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Cancer Treatment (Chinese Medicine perspective )

Sometimes, Western therapies kill the cancer cells effectively, but they always, does not address the source of the problem.

Cancer is a terrible disease, but most of them are curable in early stages. Patients face death threats and difficult times. No doubts, western Cancer therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are now commonly used and are supposed to be the best methods to treat this threatening disease. However, the side effects of these treatments have been, there as here, often highly debilitating.

The patients are keen to have effective alternative or supplementary treatment especially in the recovery period after surgery, radiation or chemotherapy therapies. The health providers also want to help the patient by providing facility and resources for them to obtain effective and reliable alternative or supplementary treatment.

Joint treatment combining Western medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine against cancer
Traditional Chinese Medicine has 5000 years of history and has been proved to be effective in many diseases. Many organisations had made a lot of researches and study in the effectiveness of TCM in cancer treatment, however, still, it have not been fully explored.

Many researches world-wide indicate that the best results against Cancer are obtained by means of a joint treatment combining Western medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the patient pursuing a suitable diet, and therapeutic exercise.

Psychological adaptation is also an important factor for the patient to this Chronic and Severe Illness. The philosophy behind Traditional Chinese medicine may relieve the anxiety of the patient.

TCM perspective of Cancer
In Traditional Chinese medicine, there is no specific concept of cancer, but there is of tumors. Nutritive tonics and herbal medicines were developed to alleviate pain and prolong life by strengthening the body's defenses against tumor progression. TCM practitioners believe the causes of tumor development come in two folds. First, external factors include toxins and other environmental factors. Second, emotional stress, unhealthy diets, and damaged organs are internal factors. Internal factors also include stagnant blood, and a blockage or accumulation of qi (pronounced chee), the vital energy said to circulate along the meridians, or pathways, linking all parts of the body.

All illnesses, in the perspective of TCM, are a result of energy imbalance, either an excess or a deficiency of the body's elemental energies. Qi, the life force, controls the bodily functions as it travels along the meridians, completing an energy cycle every twenty-four hours. The flow of qi may be disrupted by a variety of causes including an imbalanced diet or lifestyle, stress, suppressed emotions, or lack of exercise. These factors cause imbalances in yin and yang-complementary forces in dynamic flux and also disturb the normal flow of qi.

Cancer is as a manifestation of an underlying imbalance, and a tumor is the "uppermost branch" of the illness, not the "root". Each patient may have a different imbalance causing what, on the outside, look like the same type of cancer. TCM practitioners, in treating cancer, attempt toidentify the individual patterns of qi imbalance, and prescribe treatments accordingly.

In treating cancer, Chinese TCM practitioners make diagnoses of yin and yang, qi, and blood imbalances. Blood, in TCM, refers to much more than the material fluid. Instead, blood is the process of nourishing the organism; it occurs in a mutually regulating relationship with qi and moisture (body fluids). In formulating treatments, TCM practitioners are guided by 8 principles. In 4 sets of polar categories, those principles are: yin and yang, chill and heat, deficiency and excessiveness, and interior and exterior. The eight principles serve as the framework for the data gathered through physical examination, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and observation of symptoms. Once the TCM practitioner forms a cohesive picture of the pattern of disharmony, he or she can formulate a plan of treatment to restore balance.

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