The following is a particularly eloquent email one of my patients sent me before she made her first appointment. This is an excellent example of the type of inquiries I get weekly. The following is an excerpt of our communication, posted with her permission and request to remain anonymous. Her email is in italics and my response is bolded.
Hello, I am searching for a practitioner with knowledge, patience, and a history of success in treating women with PCOS.
Dr. Rozenn is the only board certified specialist in Oriental Reproductive Medicine in Santa Cruz county!
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, approximately 3 million couples in the United States are unable to conceive after one year of trying. The diagnosis of infertility is usually given to couples who have been attempting to conceive for six months to one year without success. More couples are turning to acupuncture and Oriental medicine instead of, or in addition to Western infertility treatment. Several research studies have been published in leading medical journals confirming acupuncture’s role in the treatment of fertility.
A modification of the famous formula, Shi Quan Da Bu Tang was shown to be effective in alleviating the signs and symptoms of Sheehan’s syndrome. This unfortunate complication of delivery can occur post pregnancy. It is marked by poor blood supply to the pituitary gland during delivery resulting in damage and reduced pituitary function. Infertility is a common sequelae of this syndrome.
The following is an excerpt from an article written by one of the field’s leading researchers and herbal manufacturers. I have been to many of Dr. Chen’s workshops and have found his information on herb-drug side effects and herbal alternatives to drugs invaluable. I have prescribed many of his formulas to my patients with excellent results. I even witnessed one of his formulas clear MERSA (antibiotic resistant staph) after two rounds of antibiotics. I highly value Dr. Chen’s insights and it is in this spirit that I share some of his teachings with you.
TCM and Infectious Disease
by Dr. John Chen, Ph.D., Pharm.D., O.M.D., L.Ac.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the first reference to infectious disease appeared in Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) compiled in the first or second century CE. This text discussed the presence of re bing (hot disease), which according to our understanding today, refers to the various types of infectious disease.1 Read more
Hepatitis C is an epidemic, both in Santa Cruz County and across the country. Over five million people have hepatitis C in the United States, and approximately 200 million people are infected worldwide. This virus causes chronic liver inflammation which can scar the liver, leading to severe liver disease. Hepatitis C is also associated with a number of other syndromes like autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems, depression and type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a complex disease in which the body can not properly regulate its blood sugar levels. People over 40 years old with hepatitis C are four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Researchers first reported the association between hepatitis C and diabetes ten years ago. Since then evidence has shown that unstable blood sugar levels lead to chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammatory states, such as hepatitis, can produce erratic blood sugar levels. Further, people with diabetes tend to have trouble with fat metabolism, which besides causing high cholesterol can lead to fat accumulation in the liver. In a person with hepatitis C, fat in the liver can trigger even more liver inflammation, causing serious liver disease. Read more
There is so much international attention on the role of Asian medicine and the treatment of infertility! I feel that the future of health care is the blending of Eastern and Western medical techniques, which is why I am involved in two research studies examining the affects of acupuncture in combination with ART. The following is a link from the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) website listing just a few of these ground breaking studies.
In 1833 a Russian botanist named Alexander Von Burge gave a famous Chinese medicinal herb, Dan Shen the Latin name Salvia miltiorrhiza which literally means “to be saved”. Dan Shen was first noted in the oldest surviving Chinese herbal text written in 206 BCE. Traditionally Dan Shen was used to invigorate the blood, a function analogous to reducing blood coagulation and clotting. Its modern day applications include: prevention of atherosclerosis, prevention of and rehabilitation after certain types of strokes and lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. I use Dan Shen frequently in my practice. I have found that in addition to substantial changes in lab tests, Dan Shen effectively allievates subjective symptoms such as chest distress and costal (liver, gallbladder) pain. No wonder a modern day scientist named a traditional Chinese herb “to be saved”.
Please note: Dan Shen should not be combined with other herbs or drugs that thin the blood unless specifically prescribed by a medical professional. For best results patients should only take Dan Shen under the supervision of trained health care provider.
March 1 2009, Five Branches University held its first graduation ceremony conferring the degree Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, upon 36 graduates. Keynote speaker, Marilyn Allen, M. Sc., Editor of Acupuncture Today, announced that this first graduating class has become Traditional Chinese Medicine’s “Ancestors” in the West. While Five Branches University has offered a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine for 25 years, co-founders Ron Zaidman and Joanna Zhao recognized a need to offer a higher degree.
According to a new government survey, 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The survey results released in December 2008, in a National Health Statistics Report by the National Center for Health Statistics, NCHS a of the CDC, are based on data from more than 23,300 interviews with American adults. Read more
I am excited to announce that next weekend, 2/21-2/22, I will be teaching Masters students at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz a holistic approach to treating hepatitis C.
Topics include acupuncture treatment protocols, nutritional supplementation, herbal therapy and dietary regimens specific to hepatitis C. Common hepatitis C symptoms such as joint pain, digestive issues and fatigue will be addressed. Additionally, we will discuss illnesses related to hepatitis C such as fatty liver and diabetes. Last but not least, we will cover Western drug therapy and how to help patients though it by reducing the potentially overwhelming side effect of those drugs.
According to an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published in 1999 one study showed that patients who used acupuncture to treat their chronic headaches and migraines experienced 22 fewer headaches per year. These patients also took less pain medication and missed fewer days of work!