The Chinese understanding of cancer

In order to understand the Chinese approach, we need to know about qi. This word can be translated as vital force or energy. If one has strong qi, one is healthy but if one´s qi is weak, one gets ill. One of the main tasks of the Chinese medicine therapist is to strengthen the qi. Underlying most cancers is a weakness of qi.

Modern PET scanning technology reveals that molecules are arranged in crystaline networks in living organisms and that this network forms a communication system. Information flows along this communication system via sub-atomic particles (positrons), and it turns out that this system broadly corresponds to the traditional Chinese qi network.

When the qi is weak, it leads to blood stagnation. This can correspond to what western doctors call sticky blood, or to various types of circulatory problems. In this situation, nutrients do not get into the body cells, and toxins are not released properly. This causes the cells to become weakened and toxins to accumulate. This can eventually contribute to the development of cancer.

Prolonged emotional problems, such as stress, anxiety, anger, grief and depression can also cause the qi to become weakened, thus contributing to the development of some cancers.

Another problem is poor diet. Research has shown that some foods promote cancer and others help prevent it. In terms of Chinese medicine, when we take in a lot of poor quality food, it cannot be digested properly and it breaks down into what Chinese medicine calls phlegm. This can correspond, for example, to high cholesterol or other fatty deposits. This blocks the proper flow of nutrients into and the release of toxins out of the cells. This can contribute to the development of cancer. In the fight against cancer, dietary changes are crucial.

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