What is it?
According to the World Health Organization, more than 10 million
people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year, and more
than 6 million die of cancer. It is projected that in the next 20
years, these numbers will increase by 50%.” Li Peiwen, TCM
Oncology Department, Beijing, June 2003.
Western Medicine treatments include surgery, radiation therapy,
chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, or a combination of these. Unfortunately,
both chemotherapy and radiotherapy are harsh, and produce side effects
which may become a major problem to the patient. Sometimes the treatment
has to be interrupted because the side-effects have become too strong
and cannot be tolerated. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has
proven to be an effective way to reduce these reactions to the side
effects, allowing the treatment to continue. Acupuncture and Traditional
Chinese herbs are now used routinely in China, alongside Western
Medicine in the treatment of cancer.
From a patient...
The acupuncture treatments that I received from you during my cancer therapies were very effective. The one day I missed receiving acupuncture prior to my chemotherapy was the only time I experienced any ill effects during all my treatments for breast cancer. Because of your caring, knowledgeable experience I had the energy to enjoy each day and continue working. I feel fortunate to have you as part of my medical team.
Surgery is currently one of the main methods used when treating
cancer. Before the surgery, TCM herbs are used to raise the total
white blood count and increase T lymphocyte activity: it strengthens
the patient’s resistance to infection and enhance immunity.
Also by administering herbs which nourish the Qi (energy) and the
Blood, the body’s ability to withstand surgery will be increased,
and postoperative complications will be reduced.
In TCM, surgery damages Qi and Blood and affects the functioning
of the organs. After surgery, by replenishing Qi and Blood and reestablishing
the paths of energy, TCM can reduce the possibility of recurrence
of cancer, and builds strong conditions for future chemo and radio
Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy:
In TCM terms, most of the side effects in radiotherapy are Heat
patterns, with Yin being severely damaged. In chemotherapy we see
patterns of damaged Qi and Blood,Spleen-Stomach disharmony and depletion
of the Liver and Kidneys.
Treatments involve clearing Heat, nourishing Yin, fortifying the
Spleen and harmonizing the Stomach, nourishing the Blood and the
Qi and enriching the Liver and Kidneys.
Some studies have demonstrated that Chinese Medical herbs, used
with radiotherapy and chemotherapy can enhance the immune system
and protect the bone marrow.
Combining TCM and Western Medicine can improve the constitution
of patients and enhance their quality of life.
“Statistical data covering recent decades indicates that 70-90
% of patients undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy combined with
treatments involving TCM completed their course, compared with 50-7-
% for those undergoing these therapies without TCM treatment.”
- Li Peiwen: Management of Cancer with Chinese Medicine.