April Bui Acupuncture
Memorial / Spring Branch
Chinese Medicine Terminology
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. Although Chinese medicine concept can be abstract, this helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
Chinese Medicine Diagnosis:
There are times when chemo or radiation therapy is unavoidable. The brighter side is that Chinese medicine is effective for providing support to the energy system, relieving the side-effects, and rebuilding the body after the treatment period. Chemo and radiation therapies can cause significant depletions such as:
• Depletion of qi - Symptoms include fatigue, lack of appetite, loss of taste or smell, insomnia, bodily pain, depression, excessive sweating, reflux or nausea, decreased mental function, suppressed immune system, shortness of breath.
• Depletion of blood - Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, fear, insomnia, depression, crying spells, suppressed immune system, decreased mental function, numbness.
• Depletion of yin and yang - Symptoms include excessive heat or cold, excessive hunger or thirst, insomnia, depression, low energy, suppressed immune system, digestive disorders, tremors, tinnitus, anger, irritability, restlessness, muscle weakness.
We use both acupuncture and herbs to provide support for chemo/radiation patients. During the treatment period, herbal therapy is given only with the approval of patient's doctor as during the on-going administration of chemo/radiation many doctors restrict herbal intake to minimize interference.
After the treatment period and in good status, patients are allowed to consume most foods, herbs, supplements normally. At this phase of healing, acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy are vitally important and effective in supporting the recovery and reducing side-effects.
If patient stays on acupuncture and Chinese herbal support consistently, the recovery time takes up to one year although patients will start to feel significant relief in the first 2-3 weeks. Because chemo/radiation depletes much of the yin, qi, and blood, the replenishment and rebuilding of these foundational aspects of the body will require longer recovery time.