Acupuncture as a Therapeutic Treatment for Cancer Pain

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Cancer can certainly make it difficult to be present and feel engaged in what is happening. Fear, anxiety, helplessness, anger – are only some of the feelings people have when faced with a cancer diagnosis. We support the well-being of the person and offer supportive therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that can address your holistic needs. 
As experienced TCM practitioners, we have extensive knowledge of the impacts of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments have on our bodies. As a part of the individual's health care team, we provide open communication with oncologists and other clinicians to offer TCM support to the individual in this process.

General Clinical applications of TCM for Cancer:

  • Help boost the immune system and make the body healthier in the fight against cancer
  • Help support normal metabolism and digestion during cancer treatment, and help manage treatment side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, or fatigue
  • Stress reduction and increased well-being

According to peer-reviewed research studies, acupuncture can also relieve the following adverse reactions to radiation and/or chemotherapy, or symptoms associated with cancer:
-Depression and Anxiety
-Hot Flashes
-Radiation-Induced Xerostomia
-Pain Relief for Palliative Care

Important facts about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Acupuncture is only one of the modalities used in the practice of TCM. It is often used as a stand alone but, if appropriate, may be combined with prescribed herbal medicine, lifestyle and nutritional advice, cupping, gua sha, and tuina massage. Depending on the individual, and the practitioner's intent and skills, one modality or a combination of modalities are used to provide foundational support for the individual's full potential in self-healing. TCM involves a thorough health assessment and treatment solutions, which means that treatments are safe to use with Western medicine and the existing cancer treatment plan. We will review medications and current treatments to identify potential adverse interactions and personalize treatment plans to the individual based on each person’s goals and experiences. See our website for more details of our services,

Knowledge and support are power. We’re here to help, so contact us if you have any questions. Remember, the treatment strategy will depend on the intent and skills of the practitioner and the goals of the patient. If you are considering TCM as part of your health care, an open communication with the oncologist and the healthcare team will be initiated before starting any forms of treatment.