While acupuncture does not treat cancer, it it relieves many of the symptoms of the cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting, pain, fatigue, and insomnia. It can also reduce feelings of stress and anxiety which can also slow down recovery time and make and understandably stressful time feel even worse.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practised for centuries as a way to provide pain relief, reduce side effects and symptoms, and reduce recovery times. It is based on the theory of energy that travels through the body can become blocked by illness or anxiety amongst others, and that acupuncture helps break down these blockages and restore the body’s natural flow.
Acupuncture works under the same principles, by inserting tiny needles under the surface on the skin to cause a physical response with the nerve cells and parts of the brain. In turn the body reacts to the ‘pain’ by flooding the area with proteins hormones and chemicals to speed up the recovery. By stimulating the body’s natural pain killing endorphins, rather than using chemicals or drugs, cancer patients using acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy are finding they are reducing their pain killers and spending less time trapped and immobilized by illness.