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Pan-Zeng Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Centre


370-1641 Hillside Ave.

Victoria BC

Tel 250-598-9668

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In Western Medicine the body is seen as a machine, you try to fix a broken part or take it out. In Chinese Medicine, the body is seen as a garden. If the leaves are wilting or turning brown, you examine the condition of the soil, see if the plant is getting enough water & sun or if the roots are being impinged upon. You don’t just paint the leaves green! ~ From the classic book on Chinese Medicine, "Between Heaven and Earth".

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TCM Healing Framework

There are six major healing modalities in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is the one most people are familiar with. Each can be applied individually or in combination to achieve healing results. To understand how TCM modalities address breast cancer prevention, occurrence or reoccurrence, it helps to describe the framework in which it operates and the healing treatments themselves.

TCM Healing Framework:
1) Everyone is born with self-healing ability.
2) Destructive energy patterns like cancer can be interrupted and broken.
3) Prevention is the best cure.
4) The human body is an organic whole, not a machine to be treated in parts.
5) The human body has an inseparable connection with Nature and the Universal.

TCM Treatment Principles:
1) Treat the root cause.
2) Strengthen the body’s immune system.
3) Balance the function of individual organ systems.
4) Harmonize the function of the body’s organ systems.
5) Adapt treatment modalities to the specific needs of the individual— Who you are (body type, genetics); Where you are (geographical location); How you are (physical condition and lifestyle), and When you are (age, time of day, season, time of symptom)

To learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine, visit www.tcmworld.org or www.breastcancer.com

 

Acupuncture for Depression

We recently came across this article in PLoS Med, a very well respected journal.

Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial

The article reports on a randomized controlled trial showing that acupuncture plus usual care or therapy can be very effective for treating depression.

"In this randomised controlled trial of acupuncture and counselling for patients presenting with depression, after having consulted their general practitioner in primary care, both interventions were associated with significantly reduced depression at 3 months when compared to usual care alone."

 

Jasmine's Winning Speech

We recently read an award-winning speech about traditional Chinese medicine.

You’re jerked awake by the shrill pitch of your alarm clock. You’re un-refreshed and long to return to sleep but it’s 6 am and if you are going to be at work on time, you have to be on the subway at 7 am for that hour long commute. You shower quickly, but you still only have time for a bowl of cereal before you bolt to the station to wedge into a crowded subway car. You go from your house to the subway and end up at your work, barely spending more than 10 minutes outdoors in the fresh air. You glance at your phone and see that your mother has called, but how can you be expected to have a long conversation with her when you didn’t even have time to eat lunch today? Your high standards see you working overtime again tonight and by the time you get home the sun has long since set and you are so exhausted that after a canned meal warmed by the microwave, you fall asleep in front of the blaring television. The next day, the exhausting cycle will inevitably continue but the question is, how long can you continue in the cycle?

It’s obvious that our typical mode of living has deviated so far from nature that our health and vitality are suffering. More than ever, chronic disease is afflicting the majority of the people in our lives and, what’s worse, it’s happening at a younger and younger age. How did things get this way? Rather than focusing on the why, let us instead focus on how to return our current way of living back to a sustainable, health-promoting one. Remember, just because something was a certain way yesterday doesn’t mean it has to remain the same today! Through action and participation, change is always promised and possible. Traditional Chinese Medicine promotes a system of sustainable action that is harmonious with nature. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes that change is inevitable and constant in the cycle of life and it promotes the smooth transition, whether it is the gradation of the seasons into one another or the maturation of the human form, from child into adult. Today, I am going to talk about how this wonderful system of medicine originated and how it can be integrated into a way of life that will get you excited about the endless health possibilities made available to you, from it. The possibility of optimal health has never been more attainable or more assured.

More than 2000 years ago, a simple system of health was developed in China to encourage both longevity and optimal health of its people. This system was not simply relied upon in times of acute distress only, but rather was designed to be followed regularly, on a daily basis. In order to ensure this, it was engrained into a way of life by being culturally enforced through traditions, diet and lifestyle. There was no magic, fast acting pill in this model of health; indeed this system of health encouraged ease and gentleness to both self and others The philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is simple: strive to balance the yin and yang in your life and you are promised optimal health in return. In fact, the definition of disease in the Chinese culture is quite simply a disharmony with nature. A disharmony is essentially an imbalance and once this imbalance is leveled out, the disease state will vanish and be replaced by complete health. Like all dynamic things, this balanced state must be maintained and constantly tweaked in order to remain so. In the words of the infinitely wise Albert Einstein, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Read the rest of Jasmine's speech on the Eastern Currents website.