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    Chi Institute of Holistic Healthcare
    Research & Development Programs

    Why do we need to investigate TCM in Boston?

    Although TCM (i.e. traditional Chinese medicine) has been continuously used and clinically evaluated in China over five thousand years to date, we feel it should be evaluated again, specifically for the American population in their native environment. Our research centers on the safety and efficacy of TCM therapies including: acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Tuina massage. There are four rationales behind our research program:

    1. TCM emphasizes personalized treatment and the harmony of the body, mind and environment. America is radically different from China in racial makeup, diet, work and living conditions. We expect many diseases to manifest differently in the U.S. than in China.
    2. American people have certain health conditions that are not common in China. Thus, there is not sufficient clinical data for those conditions in China.
    3. Boston is the leading medical center in the world. Many local institutions, including MGH, have been conducting NIH-sponsored clinical trials on acupuncture. Therefore, we have a distinct advantage to do clinical research in Boston rather than in other U.S. cities.
    4. Many patients are actively seeking treatments from TCM or other alternative medicines. Because traditional Chinese medicine is a potent form of medicine, it is important for patients to use TCM in such a way it will enhance their conventional healthcare, rather than weaken it. It is necessary to study an optimal way for TCM to compliment Western medicine and to develop a therapeutic synergy between the two.

    How can Chi Wellness Clinic conduct research?

    Chi Wellness Clinic, although focusing exclusively on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has clinicians and investigators who have experience in integrating TCM with Western medicine in China and in scientific research. We will also participate in activities organized by Boston Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BioTCM), which is a virtual institution that brings together investigators from clinics, hospitals and medical schools in the greater Boston area.

    What research projects are going on at Chi Wellness Clinic?

    Currently we focus our clinical research effort on how Tuina therapy can relieve muscular spasm and neurological spasiticity. In August 2008, we presented our study of Tuina therapy for treating Parkinson's disease (PD) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at Boston Symposium on the Sporadic Neurodegeneration - Genes, Environment and Therapeutic Strategies organized by Robert H. Brown, Jr., M.D., D. Phil., Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Director of Day Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    How can physicians collaborate with us?

    Since our inception, Chi Wellness Clinic has set a policy to encourage its patients to communicate openly with their physicians. Through their patients, many physicians have first-hand opportunity to evaluate safety and efficacy of our TCM treatment.

    For example, one of our patients had the privilege to deliver a lecture, jointly with her physician, Dr. Brown, the head of MGH neuromuscular unit, at Harvard Medical School. She had a rare degenerative condition for which there were no drugs available; only our remedies had brought her significant improvement.

    We welcome physicians and researchers in the U.S. to exchange views and collaborate on research projects with us. They can share with us their interests and concerns about traditional Chinese medicine. In addition, we invite clinicians from China, who specialize in integration of traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine in treating chronic conditions, to visit and work at Chi Wellness Clinic.

    By collaborating with physicians and researchers in the Longwood Medical Area, Chi Wellness Clinic will apply for funding from the National Institute of Health. With physicians, we hope to publish the safety and efficacy of TCM therapies for a number of chronic conditions.

    How can patients help in case study?

    With its continuous use for thousands of years in China, TCM has been proven safe and effective for many conditions. In the established paradigm of randomized clinical trials, a gold standard in the U.S., TCM is facing new challenges in demonstrating its efficacy and potency. There are many potential issues that ought to be resolved in research, such as placebo control, personalized diagnosis, and holistic healing.

    For example, at Chi Wellness Clinic, we observe many patients who are severely impaired by "quick-fix" treatments and by the side effects of medications. We hope to build a treatment procedure that allows patients and their physicians to evaluate the effect and prognosis of their treatment.

    We look for patients who have been evaluated by their physicians. At the recommendation of their physicians, we will treat patients with TCM therapies and keep a detailed record of our diagnoses and treatments. At the endpoint of our treatment at Chi Wellness, patients ask their physicians for a thorough examination of their symptoms. Physicians can determine the efficacy of our treatment.

    This is a practical way to accumulate case studies of a disease category. Later on, it may be possible to establish clinical evidence of TCM using placebo-controlled trials in the U.S.

    How can you help fund a research project?

    We are working hard to find funding for research programs. Funding is very limited in research of holistic health care and wellness. It tends to favor established institutions, such as Harvard Medical School. Chi Wellness Clinic, as a small business, is at a serious disadvantage.

    If you have a special interest in research on the effect of TCM on a specific health condition, you are welcome to contact the director of Chi Wellness Clinic. We will make sure funding is used specifically for the designated project and the related work will be accomplished with the highest scientific and ethical standards.

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