01.05.2012 Traditional Chinese Medicine

Stimulating Qi

Olivier Lejus continues his discussion of Chinese Medicine's use of acupuncture to treat cancer holistically

In this final article on the topic of cancer, we will take a closer look at an alternative treatment method which has shown enough promise to warrant some interest.

As we discussed in last month's issue, our body is made up of billions of microscopic cells. The cells form the structure of the tissues and organs of our body. Throughout our lives these tiny building blocks are constantly being replaced as they die. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells begin to reproduce themselves at an incontrollable rate, like a piece of fruit being gradually consumed by rot.

There are over 100 forms of cancer, some of them more virulent than others. After decades of medical research, we know that many chemical substances such as nicotine are carcinogenic, and there is evidence that we are genetically more likely to suffer from a specific form of cancer if one of our family members has been affected by it. But why some people get affected while others with similar living conditions remain healthy is still not totally understood. The conventional approach of Western therapy has until now been aimed at destroying these alien cells with various forms of nuclear radiation.

Unfortunately, the side effects of these powerful treatments are often severe, and prescription drugs have to be taken to alleviate their debilitating symptoms. Finally, if radiation fails, surgery has to be performed to eradicate the rotten part of the fruit. Even then, there is no guarantee that the progressive destruction will ultimately be stopped. Many attempts have been made to find alternative forms of treatment that are gentler to patients. Unfortunately, treating cancer without powerful chemicals or radiation has often failed due to the aggressive nature of the pathogenic cells.

A deficiency in the immune system is often associated with cancer development, but anti cancer interventions, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can further weaken the already vulnerable immunity of the patient.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body from a holistic angle. In our medical paradigm, the causes and progression of cancer can be associated with external factors such as invading pathogens, improper diet and unhealthy environment, as well as internal factors like emotional disturbances, and weak constitution.

Chinese medicine is based on the concept of energy (Qi). The ample supply and circulation of this life force is essential to our emotional wellbeing and the harmonious function of our organs. There are several forms of Qi in the body; one of them called Wei Qi circulates on a superficial level under our skin. Its strength determines our immunity. Our level of Wei Qi can be increased with acupuncture.

In China, herbal medicine has been an integral part of cancer treatment for many years, and specific herbal formulas have been successfully administered to treat these various conditions. Chinese herbal practitioners have for several centuries prescribed a range of formulas that have a powerful immune protective effect on specific organs. Several medical studies have demonstrated that certain Chinese herbs can increase our immunity, while others are very effective in reducing blood viscosity in the arteries.

Probably the most effective approach would be combination of the Western and Oriental treatment methods, where radiotherapy and surgery are selected to kill the cancerous tumours and Chinese medicine is used to strengthen the body's immunity against the remaining pathogens.

In Taiwan, a local practitioner named Dr Wang Fuda has achieved an astonishing level of success using a specific form of electro acupuncture which uses electrical input and grounding to circulate energy through the channels. This remarkable doctor has been treating over 100 cancer patients every day for the past 40 years, and his unconventional techniques have given thousands of patients who were left without hope a new lease of life.

According to Dr Fuda, the human body sees the acupuncture needle as a homeopathic instrument. After decades of practice, he is able to feel the Qi energy and body tissues resisting the penetration of the needle as the body musters its forces to fight the invader. With successive acupuncture treatments, the patient's defective immune system can be slowly reactivated and its defensive action channelled to the cancer site.

From the 400 classified acupuncture points on the human body, our Taiwanese practitioner has identified 20 key points located on the superficial Yang channels which have the strongest stimulant action on our immunity. Dr Fuda has discovered that the therapeutic effect of these points is enhanced when the needles are connected to electrodes set at a very specific frequency. During treatment, a selection of five of these points is needled bilaterally on a daily basis. His best results are obtained when treating patients soon after surgery when the cancer cells have been weakened.

With his unconventional methods, this remarkable practitioner has obtained amazing results while avoiding the use of chemotherapy. For many of his patients, it has been like a ray of light suddenly bursting through their clouds of pain and despair. One can only hope that some of it will one day be coming our way in Australia.

www.olejusacupuncture.com

Olivier Lejus

Olivier Lejus BHSc.MHSc. is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist practising in Sydney. A former casual university lecturer and tutor in Oriental medicine with over 15 years experience in clinical practice, Olivier specialises in Japanese- style acupuncture for the treatment of male and female infertility, migraine, pain, and insomnia.www.olejusacupuncture.com


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