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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Outsmarting Brain Tumors May 14, 2011. Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine as a Support System for Brain Tumor Treatment. Lucy Postolov, L.Ac. Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
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Outsmarting Brain Tumors
May 14, 2011
Lucy Postolov, L.Ac.
Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
Allied Health Professional / Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterBoard Certified in Integrative Medicine
CAM use among cancer patients is diverse and varies by region
The Eastern Philosophical Point of View
These are several consecutive transaxial slices from single-photon emission computed tomography scans of patient 2 with baseline scan (top row) showing initial thalamic (thick arrow) and basal ganglia (thin arrow) asymmetry with the right activity greater than the left. The post acupuncture scan (bottom row) shows normalization of the thalamic and basal ganglia asymmetry, with the both right and left having relatively equal activity.
“Acupuncture Modulates the Limbic System and Subcortical Gray Structures of the Human Brain: Evidence From fMRI Studies in Normal Subjects”, Massachusetts, 2000
Kathleen K.S.Hui, Jing Liu, Niko Makris, Randy L. Gollub, Anthony J.W. Chen, Christopher I. Moore, David N. Kennedy, Bruce R.Rosen, and Kenneth K. Kwong.
Bilateral fMRI signal increases in somatosensory cortices and signal decreases in deep structures: acupuncture needle manipulation of the left LI 4 versus tactile stimulation in a single subject. Pseudocolor KS statistical maps of signal increases (left column, a, b) and signal decreases (right column, c, d) overlaid on high-resolution scans in gray scale at the indicated slice plane relative to the anterior commissure. Both tactile stimulation and acupuncture needle manipulation elicited signal increases in the primary and secondary somatosensory cortices (SI, SII), but the changes were more marked during tactile stimulation (a) than during acupuncture b). Acupuncture needle manipulation elicited signal decreases in the parahippocampus/fusiform gyrus (PH/FusG) and insula (Ins) (d), whereas tactile stimulation did not (c). Also shown are acupuncture needle manipulation associated signal decreases in the middle temporal gyrus (TGm) and precentral gyrus (PrCG). Color bar shows significance, same color if signal increased or decreased.
“Cerebral Blood Flow Effects of Pain and Acupuncture: A preliminary Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography Imagining Study.” American Society of Neuroimaging. 2004
Andrew B . Newberg MD, Patrick J. LaRiccia, MD Brunde Y. Lee, MD, John T. Farrar, MD, Lorna Lee, MA, Abass Alavi, MD.
The Western Medical Point of View
From “Neuro-Acupuncture”, Cho ZH et al, Q-puncture, Inc. 2001
Dopamine Norepinephrine Endorphins
Complimentary & Alternative Medicine
Freeman Lawlis, 2001
Chemotherapy Related Side Effects
(mucus membrane ulceration)
Radiotherapy Induced Symptoms
(Dry mouth condition caused by radiation)
Loss of Appetite
Weakened Immune System
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
Ren Shen Ginseng Rx.
Bai Zhu Atractylodis Alba Rz
Huang Qi Astragali Rx
Dang Gui Angelicae Sinensis Rx
Dao Zao Jujubae Fr.
Chen Pi Citri Reticulatae Pc.
Chai Hu Bupleuri Rx.
Zhi Gan Cao Glycyrrhizae Rx. Preparata
Sheng Jiang Zingiberis Recens Rz
Sheng Ma Cimicifugae Rz..
Huang Qi Radix Astragali Ren Shen Radix Ginseng Ling Zhi Ganoderma Xi Yang Shen Radix Panacis quinquefolii Mu Dan Pi Cortex Moutan Zhi Mu Radix Anemarrhenae Fu Ling Poria Chen Pi Pericarpium Citri reticulatae Mai Men Dong Radix Ophiopogonis Dang Gui Radix Angelicae sinensis Ban Xia Rhizoma Pinelliae Preparatum Lu Gen Rhizoma Phragmitis Nu Zhen Zi Fructus Ligustri lucidi Sha Ren Fructus Amomi Huang Jing Rhizoma Polygonati Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae uralensis
Radix Astragali Dang Gui Radix Angelicae sinsis Hong Hua Flos Carthami tinctorii Dan Shen Radix Salviae miltiorrhizae Shou Wu Radix Polygoni multiflori preparata Gou Qi Zi Fructus Lycii chinensis Wu Wei Zi Fructus Schisandrae Nu Zhen Zi Fructus Ligustri lucidi Zhi Mu Radix Anemarrhenae Mu Dan Pi Cortex Moutan Gan Cao Radix Glycyrrhizae uralensis Sheng Di Huang Radix Rehmanniae Chen Pi Pericarpium Citri reticulatae Yu Zhu Rhizoma Polygonati odorati
Huang Qi - Radix Astragali Membranacei
The decoction given to mice increases the phagocytic activity of the reticuloendothelial system.
In vitro was effective against Shigella Shigae, Bacillum anthracis, Streptococcus hemolyticus, and Staphyloccus aureus.
Decoction of Huang Qi given to mice significantly increase the endurance in swimming tests.
Promotion of Phagocytosis
Daily administration of decoction enhanced reticuloendothelial phagocytosis
Oral and intravenous use of Dang Shen in normal rabbits caused an increase in red blood cell count and hemoglobin.
Dang Shen inhibited the febrile reaction to toxins such as turpentine in mice and rats.
Pre-treatment with the decoction of the herb reduced the incidence of ulcers in rats due to stress of pylorus ligation.Analysis of Individual Herbsin Chemo Support
Ling Zhi - Fructificatio Ganodermae lucidi
The decoction of the root showed strong antibacterial action in vitro against, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus hemolytic
Fu Ling - Scierotium Poriae Cocus
Produces an inhibition rate of 96.88% against sarcoma in rats.
Oral administration increased phytohemagglutinin-induced lymphocyte transformation rate and increased serum IgG.
Chen Pi- Pericarpium Citri reticulatae
The herb decoction inhibited the motility of isolated small intestines of mice and rabbits.
Dang Gui- Radix Angelicae sinesis
Inhibited rat platelet aggregation and serotonin release
Ban Xia- Rhizoma Pinelliae ternatae
Prevents early vomiting caused by deslanoside as well as emesis caused by orally-administered copper sulfate.
Cohen, Lorenze and Markman, Maurie. Integrative Oncology. p 126. Huston, TX. 2008 Humana Press.
Medicine today is science, and business, and law (perhaps not in that order) but not so much art as it seemed to be even when I started. I know why we are counting, why it is important, essential even.
Despite years of study and numbering, after all, we still haven’t settled the role of vitamins, hydrochlorothiazide, mammograms, aspirin, diabetes control, or almost any other topic in medicine including statistical analysis itself. But medicine as its fundamental is still about suffering, healing, and comforting; it is about individuals; it is about relationships, and trust; it is about stories.
Michael H. Monroe, MD.Drawer on the Right. Charlotte, North Carolina, March 23/30, 2011 JAMA