Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
At The Beverly Hills Cancer Center, East Can Meet West
What Is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is the oldest form of internal medicine: it’s more than 5,000 years old. This ancient science includes acupuncture and herbal medicines, which can significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms of most illnesses.
Acupuncture - How Does It Work?
Human studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer patients showed that it helped patients in quite a number of ways, including:
- Improved immune system response.
- Reduced the amount of pain for some cancer patients.
- In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to take smaller doses.
- Reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and surgery.
Acupuncture causes physical responses in nerves cells, the pituitary gland, and various parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of the body's functions. It affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts the immune system, and causes the body's natural painkillers to be released.
The technique involves the placement of disposable, hair-thin needles into specific points along energy channels on the body. The theory behind acupuncture states that Qi (your body's energy) flows within these meridians or pathways and that stimulating qi flow balances a person to relieve symptoms and eliminate an illness.
Acupuncture treatments can add to a patient's sense of well being and may decrease the malaise associated with any chronic disease, especially cancer, and is available at our Los Angeles treatment facility.
Chinese Herbal Medicine - How Does It Work?
Chinese Herbal Medicine combines a variety of herbs to create a unique formula for each patient. A customized herbal prescription is administered based on the individual's symptoms and constitution. The goal of Chinese herbal medicine is to treat the source of a problem and eradicate it.
Chinese medicine can help with any side effects related to cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation, including, but not limited to: Nausea/vomiting, fatigue, weakened immunity, stress, anxiety, pain, bruising, post operative swelling, hair loss, anemia, skin issues, hot flashes, digestive disorders, loss of appetite, and detoxification/elevated liver enzymes. It can also reduce many cancer related symptoms.
Nutritional and herbal support is an aid in boosting immune response in cancer patients, along with minimizing the immune and white blood cell suppression that occurs with most chemotherapeutic agents.
Kenneth Conklin, M.D., Ph.D., an anesthesiologist at UCLA working with the Oncology Department, reports gratifying results utilizing nutrition and supplements combined with acupuncture.
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