What you need to know about how acupuncture can help treat cancer!
Acupuncture for Cancer
People suffering from cancer are often interested in trying anything that may help their recovery. This includes alternative or complementary cancer treatments such as acupuncture. Patients undergoing conventional cancer treatment may be interested in acupuncture to help with the side effects caused by harsh treatments such as chemotherapy. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine may be helpful for cancer patients in a variety of ways.
Cancer is Complex:
The term “Cancer” refers to a large group of malignancies (abnormal cell growth). There are hundreds of different types of cancer—affecting different body parts. Each type of cancer has its own unique clinical behavior, histology, and set of symptoms. For this reason, there is no one-size-fits-all cancer treatment.
Cancer Treatments are Diverse:
Cancer treatment encompasses various objectives depending on the type of cancer and its stage. It includes primary treatment (killing cancer cells), adjuvant treatment (killing cancer cells that remain after treatment), or palliative treatment (relieving cancer symptoms). It may also encompass holistic approaches and nutritional support.
Cancer patients have more favourable chances of successful treatment if the diagnosis is early. If a diagnosis is late, successful treatment outcomes are less likely.
How Can Acupuncture Help with Cancer?
Acupuncture may be helpful for cancer patients in a number of ways. It’s often used along with conventional treatments such as surgery to improve outcomes. Some of the benefits acupuncture may offer to cancer patients are:
- Pain control after surgery: Acupuncture may help to manage cancer-related pain.
- Boosting recovery from the side effects of other therapies: Moxibustion (TCM technique of local heating with herbs) and electroacupoint stimulation may both accelerate recovery and the feeling of wellbeing.
- Helping with inflammation or tissue swelling
- Minimising the use of medications: This is especially true for medications that have unwanted side effects. Acupuncture has little-to-no side effects. Prescription medications often have unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, constipation, confusion, and behavioral changes.
- Boosting immune response: Most chemotherapy agents suppress the activity of white blood cells. This negatively impacts on the body’s immune response, making patients vulnerable to the risk of infection. Acupuncture and other alternative treatments such as nutritional support help boost the body’s immune response.
- Providing relief for vomiting and nausea: Acupuncture is effective at reducing nausea and vomiting, which often occur in patients undergoing chemotherapy. The TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) treatment is simple with minimal side effects. Acupuncture for cancer reduces the use of expensive anti-nausea drugs that are associated with adverse side effects.
- Improving the feeling of general well–being: According to acupuncture and TCM, chronic diseases cause an imbalance in your body’s energy distribution. Acupuncture aims to restore balance and directs healing energy to affected organs. This improves wellbeing.
“Can acupuncture help with cancer?” The short answer is yes. Acupuncture can help improve cancer care and facilitate well-being. However, it’s important to note that the degree of beneficial outcomes depends on several factors. This includes the body area affected and progression or stage of cancer. For more information on acupuncture for cancer contact Centre of Balance Hamilton on 07 846 7956 or visit our clinic in Hamilton.
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