Acupuncture in Cancer Treatment – A Natural Healing Adjunct

Acupuncture and Cancer

Just to be clear in no uncertain terms: Acupuncture and other natural healing methods are no substitute for modern medical cancer treatment.  No patient in their right mind should eschew western medical treatment for this devastating and fatal disease.  Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine do have a role in the healing process as an adjunct to surgery and chemotherapy to quell side effects and stimulate healing and proper cellular function.

fu** cancerThe treatment of cancer has developed quite a bit over the years, though these treatments call for strong medications and methods with a large amount of negative side affects. Cancer treatment procedures have also been known to weaken the immune system as well.  Acupuncture has no negative side effects and has grown in popularity exponentially over the last 10 years in the US.  Not only does it reduce pain, help eliminate or reduce side affects caused by cancer treatments, and speed up the recovery process, but it also improves energy, mood and general wellness.

Acupuncture is usually used as a last resort, but people are starting to see that it should have been their first adjunct treatment along with western medical cancer treatment protocols.  Acupuncture has been used to negate the side affects from treatments from surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biological therapy.

The scientific reason to how acupuncture helps is that it causes a response in the pituitary gland that promotes the production of proteins, chemicals, and hormones that manage bodily function and immune health. It also helps hormones like endorphins to aid in reducing pain. Blood pressure and body temperatures are balanced during this process as well.

A few of the main symptoms that are caused by cancer treatments, but can be treated with acupuncture are hot flashes, pain management, vomiting, nausea, stress, night sweats, fatigue, dry mouth, and anxiety. Many tests have been done proving that acupuncture greatly reduced vomiting and nausea caused by surgery, morning sickness, and chemotherapy. Cancer treatments can also cause a deep cough, chest congestion, depression, high fever, weight loss, speech troubles, night sweats, and fluid in the legs or arms which can be alleviated by acupuncture. People who have been treated with acupuncture also had a large reduction in pain, enough to reduce or eliminate the need for prescription pain medication.  With the previous reasons, an increased white blood cell count, general wellness, and a better immune system, there is no reason not to pursue acupuncture as an additional treatment.

What is Acupuncture and How Does it Work?

acupuncture treatmentAcupuncture is a technique within Traditional Oriental Medicine that has been dated back to ancient times, originating in China. It is said that life energy, also known as Qi, is constantly flowing through your body. When the flow of this energy is disrupted or blocked, then a problem could occur such as discomfort or illness. Acupuncturists use small, sterile needles to manage this flow. There are many acu-points on the human body that allow them to do so. A disrupted flow of Qi can be balanced to help rid or reduce any diseases or illnesses in the body. Flow of Qi can also be re-balanced and improved in order to increase the physical and mental health.

Natural herbal therapies, where allowed by the patient’s physician, can also help extend the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatments and promote wellness and balance within the patient’s body.

cancer fighting vegetablesCancer Fighting Vegetables

• Arugula
• Beet greens
• Bok choy
• Broccoli
• Brussels sprouts
• Cabbage
• Cauliflower
• Chinese cabbage
• Collard greens
• Daikon
• Horseradish
• Kale
• Kohlrabi
• Mustard greens
• Radishes
• Rutabaga
• Swiss chard
• Turnips
• Watercress

How Can Acupuncture Benefit Me?

Kelly Ripa acupuncturePerhaps you have heard about acupuncture or maybe you know someone who has benefited from treatment. Most Americans are familiar with the process but few have actually experienced acupuncture for themselves. Chances are that one or more of our most common complaints could benefit greatly from this alternative treatment. Let’s look at some of the areas where acupuncture treatment is usually beneficial with the right practitioner:

Acupuncture Benefits

Improved Digestion  

Digestive complaints such as heartburn or excess gas have both been treated successfully and issues such as chronic diarrhea or serious constipation have also responded well to acupuncture treatments. More serious conditions that involve allergies to food, IBS or severe colitis can also see improvement after treatment.

back painPain Management

More familiar to car accident victims, acupuncture has proved to be effective in the treatment of whiplash injuries. It is more common today for a doctor to suggest it as an alternative or in conjunction with more conventional treatments. Headaches also respond well to acupuncture, even migraines or cluster headaches. Increased pain relief for symptoms of arthritis has also been reported among patients. You can also heal from surgery faster with acupuncture.


Often turned to as pain relief for cramps and body aches, acupuncture can also help relieve bloating and even irritability and mild depressive symptoms. Infertility problems have also been corrected with treatment and even symptoms associated with menopause such as, night sweats and hot flashes, are lessened after seeing the acupuncturist. Many women will tell you that when it comes to regulating your cycle and balancing your hormones, some other treatments aren’t as effective.It is not common knowledge that acupuncture can be a viable treatment for stress – but time and time again this proved to be the case. Many patients report deep relaxation and relief of anxiety symptoms even after one session. It appears that it can also be helpful during a time of crisis or personal trauma as it is effective in reducing the high levels of stress hormones present during these times.

Holistic Treatments

Today, all forms of treatment should be explored in a comprehensive treatment plan. You can learn more about holistic treatments for your ailment via acupuncture by contacting us.

Patient Testimonials

DougLaurie is simply the best! Her work has made a major improvement in my life. I strongly endorse her and her practice.

Doug G. Santa Monica, CA

Kelly testimonialI have seen Laurie several times for fatigue and insomnia. Laurie is a very knowledgeable acupuncturist and is such a sweetheart!  She knew exactly to treat me and I was feeling better after my first session. Laurie also followed up with me and made sure that I know she is available any time. I wish more doctors were like her.
Kelly A. Los Angeles, CA

iconLaurie Binder is amazing! I began going to her for fertility but have found myself running to her when anything needs fixing: sciatica, insomnia, stress, headache, nausea & colds to name just a few. I have yet to find anything that Laurie and her needles can’t sort out. She is a lovely woman who is nurturing as well as incredibly warm, calm and understanding. She is very easy to speak to. An appointment with Laurie is pure bliss. Thanks Laurie. You are sublime.
D.E. Santa Monica, CA

iconLaurie Binder is true healer! I would recommend her acupuncture treatments for anyone dealing with a physical condition that seems to have no cure. I’ve found real results from Laurie’s acupuncture treatments that have truly been life changing.
Lux L. Santa Monica, CA

testimonialI’m so glad I found this wonderful acupuncturist in Dr. Laurie! I have had acupuncture with several practitioners but Laurie is the best. Great bedside manner and you can tell she genuinely cares about her patients.

Jim C. Pacific Palisades, CA

testimonialDr. Laurie is the best acupuncturist in Los Angeles!
I mean, only if you want results from your acupuncture treatments. Her treatments always work, and the needles don’t hurt. She’s treated me for my myriad of weight training and overuse injuries. Here’s a list:

Bicep tendon: it’s been hurting on and off for a year. She treats it, I get 80-90% relief for a least two weeks. Then I go crazy on it and I’m back.

Lower back: this has been recent, she said I fell asleep as soon as the last needle went in. Still better after a week.

Sciatica: this was about 8 years ago. One treatment and it never came back. Of course I made sure to keep stretching in my routine.

Knee: I have arthritis in my left knee, and it’s easy to injure and inflame. If it bothers me a lot, she throws some needles around and I’m good to go.

Gas and bloating: I eat a lot. So sometimes my stomach doesn’t like it. She prescribed some herbs and they work great when I take them consistently.

Heat: my head gets hot sometimes and she’s got herbs for that. If it’s particularly bad she does some needles, and that works too. Kind of the opposite of the end of “Kiss of the Dragon”.

That’s enough of a list for now. Go see Laurie!
Jason K. Santa Monica, CA