Five Ways Acupuncture Can Help in Cancer Care

Reduced nausea, vomiting, and fatigue associated with chemotherapy

According to the National Cancer Institute, there is strong evidence that acupuncture can relieve nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.

Pain relief from neuropathy, incisions, tumors or chronic issues

Studies looking at pain control using acupuncture suggest that it may help reduce the pain associated with cancer as well as from surgery. It may help reduce the amount of pain medications needed, and consequently some of the side effects of those pain medicines. Acupuncture can improve circulation in the body leading to regeneration of damaged nerves (neuropathy) and improve healing of scar tissue.

Improved digestion

Radiation treatments may lead to pain and swelling in the mouth and throat making it difficult to swallow. Some patients lose their sense of taste as well. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease these side effects allowing the patient to be able to swallow, eat and drink normally. Acupuncture can also help restore appetite and regulate patterns of elimination.

Assist in stress management

Cancer patients who use this treatment claim that they feel calmer and that they feel happier. Additionally, many of them report less worry and anxiety. They report feeling more mentally alert and more emotionally stable. There are specific acupuncture points that will help the nervous system relax when there is a constant feeling of anxiety or adrenaline, thus treatments can help improve sleep as well.

Ongoing physical, mental and emotional support

Regular acupuncture can identify imbalances and guide patients to move towards more optimal health. Acupuncture stimulates the natural healing process of the body to aid in restoring health and balance. Research shows that acupuncture is safe, effective and gentle, without unwanted side effects.

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