The American Cancer Society has reported that half of all men and a third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Although there are many forms of cancer, all forms of the disease begin with abnormal cells that grow out of control. Unlike other illnesses that are eradicated by the body's natural defense system, cancer needs to be treated with powerful medical interventions.
Unfortunately, most of the current cancer treatments available have some debilitating side effects. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments because they address many of the unpleasant symptoms and side effects that come up during and after chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery.
If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can provide real help by decreasing many of the side effects associated with conventional cancer treatments.
Integrative Hospital Associates supports the Society for Integrative Oncology's position, and practice guidelines as it pertains to CAM therapies, and specifically in regards to acupuncture.
Society For Integrative Oncology: Integrative Oncology Practice Guidelines:
“Acupuncture is strongly recommended as a complementary therapy for pain control when pain is poorly controlled, when side effects from other modalities are clinically significant, or when reducing the amount of pain medicine becomes a clinical goal. Acupuncture is also strongly recommended as a complementary therapy when nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy are poorly controlled or when side effects from other modalities are clinically significant.”
Typically, acupuncture treatments are given concurrently with other treatments such as chemotherapy. According to the National Cancer Institute there is no substantial evidence that acupuncture cures cancer itself. However, scientific studies that looked at acupuncture with respect to various symptoms shows the value of acupuncture.
- Nausea and Vomiting
The brief list above provides some of the benefits that cancer care patients will have from receiving acupuncture. Please call the office today and schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more.