The side effects of cancer treatment can be challenging and debilitating, even when managed with medication. Many people take advantage of complementary treatments, like acupuncture to help them feel better and find relief from discomfort. Below are a few ways this solution can help patients reduce everything from nausea to fatigue and pain.
How Acupuncture Reduces Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Many people undergoing cancer treatment experience daily nausea and vomiting, especially after chemotherapy appointments. Patients often find it difficult to eat or hold down food, which negatively impacts their nutrition. They are not able to absorb crucial vitamins, minerals and other elements in food that help their body and mind function. Acupuncture helps people manage these side effects and improves their ability to eat.
Chemotherapy and fighting the cancer also leaves patients feeling exhausted. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found a mean decrease in fatigue by 31.1% in patients following acupuncture treatment. Sessions were performed twice each week for four weeks, leading to an improved quality of life for those patients. Acupuncture helps your system produce more Qi (energy), which allows them to more easily engage in their daily activities.
People living with cancer often experience joint and general body pain, sometimes to a debilitating extent. While medication manages some of these side effects, they can also leave patients exhausted and have side effects of their own. A study published in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic of North America journal showed that acupuncture decreased many side effects, including different types of pain.
Many people dealing with serious illnesses often experience increased stress and anxiety. Acupuncture has also long been known to have a relaxing effect, and also helps with sleep. It improves circulation and encourages the free flow of energy (Qi), blood and fluids, which also improves your system’s ability to heal.
If you’re interested in exploring acupuncture as a complementary therapy to such health issues, turn to Cindy E. Levitz, Lic. Acupuncturist. Located in the Flatiron and Chelsea area in New York City. She serves clients throughout New York City, including Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, and Midtown South, and has been in private practice since 1996. She offers a comprehensive variety of individualized treatments for men’s and women’s health to find the right solution to your specific needs. Call (212) 924-8034 today to schedule a complimentary consultation, and visit her online to explore her services further.