Oncology Acupuncture is used all over the U.S. in hospitals and private practice as an adjunctive therapy to cancer treatment.
If you or someone you love is undergoing cancer treatment, acupuncture will help in many ways. Medical science has shown how it affects a many systems in the body, setting in motion whole host of healing effects.
One overarching thing acupuncture can do is to lessen the stress, anxiety and/or depression that often comes after a diagnosis and the subsequent treatments.
Also, it will blunt some of the side effects such as nausea, fatigue, dry mouth, aches and pains, constipation, hot flashes and insomnia (to name a few) that generally accompany chemotherapy and radiation.
Acupuncture is also used pre- and post-surgery to promote circulation and get the immune system into high gear. Post-surgery it speeds recovery, reduces pain, and reduces local swelling. This, in turn, can lessen the need for medications that often come with their own side effects.
Cancer treatment has evolved at an accelerated pace in the past decade, with new methods of identification and targeting tumors and cells. Once someone gets a diagnosis they usually go through a combination of treatments. Treating people through the arc of recovery is a great use of acupuncture, so take advantage of it if you can!