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During my internship at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, I had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Anand Dhruva. Dr. Anand Dhruva is a MD and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Dhruva is on the Hematology-Oncology faculty at UCSF, and is also a graduate of the distant-learning Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona. Ever since I’ve heard about Dr. Dhruva’s work on Ayurveda and Cancer, I have been drawn to study and investigate this subject more.I wanted to explore how Ayurvedic principles were being used in an integrative medicine practice to treat cancer patients. (more…)

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The term acupuncture is derived from the Latin word ‘acus’ means a needle and the word ‘puncture’ means to puncture (Ehling, 2001). And it is through these acupuncture points that access can be gained to the internal circulation of Qi and blood in the body (Beinfield, 1991). In TCM, the needle used in acupuncture is considered ‘yang’ and the body of the needle is considered as ‘yin’ (Micozzi, 2011) (more…)

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. Although the first recorded history of TCM dates back over 2,000 years, it is believed that the origins of TCM go back more than 5,000 years (Micozzi, 2011). Chinese medicine was arrived at observing the patterns in the natural world.  It suggests that since the human body is microcosmic manifestation of the macrocosm around us, we are influenced by the weather, the food we consumes, everything we see, the sounds we hear, the emotions we feel, and all the things that touch us including other humans. And it is only when are in balance in spite of these external influence that we are truly healthy (Beinfield, 1991). (more…)

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Marilyn Ferguson once beautifully said, “Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the minor and major stresses of your lives.” Our souls are much older than our bodies and with several reincarnations; our soul has accumulated positive as well as negative experiences, according to the Karmic Law of Cause and Effect. All souls have experienced pollution, deformation, fragmentation and injury through individual as well as collective Karma. (The Soul, 2010) (more…)

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