Abstract: We see two distinct sets of disharmony patterns among two groups of NPC patients. Patients who have undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy had the most serious disharmony pattern. All the hand meridians were high or split. All the foot meridians were low or split. This disparity is very obvious and distinctive, a phenomenon termed as the belt block. The aggressive treatments of chemotherapy and radiotherapy may have contributed towards such serious disharmonies. Patients who had not undergone chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy did not show such distinctive patterns of disharmony.
Chris K. H. Teo & Ch’ng Beng Im-Teo
CA Care, 5 Lebuhraya Gelugor, 11600 Penang, Malaysia.
Declaration of Interest: The authors are practising herbalists as such have financial interest in the use of herbs mentioned in this article. We record our sincere thanks to Dr. Adrian Larsen, President of Miridia Technology Inc., USA, for his generosity in donating a unit of AcuGraph 4 for our research at CA Care. We receive no financial incentive whatsoever from Miridia Technology for writing this article. Acugraphing at CA Care is done free of charge.
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There are two opposing worldviews about the human body and its health. Modern medicine regards the body as a machine. Illness is due to a single cause or failure of its specific mechanical part which needs to be repaired, removed, replaced or destroyed.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) equates the body as a garden with twelve main “rivers” or meridians flowing through it. Qi and blood circulate through these meridians. They nourish and animate the entire body. Also it is through this meridian network that all the internal organs are connected. Good health requires a balanced and harmonious relationship between these organs. Illness and disease develop if the flow of Qi and blood are blocked resulting in disharmony patterns. Beinfield & Korngold wrote: TCM “presumes that if you reorganize the existing pattern of disharmony into a harmonic pattern of relationships, the original cause (of the disease) will disappear because the conditions in which it was rooted cease to exist. Chinese medicine treats conditions, whereas Western medicine treats causes” (1).
TCM uses acupuncture, massage, herbs, change of lifestyle and diet to maintain and cultivate health. These methods are effective and not aggressive. In some instances are more “humane” as well. In this paper, through AcuGraph 4, we can “visually illustrate” what this elusive TCM concept means.
Meridian Disharmony Patterns After Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy
Case Study 1
HL (T192) was 47 years old when he was diagnosed with nose cancer – Nasopharyngeal carcinoma in 2003. He underwent six cycles of chemotherapy and thirty-three radiation treatments. All treatments were completed in February 2004.
A year later, February 2005, HL suffered a relapse. He underwent a second round of chemotherapy consisting of eight cycles. After the completion of his chemotherapy, HL came to our centre in 2005 to ask for help. He was prescribed herbs but after two weeks he disappeared and we did not get to see him again.
In July 2008, his eyes started to swell. MRI showed recurrence. HL underwent a third round of chemotherapy, consisting of ten cycles. In addition he received thirty-five radiation treatments. Unfortunately a follow up CT scan showed the tumour just shrunk from 1.1 cm to 1.0 cm. The treatment was therefore not effective. In January 2011, HL suffered nose block. He was asked to see his oncologist again. But he declined.He came to CA Care on 21 March 2011. His AcuGraph reading taken on that day is as below (Figure 1a & 1b).
Figure 1a: Acugraph reading done on 21 March 2011.
Figure 1b: Centre of energy balance was on his upper right.
Case Study 2
SS (M716) is a 50-yer-old male from Aceh, Indonesia. He was diagnosed with NPC in January 2009 and had undergone radiotherapy (four out of 35 treatments) and chemotherapy (one out of six cycles). After chemotherapy he vomited, was unable to eat and sleep. The problems resolved after five days. Unfortunately the cancer spread to the side of his right neck. His AcuGraph reading on 21 March 2010 was as below (Figure 2a & 2b).
Figure 2a: Acugraph reading done on 21 March 2011.
Figure 2b: Centre of energy balance was on his upper left.
Meridian Disharmony Patterns Without Any Medical Treatment
Case Study 3
Hot (M825) is a 52-year-old male from Jakarta, Indonesia. He was diagnosed with NPC in August 2010. He was asked to undergo a biopsy to be followed by chemotherapy. He refused further medical treatment and came to CA Care on 27 August 2010. His AcuGraph reading was as follows (Figure 3a & 3b).
Figure 3a: Acugraph reading done on 27 August 2011.
Figure 3b: Centre of energy balance was rather balanced.
Case Study 4
Ongko (M728) is a 81-year-old female from Jakarta, Indonesia. She was initially diagnosed with NPC in 2009 by a doctor in Jakarta. Later she went to Singapore for further consultation. There were five lumps in her neck. She was asked to undergo a biopsy. She refused. She came to CA Care on 15 April 2010. Her AcuGraph reading was as below (Figure 4a & 4b).
Figure 4a: Acugraph reading done on 15 April 2011.
Figure 4b: Centre of energy balance was on her upper left.
Balancing the Internal Energy With CA Care Therapy
Case Study 5
M809 is a 29-year-old male from Sumatra, Indonesia. After a diagnosis of NPC (nose cancer) he received eight cycles of chemotherapy and forty radiation treatments. Unfortunately cancer spread to his bones. He decided not to continue with medical treatment and came to seek our help. He was started on herbs on 30 July 2010. He visited us once every few months. His AcuGraph readings on 30 July 2010 (Figure 5a & 5b), 2 December 2010 (Figure 5c & 5d) and 24 March 2011 (Figure 5e & 5f) were as below.
Figure 5a: Acugraph reading done on 30 July 2010.
Figure 5b: Centre of energy balance was on his upper right.
Figure 5c: Acugraph reading done on 2 December 2010.
Figure 5d: Centre of energy balance was rather balanced.
Figure 5 e: Acugraph reading done on 24 March 2011
Figure 5f: Centre of energy balance was on his upper left.
From our data, we see two distinct sets of disharmony patterns among two groups of NPC patients. Patients who have undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy had the most serious disharmony pattern. In Case Study 1, all the twelve meridians were out of balance – high, low or split. All the hand meridians, i.e., the first six meridians on the left half (LU, PC, HT, SI, TE and LI) were high or split. All the foot meridians, i.e., the six meridians on the right half (SP, LR, KI, BL, GB and ST) were low or split (Figure 1a). There is a large energetic difference between the arm meridians and the leg meridians. This disparity is very obvious and distinctive. A term ”belt block” is used to describe this phenomenon. It is as if all the qi remains above the belt and does not descend properly into the legs. It is “blocked” at the belt – hence a belt block (2).
As indicated by the + sign, the energy distribution was also off balanced. It was 71% towards the upper half and 17% towards the right side (Figure 1b).
Similar patterns of disharmony were seen in Case 2. There was a belt block. The implication of these results is clear. The aggressive treatments of chemotherapy and radiotherapy may have contributed towards such serious disharmonies. This is one observation which requires studying further.
Patients with similar cancer but had not undergone chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy did not show such drastic and distinctive patterns of disharmony mentioned above, i.e. there was no belt block. In Case Study 3, at least three of the twelve meridians were normal while the others were either high, mostly split or low (Figure 3a). The energy distribution was rather balanced, as indicated by the + sign (Figure 3b).
The cancer in Case Study 4 seemed to be more advanced than Case 3. She had it for a longer period and the cancer had metastatised to the lymph nodes in her neck. Even in this case, there was no distinctive left and right disparity of disharmony patterns (Figure 4a). The energy distribution, however, was almost comparable to those who had undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy (Figure 4b).
In Case Study 5, we have demonstrated that the energy imbalance in this patient, even though he had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy, could be restored with our therapy using herbs and change of diet and lifestyle. His energy balance was restored to almost that of a normal, healthy person. His health had improved significantly and he looked as good as his AcuGraph readings (compared between Figure 1a & b or 5a & b versus Figures 5c & d or 5 e & f).
- 1. Harriet Beinfield & Efrem Korngold. Between heaven and earth – A guide to Chinese medicine. Ballantine Books, New York. 1991.
- A block in the belt.