April Bui Holistic Acupuncture

Houston, TX  .  Memorial Spring Branch

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Chemo/Radiation Support

On this page is a brief discussion about chemo/radiation support according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition by Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principle, concept, language, and treatment method from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. 


The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.

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.

  • Qi - means energy and is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in our physical realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.

  • Blood - the food sustenance for life force and nourishment for all functions in our body. 

  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.

  • Jing Essence - the vital substance which governs and originates the primal foundation for the soul aspect and physical aspect at the moment of conception as well as throughout life. Essence is intrinsically connected to and stored in the kidneys. Essence also helps to create bone marrow and reproductive vital substances such as semen, sperms, eggs, menstrual blood.

  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.

  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.

  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.

  • Meridian - another term for energy channel.
  • Deficiency, excess - the condition of imbalance in the body relative to a normal balance.

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.

Treatment Protocol:

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.

Individualized Assessment:

An in-person consultation is necessary in order for us to give you an in-depth assessment and to recommend an individualized treatment plan. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation appointment.

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