Acupunture in Cancer Care

Acupuncture and Cancer
November 1, 2016
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November 7, 2016
CANCER –  It’s a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. If you or your loved one is facing cancer, it’s important to have hope. In many cases, cancer can be cured, especially when it’s detected early.

There are more treatments available now than ever before to cure cancer, slow it from spreading and help you live a healthier life.

Acupuncture is not used by itself as a treatment for cancer. It is used in combination with traditional medicine to help relieve symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment.  Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative therapy used in cancer management that has been used clinically to manage cancer-related symptoms, treat side effects induced by chemotherapy or radiation therapy, to boost blood cell count and enhance lymphocyte and natural killer (NK) cell activity.

According to the National Institute of Health, Acupuncture has been found to help alleviate treatment-related side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, stress, depression and anxiety.  Some patients find that Acupuncture helps relieve fatigue, pain and neuropathy associated with cancer and its treatment. All this can greatly improve your quality of life during this challenging time.

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for more than 4,000 years.    Acupuncture is based on the view that the human body must be perceived and treated as a whole and as part of nature; health is the result of harmony among bodily functions and between the body and nature, disease occurs when the harmony is disrupted.   In other words, when the body is out of balance.

Acupuncture is closely associated with the Chinese meridian theory. According to this theory, there are 12 primary meridians, or channels, and eight additional meridians, each following a particular directional course along the body. A vita energy known as QI flows through these meridians and participates in the homeostatic regulation of various bodily functions. Along the meridians are approximately 360 points. When the normal flow of energy over a meridian is obstructed (e.g., as a result of tissue injury or a tumor), pain or other symptoms result. The purpose of acupuncture therapy is to re-open the normal energy flow, thereby relieving the symptoms by stimulating specific (acupuncture points) on the meridians

In addition to Acupuncture, your practitioner may also provide massage, acupressure, nutritional counseling, or even an exercise program to help you stay healthy.

In Acupuncture we treat the person and not just the disease. Practitioners take a holistic, or whole body approach to cancer care. This means that not only will your symptoms be considered, but also your lifestyle, emotional state, and overall health. When you work with your practitioner to improve your health and relieve side effects, you are not only helping yourself get the most from conventional treatments, you’re taking back control of your life.

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