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.
The 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 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.