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Since 2000, I have extensively studied and practiced over a dozen alternative medicine disciplines. My partner is a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and herbalist, allergy elimination specialist, neuromuscular massage therapist, Reiki Master, and Native American-trained shaman. My review of this book comes from extensive personal experience and my partner's personal and professional experience.
First off, this book is exceptional, full of information and provides a very intelligent and safe protocol for lay readers. I highly recommend it.
1) TCM, QI, ORGAN SYSTEMS, ETC
The first chapters of this book provide an accurate general introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I commend the author for his detail, precision and clarity. TCM is over 2,000 years old and the concepts take volumes of medical texts to fully understand. Henry McGrath distills the basics of TCM and presents them in a way that is easy for a layperson to understand. Due to the complexity of TCM, this book is a slow read intended to be understood and intellectually digested. This is not a fad diet book with fluffy concepts and unsubstantiated claims.
If a person truly wishes to understand TCM and cancer therapy, then this book is a great place to start. My TCM doctor partner often tells me that her patients who do the most to learn and adapt their lifestyle to TCM, experience the greatest and fastest benefits. A solid understanding of TCM helps a patient to be confident and calm during and after treatments. Moving energy and changing patterns in the body can be a new experience to most Westerners. Understanding more of how TCM works helps a patient to stay committed to the therapy and experience lasting change.
Unfortunately Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and herbs are often misunderstood in the western media and mainstream health organizations. TCM is a 2,000 year old complete therapy system that incorporates preventative medicine and symptom elimination and has been developed with millions of patients for thousands of years. The West can benefit greatly from therapies that have existed for such a long time.
It is common for my TCM partner to receive patients whom have given up on Western Medicine after years of no improvement and an entire cabinet of medication. Fortunately, my partner is able to offer these distraught patients symptom relieve and in many cases recovery. This is due to the complexity and completeness of TCM. TCM works in harmony with the body, whereas many Western therapies do not. Often times a simple change in diet along with a regular acupuncture schedule can take people immediately out of pain and suffering.
As a highly-educated therapist (and very sucessful at treating illness), my partner often treats patients who self-medicate with herbs based on fad articles in alternate health magazines, books, or news broadcasts. It is common for her patients to read about the newest tidbit of western medicine research and then begin taking an herbal medicine for symptom treatment. In many cases this has caused new health symptoms to arise. My partner clearly sees the problems with self-medicating with herbal medicine based on western medicine research and fad herbal supplements. She frequently has to tell the patient to stop the herbs and let a professional herbalist recommend herbs, not unlicensed book authors, research scientists, or news reporters. An untrained person is simply not equipped with the proper knowledge about herbal medicine to select their own herbs. It can be dangerous and cause more harm than good.
With this in mind, I am pleased to read that Henry McGrath, the author of Traditional Chinese Medicine Approaches to Cancer repeatedly states that it is necessary to see a trained TCM herbalist when deciding to use herbs. Henry McGrath's advice is safe and intelligent.
Herbs are the 'original pharmaceuticals' for humanity. When prescribed correctly, herbs have no negative side effects and significant symptom and illness reduction. In fact, approximately 70% of patented pharmaceuticals are created from natural herbs. Since Mother Nature cannot be patented, laboratory chemicals became modern mainstream medicine.
Herbs change the way the body functions. Using herbal medicine with improper or incomplete knowledge of herbal medicine and the human body's function often times create new imbalances in the body that lead to new health symptoms and new problems. Herbal medicine changes how the body functions. When used properly herbs have the power to restore a body to balance. When used improperly herbs have the power to create imbalance. This is why a well-trained herbal therapist is necessary.
Personally, I recommend receiving herbal medicine from a practitioner schooled in Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda (India). Western-educated Naturopathic doctors have a knowledge base that is only a few decades old. Whereas Eastern-based herbal therapies have a history that is over 2,000 years old in China and 5,000 years old in India.
3) FOOD, DIET & NUTRITION
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to diet is unique and very different from the Western mindset. Rather than looking at nutrients, carbs, calories, etc., TCM looks at the energy of the food and the effects of the "flavors" on the various energetic organ systems of the body. It should be understood that TCM and Western nutrition are like night and day. The two should not be combined, except by a highly educated practitioner. This is because the foundation of understanding is so different. Yes TCM recommends foods that include carbs, fats, proteins, etc - however these nutrients are rarely looked at when prescribing a diet for health treatment. Instead the energy of the food is used to effect change in the functioning of the body at a deeper energetic level.
Having practiced western nutritional styles of nutrition for 5 years prior to adopting an energy-based diet, I personally experienced many problems with following the western nutrition program. This includes the alternative western diets, like raw foodism, low carb, high fat, fruitarianism, etc. diets. I found that all western diets based on philosophy or chemical science (carb, protein, vitamin, mineral) were imbalanced and caused an imbalance in the health of my body. It was not until I learn to experience the energy of my body and the energy of food that I was able to find a diet that caused no harm or imbalance. Instead, my health improved continuously as I learned to select food that was in harmony with my body and the earthly seasons.
For those curious readers, the ideal diet that I have found is one with lots of vegetables (cooked and raw vegetables depending on the type of vegetable), minimal or no fruit (too much sugar that weakens the body), no dairy (except a special mixture called the Johanna Budwig Protocol - Google it, you'll be amazed), only whole grains and brown rice (soaked or sprouted prior to cooking), and small quantities of protein (eggs, animal flesh, beans, etc). Keep each meal simple. Minimal or no sauces, dressings, salt or other condiments. This diet is the strict Traditional Chinese Medicine diet. Keep in mind, the food served at American Chinese restaurants is not the traditional Chinese diet.
The Tao of Healthy eating is a great book by Bob Flaws that teaches the authentic Chinese Medicine diet and food science. I highly recommend it.
Being in a relationship with a TCM doctor, I can also say that nearly every one of her patients who adopts her recommended TCM-based diet experiences quick improvement and a significant reduction of symptoms. Too often, people unknowingly work against their therapies by following a diet that is harmful. In addition, I know a large number of TCM practitioners who do not have a strong knowledge of TCM food science and greatly underestimate the effects of food on health. So when looking for a TCM doctor, do find one that is knowledgeable, well-trained and incorporates food, herbs, and acupuncture into a complete therapy. Otherwise you are missing out on the power of TCM. Acupuncture alone is not TCM, however too many therapists think that is it.
I highly recommend Henry McGrath's book on TCM and Cancer. It provides a significant amount of information and safe recommendations. This book has found a nice home in the hands of many of my partner's patients and on her therapy office bookshelf.
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I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine seriously, with a master teacher from China, for several years. The master healer (Tom Tam) was, at that time, interested in healing cancer. My own level of accomplishment was quite modest, but I got to see up close and personal what traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) could do for cancer patients. I tell you in a serious way: (1) No one claims that we have a cure for cancer. (2) TCM adds a significant number of days (weeks, years) to the life of most patients. (3) TCM adds quality to the days it does give. (I prefer a cure, but TCM doesn't have one yet.)
TCM is very difficult to learn indeed. First, in over 5000 years, the theory has grown to immense proportions. Second, for both historical and cultural reasons, the language used to express ideas about TCM is very difficult---almost impenetrable---for westerners. Adding to the problem, most Chinese healers are poorly disposed indeed to train people unless they find the student to be sincere and apt. Finally, TCM is difficult for westerners because the metaphors used to describe its action are not at all like the metaphors we like to use in our own medicine. The teaching metaphors of TCM are unusual at first, but they are useful in the sense that they do describe how a living system reacts to treatment. It works. Why not use it?
The author is clearly very well trained, and an apt student. He explains the broad foundations of TCM in a very clear way indeed. Adding to the excitement, his explanations are actually the correct ones. A student of TCM would find it very difficult indeed to find a more concise and clear explanation to start from. The exposition is not perfect. For example, although he says nothing incorrect about pulse diagnosis, his treatment of that area is profoundly oversimplified. That is a nearly unique example of a place I would have expected an improved exposition. The bulk of the book is wonderful---or, perhaps---better than wonderful.
Any person new to the study of TCM would benefit greatly from reading this book, whether they have some interest in cancer or not.
For cancer patients, I think the book makes a clear and detailed case---with all specifics---of why you might wish to augment your standard treatment with TCM treatment, too. It tells you clearly the benefits you can get. These include not just treatments aimed to remove the root causes of the cancer disease, but also techniques to support the body in its struggle to throw off the side effects of standard treatments. It is not, I think, really a "do it yourself" book. It will give you only modest indications of what you can do to help yourself. It is more geared toward helping you find a TCM healer to help you.
For patients who have not yet received a cancer diagnosis, but who have high cancer risk, I think the book is even more helpful. Some patients do radical surgeries, purely as a preventive strategy. Surgery is hard on the body. It's risky. This gives a clear and useful program that such patients can use actively to mitigate the risk for future cancers, and it does it in a way that is not at all harmful to the body. I think this will give some patients very great service.
It would be unusual indeed to find any practitioner of TCM who would recommend that a patient give up the standard treatments for cancer to pursue only the TCM approach. This is just not a suggested course. However, there are patients who do choose to stop another brand of treatment. Some patients refuse another round of chemo. A few refuse to undergo more radiation. Some people just stop. The fact that a person chooses---on her own---to stop a standard treatment does not mean that the person should stop active involvement in the healing process. This is one way to keep going. Even if you don't want another round of chemo, nothing will stop you from---drinking the tea, or having a little acupuncture or a massage. You can still do something that actually has SOME helpful aspect.
Finally, I think the book gives excellent background for any person who would consider approaching TCM as a new patient. It shows generally the sort of improvements that could be expected, and it lists reliable resources to allow a person to access this. For any person who wishes to consider effective alternate support for continuing health, this book is top quality.
Unlike so many people, the author knows what he is talking about AND is still willing to talk. In Chinese culture, that's an unbeatable combination. If I could think of a way to give a more enthusiastic or upbeat review for a book, I'd certainly do it for this one. I think this approach can help very many people in significant ways.
Too many books offer self-help approaches that prove to be effective for very few people. They have no "teeth," and they will disappoint in the long run. (I find 1000 books about "secrets of manifestation" in that category.) This isn't one of them. It leads to concrete treatment approaches, and the approaches give some meaningful help. Sadly, the "cure" rate is low. It isn't zero. Some people DO get cured. The cure rate for advanced cancers is not high. (The cure rate in less progressed cancers may be high---it possibly could be---but it is difficult to measure.)
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
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I have been reading a lot about alternative approaches to cancer recently, and find this book to be very helpful. The book is intended to be a supplement to conventional therapy, not a replacement for it. If you tend to read self-help books, such as herbal books, and want to self-prescribe, this is not the book for you, since no list of helpful herbs or supplements is given. Instead, the book encourages you to know what the Chinese principles are so that you can find a practitioner who can help you.
It explains the concept of Qi, the life force, and how a Chinese Medicine practitioner would diagnose you. The Chinese understanding of the organ system is explained, along with the five elements that they correspond with. Acupuncture is covered, along with how it could be helpful dealing with side effects of modern treatments of cancer (chemo, surgery, radiation). How a Chinese practitioner would decide how to treat you with herbs is also included. Nutrition is covered, as is how to cultivate Qi, such as by doing Qi Gong exercises.
This is an excellent book to read to become more informed about how cancer effects the entire system, and how you can benefit by consulting with trained practitioners in Oriental Medicine. I do wish it was much more comprehensive and self-help oriented for those who are far away from a trained practitioner.
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K. Salinger, MSN, FNP, RN AHN-BC
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Approaches to Cancer: Harmony in the Face of the Tiger.
I found this book to have a nice general introduction to traditional Chinese medicine philosophy at the beginning, followed by commentary regarding the TCM viewpoint of Cancer(CA)and potential direct and adjunct treatment from the TCM perspective.
This would be a great book for someone diagnosed with cancer who was seeking alternative or integrative treatment, as well as any oncologist wanting to know more about integrating effective alternative treatments into their plan of care.
I think it is great that this book is out there and introducing people to adjunct TCM therapies that can be used during cancer care. While some may be skeptical about how it works (Chi, meridians, etc.) The fact remains that it does indeed work and there are scientific studies which back this as well.
I agree with another reviewer who commented that more images, such as that of meridians, etc. would be helpful, thus making the book less user friendly for those completely new to the practices/philosophy of TCM. However, I did not feel that the writing was too technical of a nature that the layman wouldn't understand the message.
For those who have a problem with the concept of Chi energy, they can consider this type of care from the viewpoint that one body system that has problems will affect the other systems leading to overall, systemic imbalance or dysfunction. TCM has always viewed care in this manner and takes a holistic approach which views the body and all systems as a whole, with each system interconnected and dependent upon the others for proper functioning. The TCM approach can also be more pointed with a direct effect on one issue as well, in a similar way that allopathic medicine treats problems. (yet with TCM it is usually also working on the overall imbalance in the background as well)
As a former skeptic, I personally have found TCM to be an effective modality for many of my health needs and now use it frequently. I had chronic sinus infections to the point that my physician had suggested I havesurgery on my sinuses to essentially roto-rooter them out (not a technical term, obviously). I tried TCM and not only did the infections clear up quicker with the TCM herbal therapy, but they eventually disappeared completely - no roto-rooter required.
I also know a TCM practitioner who had been working with Cancer patients for several years. The combination of his TCM treatments with the Oncologist's care was so impressive that the hospital created a full time position for him at the insistence of the physicians.
It would be great to see this book on the shelves of all Oncologists along with an increase of partnered care between TCM practitioners and allopaths across all modalities of care.
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For those unfamiliar with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its role in what can be prevention and resolution of catastrophic illnesses, McGrath provides a valuable overview. His approach is not focused only on cancer involvements, but on the maintenance of health, overall. As should be, the approach is generally lifestyle-oriented in an educational manner and does not proceed to deal in any depth with individually-specific diagnostic or treatment modalities. The primer also has value in helping one vett competent practitioners of TCM effectively.