Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, has been practiced in China for over 2,500 years and incorporates such modalities as acupuncture and massage therapy to alleviate symptoms such as fatigue, pain, anxiety and depression. When used as part of cancer protocols, cancer patients have experience relief from gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue and a lessening of the anxiety associated with diagnosis. In summary, patients have experienced an overall improvement in their quality of life.
This study serves to highlight the growing understanding that a truly comprehensive cancer protocol must include a focus on the whole person, not just the disease that they have. Cancer patients need to attend to their emotional and lifestyle aspects of self as well as their bodies when diagnosed with cancer.
Truly making inroads to healing from cancer will be best served when the paths of allopathic and alternative therapies merge and patients are treated from a whole body approach.