Increasingly acupuncture and other complementary therapies are being used in adjunct to conventional cancer treatments. Tracey is offering cancer support with acupuncture in Christchurch.
Current research suggests the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing many symptoms commonly associated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy, such as reducing chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, post-operative pain, cancer pain and cancer related fatigue. Current evidence also supports the use of acupuncture to treat chemotherapy related neuropathy, cancer related insomnia and psychological symptoms (anxiety and stress) related to cancer treatments.
With a general movement towards integrative medicine in the West, an integrative approach to the support of cancer patients is increasingly recognised for the benefits it provides. Leading research and treatment centres such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York offer complementary therapies such as acupuncture alongside conventional treatments.
For many patients undergoing cancer treatment, the side effects commonly experienced can be debilitating. In some cases, because of this the treatment has to be halted. Acupuncture can be used to minimise such side effects, in turn enabling patients to gain the most of conventional therapeutic benefits.
Cancer Treatment Symptoms That Can Be Reduced With Acupuncture:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Dysfunction/decreased mobililty following surgery