Posts made in May, 2011

“Thinking is More Powerful than Thunder”

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Life Coaching

The views of Chinese Medicine and Buddhist Psychology agree that Mind is the ultimate medicine. Over time you become what you think. “Energy follows thought.” The mind is the most powerful tool we have. How are you using it? Is it a positive and constructive tool for achieving your goals and life purpose or is it negative and destructive? The power is within you to create a good and enriching life to benefit yourself, your family, your community and the world. What steps can you take to train your mind to help you attain a balanced and harmonious life? 1) Learn and practice Meditation or Quiet Sitting. 2) Spend time walking or hiking in the natural world and observing phenomena 3) Learn and practice Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Eight Treasures, Dao-In or a Yoga form. 4) Release negative thoughts. Write them down and tear the paper up, burn or bury it with the affirmation, “I now release this _____________thought, emotion etc for the benefit of myself and others.” 5) Cultivate positive thoughts. Write down your positive thought or intention and repeat daily (especially when facing obstacles) for 30 days....

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Acupuncture Benefits Cancer Patients

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness

Treating the Side Effects of Chemotherapy in Cancer Patients Alaina Speraw, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac., B. A. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ; so I thought it might be timely to share some of my clinical experience and passion for treating Cancer patients at the Virginia G Piper Cancer Center. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery present enormous challenges and suffering for most people hoping for those magic words “cancer free”. However, the journey is full of potential pitfalls such as nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, joint pain, fatigue, insomnia, neuropathy, infections, lymphedema, cellulitis, nerve damage, xerostomia (dry mouth) and local pain. There is a growing body of research on the potential benefits of using Acupuncture to help alleviate some of the side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. A recent 12 week study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit of 47 breast cancer patients showed that Acupuncture relieved hot flashes, night sweats and increased energy and sex drive when compared with a group given Effexor (an anti-depressant). NIC recently gave MD Anderson a $2.8 million grant to study TCM and Cancer with Fudan University Cancer Hospital in Shanghai. Early in my Acupuncture career I had several positive outcomes in treating the side effects and wondered why Acupuncture was not part of the treatment model and protocol for cancer patients. Recognizing that many cancer patients are unaware of the benefits of Acupuncture I wanted to make it available in a conventional care setting. In recent years respectable institutions such as MD Anderson, John Hopkins, Sloan Kettering and Cancer Centers of America have made Acupuncture available to their patients. Many of the side effects can be seen through the lens of TCM as toxic heat in the liver depleting the liver and kidney yin with liver energy stagnation and heat invading the spleen-stomach. I have found that a combination points such as of Liver 2, 3, Large Intestine 3, 4, Per 6, Sp 4, K3, 7 and Yintang or Du 23 to be effective in addressing nausea, vomiting, night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia and joint pain in breast cancer patients. I recommend treatment the day of or within 24 hours of chemotherapy infusion or other drug therapy such as herceptin. When a patient reports back that their nausea, joint pain or headache is gone after the Acupuncture treatment, it is the ultimate Qi exchange and one knows in the deepest place why we do what we...

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Research: Zizyphus Combination Induces Sleep

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness

 Research: Sun Ten Zizyphus Combination Induces Sleep. Suan Zao Ren (sm. zizyphus) has binding affinity for receptors for serotonin, 5-HTP and GABA.

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Research: Sun Ten Lotus Seed Decreases Depression-like Symptoms

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness

– Research: Sun Ten Lotus Seed Decreases Depression-like Symptoms.

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SUN TEN – Traditional Chinese Medicine Gains Ground in Denmark

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness

SUN TEN – Traditional Chinese Medicine Gains Ground in Denmark. Up to 1/3 of Danish hospitals use Complementary therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Acupuncture is used in 97% of the cases involving pain, cancer, tumors, mental illness and infertility.

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