Acupuncture and Cancer – Acupuncture and Moxibustion are powerful tools to compliment conventional cancer therapy, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. For the patient undergoing such therapy, having acupuncture and moxibustion either pre, during or post treatment can result in these interventions being better tolerated, leading to more successful treatment outcomes. In particular they play a significant role in alleviating, and in some cases preventing, the side effects of chemotherapy. If possible treatment is advised the day before and after.
Acupuncture and Cancer
As well as helping to reduce the side effects of the treatment, it also helps support patient’s emotional wellbeing throughout the healing process. Patients often experience a myriad of emotions throughout this process. After the initial diagnosis, treatment plan and hopefully recovery, it can be the mind that takes a little longer to recover after the magnitude of their experience and they return back to daily life. The initial diagnosis may result in fear, shock and anxiety. Anger/frustration and ‘why me’ thoughts may also arise. Worry and concern about the future and other family members will no doubt be part of the picture.
Acupuncture can safely and effectively alleviate the symptoms of cancer including;
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hot flushes
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of taste
- Mouth ulcers
- Metallic taste
- Skin rash
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty swallowing
Acupuncture and Cancer – Further information:
Cancer is dramatically on the rise. In the late 60’s it was estimated that, amongst people living in the developed world, one in ten or fewer would suffer from cancer in their lifetime. Today this figure is one in three. According to the Office for National Statistics the incidence rate for breast cancer in the UK has risen by 70% in the 30 years from 1970 to 2000.
Acupuncture and Cancer treatment tends to be cumulative, so if possible weekly treatments are recommended. For more information and to discuss your individual case, please do not hesitate to contact me.