Thousand years ago, the Chinese had already discovered how to make use of Chinese herbs to balance the body Yin & Yang system and the use of needles on the body to eliminate pain and cure diseases to perfect health.
In 1963, a roundstone needle, which is determined as the primitive tool for acupuncture therapy, was unearthed in the relics of the Neolithic Age at Toudaowa, Dolun Banner, and Inner Mongolia. Therefore, the origin of Bianshi can be traced back to the Neolithic Age, which was four to ten thousand years ago.
The cumulative clinical experience on human being and the time-tested theories constitute the most comprehensive medical system.
The application of acupuncture treatment consists of using needle to stimulate the acupoints and using moxibustion on the superficial area, to re-activate the body function, growth and to influence the internal organs to perform self-healing.
It remains the world’s oldest, safest treatment that has no side effect and does not disrupt the body physiological function. Therefore the international medical fraternity had increasingly treasured acupuncture.
The Important Effect of Acupuncture in Regulating the Immunology Function
Moxibustion on the kidney point of rat everyday for 30 minutes for 7 consecutive days could remarkably overcome epidemic haemorrhage fever virus (EHFV), as well as increase the function of cytophagy in the abdominal cavity of the rat.
Experiment on lymphocyte function shown that, rats being treated with moxibustion, are observed to have higher reproduction reaction of their spleen cells, which help induce Con A and IL2 in normal rat and the ones that had inflammation – infected rat. This proved that moxibustion increases the cellular immunity and improve the function of anti-inflammation.
In a case study, involving the use of Chinese herbs such as Fu-Zi (aconite root), Rou-Gui (cinnamon bark), Hong-Hua (safflower) etc and made into a “cake”, placed on acupoints Zhongwan (Ren 12), Qihai (Ren 6), Zusanli (St 36), Tienshu (St 25), Dachangshu (Ub 25) etc to treat 41 cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The total effective rate was 92.4% effectively higher than the corresponding groups in the western medicine, of which the total effective rate, was 62.5%.
This explains how indirect moxibustion with Chinese herbs could regulate the T cell subclassification and the immunology function. This treatment guides and adjusts the immunology function of the IBS patient effectively.
A Japanese scholar, Mr Xiao Yuan Zao Er, did a research on 12 elderly people age between 66-92. He selected acupoints Zhongwan (Ren 12), Tienshu (St 25), Guanyuan (Ren 4), Hegu (Li 4), Zusanli (St 36), Sanyinjiao (Sp 6), Feishu (Ub 13), Ganshu (Ub 18), Pishu (Ub 20), Shenshu (Ub 23) etc. and performed acupuncture treatment twice a week for 2 months. The result was lymphocyte CD3, CD4 and CD4/CD8 appeared to increase significantly.
Research was done on malignant tumor patients with low cellular immunity. As a major means of effective therapy, radiation and chemotherapy not only destroy malignant tumor cells; it severely damaged the normal cells at the same time. Thus, it further reduces the body immunity system. After radiation and chemotherapy, CD2, CD4 had decreased, CD8 normal, CD4/CD8 declined.
Needling on acupoints Quchi (Li 11), Hegu (Li 4), Zusanli (St 36) etc increased CD2, CD4. No effect on CD8. As a result, improving CD4/CD8 disorder, hence, enhance the immunity of the cell.
Cancerous patients were given moxibustion on Dazhui (Du 14), Feishu (Ub 13), and Pishu (Ub 20) twice a week, each time 3 zhuang (direct-moxa). One month later, it was found that the T-cell and T cell subclassification do not have significant changes. However, the ratio of the T-inhibit/killer cells had increased significantly.
Malignant tumor patients have a decline of T cell subclassification, IL-2 (Interleukin-2) and high number of inactive Natural killer cell. After needling, results revealed significant improvement and regulating T-lymphocyte and T cell subclassification, and enhance the IL-2 and natural killer cell activity.
Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) level in serum dropped significantly, this shown that needling can intensely stop the manifestation of the TNF in blood. Thus, reducing the danger of pathology changes of TNF, which occurred after the acute cerebral infarction. Therefore needling had double effects of preventing further development of thrombus, which in turn provide protection of the brain.
Needling on specific acupoint could significantly enhance the immunity adhesion activity of red cells organism even after 24hrs. By using wheat-seed moxibustion (mai li jiu direct moxa) once a day for 15 treatments, could significantly increase the red blood cell C3b and cell IC Rossette formation rate. Moxibustion therefore has been recommended and is an important practice to regulate immunity and for anti-aging.
Rat that has been given indirect moxibustion with salt on acupoint Shenque (Ren 8), has seen an increase in Natural killer cell activity (NK). This method was repeated within 48 hour before the Natural killer cell activity (NK) starts to decline to prevent lapse of NK activity and sustaining it at a much higher level.
As in the case of asthmatic patient, the value of T cell Subclassification, CD3, CD4, CD4/CD8 not only declined but also led to lower NK cell activity. By adopting ” ge jiang jiu shenque ” (indirect moxibustion with ginger) once a day for 30 days consecutively, it was noticed that both the value of CD3, CD4, CD4/CD8 and NK cell activity had risen in varied degrees.
In the case of healthy person, by having acupuncture on Shangjuxu (St.37) for 12 consecutive days, it had shown that both serum Immunoglobulin G (IgG) and Immunoglobulin A (IgA) had increased comparatively prior to needling session.
Among them, IgG had enhanced significantly vis-a-vis Ig A. However IgM do not have any changes fundamentally. For a normal person, having needling on acupoints such as Zusanli (St 36), Dazhui (Du 14), Tienshu (St 25), Quchi (Li 11) etc. Their Immunoglobulin had increased within 3 days and was maintained at the same level for more than 12 days.
Needling on acupoint Hegu (Li 4) on a healthy person has successfully induced interferons (IFN) while moxibustion bring out the effect of interferon¡¯s and has up to 8 hrs of effectiveness in antigen carrier of no symptom hepatitis B Virus (HBV).
Research has proven that acupuncture can effectively induce IFN against Newcastle disease virus (NDV.)
In another word, under the condition of viral infections, acupuncture could further enhance the effects of anti-virus mechanism effectively. It has shown that while applying the enhancement induction effect on the IFN of the rat¡¯s, moxibustion is stronger than needling. Both weak stimulation and strong stimulation could further enhance the induction effect of rat¡¯s IFN. However, weak stimulation seems to produce better results.
Case Report (1)
Mr. Sit Singapore Age: 28 Reg. no. : 910112 Date : 09.01.91
Hospital Diagnose: Tongue Cancer
After undergoing surgery, Mr. Seet felt that his tongue had hardened, thus causing difficulty in speaking. Other symptoms were swelling of the throat, red tongue, rapid pulse and icy-cold hands and feets. He was referred to me by one of my Qigong students. Qigong is practice with the objective to improve the body’s immune system.
Besides Qigong, I suggested acupuncture treatment to alleviate his symptoms. Treatment concentrated on Zhaohai (K 6), E-system throat point, which was considered as one of the “roots of cancer”* located at the sole. After 10 treatments, his condition showed tremendous improvement. Whenever he felt any discomfort in the throat, he would seek acupuncture treatment.
When I saw him again in 1997, he confirmed that he was in excellent health and was getting married. In 1999, his wife gave birth to a healthy baby. He still visits me occasionally for treatment of minor cold and flu symptoms. After 13 years in Feb 2004, I was the first one he had in mind to consult when he needed treatment for respiratory tract infection.
Case Report (2)
Mdm Ver Indonesia Age : 44 Reg no. : 960323 Date : 18.03.96
Hospital diagnose: Breast Tumor
Patient suffered from post surgery symptoms for tumors in her left breast about 2 ¨C 3 ‘o clock in position. There was an inflammation and pain on the operated area and her wound could not healed completely. Her doctor from Indonesia referred her to me for 1 week of daily acupuncture treatments.
She flew back to Indonesia and came back to Singapore on 3 – 4 occasions to see me. Her pain subsided but there was still a yellow discharge and dark red blood oozing from her wound. So I advised her to see her doctor but she refused.
In 11 Jan 1999, she came to see me with the tiny wound that has not been completely healed from the last visit. The main acupoints were Zusanli (St 36), Zhouhai (K 6), Qichi (Li 11), Houxi (Si 3) and ECIWO liver and lung points at 2nd
metacarpal bone. Finally, after 6 treatments, the discharge was healed and she returned to her country.
Case Report (3)
Mdm Fa Age : 45 Singapore Reg no.: 940701 Date : 1-07-1994
Hospital diagnose: Breast Cancer
This patient suffered from mastectomy post syndrome after chemotherapy. The fingers and nails turned black, ulceration on the ankle, cold limbs, difficulty in breathing, chest pain and pain around the operated area, thready pulse, weak breath, blue-purple corpulent tongue. Her doctor cautioned her about the possibility of relapse.
She has been coming for my acupuncture treatments for the past 5 years for health maintenance & prevention treatments. Prescribed points were main points Zhaohai (K 6), Zusanli (St 36) and ECIWO kidney with direct moxibustion on Zusanli (St 36). Her latest medical check-up gave her a clean bill of health.
Throughout the year 1999 till 2002, she came to see me regularly for other complaints like flu, fever, sinusitis, cough, skin infection or chest pain.
In May 2004, she told me that she had hysterectomy due to uterus cancer.
Case Report (4)
Ms Nat Age : 32 Switzerland Reg no.: 9901/32 Date : 18-01-1999
Hospital diagnose: Hypoglycaemia/Epilepsy/Pancreas Cancer
This patient had suffered from fainting spell for the past 10 years. She also complained of uncontrollable emotions and needed food every 2 ¨C 3 hours due to hypoglycemia. Before consulting me, she was treated in Germany and Switzerland and was suspected of having cancer in her pancreas. She underwent operation and examination but doctors could not confirm her condition.
She came to see me in Singapore and I gave her treatment with the E-System acupuncture on Zusanli (St 36), Zhongwan (Ren 12), Touwei (St 8) and ECIWO stomach and pancreas at 2nd metacarpal bone. After 18 treatments, her symptoms almost disappeared.
In 20 July 1999, my family and I visited her home in Switzerland. She gratefully informed me that her condition was well under control. In 14 Nov. 1999, she came to see me in Singapore for 10 days of maintenance treatments.
In June 2004, when I traveled to Zurich for an outpatient trip, she visited me together with her family. I was told that her health was doing very well.
Case Report (5)
Dr Ma Age: 43 Indonesia Reg no.: 9203/53 Date: 24.3.1992
Hospital diagnose: Colon Cancer
Patient is a dentist based in Jakarta. She came to Singapore and consulted me that she was diagnosed with colon cancer but did not want western medication. She was using food cure remedy and was eager to seek acupuncture as an alternative treatment to help her.
From the auricular diagnose, I found that not only the tumor points T 1, T 2, T 3 * were hyperactive, her appendix area was also highly sensitive. Her tongue and face looked pale, which was due to anemia, poor energy force and lack of vital energy (qi). On her first visit, she requested for a diagnosis only.
A few months later, she decided to come back to undergo my treatment program, which constituted a course of 15 sittings. She sensed a great improvement and she felt more energy flow in her body, her bowel movements were smooth and her facial complexion looked healthier.
The points prescribed were E-System large intestine, kidney point at 2nd metacarpal bone and cancer point on the sole of the foot. The patient returned to Jakarta.
A few months later, she also brought her friend who had suffered from cancer to see me in Singapore. She had told her friend that her colon cancer was cured by my treatment. Since then she had been recommending patients to me. She visited me again in June 2002; Unfortunately, I was out of town.
Case Report (6)
Mdm Jar Age : 50 Thailand Reg no. : 961250 Date : 30.12.96
Hospital Diagnose: Nose cancer / Nose bleeding / Uterine bleeding
Patient was found to have developed nose cancer and her doctor in Hong Kong recommended radiation therapy.
Unfortunately, the waiting list was too long and her condition was extremely serious. She was referred by one of my patient, Mrs. Her from the French women association to try my acupuncture treatment and have radiation in one of the hospital in Singapore.
Her symptoms include thirst, having gastric pain, uterine bleeding and frequent profuse bleeding from the nose. When her doctors were unable to cure it, she decided to seek acupuncture treatment.
I arranged a treatment program consisting of 14 sittings and concentrated on acupoints Xuehai (Sp 10), Yinbai (Sp 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2) and E-System lung point.
Two years later, when she spent her holiday in Singapore together with her eldest son, she came to look for me. I could not recognize her because she looked more youthful than before. I was told that she was in excellent health.
Case Report (7)
Mdm Pru Age : 55 Australia Reg no. : 860739 Date : 23.07.86
Hospital diagnose: 25 years colitis / ECIWO growth on the face
Patient was suffering from colitis for about 25 years. But lately she had blood in her bowels and doctor was concerned that it might develop into cancer.
E-system intestine points were selected Zusanli (St 36), Shangjuxu (St 37), and Tianshu (St 25). Hot needling were performed on acupoints Yingxiang (Li 20), Dicang (St 4), Quanliao (Si 18) located on her face and hook needles on the sole C2 of the intestine and colon which are carcinoma points. The carcinoma points were an indication of ” root of cancer.”
15 years later, she came to Singapore and paid a visit at my clinic. It was with great surprise and pleasure to see that she was in the pink of health.
Case Report (8)
Miss Elis Age: 28 Australia Reg no.: 921142 Date: 25.11.92
Hospital diagnose: 1st stage cervix cancer
After examination from the doctor, she was found to have 1st stage cervix cancer. She sought laser treatments from her gynecologists as well as other kind of treatments but there were no signs of improvement. As a result, she came to see me.
The diagnosis finding was positive on both her kidney and lower abdominal areas. Therefore, I selected acupoints stomach, kidney and lower abdominal points on 2nd metacarpal bone and Sanyinjiao (Sp 6), Guanyuan (Ren 4) and Shenshu (Ub 23).
In 12th December 1993, her endoscopy report showed no signs of cancerous finding in her cervix.
In December 1999, she visited my clinic. She told me that her recent examination result was still perfect.
Case Report (9)
Mdm Ren Age: 61 Germany Reg no. : 8711-01 Date : 3.11.87
Hospital diagnose: Carcinoma of mammary gland
The patient doctor discovered that there were multiple growths in her breast 15 years ago. From 1976 ¨C1981 she underwent 20 operations and had removed almost 25 glands. Out of the 25 glands, 5 were confirmed to be cancerous.
In 3 November 1987, she decided to seek acupuncture treatment. I treated her using E-System lung, stomach and large intestine points. In addition, carcinoma points on the sole were selected, otherwise also known as C1 & C3.
She visited me again in 1998. To my surprise, she was still alive and healthy. She even told me that she only believed in my acupuncture treatment and does not want any other medical treatment again.
Case Report (10)
Ms Shi Age: 47 Japan Reg no. : 9512/38 Date: 22.12.95
Hospital diagnoses: Post-Hysterectomy/ Vision disorders
In July 1995, patient suffered from blindness after she had a hysterectomy in one of the hospital in Singapore. After a series of CT scan and MRI scan, there were no special findings. She had consulted many specialists and underwent hospital treatment program for the past few months but did not feel much improvement.
When the hospital in Japan were closed during the Christmas and New Year seasons, she came to see me in Singapore for acupuncture treatment in 22nd December 1995, She was referred to me by one of my students.
I discovered that both her kidney and liver were hyperactive. Therefore 15 treatments were arranged. The acupoints selections were related to the eyes using E-system kidney, liver and gall bladder.
In 3rd February 1996 during Lunar New Year, she came back for another 13 sittings. Points selection were the same as above with additional point for the eyes at Taiyang, Yangbai (Gb 14), Chengqi (St 1), Zanzhu (Ub 2) as a “box-square system” of acupuncture to further stimulate the embryonic properties for continuous growth in the eye region.
The patient felt great improvement after the treatment and she informed me that she intended to discharge herself from the hospital treatment program when she returned to Japan.
From 8th April to 12 May 1996, she came back again for a course of 12 acupuncture treatments. Towards the end of her treatment, she regained some of her vision.
The points selections were similar to the first and second treatments with additional head points on Touwei (St 8), Chengjiang (Ren 24), and Baihui (Du 20). These serial points have a high and effective response in improving the eye functions.
In August 1999, I asked about her from my student and was informed that her vision has been back to normal.
Case Report (11)
Ms Elv Age: 22 Russia Reg no.: 981013 Date: 14.10.1998
Hospital diagnose: Ovarian Cyst
Patient was diagnosed with a 4cm ovarian cyst by her hospital doctor in 10 Oct 1998 she was advised to have surgery. She was referred to me by one of my former patients who claimed that she had suffered from a similar case and was cured by me.
Therefore, I recommended her a course of 10 treatments. After her 4th treatment on the 24 Oct 1998, she went back to her hospital doctor for a scan again and her report showed that her ovarian cyst had disappeared. I used treatment points with the E-System acupuncture on Qihai (Ren 4) and ECIWO lower abdomen at the Tibia on the right and ECIWO kidney point on the 2nd metacarpal bone.
Case Report (12)
Ms Ing Age: 31 Netherlands Reg no.: 930528 Date : 16.05.1993
Hospital diagnose: 1st stage cervix cancer
In 1987, she came to Singapore with her husband. They had 2 children. In 1993 May, she was diagnosed with 1st stage of squamous cell carcinoma of cervix.
She became very worried of her condition that it will aggravate; therefore she came to consult me for acupuncture treatment with the hope to increase her immune system.
Patient also suffered from throat discomfort, coughing with green phlegm. Her face was pale, physically weak and thin, had thready pulse, a syndrome of deficiency in both qi and blood. She was also under another doctor¡¯s treatment and was under medication for hypothyroid.
The auricular diagnosed showed positive reaction on urinary bladder and uterus, which were hypersensitive. A course of 15 sittings were performed on acupoints Qihai (Ren 6), Guanyuan (Ren 4), Zhongji (Ren3), Sanyinjiao (Sp6) supplementary points on Taichong Liv3 and Zhaohai (K6).
On 7 July 1993, she came to see me again. I was told that her hospital examination had confirmed that the squamous cell carcinoma in the cervix had reduced to a size of a white spot. She continued with preventive treatments until she had fully
recovered. Around 1996, she migrated to United States.
On 26 August 2004, she visited me with her grown-up children and confirmed that she is a healthy person and has no sickness now.
Case Report (13)
Mr Foo Age: 31 Singapore Reg no.: 030328 Date : 11.03.2003
Hospital diagnose: Fibrosarcoma / Tumor
Patient is an interior designer. There was a about 7x3cm cyst on his left thigh, inner media near acupoint xuehai. Due to the pain, he had difficulty to move around and effected his work.
In the past 12 years, he had undergone 3 operations to remove recurrence of cyst. During each operation, he had to be hospitalized for 1-3 months.
In May ¡¯03 he was distressed that the cyst recurred but does not want to be hospitalize anymore. His client, Mr. Hannes, from Switzerland who was also my patient referred him to see me. His condition improved after a course of acupuncture treatments.
He consulted me again from 17 Dec 2003 to 05 Jan 2004. He had fever, swelling and extreme hardness, pain from the cyst and had difficulty in walking. He had rapid and superficial pulse rate.
My treatment program was performing mircro-cut therapy* to remove the discharge. The acupoint prescribed were local point, a box system theory*, supplement with acupoints Yinlinquan (Sp 9), Sanyinjiao (Sp 6). At the same time, herbal supplement Chinese Ganoderma Lucidum Essence was prescribed to boost his immune system.
After the treatment, brown, dark waste and blood continue to bleed for about 3 days. He refused to go to the hospital for further observation so I advised him to seek private clinic for dressing.
In 31 August 2004, when I phoned him to find out his situation, he said that the lesion had covered-up completely and there was no more cyst and problem with his legs.
Case Report (14)
Mr. Zih Johore Age: 58 Reg no.: 020612 Date : 23.05.2002
Hospital diagnose: Lung carcinoma
On May 2002, The Yantai TCM Hospital in China diagnosed the patient with Lung CA. The CT scan showed the mass was 5.3cm x 4.00cm had compressed the right middle lope bronchus and the right pulmonary vessels.
The patient repeated the scan with another hospital. Diagnosis upon Transbronchial Biopsy revealed Non-Small Cell Carcinoma compatible with squamous cell carcinoma,lympho-epithelial type. Multi-tumor marker finding was negative.
In Beijing, the patient took Chinese herbal medicine, Qigong, Tuona practicing (respiration regulating Technique) and had daily acupuncture treatments for 2 weeks.
Patient went for another CT scan, which showed the mass had reduced in size. On the 3rd week onward, he underwent 20 sittings of radiation therapies, Chinese herbal immune system therapy and acupuncture treatments.
3 weeks later, the mass was reduced again. The mass almost disappeared after 9 months. 2 years later, CT scan showed the lungs were cleared.
The Chinese herbal medicine which patients took was Qi Bei Fei An Wan Fang, Chansuzhueye, Yadanzi, Chinese Ganoderma Lucidum Essence etc. Suggested acupoints were E-system Lung and Throat at metacarpal bone, Zusanli (St 36), Dazhui (Du14), Feishu (Ub 13) and Auricular Lung & Throat point. Direct moxibustion on Zusanli (St 36) twice a week. In addition, food remedy such as white butter, Jew¡¯s ear, Kiwi and Asparagus will aids in recovery.
This patient who suffered from LUNG CA had consulted many medical professor in various hospitals of China in Shandong, Tianjing, Beijing and Shanghai to seek for a cure. All reckon the first choice is to undergo operation and chemotherapy to remove the lung mass/growth.
* Note :
Root of Cancer ¨C located on the foot/soles for anti-carcinoma. By Pricking and cutting with hooked needle or small needle with acupuncture technique.
ECIWO ¨C an embryo containing the information of the whole organism. There are 11 ECIWO points altogether located at the 2nd metacarpal bone. ECIWO is the new strategy of conquering cancers by strengthening the function of the body¡¯s immune system
E-System ¨C A long bone system that looks like the whole body.
T1, T2, T3 – an indication of turmor from the auricular point.
Micro-cut-therapy ¨C micro-surgery with the use of hook needle / sharp knife needle
Box Therapy ¨C 4-6 needles surrounding the local complaint or the related organs.
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