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In Remembrance of Joseph Chen, Oklahoma City Acupuncturist and OKAA Member

At the Oklahoma Acupuncture Association quarterly meeting on September 18, 2016, Association President Amit Gumman informed us that Association Member Joseph Chen had passed away. Joseph is survived by his daughter Jesse Yang who lives in Texas. Ms. Yang relayed that: Joseph traveled from Oklahoma City to Austin for minor surgery. The following day, he felt ill and passed away at the age of 79.

Joseph was a beloved acupuncture teacher and taught students both in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and in Austin, Texas. Three of his students are now OKAA members. As a child Joseph studied TCM from his grandfather in Taiwan. As a young adult in his early twenties, Joseph worked as an industrial engineer on many large modernization projects in Taiwan. Later, he lived in Singapore and graduated from acupuncture school there while he was working full time as an entrepreneur.  He later moved to Austin, Texas from Massachusetts to continue his studies as he felt a desire for his life mission to be one of service through Traditional Chinese Medicine. Joseph was admitted to and graduated from a TCM college in Austin. At this school, he studied under his third master. His studies of TCM spanned approximately 70 years. Joseph was known as a quiet, sweet and wise man. Joseph’s memorial ceremony was held at Buddha Mind Monastery on Sept 18th, 2016.


Excerpt from an article that appeared in Acupuncture Today, March 2000...

Immune Enhancement for Oncology Patients through Auricular Acupuncture
Skya Gardner-Abbate, DOM
Executive Director, Southwest Acupuncture College

With close to 5,000 years of history, Chinese medicine has become adept at recognizing the signs and symptoms of the healthy human organism. It has developed and refined treatment modalities which redirect, cultivate and maintain proper physiological functioning. The essential Chinese treatment plan for patients diagnosed with cancer is to support normal cellular, tissue and organ physiology in the wake of the ravaging (and yet life-saving) techniques that characterize the most common allopathic approaches to cancer: surgery, drug therapies and radiation. Utilizing these standard treatments, augmentation with Chinese medical treatment not only relieves many side effects caused by these therapies but has also been shown clinically to strengthen the patient from the cellular level to the spiritual.

The Chinese treatment modalities most effective in the treatment of the whole person - and likewise the cancer - include internal and external herbal therapy; auricular acupuncture; body acupuncture; moxibustion (a combined heat/herbal therapy); and guided imagery. Patients respond well to these treatments, many of which are simple to learn, easy to administer, and are both cost and clinically effective because they are based on the Chinese world view, which recognizes the patterns of the proper flow of energy (or proper physiology and functioning).

Documented increases in white blood cell production; heightened energy; regrowth of hair; increased libido; decrease in nausea, vomiting, low appetite, abdominal distention, loose stools or constipation; alleviation of depression, anxiety, fear, irritability or other emotional aberrations; quicker wound healing capacity and response to infection; decrease in skin irritation, dry skin and muscular weakness; regulation of weight loss, thirst and pain; improvement in respiration - in short, an overall improvement in the quality of life, both in terms of physical problems and what they affect - these are the primary signs and symptoms with which Chinese medicine produces results. A broad range of systemic clinical manifestations is addressed, but ultimately, through this style of medicine, immunity is enhanced.

Chinese medicine is time-tested, person-oriented, and clinically applicable to the devastating illnesses of our time such as cancer. Although ancient, it parallels innovative techniques being developed to address this difficult disease, emphasizing the intimate relationship between the person and the planet, cultural stresses, nutrition and genetic inheritance..............

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About the Author: Skya Gardner-Abbate began her career as a medical sociologist serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil before teaching at the University of Rhode Island's department of sociology. She graduated summa cum laude from Salve Regina College in 1973 as class valedictorian, earning a bachelor's degree in sociology, then earned a master's degree in sociology at the University of Rhode Island in 1981.


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