Chinese Medicine has recorded cancer cases since 1600BC. Various strategies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, exercise and dietary therapies can be used to support conventional cancer treatment.
A randomised, blinded and controlled trial of 90 patients looked at how acupuncture can help cancer patients with pain. It showed that, acupuncture can reduce cancer pain by 36% after two months of course. In contrast, there are only 2% of pain improvement for controlling group who received placebo acupuncture treatments in the trial. (Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2003).
Integrating Chinese Medicine in conjunction with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery are commonly used by cancer patients in modern Asia to increase their vitality and overall health. Often digestion, liver, kidney and immune functions are depleted by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the role of Chinese Medicine is to support these functions so the patient is better able withstand conventional treatment.
Acupuncture is effective in reducing pain, which can be caused by the cancer or by medical interventions. Studies have shown that our body releases endorphins during acupuncture, which helps to reduce pain. Acupuncture also has positive effects in improving nausea caused by chemotherapy.
Herbal Medicine may be used to maintain the function of the digestive system, liver, kidneys and immune system. Some herbs help boost the production of certain white blood cells thereby boosting immunity, some are anti-mutation. We apply different strategy for different cancers according to the different conventional treatment stage. Please consult your Oncologist if you are considering taking herbs in support of your conventional cancer treatment.
We are what we eat, some foods when eaten in excess may lead to cancer and some help to prevent and/or fight it. Chinese medicine takes seriously the relationship between the patient’s diet and illness. Therefore, in your treatment plan, dietary suggestions will be given to reduce accumulation of toxicity. Chinese food therapy is a sophisticated system which selects food according to their therapeutic properties. For cancer patients, CM practitioners usually recommend a diet high in whole grains, beans and fresh vegetables.