Last month, we hosted – for the first time ever – a seminar in Chinese Medicine and Oncology at the Columbia Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. This two-day course, led by the esteemed Drs. Katherine Taromina and Frank Butler, examined treatment strategies and the role of Chinese Medicine in supportive care for cancer patients. In addition to invaluable clinical insight and cutting-edge research shared by our lecturers, participants were offered an exclusive tour of the infusion center and cancer care facilities at the hospital.
As Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is increasingly becoming a standard method of treatment in the US, it is important to examine how best to integrate it into conventional practices and treatment protocols. One of the articles reviewed at the seminar was co-authored by Dr. Taromina herself: ‘A Model for Integrating Acupuncture into Supportive Care in Oncology’. This article is the first of its kind to explore the practical application of Chinese medicine in a hospital setting when treating cancer patients.
According to the article, there have been over 800 scientific studies published over the last 10 years on the role of acupuncture in cancer care. Many of them demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of cancer symptoms as well as adverse reactions to chemotherapy. Symptoms such as nausea, pain, xerostomia, anxiety, hot flashes, lymphedema, and insomnia can be effectively treated with acupuncture.
Dr. Taromina’s work in this field is pioneering, and we hope you gain as much from reading her article as we have. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic, too!
If you missed out on the seminar, don’t worry. If you are a licensed provider, you are eligible to attend our Grand Rounds: Oncology and Cancer Care Support. For more information, don’t hesitate to Contact Us, or sign up for our Professionals Newsletter to stay up-to-date with our course offerings and events.
“Do you do acupuncture on your kid?”
I am asked that question, and variations on that question, on a weekly basis. And the answer is: Yes, I perform acupuncture on my son when he needs it. However, I usually leave it to his acupuncturist.
From the moment he was born – in order for me to focus on my duties of nurturing and comforting – I have entrusted his medical care to the people I hand-selected to be his health care providers, including an Acupuncturist who is a Pediatric Specialist. She has treated him for everything from infantile fever, to heat rashes, to sinus and lung congestion, and digestive discomfort. In fact, Chinese medicine has been the first line of defense for our household each and every time we’ve been confronted with illness.
Those of you who have received acupuncture treatment before are probably now wondering: how do you get the kids to stay still long enough for acupuncture? Well the answer is: we don’t. The way that acupuncture is practiced on children is very different than on adults. The time in which we generally retain the needles is very short comparatively, and there are methods such as Tui Na medical massage or Shonishin techniques that use the same understanding of the body to treat disease, but without the needles.
Certain conditions require more than acupuncture. Chinese herbal therapy is very effective against common pediatric disorders. The correct intervention at the appropriate time can relieve symptoms immediately, accelerate the process of healing, and prevent the illness from causing further and future damage. The combination of acupuncture and herbs is a great way to ensure that children get over their illnesses quickly and as comfortably as possible.
It is important to find a practitioner who is trained and qualified to administer acupuncture and Chinese herbs specifically for pediatrics and the treatment of children. Much like there are different specialists in allopathic conventional medicine, there are different standards of training in Chinese medicine as well.
Prior to having my own child, I always felt blessed that I could help my pediatric patients and my nieces, nephews, and cousins whenever the need arose. Now that I have the responsibility of safeguarding the health of my son, I realize what a blessing it truly is to understand the power of this medicine. Here are some of the more common conditions that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can effectively treat:
- ADD and ADHD
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Bed Wetting
- Recurrent Ear and Sinus Infections
- Digestive Issues
- Night terrors
- Failure to thrive
- Sprained ankles and other sports/play related injuries
If you have a little one in your life whom you feel may benefit from Chinese medicine and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am available to answer any your questions about Pediatrics and the treatment for kids using Chinese Medicine.