Chi­nese, Western groups team up in can­cer fight

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LOUISA YOU in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

The Cana­dian Anti-Can­cer Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (CACRA) will host a fo­rum in in Septem­ber in Van­cou­ver to pro­mote aware­ness of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine and its treat­ment of can­cer and other health is­sues.

More than 20 Chi­nese med­i­cal ex­perts from China as well as lo­cal doc­tors and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been in­vited.

Can­cer has been the lead­ing cause of death in Canada in the last 10 years, and Chi­nese medicine prac­ti­tion­ers are look­ing to com­bine their ef­forts with Western medicine to re­duce side ef­fects and in­crease the re­sponse of can­cer cells to Western treat­ments.

The CACRA, founded in May 2013, is de­voted to pro­mot­ing the in­cor­po­ra­tion of tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine with Western meth­ods and treat­ments.

Dr Jin­hua Shi, CACRA’s pres­i­dent and founder, said: “Through our ad­vo­cacy and ed­u­ca­tion ef­forts to im­prove the anti-can­cer knowl­edge and skills of prac­ti­tion­ers and acupunc­tur­ists ... [in ad­di­tion to] pro­vid­ing the masses with ba­sic pre­ven­ta­tive knowl­edge, [we hope to pro­mote] early recog­ni­tion, early ex­am­i­na­tion and early treat­ment.”

In Bri­tish Columbia, TCM has been a des­ig­nated health pro­fes­sion since 2000, and acupuncture since 1996 un­der the Health Pro­fes­sions Act.

Dr Canny Lui, CACRA’s vice-pres­i­dent, said that of the 1,500 reg­is­tered prac­ti­tion­ers, around 600 are Chi­nese, and the ma­jor­ity are of mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties.

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine has its roots in 2,000 years of tra­di­tion, en­com­pass­ing a broad range of prac­tices based on shared con­cepts. It ex­plores how the hu­man body in­ter­acts with all as­pects of one’s life and en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing sea­sons, diet and emo­tional states.

The the­o­ret­i­cal ba­sis of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine is in the yin and yang doc­trine, a bal­ance of mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive op­po­sites, but prac­ti­tion­ers also study the vis­cera and merid­ian the­o­ries.

Be­cause the body’s vi­tal essence or qi can be nei­ther quantitatively mea­sured nor de­tected through any known means, there has been a lack of cost-ef­fec­tive re­search. How­ever, it has been sug­gested that acupuncture may be re­lated to the pro­duc­tion of en­dor­phin, or in­flu­ences adeno­sine (the body’s energy cur­rency) and its re­cep­tors.

This the­ory also leads to a unique di­ag­nos­tic method in­clud­ing changes in the blood ves­sels un­der the tongue, in nail tex­ture and in body con­di­tions. Pa­tients can then be rec­om­mended for Western quan­ti­ta­tive di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment sooner.

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