Everything You Need To Know About Pain Relief.

The Top 3 “Dirty Little Secrets” Lurking In 
The Pain Relief

Industry’s Closet Of LIES!

Why is it that you’re forced to simply ACCEPT a laundry-list of side effects if you start a new pain medication?

Why is it that millions of people every day are watching commercials where the list of side effects is longer than the commercial itself… yet STILL spend their hard-earned money on those products?

And why is it that millions of people all around the world are still willing to ACCEPT these dreadful, mind-fogging, life-shortening side effects even though there are safe alternatives available?

I’d like to let you in on the top three little secrets the “pain relief” industry is trying to hide from you. Secrets that are not only lining the pockets of “Big Pharma”, but also KILLING people just like you as a result.

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Case Study: How To Get Better Medicine

Being able to accomplish everything that is included in your new year’s resolution is somehow not attainable as the year goes on. We have returned to our unhealthy fast food menu while the treadmill has already been dumped in one corner. Furthermore, most people are becoming so busy with their work that they don’t have time for themselves. As a matter of fact, stress is the number one reason why a person is inefficient. Any kind of stress that we regular deal with such as at work, finances, family and even health issues can still have a negative effect on a person’s health.

Fight Cancer with Chinese medicine

Cancer Management With TCM

New Developments in Cancer Management With TCM

Cancer and TCMI always need to keep updated on TCM and related therapies so I will be publishing interest and helpful articles on new developments in TCM. Here is one such article by Elizabeth Snouffer, Health writer for SCMP.com, on Cancer treatment and management.

For more than 50 years, the treatment and cure of cancer has relied predominantly on Western surgery, cytotoxic therapy or chemotherapy and radiation resulting in longer survival periods.

Sadly, cancer continues to be one of the world’s main causes of death.

What has become key to survival are supportive measures that can improve the quality of life related to side effects, containing further cancer growth, and even preventing the disease altogether. Yu Rencun, honorary director and professor at the Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Hong Hai, professorial fellow at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, are authors of Cancer Management With Chinese Medicine, which has been credited as the first English guide explaining how TCM and Western medicines can be integrated for better outcomes.

The authors, with jointly more than 50 years of research and care for cancer patients integrating both types of treatments, have written the book for both Western medical professionals and a general English-speaking readership, who may benefit from understanding the basic principles of TCM. These are outlined in the first three chapters.

In the last three chapters, the authors present how specific TCM principles relate to cancer treatment and care. There is also a section dedicated to various decoctions and how these herbal remedies can help sustain a functional life with cancer, perhaps helping to eliminate the disease altogether.

Crediting oncology and Western medicine for discovering the various origins and therapies for cancer, the authors believe TCM has a role to play. Admitting that it may not eliminate cancerous tumours, Yu wants patients and a “Western-educated audience” to understand how TCM can strengthen and rebalance the body’s yin and yang to increase the odds of success.

The imbalance of yin and yang is considered the root of all illness. In this way, TCM restores the internal balance of a cancer patient by strengthening chi against harmful pathogens, and preventing the development of excess and deficiency syndromes.

According to the US National Cancer Institute the most prevalent side effect of chemotherapy is fatigue, although nausea, vomiting, low blood-cell count and pain are also frequently encountered. It is here that the authors believe TCM offers the most promise. The book guides the reader through the varying elements of cancer treatment and which herbal remedies should be used in preparation for chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Yu illustrates the use of TCM in 11 patient case studies covering the major cancers – lung, breast, liver and stomach. In one case history, a 63-year-old female patient with lymph and bone metastasis after breast cancer surgery is presented. After undergoing three to four years of TCM herbal remedies with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she experienced increased control of metastasis. In plain language, managing the terrible side effects with TCM herbal remedies allowed the patient to take on a more aggressive treatment plan and increased her chances for survival.

According to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, 24,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. The three most commonly diagnosed are lung, colorectal and breast cancers (in order). It is universally accepted that eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and wearing sun protection all help lower the chances of developing cancer. But according to the book’s authors, incorporating the principles of TCM not only increases the quality of life for patients, but can also be used as preventive strategies.

Many of the strategies outlined in the final pages reinforce what the general reader may already know: eating a high-fibre diet (whole grains and green vegetables) rich in anti-cancer properties and low in fat and sugar; avoiding alcohol, smoking and too much sun exposure; committing to daily exercise; and striving for emotional equilibrium, which includes decreasing work and life stress, anger and anxiety.

Other preventive strategies specific to TCM include focusing nutritional efforts towards syndrome differentiation. For example, if a patient is suffering from hot syndrome, it is best to avoid foods that are warm in nature such as ginseng, lamb or prawns.

In TCM, foods are classified by the five flavours: pungent, sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Foods that strengthen chi or have high anti-cancer properties include Chinese barley, bitter gourd, water chestnut, walnut, seaweed and mushroom.

The practice of qigong is highlighted and credited as a positive step for prevention. Quoting from the first comprehensive manual of Chinese medical history, the Neijing, the authors reinforce the significance of living life in balance as the key to good health: “The ancients knew the Tao and the way of yin and yang, and how to exercise; moderation in food and drink, regularity in living habits, avoidance of overexertion, maintaining harmony between body and spirit.”

Cancer Management With Chinese Medicine, World Scientific Publishing Company; 1st edition, 224 pages

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Treating Eating Disorders with Traditional Chinese Medicine

“When your diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When your diet is correct, medicine is of no need”
― -Ayurvedic Proverb

Eating disorders come in all sorts of guises and affect people in different ways – none of them good. However from our perspective at The London Chinese Medicine Centre as well as any TCM practitioner we see eating disorders as creating an imbalance in a body’s Yin-Yang state.

Here is a great post by Marcie from her blog that explains this.

TCM_treats_eating_disorders[1]Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine focus on bringing the body back into balance, and reconnecting the mind, body, and spirit to their right relationships with one another. In TCM, each energetic system in the body has physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects. This means that imbalance in a certain system can have manifestations in any or all of these arenas. By treating the physical body, an acupuncturist can help heal emotional or spiritual trauma. And by focusing treatment on an emotional imbalance, we can right physical symptoms of imbalance and dis-ease.

Because this inherent mind-body connection is at the very heart of acupuncture theory and practice, it can be a very effective therapy in supporting patients with eating disorders on their road to recovery. Eating Disorders are complex pathologies that affect all levels of being, with physical manifestations, emotional imbalances, mental insecurities, and spiritual challenges.  Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can work alongside nutritional counseling and psychotherapy to empower patients with Eating Disorders to heal themselves.

From a TCM perspective, Eating Disorders are usually caused by an imbalance in multiple energy systems. In fact, an imbalance in almost every system in TCM can be a cause or an effect of an Eating Disorder. Because of this, an acupuncturist works closely with the patient to understand the unique nature of their experience, and understand what energy centers to treat.

One of the most common energy systems that is out of balance in an Eating Disorder is that of the Spleen and Stomach. The Spleen and Stomach represent the Earth element, and an energy of groundedness and being centered. Overanalyzing oneself, obsessive thinking, and worrying about body image are often indicative of an Earth energy weakness.  The Spleen and Stomach are also our first line of processing nourishment – both in the physical form of food and in a myriad of emotional and spiritual forms. When the Spleen/Stomach energies are weak, we are not able to receive nourishment in any of its many forms. For a patient with an Eating Disorder, this is obviously a vicious cycle, as depriving the body of physical nutrition makes the Spleen/Stomach energy that much weaker, and that much less able to accept emotional nourishment. Treatment with acupuncture and herbs can help strengthen this Earth energy – our center and our core – to make the body and mind ready to accept the nourishment we deserve.

On a physical level, imbalance in the Spleen/Stomach can manifest as bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, diarrhea, irregular menstruation in women, and unyielding fatigue – all common physical symptoms that patients with Eating Disorders experience.

Another energy centre that I frequently see problems in with Eating Disorder cases is the Liver energy system. The Liver/Gall Bladder systems represent the Wood element, and are an embodiment of expansion, growth, planning, and outward movement. The Liver controls the eyes and how we see ourselves. Body dysmorphia and distorted body image are both symptoms of an imbalance in the Liver system. The Wood energy – like the growth of trees and plants – is one of upward and outward movement. It is what allows us to plan for the future, to set goals, to forge relationships, to find the courage to step out of our comfort zones. When out of balance, patients experience difficultly visualizing change and setting goals, symptoms of social anxiety, and can experience symptoms such as depression and frustration with themselves or others. Physical symptoms of a Liver imbalance include muscle tightness and tension, headaches, and painful periods.

Treatment with acupuncture and herbs therefore works to soothe the Liver/Gall Bladder energies and put the patient in a position where they are ready to take the next step in their healing.
Because the nature of eating disorders necessitates that multiple levels of our beings are affected, more often than not, additional energy centers are also out of balance. TCM works at painting a picture of where the patient is – in mind, body, and spirit – at that particular moment in time. And then we as acupuncturists look at the picture to see what is too strong, what is too weak. And then we use acupuncture and herbs to right that wrong.

By its very nature, acupuncture helps to bring the patient more into their physical body. I notice again and again in treating patients with Eating Disorders that the physical nature of the medicine helps them to connect with their bodies in a positive and meaningful way. It introduces positive body sensations, promotes a sense of calm and well-being, and helps set them on a path to health – in all the dimensions in which we exist.

Overcoming an Eating Disorder is incredibly hard work for a patient.  And unlike some other health conditions and treatment – such as taking a pill for high blood pressure, or getting acupuncture to release a muscle knot – it requires an immense amount of dedication, introspection, desire, and effort on the patient’s part. Healing is an active process, and that is perhaps more clear than ever in patients struggling to overcome an Eating Disorder. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine don’t heal a patient – the patient does that. Rather, this medicine works with the patient’s own resources to remind the mind and body how to exist in harmony with each other, and position the patient in a better place from which to travel the road to recovery.

About:Marcie Griffith, Lic.Ac., MAOM, Dipl. OM
Owner, Stepping Stone Acupuncture & Wellness LLC
Licensed Acupuncturist
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I really like this article as Marcie is not only a working TCM practitioner but perfectly outlines some of the difficulties, as well as solutions for treating eating disorders with TCM and acupuncture. Over the years I have seen an increase in the number of eating disorders (no all due to Junk Food), and so I felt this article was particularly relevant. As Marcie points out it is often possible to treat such disorders with a combination of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal remedies, but in some cases it can help to work in conjunction with existing medical therapies and counselling a patient is undergoing.

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