Acupuncture on Breast Cancer – Case #1

She had been diagnosed in hospital specialist clinic as CA Breast, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. Suffers from Post-operative Syndromes including pains, cold hands and feet due to poor microcirculation (Yang Deficiency), difficulty to raise up the right arm. Dark nails were observed in the hands and toes. No family history for cancer and she has been observing her diet and maintaining light exercises before diagnosis of cancer.

The auricular diagnosis was Bronchi38, Rec38, St33, Ub85, K75, T145 and T242. Patient received acupuncture treatments during her course of chemotherapy. Aim to reduce the severity of her symptoms and to increase her immunity. Major points prescribed were the ECIWO Lungs / Breast on the left, E-system Waiguan, Yanglao, Zhusanli and Tianzong.

Symptoms gradually subsided. On the 4th treatment, patient began to take Ling Zhi Broken Spores and Shark Cartilage. Her immunity and overall energy showed great improvements. After one course of 10 treatments, patient is able to do her own shopping.

To further increase nutrients into the blood and auto-immune system, in order to boost micro-circulation, she began taking Bazhen and Wu Gong Mi with her regular Lingzhi Broken Spores.

Her state of health has been maintained, with evidence of new hair growth on the head and weight increase. Also she was able to a few short overseas trips as a holiday. She is currently on Regular Health Maintenance Treatments. Points taken were Zhusanli, Yanglao, Tianzhong, Yintang and Sanyingjiao.

In July 2007, a local magazine and some reporters had interviewed and published her story on the battle of Breast Cancer.

Acupuncture on Arthritis, Headaches, General Lethargy and Eczema due to 20 years of anti-rheumatic medicines

On her first visit to my clinic in 2005, she had suffered from Arthritis of the joints, headaches and general lethargy. She had also symptoms such as cold limbs and extremities. This problem was relieved after 6 treatments. Due to her short stay in Singapore, she would always arrange for time to come in for treatments for her shoulders and knees.

In 2007, on her 2 separate visits, I was surprised to find her with Eczema and skin allergies on her face. I managed to find out that she had been taking a group of anti-rheumatic medicines for her Arthritic Inflammation over 20 years. Upon further research I found out that some of the medications would bring on undesired complications. Eg, Skin conditions, Eczema.

For her skin allergies on the face, I had selected ECIWO Head of 2nd metacarpal bone, Quchi, Sanyinjiao, Dazhui, Fengchi, for two treatments a day.

Acupuncture on Acute Lumbago

Patient had been suffering from Acute Lumbago for 2 years. Underwent various scans in the specialists’ clinics. Conclusion on treatment recommended was to go through operation and a series of osteoporotic preventions such as physiotherapy.

Auricular Diagnosis were Liv80, Ub72, K76, Li78 and Gb78. Acute back pain for 2 years affecting the left leg, with pain and numbness. Pain also radiate upward to shoulders. There was inflammation of the tendons, joints on the left limbs, and was unable to sit down for long. Points selected were E-System Neck & Lumbar, ECIWO Kidney, Zhongzhu, Futu, Fengchi, Xialiao, Weizhong and Juegu.

The treatments were performed once daily, followed by alternate days. She had made remarkable progress from the treatments. The gradual improvements were observed on each occasion she came for her treatments. She had also verbalized of the reduction in pain since the treatments.

At the end of her treatments, she was able to move her arms, and there was no longer pain from her shoulders down to her arms. She was able to sit up for longer period of time. She had received only 8 sittings instead of 15 sessions, which I had thought she would require.

Acupuncture on Breast Cancer – Case 2

CA Breast. The tumour can be palpated. History of Hypertension, taking Cozaar, half a tablet OM. Symptoms including belching, indigestion and bloatedness in the stomach, cold perspiration, poor circulation, cold hands and feet. TCM diagnosis with External “Xu” & Internal “Heat”, therefore causing heat in the body and lead to insomnia.

Patient has received treatments of around 36 times between May 2006 to April 2007. Each time she is in Singapore she will receive an average of 3 to 5 days of treatment, 2 times a day. Points selected were ECIWO Lung, Kidney, Zhongwan, Qihai, Zhusanli, Feishu, Xinshu and Shenshu. Traditional Chinese Herbs, such as Ling Zhi Broken Spores, Ning Shen Bu Nao Fu Fang, were recommended to patient, as a reinforcing treatment therapy.

Follow up at the hospital specialist clinic showed that the cancerous tumour disappeared, on the Left side, 3 small ones had been found growing and the right 2 Lumps had gradually disappeared. She had later brought her family members including her son, daughter-in-law, sister and husband to Singapore for consultations and health maintenance treatments.

Acupuncture on Chronic Cough

Mr Gwee had a history of chronic cough for over 6 months. There were throat irritations, hoarse voice, and dry sputum. The extent of coughing had been worrying to his children. He had been seen and treated by doctors and TCM practitioners for several years with no results and Chest X-ray showed no active infected nodes.

On his first visit, he had uncontrollable cough, which had caused alarm to other patients. From the Auricular finding, the energy levels at 89/54 with Lungs 87. Therefore, points taken on him were mainly regional- such as on the Chest and the Lungs – and Large Intestine channel, included ECIWO Lungs, E-system Neiguan, Tiantu, Zhongwan, Zhusanli and Feishu.

His cough had been under control after 3 sittings of treatments. I had prescribed some pills that helped him to lubricate the throat and tonics for the lungs. However, he had been coming back on a regular basis to keep up his health. His daughter would bring him in on all his appointments.

Treatment of Asthma in Children with Light Acupuncture Containing Singlet Oxygen Energy

Acupuncture is used the world over in the treatment of asthma. This use of acupuncture is confirmed by many clinical and experimental studies. Only a few of these studies, however, satisfy the strict criteria of medical documentation demanded in Western countries. In a report from an expert committee to WHO in 1994 the need for double blind, single blind and randomized studies was emphasized. At the Baltic Congress of Acupuncture in Riga 1998 Professor Nezabudkin presented a large study comprising more than 600 cases of asthma at a university hospital in St. Petersburg, satisfying these strict scientific criteria and documenting the efficacy of acupuncture in asthma. So far, however, this study is available only in Russian.

In the treatment of children it is preferable to avoid the use of needles. Soft laser acupuncture was first developed by professor V. Injushin in Alma Ata in the early 1970’s and is now used in eastern Europe, China and many other countries. At an international acupuncture congress in Paris in 1990 Dr. Grubor presented a study from a university clinic in Sarajevo, comprising 138 children suffering from asthma treated by soft laser acupuncture. 72 of these were treated with an infrared Gallium Arsenicum laser of 6 mW, and 66 with a red Helium-Neon laser of 4 mW. Traditional Chinese acupuncture points were used. Each point was irradiated for 20-30 seconds, and the treatment was given in two series of 10 daily treatments each with an interval of one month in between. The results were evaluated after one year. There werer no significant differences between the two groups. Highly positive results were achieved in both groups. In 90 cases (71,43%) the children were either cured from their asthma or markedly improved, the medication either having been stopped or substantially reduced, and the children being free from asthma. In 29 cases (23,02%) there was improvement, while 6 cases (4,76%) were unchanged. No unfavourable side effects were observed and only 1 case was worse. In 12 cases they were not able to collect information after one year. (1)

This study from Sarajevo was not followed up due to the war in Bosnia. It shows, however, that light acupuncture with specific, coherent light may be an interesting alternative in the treatment of children suffering from asthma. The purpose of our study has been to test a similar method in a sufficiently large number of children suffering from asthma in Norway to see if this is a practical therapeutic alternative also in our country.

Method

As a specific light we have chosen light that is emitted by molecules of Singlet Oxygen reverting to Oxygen in the ground state, so called ‘Singlet Oxygen Energy’ (SOE). There are several reasons why we have chosen this form of specific light therapy. This light in biologically active dosages is so weak that it can not harm the eyes if these should be exposed by accident. Highly interesting experimental research has been done at the University of Göteborg (Sweden), demonstrating the strong biological effect of this light, and proving that this specific light has great medical and scientific interest. (2,3)

We have used an instrument produced by Valkion AB in Göteborg. In the activation chamber of this instrument Singlet Oxygen is produced by a photochemical method. Singlet Oxygen is a molecular form of Oxygen that is in a higher energetic state than Oxygen in the ground state. It is highly unstable and will revert to Oxygen in the ground state within a fraction of a second, emitting a specific light energy of wave length 634,7 nanometer. This specific light energy (SOE) is conducted together with light from the illuminating halogen lamp through a fiber optic cable for illumination of the skin point.

Each treatment session includes the irradiation of 7-10 acupuncture points. We have used points known from acupuncture experience to be effective in the treatment of asthma. As standard points we have used Lung-5 and Lung-7, Large intestine 11 and Spleen 10 for exogenous, allergic asthma, and used the same basic program with a small variation in cases of more endogenous asthma. Each point is irradiated for ca. 30 seconds, each session taking 5-10 minutes. As a rule we have given two series of 6 treatments each with an interval of 1-2 months in between. As the treatment is done on an out patient basis we have generally treated 2 or 3 times a week. The therapy has, however, to some degree been adapted to the individual case, as some children were free from their asthma and need for medication after only 6 treatments, while others were in need of further treatment after having completed the 2 courses of 6 treatments each.

Results

Dr. Schjelderup and Susan Thorkildsen started their part of the project in January 1998. In May 1998 Dr. Stadheim joined the project. The results for both groups were evaluated in September 1999 and are given separately for the two groups.

In the Schjelderup/Thorkildsen group there are 19 children of age 1-12 years. 3 of these children had recurrent respiratory infections with asthmatic bronchitis and were diagnosed as cases of endogenous asthma. The other 16 children had exogenous asthma or asthma of mixed exogenous/endogenous type. Average number of sessions with SOE acupuncture was 10. 16 children were either cured, being free from asthma and without medication, or much improved, only having need of medication temporarily in case of respiratory infection or exposure to excessive amounts of allergens. – If this need of occasional medication was real or not, was however, difficult to judge in many cases, as parents of children with asthma tend to believe that any respiratory symptoms, as for example in a common cold, signifies asthma and need for medication. – The 3 remaining children were also improved. This gives the following results:

Cured or much improved: 16 cases 84,21 %
Improved: 3 cases 15,79 %

In Stadheim’s group there are 41 children with diagnosed asthma. 35 of these children were either cured from their asthma or much improved, all of them being free from medication. Some of these children were initially so ill and heavily medicated that they had been diagnosed as asthma grade IV and had repeatedly been hospitalized. 3 of these severely asthmatic children were later examined at the main clinic for asthma in children at Voksenåsen in Norway and were found to be free from asthma. 2 of these children had been so ill that they had been on continual medication with systemic steroids. They had now been free from medication for 4 and 6 months respectively. Another child had come to Dr. Stadheim with his third pneumonia in 2 months with high fever and classical pulmonary signs. In agreement with the mother Dr. Stadheim tried SOE acupuncture in stead of antibiotics this time and could observe how the pneumonia regressed quickly and the child recovered completely within 5 days. Some of these severe cases of asthma grade III-IV had needed more than 12 treatment sessions with SOE acupuncture. The largest number of treatments given were 24.

Results:
Cured or much improved: 35 cases 85,37 %

Evaluation

According to our study, 51 out of 60 children, that is 85 %, have either been cured or much improved from their asthma. We have observed no unwanted side effects, and the improvement in the general state and well being of the children has often been striking.

The results confirm the positive results from the study of Dr. Grubor from Sarajevo, and shows that SOE acupuncture is an at least equally good alternative as soft laser acupuncture for this kind of therapy. In our 60 cases we have an observation time of one year or more. This confirms the experience from Sarajevo that the improvement achieved is relatively permanent. In some cases we have seen temporary relapses connected with respiratory infections. These, however, can easily be treated with a few additional sessions with SOE acupuncture.

Basic research done by Professor Bassam Soussi with MNR spectroscopy at the Wallenberg Laboratory at the University of Göteborg has proved that, while Singlet Oxygen in molecular form is highly reactive acting like a free radical, SOE has a very positive biological effect, acting as a strong antioxidant (2). SOE has a positive effect on living tissue, significantly improving the vitality and preservation of muscle transplants for transplantation surgery. (3,4) Large scale clinical research has been done in Ukraine proving the positive therapeutic effect of SOE therapy. Of special interest are three large studies, comprising 1303 children of age 6–15 years from regions strongly polluted by radioactivity after the Chernobyl accident. (4,5,6) These studies show that therapy with SOE gives significantly better results when added to routine therapy in the treatment of a great variety of medical problems. The perhaps most interesting finding was that SOE therapy significantly increases the secretion of radioactive Cesium-137 in these children.

The phenomenon of photo-repair has been known since the 1930’s. This phenomenon, where the self-repair of DNA is stimulated by irradiation with specific wave lengths of light, is of great potential medical interest. SOE apparently has a very great potential for stimulating photo-repair. It is our hope that our small study shall serve to stimulate further research in this promising field.

In 2002 we made a further follow up of asthmatic children treated by SOE acupuncture. We now had a material of 134 children suffering from asthma that had been treated by this method by 4 different acupuncturists. Approximately similar positive results were obtained by all of them. Although our study is to be regarded as a pilot study and hopefully may be followed up by more strictly designed scientific studies, we feel that we have a sufficient basis to recommend this method of SOE acupuncture in the treatment of asthma in children to others.

References:

Grubor, D.: “Treatment of Bronchial Asthma in Children by Laser Acupuncture”, 2nd World Conference on Acupuncture, Paris 1990.

Hultèn, L.M., Holmström, M. and Soussi, B.: “Harmful Singlet Oxygen can be Helpful”, Free Radical Biology & Medicine, Vol. 27, Nos 11/12, pp. 1203-1207, 1999.

Lundberg, J., Lindgård, A., Elander, A. and Soussi, B.: ”Improved Energetic Recovery of Skeletal Muscle in Response to Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury Followed by in Vivo 31P-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopi”, Microsurgery, 22:1-7, 2002.

Lindgård, Ann (tutor: Professor Bassam Soussi): “Energy Metabolism during Surgical Skeletal Muscle Transfer on Rat – Effect of Preservation Medium and Illumination with Singlet Oxygen Energy”, University of Gothenburg 1999.

Gladchuk, E.O., Zhdanova, G.B. and Dimitrenko: “Treatment of the patients from ecologically and radiologically polluted regions with respiratory tract pathologies and acute toxic gas poisoning as professional diseases”, Ukraina 1999.

Lytvak, I. and Hora, L.: “Singlet Oxygen Therapy Use for the Treatment of the Children Living in the Territory Radioactively Polluted by Chornobyl Atomic Power Station”, Sanatorium ‘Ukraine’, Kyiv Region, Ukraina 1999.

Kolestnyk, V.: “Report on Clinical Investigations of Singlet Oxygen Therapy Valkion unit use in Sanatorium Practice at Chernobyl Zone in Ukraine”, Ukraina 1999.

Acupuncture on Chronic Sinusitis of 6 years

Suffered from Chronic Sinusitis for 6 years and had a history of Asthma. Easily affected by weather, air pollution and sensitivity. Points selected from ECIWO Head and Shangxing Baihui, Yingxiang, Zusanli, Neiting. His wife noticed the difference that night he went home and he had managed to sleep very well.

Other points included Neiguan, Yintang, Waiguan, Baihui, Dazhui and Fengchi. Additional points applied on him including, Feishu and ECIWO Lungs of the 2nd metacarpal bone. It took him 11 sittings altogether.

Because he was recovered from acupuncture treatments, he introduced a fellow colleague who had suffered from Severe Rhinitis and Tinnitus to treatment with Acupuncture too, in hope that he was able to benefit from this ancient form of medicine.