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Last Updated: 06/11/13

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cancer

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back more than 5000 years and has its origin in ancient Taoist philosophy, which states that the complementary forces yin and yang blend together to form harmony in the universe. According to TCM, the life force qi normally circulates throughout the body and diseases occur when there is an imbalance between qi and blood flow, resulting in blockage and stagnation. Health is restored after the blockage is removed and qi is able to flow again. TCM practitioners use a number of therapies including herbal medicine, qigong and tai chi, and acupuncture to treat many conditions, such as cancer and its related symptoms and side effects.

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Research Highlights on TCM and Cancer

Chinese herbs and natural products

Qigong and tai chi


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