Did you know?
Prestigious cancer research centers, such as Sloan Kettering and MD Anderson, have completed and continue to run clinical trials proving the benefits of acupuncture when added to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Acupuncture is routinely being used in many of the top cancer centers.
Acupuncture has been shown to;
⦁ Relieve nausea and vomiting
⦁ Relieve dry mouth, night sweats, hot flashes
⦁ Reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue
⦁ Reduce post-operative swelling
⦁ Lessen or eliminate pain
⦁ Increase white blood cell counts
⦁ Decrease the need for medication
⦁ Improve chemo-induced neuropathy
⦁ Minimize the subsequent side effects of medication
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely used forms of healthcare in the world. It is a technique in which thin needles are inserted nearly painlessly into specific points on the body to encourage the body’s natural healing process. All needles are sterile, single use and disposable.
How does it work?
Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous systems. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely. Evidence shows that it releases endorphins from the brain, which makes acupuncture particularly effective for the management of pain.
Studies and additional resources:
⦁ The National Institutes of Health gives a comprehensive explanation of what acupuncture is and how it works to relieve side-effects of cancer treatment, noting the use of acupuncture at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2642987/
⦁ MD Anderson study finds acupuncture can prevent radiation-induced chronic dry mouth. The researcher states that incorporating acupuncture alongside radiotherapy diminishes the incidence and severity of this side effect. http://www.integrativeonc.org/index.php/news/346-ut-md-anderson-study-finds-acupuncture-can-prevent-radiation-induced-chronic-dry-mouth
⦁ The University of Colorado Hospital is using acupuncture as an adjunct to cancer treatment. This post looks at acupuncture from the patient/family perspective.
⦁ The National Cancer Institute explains how acupuncture affects blood pressure, body temperature, boosts immune system activity and causes the body’s natural painkillers called endorphins to be released. It illustrates the benefits of acupuncture for specific side effects of cancer treatment.
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