January 21, 2016

Acupuncture and Cancer Treatment

Acupuncture has proven very helpful when integrated into a Western treatment approach for cancer. The side-effects of chemo and radiation cancer treatments can be alleviated by acupuncture. The stress and emotional strain of the illness and its treatment can also be reduced with the use of acupuncture.

Alex_Grey-Spiritual_Energy1Recent evidence in clinical research indicates that acupuncture is beneficial for chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, and cancer pain. Other preliminary data also suggests acupuncture might be effective for chemotherapy-induced leukopenia, postchemotherapy fatigue, radiation therapy-induced xerostomia, insomnia, and anxiety.* Current practice guidelines recommend acupuncture as a complementary therapy for uncontrolled nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy.**

There are many personal stories of people undergoing cancer treatment along with acupuncture. Here is one:

For more information on cancer and acupuncture, see:

Acupuncturists Stepping Up to the Cancer Challenge

Acupuncture Cools Breast Cancer Hot Flashes

Acupuncture benefits those with chemo-induced neuropathy

*Lu W. 2005. Acupuncture for side effects of chemoradiation therapy in cancer patients. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2005 Aug;21(3):190-5.
**Ling M. Acupuncture as a complementary therapy in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2009 Apr; 22(2): 138–141.
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