New research on Chinese medicine?


Question from Mcec: Is research being done on complementary treatments like Chinese medicine and qi gong to develop further their approaches in the fight against breast cancer, or do they mainly continue to use their thousands-years-old techniques?
Answers - Lorenzo Cohen There is a lot of research being done around the world examining the benefits of indigenous medical systems such as Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, which comes from India, and their utility for fighting cancer. We have a grant funded by the National Cancer Institute to examine the role of traditional Chinese medicine in cancer treatments. We have projects examining the natural products, both from plants and animals, actually affecting the tumor. We are conducting acupuncture research, as well as examining the benefits of qi gong for women with breast cancer undergoing radiation treatment. The NIH as well as many pharmaceutical companies have a big interest in exploring the indigenous herbs from other countries seeking to discover new treatments for cancer.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2007, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Complementary Medicine Techniques. Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answered your questions about different types of complementary techniques and how they can help during and after breast cancer treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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