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Oncology Support

Western cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are powerful tools for eradicating the physical manifestations of cancer. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including acupuncture, is a dynamic system that integrates mind and body, is a wonderful complement to western treatments.  Recent clinical trials conducted in the United States and China show that acupuncture improves patients' ability to complete treatment and reduces many common side effects of treatment including nausea, fatigue, pain, and anxiety. 

Practitioners at Point of Health Acupuncture understand the special needs of patients undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Our practitioners have specialized training and experience in acupuncture and herbal medicine for oncology support.  Download our brochure on Complementary Oncology. 

Over the last decade, many promising western medical science studies have been published on acupuncture and herbal medicine used in combination or following western treatments for cancer. We provide links to just a few of them below. 

This report highlights active research using Chinese Herbal Medicine to improve efficacy of and reduce the side effects associated with Western cancer treatment.

This resource by the National Cancer Institute provides a great overview of the typical uses of acupuncture in modern oncology.

In this study, physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center provided weekly acupuncture treatment to patients with "high" or "severe" baseline fatigue scores more than 2 years after completing cytotoxic chemotherapy treatment.  The study showed a mean improvement following acupuncture of 31%. 

This 2010 article states "acupuncture is underutilized as an adjunct cancer therapy." The study showed acupuncture improved a wide range of symptoms in breast and ovarian cancer patients. Patients reported immediate post-treatment improvement in anxiety, fatigue, pain, and depression. Patients reported reduced physical and psychological distress, better mood and life satisfaction that was sustained four weeks after acupuncture treatments ended.  

This is a link to an older abstract for a review of literature advising physicians to support patients' decision to seek acupuncture for the treatment of chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction.

This small study suggests acupuncture reduces the length of time a percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy (PEG) tube is necessary following chemoradiation therapy. Patients also experienced improvement in common symptoms of pain, dry mouth,  and fatigue.
Acupuncture May Stimulate Anticancer Immunity