Acupuncture is effective at stimulating the body’s own healing processes, helping the body to recover from external influences. This is especially true when medications are causing the body to be out of balance, and there are very few drugs more powerful than those used in cancer treatments. Acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment to manage chemo related side effects.
According to the American Cancer Society, some common side effects of chemotherapy and radation treatments include: nausea/vomitting, pain, hot flashes, insomnia, dry mouth, peripheral neuropathy, weight loss, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog (known as “chemo brain”).
The National Institute for Health has conducted countless trials and analyses looking at the efficacy of Acupuncture for chemo related side effects. While there are challenges in creating a true placebo treatment for these trials, most have concluded that Acupuncture is both safe and effective. The exact mechanisms have yet to be proven, but studies suggest that Acupuncture stimulates the neuroendocrine systems involving the central and peripheral nervous systems.
At Romako Acupuncture, patients have found relief from all of these common symptoms. Acupuncture can be performed at any time during or after treatments and can greatly decrease the discomfort and stress of enduring cancer treatments.