How Can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Support Cancer Care?

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Every TCM clinic at some point is faced with trying to help a cancer patient. Usually our help is an adjunct therapy to either chemotherapy or radiation.

Occasionally a patient will show up with a case of terminal cancer where Western medicine has given up trying to help them.

Many people have asked us about what herbs we at the Acupuncture & Wellness Center use to treat these cases and that is the purpose of this video blog outline.

Understanding How TCM Can Support Cancer Care with Medical Pulse Diagnosis™ and Herbs

As many know, TCM does not actually treat cancer but rather the body’s reaction to it as revealed in MPD™ (Medical Pulse Diagnosis™), which is Bob Doane’s version of Chinese Pulse Diagnosis here at the Acupuncture & Wellness Center. Consequently if the pulses are weak, the approach is to strengthen the patient, and if they are strong and pounding, the approach lies in reducing the inflammation wherever it reveals itself.


The Herbs

In general, all the formulas we use in this arena contain some form of herbal tonic such as Shi quan da bu wan (known popularly as Ten Flavor Tea) and usually two herbs which are said to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Those are Ban zhi lian (Barbat Skullcap) and Bai he she she cao (Oldenlandia). Tonics are herbal formulas with wide-ranging benefits that often help to tonify multiple body systems and are generally safe and intended to take on a regular basis, or for longer periods of time. 

This approach has worked well over the years. When we deviate from it here at the Acupuncture & Wellness Center, we find that the results are not as good. If the patient has taken a lot of steroids in the past and the hands are cold and they are of the weak pulse category we often add herbs like Rou gui (Chinesse Cinnamon Bark), or Gan jiang (Ginger Root).

Always speak to a professional first

Please note these methods should not be attempted on your own, and should always be undertaken under the supervision of a Traditional Chinese Medicine professional.

If you are interested in working with us here at the Acupuncture & Wellness Center, you may book an appointment here: Schedule Appointment.

*Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

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