- Question from FionaMay: Have you had patients who are going through surgery for breast cancer and also want to use Chinese or another complementary medicine? What do you tell them?
Surgery is not a modality of treatment in Chinese medicine. It's thought to be bad to open one up—the gas, the vital Qi, the vital air would escape if you cut a hole. Again, this may not be scientific but it's traditional Chinese medicine.
So we use the same Qi-enhancing tonics that we refer to above. I mentioned the herbs that boost white-blood-cell counts. It's the same kind of thing that's used during or after surgery. There are foods to eat that enhance healing; some types of fish, for example, to repair the leakage of vital energy due to surgery.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Traditional Chinese Medicine featured Raymond Chang, M.D. and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about how to discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with your cancer doctor.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2005.
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