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Acupuncture, Massage, Newsletter - October 2005 | Issue 13



In this issue you will find:

Important PCOM Dates

  • October 24 - National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day
  • October 24 - New York Open House
  • October 29 - Chicago Fall Open House

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Pacific College Reaches Out to Hurricane Victims

Pacific's New York campus has been working to raise funds to assist Acupuncturists without Borders, to help the healing process from this tragedy.

In order to aid and support those who have suffered from this natural disaster, acupuncture can be extremely beneficial in helping people facing enormous stress, anger, frustration, depression, fatigue and other emotional and physical pain.

As a part of the relief effort, Acupuncturists without Borders will be traveling to Houston and surrounding areas where evacuees are being housed to provide free acupuncture treatments.

Community style acupuncture provides the opportunity to set up treatment facilities anywhere, as well as the ability to treat large groups at once. Auricular treatment is provided to each patient for 30-60 minutes while sitting in a chair.

In addition to reaching out to the victims of this disaster, treatments will also be made available to all service workers including police, search and rescue volunteers, Red Cross volunteers, as well as all medical personnel.

Throughout the month, Pacific College Acupuncture Center , will be accepting donations in support of this program.

For more information on the relief efforts or to make a donation, please contact Pacific College at (800) 729-3468.

Pacific College 's Chicago campus has also dedicated its time to aiding hurricane victims through a fundraising event held on Sunday October 9 th . Chicago provided acupuncture and massage therapies at a discounted rate on this day to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.

In response to the wide spread devastation left by both Hurricane Katrina and Rita, Habitat for Humanity recently launched "Operation Home Delivery" a three-phase response to aid people rebuild their lives and their homes in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast.

All proceed that were raised on this day went directly to Habitat for Humanity.

In San Diego , PCOM continues to support the efforts of clinic supervisor Erin Raskin as well as other PCOM alumni and faculty as they provide acupuncture to both victims of the hurricanes and volunteers of the Red Cross Family Assistance Center. PCOM donated the necessary supplies for the make shift clinic set up to treat patients for stress, pain, grief, as well as various medical conditions. Acupuncture treatments began September 22 and continue today to a majority of patients who have never before experienced acupuncture. The Red Cross Family Assistance Center , which has helped more than 1100 people to date, is expected to remain open through the end of the month.

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Using Herbs to treat Cancer:
Traditional Medicine in a Modern World
By: - Patrick Paine, L.Ac.

The simple fact that plants are a major source of many drugs is not a surprise to most. Penicillin comes from mold, coumadin from sweet clover and aspirin from the bark of the white willow. Many of the most effective cancer drugs are also plant derived such as Vincristine (from periwinkle), Etoposide (from mayapple) and Taxol (from the pacific yew tree).

In China and Japan , the mainstream medical opinion is that supplementing chemotherapy with traditional herbal formulas can improve survival rates and life expectancy of cancer patients. Skeptics might doubt any herbal effect but for cancer patients, it raises a very simple question, "What does the research say?"

Coriolis versicolor, the common turkey tail mushroom, has over 400 published studies including several long term human clinical trials confirming its cancer killing, anti-metastatic, and immune enhancing effects. (1-9) It is referred to as a Biological Response Modifier as it improves the patients own anti-tumor response (10). Researchers at the St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco reviewed several randomized clinical trials and agreed with the Japanese Ministry of Health that this common mushroom significantly improves survival rates and lifespan for gastric, esophageal, colorectal, breast and lung cancers ( 9).

Coptis chinensis (Huang Lian) is a favorite herb of traditional Chinese medicine for signs of infection associated with heat or inflammation. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) have demonstrated effects on hepatoma, gastric, colon, and breast cancer cells in the lab. Researchers also discovered that the whole herb is more effective than the single major constituent, berberine (11). A phase one clinical trial is currently underway on the effects of Huang Lian on solid tumors at MSKCC.

Artemisinin annua (Qing Hao), commonly known as sweet wormwood, has recently gained fame as the best treatment for quinine resistant malaria. A University of Washington study shows Artemisinin selectively kills several cancer cell lines in the test tube. It worked against breast cancer cells but was most effective for aggressive forms of pancreatic and leukemia cell lines (14,15). Artemisinin damages cell membranes by reacting with iron, high concentrations of which are found in both the malaria parasite and quickly dividing cancer cells. Researchers observed cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy were still killed by aremisinin (16).

Oldenlandia (Bai Hua She She Cao) is used traditionally for snakebite or any conditions of heat due to toxin. The Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy published an article in 2004 that showed oral doses of Bai Hua She She Cao inhibited lung cancer growth and metastasis in rats and eight other cancer cell lines in the test tube (12).

In the near future, America 's healthcare will be very similar to what is found in China and Japan : an integrative system that takes the best of all worlds for the benefit of the patient. Clearly, herbs can be potent medicines and in the case of the turkey tail mushroom a clinically proven complementary option for stomach, colon, lung and throat cancer.

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Top Food For Allergies

For those who suffer from allergies throughout the whole year from offending allergens such as animal dander and dust mites, one way in decreasing the severity of your allergies is to boost your immunity with immune-enhancing foods. These foods will have high levels of vitamin C, magnesium, beta-carotene, and quercetin.

Vitamin C
It has been shown to decrease production of histamine, thus reducing an immediate allergic episode. It is a natural antihistamine. It helps relieve allergic symptoms and prevents inflammatory reactions. 

Green and red peppers, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, potatoes, cabbage

Beta-Carotene
When converted to Vitamin A, it helps boost immunity and keeps the respiratory system working optimally. It also is a powerful antioxidant.

Sweet potatoes, kale, spinach. carrots, winter squash, collard greens

Magnesium
May reduce constricted airways in asthma by relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tubes. It can buffers the acidic stage of an allergic reaction. Some think a deficiency in magnesium can release histamine.

Almonds, spinach, avocados, oysters, seeds, peanuts, buckwheat

Quercetin
Rich in bioflavonoids. It can reduce allergic reactions by having an antihistamine effect. It also decreases inflammation

Apples, cranberries, grapefruit, grapes, pears, spinach, kale, cabbage

In addition, ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It may provide some relief from allergy symptoms by dilating constricted bronchial tubes.

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Chinese Wisdom: Quote of the Day

 "Whoever loves the world as his self may be entrusted to care for the world."

Lao Tzu