During the years of my clinical experience I found cancer acupuncture to be very effective for side effects of chemotherapy, such as: vomiting, nausea, fatigue and sleeping disorders. Acupuncture also can reduce cancer pain, improve sleeping, boost the immune system, help with hot flashes and relax the patients who are suffering from cancer-related anxiety and depression.
Research into cancer acupuncture
Tiredness after chemotherapy can sometimes last for years. It is difficult to manage and has a big effect on patient’s lives.
UK trial from 2007 showed that acupuncture and acupressure treatments helped people to feel less tired, reduced physical tiredness and improved activity.
At the end of the treatments, the acupuncture group had a 36% improvement in fatigue levels, while the acupressure group improved by 19% and the sham acupressure by 0.6%.
The ACU.FATIGUE trial from 2012 looked into women suffering from severe fatigue after chemotherapy for breast cancer. Patients received acupuncture treatment once per week for six weeks. The study has shown that acupuncture helped to reduce fatigue and improved the womens’ quality of life
Nausea and Vomiting
Immune System Modulation
Dry, Painful Mouth and Throat
Many women suffering from Breast Cancer undergo hormonal treatment and experience hot flashes which disrupt their sleep and daily activities. Acupuncture has been proven to decrease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes for breast cancer patients.
Men with prostate cancer also experience hot flashes during hormonal treatment and can benefit from acupuncture.
A 2005 study among patients with breast or prostate cancer showed that acupuncture or self-acupuncture reduced hot flashes by 50% or more in nearly 8 out of 10 people. Several smaller studies also support this finding, including a Swedish study from 2006, which found that as well as reducing the number and intensity of the hot flashes, women who had acupuncture felt better psychologically.
This is swelling caused by a build-up of lymph fluid in the body. It can be a side effect of surgery or radiotherapy. Lymphoedema can cause discomfort, pain and difficulty moving. There is no cure for lymphoedema, but acupuncture can relieve symptoms.
Research into cancer acupuncture
Any chronic disease depletes the energy levels in the organism. Such depletion can be ameliorated, at least temporarily, by tonification, a process of imparting energy into the system. This is deemed necessary for more durable, successful pain control. It can also add to the patients’ sense of well-being and decrease the unease associated with cancer.
Energetic acupuncture repletes energy levels to the organism as a whole, reestablishes homeostasis by re-balancing energy distribution and unblocking energy flow. Meridian acupuncture can also be used. It directs healing energy to a specific organ of pathology. It’s a routine approach in treating diseased organs such as liver, pancreas kidney, including those ravaged by cancer
Cancer acupuncture improves overall quality of life
By managing the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapies, reducing pain and inflammation, supporting normal digestive function, improving sleep and reducing stress the quality of life of cancer patients is improved by acupuncture treatments.
Combining acupuncture with counselling for cancer
Acupuncture can help in easing physical symptoms, as well as in reducing emotional distress. Through acupuncture, my clients notice their physical symptoms are gradually reducing, which helps them to be able to connect with their feelings on a deeper level in order to release blocked energy.
Through an integrated acupuncture-counselling therapy, blocked emotional energy release happens through acupuncture alongside talking therapy. My patients are guided through easy breathing relaxation during acupuncture treatment, which leads to excellent results as a holistic body and mind treatment.