 7 emotions. It is required to correct unsuitable body function. Acupuncture usually approach to original causes.
Try acupuncture to remove any kind of blockage for better blood circulation, deficiency, stagnation, blood stasis and phlegm.
Try to increase immunity with herbal drink providing the body’s basic requirement, as our body consists of qi, blood, body fluid and essence. If immunity is strong, there is no worry about cancer from the beginning.
Proper diet and exercise are mandatory.
Acupuncture can help with cancer. If original causes are disappeared, then cancer also naturally cured.
You can find a lot of science evidence about acupuncture and cancer.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Interesting Facts About Acupuncture

It is difficult for consumers to make informed choices relative to available health care modalities and products partly because the media, lay people, professionals and vendors promote inaccurate information about healthcare services and products. We are also challenged by the fact that the authorities and researchers often disagree on the efficacies of many medical procedures, surgeries, pharmaceuticals, vitamins, herbs, and complementary medicine. It should be noted that just because science does not understand something doesn't render it inappropriate or ineffective. Aspirin, for example, still worked to diminish inflammation despite the fact that only recently has research discovered the mechanism. Following are some facts about Acupuncture, the purpose of which is to help people make informed choices about their health care needs.

Fact #1: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has received more free publicity than any other health care modality in the history of the United States. Acupuncture gained attention in the United States when President Nixon visited China in 1972. Traveling with Nixon was New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture in China after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the post-operative pain relief he experienced from the procedure that he wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States.

Fact #2: In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the WHO (World Health Organization) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and condition that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

- low back pain
- neck pain
- sciatica
- tennis elbow
- knee pain
- periarthritis of the shoulder
- sprains
- facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- headache
- dental pain
- tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
- rheumatoid arthritis
- induction of labor
- correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
- morning sickness
- nausea and vomiting
- postoperative pain
- stroke
- essential hypertension
- primary hypotension
- renal colic
- leucopenia
- adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
- biliary colic
- depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- acute bacillary dysentery
- primary dysmenorrhea
- acute epigastralgia
- peptic ulcer
- acute and chronic gastritis
The foregoing list is absolute concerning acupuncture's effectiveness; however the report continues with three more categories:

  1. Diseases, symptoms and conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown, but further proof is needed (68 specific conditions). These conditions are effectively treated as in the first category; it's just that more trials are necessary to establish the proof scientifically.
  2. Diseases, symptoms and conditions reporting some therapeutic effects for which acupuncture is worth trying (nine conditions).
  3. Diseases, symptoms and conditions in which acupuncture may be tried, provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment (eight conditions).

In all, The World Health Organization recognizes over 200 health conditions effectively treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Detailed information is available on World Health Organization's website on Traditional medicine and Acupuncture.

Fact #3: China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center (CBIATC) is affiliated with the Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is designated as one of the collaborating centers for Traditional Medicine in China by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) CBIATC is affiliated with 17 major hospitals in Beijing.

Fact #4: The following was compiled by the Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, a series of principles and policies have been formulated by the government to protect and promote traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The policy of "Developing modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine" was officially put down in the Constitution. To meet the needs of developing TCM, the state Council established the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine(SATCM) in 1987.

BASIC FORMATION OF MEDICAL SYSTEM
According to statistical data of 1993, it is estimated that there are now 2,457 specialized traditional Chinese hospitals including 39 TCM-Western medicine (WM) integrated hospitals and 129 nationality medicine hospitals. Traditional Chinese medicine hospitals have been established in 75% of the counties across the country. TCM departments, with 35,000 ward beds, have been set up in over 95% of the general hospitals. The difficulty to seek TCM treatment in rural areas has been preliminarily solved. Throughout the country, the traditional Chinese hospitals have 222,000 ward beds and 249,000 TCM doctors; and they have trained a large number of senior TCM- WM doctors and nationality medicine doctors. The hospitals have annually treated 200, 000,000 outpatients and 2,700,000 inpatients. Some hospitals and specialists have got great breakthroughs in the treatment of cardio -cerebro-vascular diseases, hematopathy, immunologic disease, cataract, fractures, acute abdomen, calculus of urinary system, tumor , dermatopathy, anorectal diseases, gynecological diseases and pediatric disease.

TCM has not only systematic theory but also plentiful therapeutically methods including medical Qigong and dietotherapy. It is warmly welcomed by the Chinese people, and has attracted much attention from the people all over the world.
Fact #4: The number of hospitals in the United States offering acupuncture has steadily increased over the past decade. Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Massachusetts; St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wisconsin; St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, just to name a few.

Fact #5: The U.S. military was introduced to acupuncture during the Vietnam War, when local physicians were allowed to administer acupuncture to Vietnamese patients at a U.S. Army surgical hospital. Most recently, Col. Richard Niemtzow, an Air Force physician began a program in 2001 termed "battlefield acupuncture". Air Force, Navy and Army doctors are taking acupuncture to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan as part of emergency care in combat and in frontline hospitals. Acupuncture is offered at Walter Reed Hospital, McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews, and other Air Force bases in this country and in Germany.

Fact #6: The University of Michigan published results of a study in Journal of NeuroImage. Researchers at U-M Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center showed acupuncture increased the binding availability of mu-opioid receptors in regions of the brain that process and weaken pain signals -- specifically the cingulate, insula, caudate, thalamus and amygdala. By directly stimulating these chemicals, acupuncture can affect the brain's long-term ability to regulate pain. "The increased binding availability of these receptors was associated with reductions in pain," said Richard Harris, a researcher at the center.

Fact #7: As of 2004, nearly 50% of Americans who were enrolled in employer health insurance plans were covered for acupuncture treatments. (Report: Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture on the Rise. Michael Devitt, Acupuncture Today, January, 2005, Vol. 06, Issue 01; The Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust Employer Health Benefits 2004 Annual Survey, pp. 106-107 ISBN 0-87258-812-2). Not only do many commercial insurance companies (including Kaiser-Permanente) offer an acupuncture benefit, also, Worker's Compensation (depending on the State), and Personal Injury insurance companies often pay for acupuncture service.

Fact #8: There are approximately 50 accredited acupuncture schools in the U.S. offering Masters Degrees in Oriental Medicine. Many of these schools are gearing up to offer doctoral programs in Oriental Medicine. There are several programs offering medical acupuncture for physicians including UCLA School of Medicine, McMaster University School of Medicine, New York Medical College and Helms Medical Institute. Many schools of Veterinarian medicine offer acupuncture courses.
Fact #9: Many States consider acupuncturist Primary Health Care Professionals and license them as: Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), or Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD).

Fact #10: Acupuncture is used in more than 20 states in over 800 drug dependency programs. Patients who go through these programs have lower re-arrest rates on drug related charges than those not treated with acupuncture. Miami-Dade County drug offenders have the choice of acupuncture or jail.

Fact #11: Space limits the inclusion of a detailed explanation of Oriental Medical Theory, but simplistically described: The ancient Chinese observed two fundamental energies in nature that manifest in the human body. They are the polar opposite, interdependent, inner consuming, and inner transforming energies called Yin and Yang. Yin energy relates to female, internal, solid organs of the body, cold, sinking, deep, blood and body fluids, structure, night time, earth, quiescent and much more. Yang energy relates to male, external, hollow organs of the body, hot, raising, superficial, vital air (oxygen), function, daytime, sky, activity and much more. Illness occurs when the Yin and Yang energies in the body are out of balance. An Oriental Medical diagnosis describes and treats these imbalances in the body. Yin and Yang energy are not assigned a "good" or "bad" designation anymore than night is bad and day is good, or cold is bad and hot is good, and so forth.

The following image is published on the U.S. National Institutes of Health website, www.nih.gov.



Fact #12: Your local Acupuncturist can provide accurate information about this invaluable and effective health care service.