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Yes, acupuncture and herbs really do help with cancer, chemo, and radiation recovery! Western medicine is great at treating cancer, but acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition can keep you healthy during and after this process, while reducing unpleasant side effects of these treatments.
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A central tenet of our practice. We can give you as much acupuncture, moxa, and herbs as you want, but if you're not eating and living well your progress is going to be very slow. Excercise daily, even if it's just a walk after dinner, eat vegetables and protein every day, and avoid sugar and alcohol as much as possible without reducing your quality of life... because mental health and stress reduction are important parts of staying healthy too! One day at a time, one step at a time, healing is a process. Keep it up!
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As you all probably know if you've been coming in for regular treatments, the liver is a very important organ in Chinese Medicine. In Chinese Medical theory, it stores and refreshes out blood, giving us plenty of energy, ensures that our 'qi' flows freely throughout the body, preventing pain and other forms of stuck energy like constipation and frustration, and it allows us to have deep restful sleep, among other things. It's interesting to see the analogies to the liver's functions in Western Medicine. The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body
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Of course we want you to get acupuncture because it's good for you, not because it's cool, but it doesn't hurt to know that the stars do it too :) Celebrities Who Use Acupuncture: Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Keys, Jim Carey, Jennifer Anniston, Kim Kardashian, Sandra Bullock, and more. https://buff.ly/2xemwOR
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Evidence discovered on bones and tortoise shells from the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century B.C.) identifies the word for tumor, liu. As early as the Qin Dynasty (221-207 B.C.), physicians documented their observations of tumors, sores, swellings, and suppurations, as well as theories on the disease. Of course, the word for cancer did not exist. The long history of tumor formation is illustrated through these, and many more references, in ancient Chinese medical texts. These early observations and analyses provide a foundation of TCM oncology.

What is cancer in Chinese medicine? There are extensive diagnostic patterns that guide a TCM pattern diagnosis with respect to cancer. The most approachable response to begin to understand this dynamic encompasses two aspects. First, an accumulation of qi and blood causes stagnation; and second, this accumulation may lead to acute or chronic disease, including cancer. The diagnosis of qi and blood stagnation can result from internal, long-term, or chronic deficiency, or by way of systemic micro-inflammation, which in turn will lead to stagnation, or obstruction of energy and blood in the body.

One of the most common questions asked of a TCM practitioner specializing in oncology is “What can Chinese medicine do for patients with cancer?” The answer can be very specific, and quite complex. Skilled clinicians will utilize TCM techniques that alleviate the most common physical ailments, including:

- Nausea and vomiting
- Neutropenia
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Mouth sores, dryness, taste changes
- Fatigue
- Pain syndromes
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Insomnia
- Sweating
- Ascites/swelling
- Headache
- Emotional challenges

You can learn more about TCM and oncology on our website!
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Did you know? The specialty of gynecology in traditional Chinese medicine can be traced back to medical writings in the Shang Dynasty (1500-1000 B.C.). Just as there exist inscriptions of acupuncture on bones and tortoise shells, doctors’ inscriptions of childbirth problems also serve as evidence of this ancient specialty. Medical herbs were also part of the early pharmacopoeia in the treatment of infertility. Thus, Chinese medicine has a long relationship with women’s health, which provides an immense capacity to understand and successfully treat gynecological conditions. This occurs not solely by treatment of acute symptoms, but by identifying and accessing deeper levels of the body, mind, and spirit. In TCM, this profoundly correlates to the health of the physical being.

Over the course of thousands of years, Chinese medicine physicians have developed tools to effectively diagnose the physical and emotional constitution. In women, imbalances can affect menstruation, fertility, or healthy hormonal function, among many other gynecological conditions. These diagnoses are frequently identifiable and generally understood in modern medicine. The resourcefulness and technology of allopathic medicine cannot be denied, but there are obvious limits to its extent of treatment. Further, when there are idiopathic conditions and Western medicine has reached its capacity to treat, Chinese medicine can and will always have a diagnosis and treatment. TCM can utilize the science of Western medicine and easily translate it to provide effective treatment, without side effects.

Through TCM intake and observation, symptoms--as well as the underlying constitution--are diagnosed according to classical pattern differentiation. As a result, there is a natural pathway toward appropriate treatment. This may focus on strengthening the constitution, and/or expelling excess pathogens, with the ultimate goal of gynecological health and wellness. The following conditions, among many others, respond extremely well to TCM:

- Fertility enhancement
- Pregnancy-related conditions: morning sickness, fatigue, edema, constipation, acid reflux, insomnia, pain
- Irregular menstruation
- Painful periods
- Fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts
- Hormonal acne
- Perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms
- Vaginal infections or viruses
- Urinary tract infections
- Migraines
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This handy little checklist is designed to help make your chemo days more comfortable...
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Spoiler alert: yes, yes it can. "Can Acupuncture Treatment Help Cancer Patients?"
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We checked out a beautiful native Hawaiian 🌺 herb 🌿 garden on our vacation. Always fun to learn about other types of natural medicine! #hawaiinherbalmedicine #hawaii #noni #herbalmedicine
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Lifestyle goes with you no matter where you go #traditionalchinesemedicine #acupuncturenapa #outofoffice 🏝 @rufusthebeasty
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