Holistic and Western Medicine Combined Can Fight Cancer

Thursday, August 10, 2017

While surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the standard, effective treatments in the fight against cancer, patients often turn to alternative medicine to help them cope with the side effects of conventional therapies.

With an increased number of cancer patients using acupuncture and herbal medicine, it is important for health care practitioners to understand how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can complement conventional cancer treatments.

Anyone interested in learning more about natural health care can look to the TCM programs at PCU College of Holistic Medicine.

“When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, they usually go through conventional treatments – chemo, surgery, or radiation – that can weaken the patient’s vital energy,” says Anthony Choi, Campus Director of PCU College of Holistic Medicine.

“They’ll look for some supplemental health treatments that can boost their vital energy. It is here that TCM is quite effective.”

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can improve, ease or reduce side effects like hair loss, low energy, sleep disturbance and digestion problems, as well as promote healing, boost immunity and improve quality of life.

Even though the duration and type of treatment differs from patient to patient, there are few side effects associated with TCM therapies. This is another reason Choi believes that herbal medicine and acupuncture can be combined with conventional treatments, especially in the early stages.

“Recovery from cancer takes time,” Choi adds, “but using both Western Medicine and TCM together is better than just relying on one approach.”

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