CANCER SUPPORT & MANAGEMENT

"There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path" Buddha

Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine are complementary practices.  The article review of multiple clinical studies titled ‘Traditional Chinese medicine in cancer care: a review of controlled clinical studies published in chinese” states, “Data from controlled clinical studies of TCM therapies in cancer treatment is substantial”1.
At Westgarth Chinese medicine centre we can work together with you and your specialist’s recommendations to create an integrated cancer support and management plan. We can support you before, during and after any treatment you may be receiving.
 
 
The support we offer covers:

- With Chinese Herbs
The role of herbs in the health and well being of patients is well documented in medical literature. Out of 90.32% of studies in the controlled trial review mentioned above, ‘Herbal medicine was the most frequently applied TCM therapy’,  with the 'the most frequently reported outcome being clinical symptom improvement (1667 studies, 56.24%) followed by biomarker indices (1270 studies, 42.85%), quality of life (1129 studies, 38.09%), chemo/radiotherapy induced side effects (1094 studies, 36.91%), tumor size (869 studies, 29.32%) and safety (547 studies, 18.45%)’2.
 
 
 
- With Acupuncture
Acupuncture is widely used as an adjunct therapy in cases of chronic pain, fatigue, stress, insomnia, nausea and in treating side affects for cancer patients. It may be used alongside other treatments the patient is receiving, regardless of whether these are Western or complementary medical interventions
 
 
- During Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy
Some hospitals in China utilise an integrated approach where Western medicine and Chinese medicine are practiced simultaneously. In those hospitals cancer patients are given chemotherapy and radiotherapy in conjunction with Chinese medicine herbal formulas and/or acupuncture in order to alleviate unwanted side effects, and to boost the effectiveness of the Western medicine treatments. 
 
In a Wall Street Journal article which explores the use of chinese medicine in conventional western medical treatments, author 
Shirley Wang says that researchers are making progress on a cancer treatment based on a common herbal combination in Chinese medicine, she writes,  ‘Scientists studying a four-herb combination discovered some 1,800 years ago by Chinese herbalists have found that the substance enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy in patients with colon cancer” 3, giving evidence based light to TCM’s efficacy in such treatments.
 
 
 
- Before & After Surgery
Surgery is a commonly used and important method employed in the treatment of cancer. The systematic and meta-analysis review “The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Post-Operative Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”Published in 2016 state that “Our findings indicate that certain modes of acupuncture improved postoperative pain on the first day after surgery and reduced opioid use” 4. The review concludes that the findings support the use of acupuncture as adjuvant therapy in treating postoperative pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES:
*1&2 Li X, Yang G, Li X, Zhang Y, Yang J, Chang J, Sun X, Zhou X, Guo Y, Xu Y, Liu J, Bensoussan A., Traditional Chinese medicine in cancer care: a review of controlled clinical studies published in chinese, 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23560092)
 
3 Wang, S, Chinese Medicine Goes Under the Microscope,
2012, https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304177104577313821796467932
 
*4 Ming-Shun Wu, Kee-Hsin Chen, I-Fan Chen,6 Shihping Kevin Huang, Pei-Chuan Tzeng,7 Mei-Ling Yeh, Fei-Peng Lee, Jaung-Geng Lin,and Chiehfeng Chen Staffieri,F. (Editor), The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Post-Operative Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, 2016, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4784927/)

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