Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang and Diet Change as a Treatment for Hemangiosarcoma

Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang and Diet Change as a Treatment for Hemangiosarcoma

By Ruth Roberts DVM, CVA

Author: Chi Institute/Saturday, November 1, 2008/Categories: Student Case Reports, TCVM Newsletter, 2008 Winter Issue

Murphy is a 6 yo mn obese lab who had a mass removed on July 2006, it was a hemangiosarcoma; the mass recurred on February 2007 and was removed with clear margins. The prognosis was 6 to 8 months and 12 to 16 months with chemotherapy. The owner declined chemotherapy and elected to pursue a TCVM approach. 

TCVM diagnosis: Murphy is an Earth dog; he had pale and dry tongue, deep pulses weaker at the right side mostly at the heart and lung positions. BL23, BL25 and CV14 were painful at palpation. He was diagnosed with Heart Blood Deficiency. The acupuncture treatment included the following points: BL21, BL 23, BL25, Bai Hui, GV6, LI10, ST36, ST40, and BL17. Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang was chosen as herbal treatment and his diet was changed to a home cooked diet which focused on blood tonics and spleen Qi tonics with no carbohydrates.
Acupuncture was repeated every two weeks. By May 5th Murphy had a normal tongue, had lost 12 lbs and was feeling better than he had in several years. Acupuncture was discontinued and the herbal treatment continued at full dose for 12 weeks and then lowered to half dose. He was still on a home cooked diet. Murphy, 16 months after the diagnosis is still doing well and has lived twice his life expectancy with the sole use of acupuncture, food therapy and Chinese herbs.

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