Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What causes myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)? Can acupuncture and/or herbal supplements help?
A: Acupuncture and herbal supplements can help alleviate many of the symptoms of myelodysplastic syndromes. MDS is a condition in which bone marrow production of RBCs is reduced. The causes of MDS include a prior history of cancer therapy and environmental toxins, including radiation, benzene, and certain pesticides and herbicides. A licensed practitioner will be able to establish a proper diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine and prescribe the appropriate treatment protocol.
You may find the Traditions of Tao supplement “DuraBone” is particularly helpful in building bone strength. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.