August 10, 2023
by Delaney

Acupuncture Supports Cancer Care and Recovery

 

Implementing acupuncture and Chinese medicine into your life has health benefits that can transform your well-being. Many research studies have found that acupuncture is effective and safe for oncology patients by assisting with the side effects of cancer treatments and providing relief for pain management. 

Cancer treatments have multiple adverse side effects and often cause pain that can last well beyond the final treatment. To help oncology patients, more are turning to acupuncture to assist with their healing journeys.

 

How Does Acupuncture Help? 

Our trained and skilled practitioners will apply clean, sterile needles to strategic points throughout the body. The stimulation of specific points causes the body to release natural painkillers by:

  • - Improving circulation

 

  • - Relieving pain 

 

  • - Reducing inflammation 

 

  • - Enhancing a state of calmness 

 

  • - Decreasing anxiety or nervousness

 

  • - Promoting relaxation 

 

  • - Boosting the immune system & more

 

Even though each individual will experience cancer treatments differently, with acupuncture added to their routine, patients can have symptoms under control and enjoy a better quality of life.

 

Type of Symptoms That are Relieved with Acupuncture

 

  • - Nausea & Vomiting, caused by chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation 

 

  • - Pain, muscle or joint pain from hormone therapy 

 

  • - Peripheral neuropathy, common side effect of chemotherapy that causes pain, weakness, and numbness in the hands or feet

 

  • - Hot flashes, associated with hormone therapy 

 

  • - Dry mouth, caused by radiation

 

  • - Fatigue is, common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation

 

How Does Acupuncture Address Chronic Pain?

Our acupuncturist will determine musculoskeletal issues when patients have chronic pain by addressing pain in the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Types of acupuncture that provide relief from pain include:

  • Electro-stimulation acupuncture

Needles are connected to mild electric currents throughout the body at the point of pain.

  • Auricular acupuncture

Small tiny needles are inserted into the ears and remain for a couple of days, which are painless and relieves symptoms.

 

Unlocking New Perspectives

Acupuncture does not cure cancer or oncology-related health issues but is an effective way to heal and help alleviate symptoms. To notice subtle changes or improvements in your health, you must be committed to treatments, and acupuncture will bring new awareness to an alternative way of healing. 

One visit does not restore the body to healthy function but takes time over a series of treatments. Slow, steady, consistent treatments will enable the body to heal naturally and bounce you back to living healthier and happier lives.