Dealing with the challenges of cancer can be a traumatic experience both emotionally and physically. Thankfully, there are many alternative therapies and adjuncts that can help ease the process. In fact, there have been several studies and clinical trials indicating the positive impact that acupuncture can have on patients’ quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
While acupuncture does not target the cancer cells, it addresses underlying issues to strengthen the immune system, which allows the body to heal and overcome cancer. Cancer and most treatments destroy the immune system by suppressing the bone marrow. Therefore, it is very common for cancer patients to routinely get sick and feel tired and weak. Acupuncture helps by increasing blood cell production and enhancing lymphocytes and natural killer cells, which leads to increased immune response.
Boosting the immune system is also valuable in improving resistance to infection after surgery, and from time spent in the hospital environment — where risk of infection is much higher. As well, cancer never occurs randomly; it surfaces in the body for a reason, and if core health issues are not addressed, cancer growth will re-emerge. Therefore, a strong immune system is key in preventing reoccurrence.
Since acupuncture works with the systems of the body as a whole, it is also effective in helping cancer patients deal with pain, sleep, hot flashes, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, anemia, digestion, diarrhea and constipation and a broad range of quality of life issues including depression and anxiety. All this without overwhelming the body, and fewer side effects than pharmaceutical treatment! Practiced by a licensed and experienced Acupuncturist, it is a safe and gentle therapy that works well with any cancer protocol.
Acupuncture is increasingly becoming accepted as an effective treatment for both cancer patients and survivors due to its ability to manage side effects, improve quality of life, and rebuild immunity. If you or someone you love is battling cancer, consider acupuncture not only as a way to strengthen the body, but also as a therapeutic, nurturing choice to help navigate this difficult journey.