Blending Eastern and Western Medicine Brings the Best of Both

by Barbara Bolduc

Meet Ruth Kyle, owner of and practitioner at Acupuncture of Greer. For 29 years, she worked as a respiratory therapist, and for seven years, she ran the entire night shift at a Charlotte hospital. For 17 years, she has been a board-certified, licensed acupuncturist with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Oriental Medicine. (You could say that alternative medicine is in Kyle’s blood——her grandfather was one of the first chiropractors in the U.S.) Her extensive history in both Western and Eastern medicine allows her to blend the best of both modalities, and her understanding of how the body breaks down and utilizes medications provides an additional advantage in her ability to help her patients. “All of these medications or herbs have to be metabolized through the liver or kidneys, or both, depending on the patient’s needs. Even herbs can have a negative effect on the system, so they should be introduced slowly.”

According to Tao of Wellness, “Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole body. The ancient Chinese believed in a universal life energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) that circulates… along pathways in the body…Pain and disease occur when these pathways are blocked and the Qi no longer flows freely. Imagine body fluids stagnating like a …Acupuncture is the placement of fine needles along these pathways, stimulating a focused response from the nervous, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, hormonal and immune systems, restoring Qi movement and bringing harmony back to the body.”

One way in which Kyle utilizes acupuncture is to help patients with endometriosis, “an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus—the endometrium—grows outside the uterus.” (Mayo Clinic). According to the Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, “Researchers find acupuncture more effective than hormone drug therapy for the treatment of endometriosis. Acupuncture relieves menstrual pain due to endometriosis, reduces the size of pelvic masses, lowers CA125 levels, and reduces the recurrence rate of endometriosis. CA125 a is biomarker for several types of cancer and benign conditions including endometriosis and menstrual disorders.” (TinyURL.com/yyvv7tw6).

Kyle has seen great success herself in utilizing acupuncture to help her patients suffering from this condition. “A doctor focused on Western medicine typically handles endometriosis by stopping the patient’s period hormonally. That just makes it worse because it aggravates the problem, which often ends in surgery with the patient losing her ability to conceive. At my office, the patient receives a treatment once a month, before her period, and she also receives a bottle of herbs once a month. The severity of the condition determines the length of the treatment. It takes about six months to a year to clear up. Two of my patients have conceived after finishing treatment.”

Other treatments offered at Acupuncture of Greer are cupping, for those who wish to enjoy a non-needle release, and thermography, performed by a local thermographer, by appointment, on Fridays.

Kyle says that integrity is a key principle to her. “I am very honest about what I can and cannot do to assist in healing.” She is also very connected with colleagues in all forms of traditional and alternative care, and declares, “I will not hesitate to recommend other modalities which could be beneficial. I am always willing to go the extra mile to provide what is best for a patient.” Her main motivations lie with her patients’ wellbeing and healing. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I want to be a difference maker—if I can benefit someone else with my knowledge and put them on the path to healing, it feels great.”

Acupuncture of Greer is located at 106 Memorial Dr., Greer, near the old Allen Bennett Hospital, off Wade Hampton Blvd. For more information, call 864-877-1111 (office), 864-561-4503 (cell) or visit AcupunctureOfGreer.com. Experience Kyle on a recent YouTube video at TinyURL.com/yy7nn2vz.

Barbara Bolduc is the Managing Editor for Upstate Natural Awakenings, as well as a writer and editor for other franchises of the magazine.