Acupuncture for Cancer Support
All of the myriad types of cancer come with their own symptoms and problems, as do the medications and treatments. Acupuncture has been shown repeatedly to be a useful complement to the primary care provided by your Oncologist. Whether you are receiving radiation, gamma knife, or chemotherapy, some of the side effects may be relieved by doing regular acupuncture alongside your protocol.
We will work with your Oncology team to coordinate the most effective acupuncture treatment for your needs. This includes the timing of your treatments and the number of treatments. Our services are results focused and aim to provide relief with a minimal number of treatments throughout your course of Oncology care. Some patients prefer acupuncture to help them prepare for treatment, while others respond best a few days after chemo or nuclear treatment.
Acupuncture has been shown to:
Reduce nausea, vomiting and fatigue associated with chemotherapy
Relieve pain from neuropathy, incisions, tumors or chronic issues
Help manage stress and balance the mood swings from anxiety & depression
Reduce or eliminate hiccups
Treat dry mouth or Xerostomia
Increase the appetite
Reduce or eliminate hot flashes and night sweats
Decrease the incidence and increase sensation of neuropathy
Increase T-cell and Nk killer cell count to help fight rogue cancer cells
We can also visit you in the hospital and provide acupuncture treatment to help manage your pain. Our experience has shown acupuncture helps expedite recovery from surgery and lessen the need for opioids.
Most Recent Research on Acupuncture for Cancer Patients
Acupuncture Eases Joint Pain Among Breast Cancer Patients Taking Aromatase Inhibitors – “By the eighth week of the trial, the EA (electro-acupuncture) group experienced a 43 percent reduction in pain severity and 53 percent reduction in their reports of pain that interfered with their ability to conduct their normal activities, as compared to their baseline or beginning scores… Using a different scale, more patients in the EA group than the WLC (wait-list control) group also reported their pain as “much improved” or “very much improved.” European Journal of Cancer, November 2013.
Acupuncture-point stimulation for chemotherapy-induced nausea or vomiting – “Eleven trials using acupuncture-point stimulation were combined to show it reduced the incidence of acute vomiting. Acupressure reduced mean acute nausea severity. This review complements data on post-operative nausea and vomiting suggesting a biologic effect of acupuncture-point stimulation.” – Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006 Apr 19;(2):CD002285.
Acupuncture for the prevention of radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer – “Patients in the PA (acupuncture) group showed improved salivary flow rates and decreased xerostomia-related symptoms compared with patients in the control group. Although PA treatment did not prevent the oral sequelae of radiation therapy completely, it significantly minimized the severity of radiation-induced xerostomia. Braz Oral Res. 2011 Mar-Apr;25(2):180-5.