Acupuncture is a treatment modality which is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine and has existed for more than 3000 years. Acupuncture has been practiced in the United States for about 200 years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the acupuncture needle as a medical device in 1996.
What does Acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific points in the body, commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of very thin, sterile needles into the skin.
What does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of illnesses and ailments. Cancer patients use it for pain management, control of nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance.
What kind of pain management does Acupuncture provide?
For people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, research and clinical studies have shown that Acupuncture helps with postoperative pain, chemotherapy induced neuropathic pain and joint pain.
Can your treatment interfere with my chemotherapy or radiation treatments?
Our treatments are designed as a complementary treatment with your existing chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Studies have shown that acupuncture has positive effects in cancer treatment patients who experience nausea, vomiting, pain, poor sleep quality, digestive issues and anxiety as side effects of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy-related side effects in cancer patients could be decreased by the concurrent use of acupuncture
How long are your treatments?
Acupuncture treatments usually last 30 to 45 minutes.
Clinical trials report the use of acupuncture relieves nausea and vomiting from anticancer therapies
National Cancer Institute - NIH
Clinical trials support the use of acupuncture to relieve pain, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, fatigue, hot flashes, and peripheral neuropathy resulting from cancer treatments.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Medical research shows that acupuncture works by releasing the Endorphins and Serotonin from brain which helps relieves pain and promote a feeling of wellbeing. The release of these substances can reduce cancer symptoms.