Cancer isnot a single ailment, but a host of malignancies which strike individuals in unique ways and need to be treated with the help of numerous modalities like surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, nutrition therapy, hormone therapy, physical therapy and psychological care.
Solid tumors can be treated successfully with surgery and the usual therapies, if detected early. Other cancers like leukemia in children and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma may need to be treated with the help of chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant, or a combination of these.
In case of late diagnosesor recurrence, the chances of recovery are very low. Terminal cancer patients need palliative treatment to improve their quality of life. Acupuncture can also play an important role in cancer care.
How acupuncture can help
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment which has spread to many parts of the world and is widely accepted as a part of alternative medicine. Acupuncture involves stimulation of acupunctural points on the skin with the help of very thin metal needles. This is done by electrical stimulation or the acupuncturist may manipulate the needles manually.
Helps with side effects of cancer treatment
Acupuncture can prove to be of great help for pain management, speeding up recovery from cancer, as well as alleviating side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea and constipation. It also improves the patient’s sense of overall well-being.
Improves pain bearing capacity
Acupuncture believes that a chronic ailment can rob the body of its energy. This loss of energy makes the pain associated with cancer more severe for the patient. Tonification, an acupuncture process, helps restore energy levels and improve the pain-bearing capacity of the patient. Acupuncturists achieve this with the help of whole body energetic acupuncture support, osteo-puncture and percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
Pain related to cancer and its treatments has been the cause of concern for cancer care providers for a long time now as it affects the quality of life in a negative way. Acupuncture can help alleviate pain and thus improve the quality of life of a cancer patient. Cancer pain can range from shoulder pain to knee pain to even dental pain, all of which can be controlled with the help of acupuncture. Moreover, as pain-management with the help of acupuncture does not involve any medication, it finds more favor with patients who are already having a lot of medicines for their treatment.
Boost immune system
Energetic acupuncture, when applied with nutritional support, can boost the immune system of patients. Combined with nutrition and supplements, it brings positive results in cancer patients, helping minimize the suppression of white blood cells caused by chemotherapeutic drugs.
Removes energy blockages
Energetic acupuncture not only helps replenish the energy but also remove blockages in energy flow and evens out the distribution of energy in the body. This can help treat cancer-affected organs like liver, kidney or pancreas.
Improves psychological well-being
Acupuncture is finding growing acceptance in treatment of symptoms of cancer and side-effects of cancer treatment. Many cancer treatment centers and research centers in the US are making use of acupuncture as a complementary therapy for cancer care. Though there is a lot more research needed to prove the usefulness of acupuncture in cancer care, there are many individuals as well as medical professionals who are willing to give it a try.
Acupuncture is helpful for cancer related fatigue, radiation related xerostomia(dry mouth)and chemotherapy induced neutropenia. It can also help improve sleep quality as well as control anxiety and depression. Breast cancer patients find relief from hot flashes with the help of acupuncture.
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