Acupuncture: A Powerful Oncology Support

Oct 04, 2023
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Acupuncture: A Powerful Oncology Support

The fight against cancer is a long and difficult one. 

In recent studies, acupuncture has been proving its effectiveness in oncology support. Hospitals and oncology institutions are also encouraging patients to try acupuncture treatment to help them with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Acupuncture treatment is also suggested to those who underwent oncology surgery and even to those in palliative care. Acupuncture gives little to no side effects when done by a board-certified acupuncturist. Consulting with your physician before getting acupuncture treatment for oncology support is still recommended. 

What specific symptoms can Traditional Chinese Medicine help with as part of your oncology care?

The goal of acupuncture is to balance and regulate the energy within the channels in the body. Acupuncture works within what your body can naturally produce. That is why acupuncture "opens" the channels within the body. It can trigger your nervous system to produce natural opioids to help with the pain. Acupuncture can signal the brain to produce serotonin and other neurotransmitters to address your mood swings and anxiety. Acupuncture with moxibustion can address gut-related symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting. Your acupuncturist will create a treatment plan that would be most beneficial for your needs.

Acupuncture is just a part of the whole medical system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM also includes herbal medication. Herbal medication can help patients boost their immune system and also address gut issues. It is also beneficial for those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation because taking specific herbal medicines can also improve their energy, appetite, and sleep. Consult your oncology physician before taking any herbal medications to check if those would complement your chemotherapy and other medications.

Book an initial consultation with Dr. Ting Wu of NYC Acupuncture+Wellness to have a personalized oncology-support acupuncture treatment plan.