Acupuncture, Cancer and Chinese Herbal Medicine 

Two clinical trials below show that acupuncture (ACUP) and Chinese herbal medicine can help fight cancer. Traditional Chinese medicine has been known to be of benefit as a support treatment for patients with various forms of cancer. While cancer remains one of the highest rated killer diseases in the world today, most people wait until they are ill to seek treatment.

This first ACUP clinical trial should serve as a reminder regarding the value of receiving ACUP as a preventative treatment. It also reminds us to take positive actions to safeguard our heath and wellbeing.

Acupuncture Activates NK Cells
to Fight Cancer

Below is an abstract of a study titled Acupuncture May Stimulate Anti Cancer Immunity via Activation of Natural Killer Cells by the Department of Medicine, University of California, USA, 2011. The study was published by Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 2011; 2011:481625. Epub 2011 Mar 10.

US authors of the study, Johnston, Ortiz Sánchez, Vujanovic and Li have formulated an "ACUP immuno-enhancement hypothesis" to account for the ability of ACUP to enhance anti-cancer immune function.

In their review paper they hypothetise that ACUP enhances anti-cancer immune functions by stimulating naural killer (NK) cells. The paper summarises current understanding of the mechanisms by which NK cells act to eliminate cancer cells, and reviews evidence that ACUP is associated with increases in NK cell activity.

The authors conclude that ACUP enhances the ability of the immune system to more actively eliminate malignant cells by increasing the ability of NK cells to kill cancer cells.

By increasing cross-talk between the neurotransmitter network and immune system, ACUP promotes the induction and secretion of NK-cell activating cytokines, which engage specific NK cell receptors that increase the cytotoxicity of NK cells towards cancer cells.

Chinese herbal formula Huang Qin Tang eases side-effects of cancer tratment

The Chinese herbal formula Huang Qin Tang has been shown to reduce the intestinal side-effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients by stimulating gut cell division and reducing inflammation.

A recent clinical trial titled: Phase 1 study of the botanical formulation PHY906 with capecitabine in advanced pancreatic and other gastrointestinal malignacies, published in Phytomedicine's 2010 Mar; 17 (3-4):161-9 issue, was carried out in the USA and consisted of a laboratory formulation of Chinese herbal formula Huang Qin Tang, named PHY906 in the trial. It was confirmed that the herbal formula reduces gut damage by chemotherapy in gastrointestinal cancer patients.

In traditional Chinese medicine, this herbal formula Huang Qin Tang is traditionally used to treat gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.It consists of four herbs:

  • Huang Qin (Scutellaria Radix)
  • Da Zao ( Jujuba Fructus)
  • Bai shao (Paeoniae Radix alba)
  • Zhi Gan Cao (Glycyrrhizae Radix preparata)

Cancer Support Treatment

Chinese medicine can be very helpful to support the western medical treatment of various types of cancer. If you would like to start a course of treatment, please telephone the clinic on 9796 2388 or contact us here.

My clinic is situated at:

Berwick Specialist Suites (Upstairs, above the 24-hour Super Clinic)
Suite 8 - Level 1, 50 Kangan Drive, Berwick 3806
(Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).

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