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TCVM Etiology And Pathology
From a TCVM perspective, cancer is the result of Stagnation and lack of free movement of Qi and/
or Blood. Tumors are the end result of a prolonged process of accumulation and densification of tissue due to the Stagnation and eventual Stasis of Qi and Blood. Many factors can cause this blockage in Qi or Blood flow and therefore lead to development of cancer.
The common underlying (root) factors are: Zheng Qi (vital Qi) deficiency, Qi & Blood deficiency and Qi & Yin deficiency. Zheng Qi composed of Ying Qi (Nutritive
Qi) and Wei Qi (Defensive Qi); When Qi is deficient, there will be Deficiency of the Wei Qi. If the Wei Qi is deficient, external pathogenic factors (Cold, Wind, Heat, Summer Heat, Dry and Damp) cannot be expelled from the body, blocking flow of Qi and Blood and allowing cancer to develop. It can therefore be appreciated
that Qi deficiency is the root of cancer, and Phlegm accumulation, Qi/Blood Stagnation and Blood Stasis are the branches.
1. Qi & Blood Deficiency: Patients with the pattern of Qi & Blood deficiency have a lower cell immunity response than normal. Symptoms include: hair loss; dizziness; fatigue; a thin or obese body; shortness of breath; poor appetite; insomnia; abdominal pain; chronic digestive issues; a pale tongue with a white tongue coating; and a deep, thin, and weak pulse.
2. Qi & Yin Deficiency: Patients with Lung Qi deficiency may have a lower lymphocyte transformation rate and lower levels of serum immunoglobulins such as IgM and IgG. Symptoms include: panting; shortness of breath; insomnia; chronic respiratory or skin issues; cough without phlegm; lassitude; dry mouth; a thin tongue coating; and a thin pulse.
Treatment Strategy: 1. Acupoints:
· LI-4, LI-11, ST-36, SP-6, SP-10, HT-7, BL- 17, BL-20, BL-21, BL-24, BL-26, TH-5, CV-6, Shen-shu
· LI-4 is the Yuan-Source point that clears all Channels and calms the mind (especially when used with LIV-3), moves masses, tonifies and moves Qi and Blood, clears Heat and is a general immune stimulant
· LI-11 tonifies Qi and clears Heat
· ST-36 is a major tonification point; it tonifies the Spleen, Stomach, Qi and Blood and stimulates the appetite
· SP-6 (the crossing point of the three Yin Channels of the pelvic limb) tonifies the Spleen, Yin, Qi and Blood
· SP-10, the Sea of Blood point, tonifies, moves and cools the Blood
· HT-7 is a Shu-Stream point and relieves pain, calms Shen and tonifies Heart Blood and Qi
· BL-17 is the Influential point for Blood, which invigorates and nourishes Blood
· BL-20 is the Back-Shu Association point of the Spleen, which is used for Deficient Spleen Qi and Deficient Blood
· BL-21 is the Back-Shu Association point of the Stomach, and tonifies Spleen and Stomach Qi, Yuan (Source) Qi and Kidney Jing
· BL-24 is the Sea of Qi point, which tonifies Qi
· BL-26 is the Gate of Yuan (Source) Qi, which tonifies Qi
· TH-5 tonifies Wei Qi
· CV-6 is the Sea of Qi point; it tonifies Yang, Qi and Blood, and moves Stagnant Qi in the abdomen
· Shen-shu is a classical point that tonifies Yuan (Source) Qi
1. Chinese Herbal Formulas:
· Qi Blood Deficiency:
· Shi Quan Da Bu Tang: Tonifies Qi, nourishes Blood and tonifies Yang; indicated for Qi deficiency accompanied by Blood and Yang deficiencies.
· Gui Pi Tang (Restore the Spleen Decoction): Nourishes Blood and tonifies Spleen Qi; indicated for combined Qi and Blood Deficiency
· Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang (Eight Gentlemen): Tonifies
Qi, strengthens the Spleen, moves Qi and eliminates Damp; indicated for Qi deficiency with Dampness and anorexia.
· Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang (Tonify
the Middle and Augment the
Qi Decoction): Tonifies Qi and raises sunken Yang; indicated for severe Spleen Qi deficiency causing low fever, chronic
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