Acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for the side effects of chemotherapy and in the treatment of cancer is now becoming a common option for patients receiving chemotherapy. What are the advantages to this optional addition to treatment?
There are many studies available now to demonstrate the benefits of using Acupuncture alongside chemotherapy, in brief here are the headlines.
Aids in minimizing pain due to cancer and chemotherapy
Manages side effects of chemotherapy ~ vomiting, nausea, poor appetite, weight loss, fatigue, depression, dry mouth, anxiety, brain fog
Minimizes the use of standard anti-nausea/vomiting drugs
Aids in the increase of white and red blood cells
Improves immune system
Improves lymphocyte cell activity
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (cancer.ucle.edu) has a library of studies around Acupun
cture and the beneficial effects when used as an adjunct in the treatment of Cancer and Chemotherapy. It is now common to receive Acupuncture before and after chemotherapy in many countries. This minimizes the use of standard expensive multi-drug anti-nausea regimens along with their side effects during chemotherapy.