Acupuncture Assists in Stress Management
- Cancer patients who use this treatment claim that they feel calmer, and that they feel happier. Additionally, many of them report less worry and anxiety. They report feeling more mentally alert and more emotionally stable. There are specific acupuncture points that will help the nervous system relax when there is a constant feeling of anxiety or adrenaline, thus treatments can help improve sleep as well
- Stress/Anxiety reduction for parents, family members, friends and hospital staff can be addressed with acupuncture.
Improves Digestion, Decrease Fatigue
- Radiation treatments may lead to pain and swelling in the mouth and thro making it difficult to swallow. Some patients lose their sense of taste as well. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease these side effects allowing the patient to be able to swallow, eat and drink normally. Acupuncture can also help restore appetite and regulate patterns of elimination.
- Fatigue in a randomized controlled trial, 47 cancer patients with moderate to severe fatigue were randomly assigned to one of three groups. One group received six 20-minute sessions of acupuncture (n = 15); one group was instructed to use acupressure (n = 16); and the third group, the sham acupressure group (n = 16), was taught to apply pressure in three points unrelated to true acupressure. All three groups continued with the same techniques for 2 weeks. The study concluded that acupuncture was a more effective method than acupressure or sham acupressure.
Nausea and Vomiting due to Chemotherapy
- Reduced nausea, vomiting and fatigue associated with chemotherapy
- According to the National Cancer Institute, there is strong evidence that acupuncture can relieve nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.
- In 1997, NIH held a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture to evaluate its safety and efficacy. The panel stated that “there is clear evidence that needle acupuncture treatment is effective for postoperative and chemotherapy N/V.”
- The best timing for your acupuncture treatments depends on your symptoms. For nausea, it is best to have acupuncture before and possibly during chemotherapy. For other symptoms such as pain, fatigue, diarrhea or constipation, it may be best to plan your treatments before, during or after chemotherapy.
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