Love Your Pancreas: Pancreatic Support & Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is one of the most common complementary and alternative medicines used in the treatment of patients with cancer worldwide. However, the clinical effect of TCM on patients with pancreatic cancer remains unclear. In my Vblog I explain why I give great smoothie recipes, aromatherapy support that help and promote your existing health care lifestyle.

First, a little background about poor pancreatic health. 

Pancreatic cancer occurs when cells in the tissues of the pancreas form a malignant growth, or tumor. These cancerous cells are generally found in the ducts that carry pancreatic juices to the small intestine, however, a rare form of pancreatic cancer develops in the cells that form insulin. In the early stages of pancreatic cancer, an individual might not exhibit signs of illness, however as the cancer progresses, the following symptoms can appear: weight loss, weakness, loss of appetite, yellow discoloration of the skin and/or eyes due to jaundice, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the upper abdomen or back.
Chinese Medicine aims to treat the root cause and not just the symptom. In order to achieve this patterns in the body present themselves and are carefully diagnosied and treated with Acupuncture, Herbs, excercise and massage therapy and nutritional therapy. 
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Acupuncture has truly changed my life! My name is Antonika and  I am the Licensed Acupuncturist. 

Acupuncture has been proven effective for over 100 conditions and has been used to treat these conditions safely and painlessly longer than ANY other treatment that you are currently using. It assist the body by adding the body to:

Stop pain- arthritis, back pain
Lose Weight- sugar cravings
Improve Digestion
Detoxify- low energy
De-stress- poor sleep, tension
Treat Seasickness
Quit smoking
•Feel energized
Improve overall health

I treat patients from all over the world who come to me with many kinds of symptoms. You are here because you want to know more about how this ancient medicine really works. 

In addition to Acupuncture Chinese herbs complete one's protocol for a more efficient recovery and optimal health. 

Using Essential oils is also another way to really support the human body. Not all essential oils are created equal.

For Muscle tension I recommend a combination of oils that work together.

Weight management is assisted by using a combination of oils that help the body work smarter for you. 

I use oils mostly for stress management too. 

The best way to learn more about essential oils is start using them. I recommend a particular kind of oil. 

The Origin and Development of Chinese Herbal Medicine

In China 80% of TCM doctors work with herbal medicine and only 20% of them work with acupuncture. The total amount of Chinese herbal medicines used is 12,807. 11,146 are of plant origin. 1581 are of animal origin and 80 are from minerals. Because most Chinese medicines are from plants the are called 'herbs'. From prehistoric times to the early 20th century, Chinese herbs have lead in preventing and treating disease for Chinese people, they have saved many lives and its the reason why the Chinese population is the largest in the world. Chinese Herbal Medicine originated in ancient times when people were looking for food. A ruller called Shen Nong taught his people how to cultivate grains as food to avoid killing animals. He tasted 70 herbs a day to test their medical value for his people. Shen Nong is considered to be the father of Chinese agriculture and herbal medicine. During the Zhou Dynasty Wan Wu( means everything in the world) was written, 70 herbs were described in it. Jin Dynasty -Ben Cao Jin Ji Zhu and Pao Jiu Lun were later written.

Sui and Tang Dynasty (581-907) Chinese Herbal Medicine Xin Xiu Ben Cao was published. Shin Nong Ben Cao Jing (Divine Husbandman's Classic of Chinese Herbal Medicine) is the earliest and one of the most valuable books of Chinese Herbal Medicine. More than 200 herbs in current herbal text books are from the Hing Nong Ben Cao Jing. In total it contains details of 365 herbs.

By 960 up until 1368 a total of 1700 different kinds of herbal medicine were established. From 1368 to 1644 the Ben Cao Gang Mu ( Grand Chinese Herbal Medicine was written in 1590 AD. It contains 1892 chinese herbal medications. The Encyclopedia of Chinese Herbal Medicine was compiled. It included 4300 detailed herbs. Since 1956 TCM universities have been established in China. Since then TCM pharmacology department's have existed within the universities. Zhong Hua Ben Cao (Book of Chinese Herbal Medicine) has been published since then. It list 8534 herbal medicines.

Habitat and Collection of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Habitats of Chinese herbal medication are based on Soil, Water, Climate, Sunshine and Rainfall. Best quality of herbs that come from a specific are are called 'Dao Di Yao Cai'. Best Ren Shen is from Northeast of China, Best FU Ling is from Yun Nan province, Best Huang Lian is from Si Chuan province, Best Di Huang is from He Nan province, Best Er Jiao is from Shan Dong province.

Plant origin herbs collection

Entire grass collected when flower is in full bloom, leaves are collected when their flowers are in bloom. Flowers are collected when they are blooming. Fruits are collected when they are ripe. Roots are collected in late autumn or spring. Barks are collected in spring or early summer. Animal origin herbs are collected at different times, mineral origin medication herbs are collected at any time.

The study of Chinese herbs is so in depth that the study of it is a life long application. In any TCM practice herbs accompany an acupuncture treatment and any other modality administered. In China there are about 30 pubic TCM universities. Graduates from these departments are pharmacist working for pharmaceutical companies. Chinese herbs have become more scientific and divided into sub sections with in the pharmaceutical umbrella.

In my opinion, when deciding on the right acupuncturist, look for who is knowledgable in chinese herbs or homeopathic. In addition to nutrition and acupuncture natural medicines can increase the effect of the treatment received. Chinese medicine has been proven to be the most effective.

The Big Picture

A recommended resource to study. These points are most frequently used in practice.

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis for Hiccup's

Main manifestations for hiccups caused by food retention are, loud hiccups, epigastric and abdominal distention, anorexia, thick stick tongue coating, rolling and forceful pulse. Stagnation of Qi continual hiccups, the attack of hiccups caused by emotional changes or in server cases. Symptoms also include distending pain and chest congestion, hypochondriac pain with think tongue coating, string-taught and forceful pulse.

Cold in Stomach- Hiccup is alleviated by warmth and aggravated by cold, discomfort and pain the epigastrium, preference for warmth. Tongue has a thin white coating and pulse is slow.

Decline of Stomach Qi- Hiccup is low and weak, lassitude, emaciation, light tongue proper, enlarged tongue with teeth marks, thready pulse weak and irregular intermittent pulse.

Click here to view an illustrated version of Hiccup Flow Chart. All content provided by Dr. Tong at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine.