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Traditional Chinese Medicine Cancer Support


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Some basic self-care acupressure techniques to boost immunity and decrease side effects from radiation and chemotherapy.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Cancer Support

  1. 1. Traditional Chinese Medicine Cancer Support Dr. Jaclyn Engelsher, DNP Integrative Nurse Practitioner Certified Acupuncturist
  2. 2. Traditional Chinese Medicine Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) 300-100 BC/2698-2589 BC Acupuncture Acupressure/Tui Na Cupping Moxabustion (heat therapy) Nutrition Herbal therapy Exercise
  3. 3. Qi Qi is the root of a human being. It is the basis of all phenomena in the body One of the 3 treasures with Jing and Shen Qi flows through meridians providing the ability to move, protect, transform, and warm Qi may be deficient, collapse, rebel, or stagnate Genetics and daily lifestyle determine your Qi (Maciocia, 1989)
  4. 4. Meridians Lung/Large Intestine Stomach/Spleen Heart/Small Intestine Urinary Bladder/Kidney Pericardium/San Jiao Gallbladder/Liver
  5. 5. Three Free Therapies Healthy Diet Adequate physical exercise Physical and Mental Rest
  6. 6. Cancer and TCM Fu zheng gu ben - strengthen the good, enhance regeneration Eliminate toxins by draining damp accumulations Increase Qi and blood flow Harmonize Jing, Qi, and Shen
  7. 7. Stomach 36 Most important point to tonify Qi; disorders of spleen, stomach and intestines 3 cun below the “knee hole” one finger breadth from the tibia bone 2004 study: prevent bone marrow suppression, maintain healthy CD4/CD8 ratios, decrease incidence and severity of gastrointestinal toxic reactions (, 2010) (Chen, et. Al, 2004)
  8. 8. Pericardium 6  Nausea, vomiting, stomachache, insomnia, chest pain, anxiety, palpatations  Used with e-stim and sea bands for chemotherapy induced nausea with 75% positive benefit in study group  2 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist in between the central tendons (, 2010) (Dundee & Yang, 1991)
  9. 9. Heart 7 Insomnia, heart palpitations, poor memory, irritability On the pinky finger side of the transverse wrist crease an in the depression to the thumb side of the tendon (, 2010)
  10. 10. Kidney 7  Sweating at night or spontaneously in the day, edema, abdominal distenion  2 cun above KI3 (point halfway between achillies tendon and tip of the inner ankle) (, 2010)
  11. 11. Ren 17 Influential point of Qi, stimulates thymus, vomiting, chest fullness, difficulty swallowing On the midline level with the 4th intercostal space (, 2010)
  12. 12. Du 20  Clears the mind, lifts the spirit, headache, dizziness, concentration  Center of the scalp on the line connecting the apex of the ears (, 2010)
  13. 13. References (2010). Acupuncture point locations. Retrieved fromChen, K. Y., Zhang, G. Z., Liasng, S. Y., et. Al. (2004). A clinicalsurvey of the treatment of toxic reactions to chemotherapy withelectroacupuncture at zu san li. Xin Zhong Yi (New Chinese Medicine).3:46-47.Dundee, J. W., and Yang, J. (1990). Prolongation of the antiemeticaction of P6 acupuncture by acupressure in patients having cancerchemotherapy. J R Soc Med. 83(6): 360–362.Maciocia, G. (1998). The foundations of Chinese medicine: Acomprehensive text for acupuncturists and herbalists. Edinburgh:Churchill Livingstone.