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Acupuncture, Massage, Newsletter - February 2007 | Issue 34

In this issue you will find: Important PCOM Dates
  • February 24 – Chicago Chinese New Year Celebration
  • March 3 – San Diego Chinese New Year Celebration

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Acupuncture Debuts On The Oprah Winfrey Show

On Tuesday February 13, 2007, Oprah’s viewers experienced the life changing benefits of acupuncture first hand. Thanks Daniel Hsu L.Ac., D.A., A.V.I., a doctoral fellow at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, viewers were able to see the true benefits of acupuncture and pain management in a clinical trial held during the show. Daniel Hsu founded the New York AcuHealth Center after completing a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is very well known for his meticulous dedication to Chinese medicine.

During the show Dr. Oz, Oprah’s resident medical expert, displayed a true passion for alternative medicine ”acupuncture has been around for 2,500 years in China. There are a billion people in another part of the world who use these therapies.” In a time where Western medicine is slowly opening to global medical techniques, many medical professionals, like Dr. Oz, are becoming extremely interested in therapies that treat the body’s energy. “The next big frontier…in medicine is energy medicine. It’s not the mechanistic part of the joints moving. It’s not the chemistry of our body. It’s understanding for the first time how energy influences how we feel.” Healing energy is the root of Chinese medicine, a fact that many Oprah viewers now understand.

During the show Angela was treated for severe shoulder pain. She had previously seen several doctors, and tried massage, but was unable to alleviate the constant radiating pain from her shoulder. After only one treatment by Daniel Hsu L.Ac., she reported her pain 100% gone, even after being pressed by Oprah. Her response to the treatment was “I’m on cloud nine. I feel rejuvenated. The pain…I don’t feel it. I feel wonderful,” a glowing recommendation for acupuncture treatment.

Even Oprah joined in and received a wellness treatment. She was admittedly scared of the needles, but after being reassured and receiving the treatment she exclaimed that, “It’s really not that bad. It’s not as bad as getting your ears pierced, I’ll tell you that.” Considering she had waited 51 years to get her ears pierced, that was definitely a compliment.

This show was a great stride for the acupuncture field. By sharing the theories behind Chinese medicine as well as dispelling many myths and fears surrounding acupuncture, this show opened up a whole new view of healthy living and therapy for many viewers. Daniel Hsu acted as a great ambassador for the field of Chinese medicine. His obvious passion and medical training left Oprah’s viewers with an extremely positive impression of acupuncture while clearly displaying its benefits.

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Pacific College Welcomes Giovanni Maciocia to Faculty

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is proud to announce that Giovanni Maciocia will be joining our San Diego faculty. As a world-renowned practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine he will be an exciting new force on our campus. Giovanni will be a regular faculty member of our doctoral program and a guest lecturer in our master’s program. He is also slotted to participate in our Pacific Symposium and special events at our Chicago and New York campuses.

Often noted as the father of Chinese medicine in Europe, Giovanni Maciocia is best known as the author of “Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine”, “The Foundations of Chinese Medicine”, “The Practice of Chinese Medicine”, and “Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine”. His textbooks are a learning staple in acupuncture colleges worldwide.

Maciocia’s own education began in England where he attended the International College of Oriental Medicine and graduated with a degree in acupuncture in 1974. Since then he has attended three post-graduate courses at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and graduated from the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1977.

He has been teaching acupuncture and Chinese medicine internationally since 1974. In 1996 he was appointed as a visiting professor at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the top Oriental medicine college in China. His style is described as rigorous, meticulous, and innovative, a reflection of his own dedication to the profession.

Giovanni Maciocia is an innovator of medical technique and theory and an experienced guide in the world of Oriental medicine. He is constantly adapting Oriental medical techniques and theories to Western cultural conditions and diseases. Most recently, Giovanni formulated an original theory on the aetiology and pathology of asthma and allergic rhinitis. He also penned a theory on the aetiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, a newly discovered disease with no Chinese medical documentation.

Also well known for his successful herbal formulas “The Three Treasures” and “The Women’s Treasure”. Giovanni is also credited with developing the first line of Chinese herbal formulae to treat women’s gynecological complaints. With his extensive Chinese medical knowledge Giovanni Maciocia is an amazing asset to our campus.

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Vegetarian Diets Help Prevent Cancer

By Michelle Fletcher, B.A., www.michellefletcher.net

Vegetarianism is more than just leaves and twigs. It’s also a far cry from the granola-munching we picture from the ’60s. Diverse in colors and flavors as it is in textures and nutrients, vegetarian diets also play a part in preventing and reducing the risk of cancer.

Before you munch on a salad or grab a stick of tofu (it’s much better cooked with some garlic or a little salt and pepper, by the way), hear the facts.

Formerly seen as strange and faddish, vegetarian diets are now recognized by many, including the American Dietetic Association as not only being nutritionally adequate, but also a healthful, natural way to treat chronic diseases. Cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, gallstones and many other chronic diseases are thwarted by integrating a healthful and well-balanced vegetarian diet.

Tufts University Medical School registered dietitian Johanna Dwyer summarized: “Data is strong that vegetarians are at lesser risk for obesity, atonic [reduced muscle tone] constipation, lung cancer, and alcoholism. Evidence is good that risks for hypertension, coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, and gallstones are lower.”

What is a vegetarian diet? In addition to copious amounts of fruits, vegetables, and grains, vegetarian diets also contain dry beans and lentils as protein sources. Many vegetarians also integrate low- to non-fat yogurts, milks, and cheeses, but this varies from vegetarian to vegetarian.

A number of studies point to the positive effects of vegetarian diets and health – most notably, cancer.

Over 200 studies have revealed that a regular consumption of fruits and vegetables provides significant protection against cancer at many sites. People who consume higher amounts of fruits and vegetables have about one-half the risk of cancer, especially the epithelial cancers. The risk of most cancers was 20-50% lower in those with a high consumption of whole grains.

Further, the National Cancer Institute states that 35 percent of cancer deaths may be related to diet, according to its booklet: Diet, Nutrition, & Cancer Prevention: A Guide to Food Choices. “Diets high in fiber-rich foods may reduce cancers of the colon and rectum.  Reducing fat in the diet may reduce cancer risk and, in helping weight control, may reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke.”

An Italian study conducted at the University of L’Aquila in Teramo evaluated the relationship between diet and cancer development. By integrating a vegetarian diet, researchers concluded that the dietary changes could help prevent cancer: “A low use of fibers, the intake of red meat and an imbalance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats may contribute to increase the risk of cancer. On the other hand, the assumption of lots of fruit and vegetables may lower the risk of cancer. Protective elements in a cancer-preventive diet include selenium, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, chlorophyll and antioxidants such as carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin). Ascorbic acid has limited benefits if taken orally, but is effective through intravenous injection. A supplementary use of oral digestive enzymes and probiotics is also an anticancer dietary measure. A diet drawn up according to the proposed guidelines could decrease the incidence of breast, colon-rectal, prostate and bronchogenic cancer.”

A 2006 study at the University of California, San Diego provided similar results. “These results provide preliminary evidence that adoption of a plant-based diet is possible to achieve as well as to maintain for several months in patients with recurrent prostate cancer. Adoption of a plant-based diet may have therapeutic potential in the management of [recurrent prostate cancer].”

Another study at the UCSD Cancer Center concluded that “Adopting a plant-based diet, along with stress reduction, may alleviate disease progression and have therapeutic potential for clinical management of recurrent prostate cancer.”

Further, the National Cancer Institute says that women who eat meat everyday are nearly four times more likely to get breast cancer than those who don’t. By contrast, women who consume at least one serving of vegetables a day reduce their risk of breast cancer by 20 percent to 30 percent, according to the Harvard Nurses Health Study. Studies done at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg suggest that this is because vegetarians’ immune systems are more effective in killing off tumor cells than meat eaters’. Studies have also found that plant-based diets protect against colon, prostate, and skin cancers.

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has said that 70 percent of all Americans are dying from diseases that are directly tied to their eating habits. By integrating a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes will help you live longer, healthier, and take a big step in fighting chronic diseases.


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Chinese Wisdom: Quote of the Day

“Do not fear going forward slowly, fear only to stand still.”

- Book of Odes