Cancer and Its Treatments
The disease we know as “cancer” has many origins and can affect almost any system of the body. As unsettling as it may be, most people have cancer cells or pre-cancerous cells inside of their bodies at any given moment. This fact, however, is not a guarantee that one will receive a cancer diagnosis one day. The reason: our immune systems regularly disposes of these cells before they have an opportunity to turn into a life threatening illness.
Today’s medical approach to treating cancers are extremely effective, but can be very physically detrimental. Their side effects can be so profound that they may be almost as deadly to the body’s immune system as the disease they are treating.
According to the American Cancer Society, acupuncture can play a supportive role in a patient’s cancer care regimen as it helps to reduce many of the unwanted side effects brought on by their treatments including pain, nausea, edema, vomiting, and fatigue.
How We Can Help
When playing a supportive role in cancer treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on supporting and stimulating the vital energy systems of the body to make it stronger and more resistant to further illness. This also promotes greater emotional well-being which, in turn, helps to facilitate the healing process due to stress reduction.
These benefits are accomplished by utilizing acupuncture along with other adjunct therapies such as massage therapy, acupressure, and supplementation with herbal medicines and vitamins (depending on your medication regimen).
Your treatment plan will be specific to the type of cancer you have been diagnosed with, as well as its stage. It is important to communicate with your primary health care providers before and during treatment with acupuncture, especially if you are receiving chemotherapy.