Chemotherapy is often used as a treatment for cancer. While it is effective in destroying cancer cells, it can also cause numerous side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and pain among others. These side effects can be severe and can interfere with the patient’s quality of life during and after treatment.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate natural healing processes.
In recent years, acupuncture has become a popular complementary therapy for cancer patients, particularly for those undergoing chemotherapy. Several studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Research has also found that acupuncture can help manage side effects of radiation, surgery, and hormone therapy, as well as stress, sleep, pain, immune function, and mood.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that acupuncture was as effective as medication in reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Another study showed that acupuncture reduced the severity of vomiting and the need for anti-nausea medication. Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective in reducing chemotherapy-induced fatigue.
In a study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, patients who received acupuncture reported reduced levels of fatigue compared to those who did not. In addition, acupuncture can help alleviate pain caused by chemotherapy. A study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies showed that patients who received acupuncture experienced reduced pain compared to those who did not.
A 2009 study found acupuncture to be a “safe and effective therapy to manage cancer and treatment related symptoms.” Research studies also suggest acupuncture may be helpful in managing cancer-related pain, chemotherapy-related neutropenia, cancer fatigue, and radiation-induced xerostomia.”
Acupuncture is generally safe and has few side effects. However, it is important for patients to inform their healthcare provider before undergoing acupuncture treatment, as some acupuncture points may interfere with the chemotherapy treatment.
In conclusion, acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It can help reduce chemotherapy-induced side effects such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and pain, improving the patient’s quality of life during and after treatment. It can also help with fatigue, depression, anxiety, and sleep issues, as well as boost your overall health and immune system. Make an acupuncture appointment right away if you or a loved one is undergoing cancer treatment and seeking for natural solutions to manage the adverse effects that come with cancer therapy.
Your Vero Beach acupuncturist will do a comprehensive health history in order to develop a custom plan that compliments your current treatment protocols. Make a Vero Beach acupuncture appointment today to start getting relief from your chemotherapy side effects and other health concerns!