The role of acupuncture as it relates to cancer care is in its use as an adjunct therapy to standard medical treatments. Acupuncture is used to help in the recovery process as a supportive therapy in controlling physical and emotional symptoms, improving quality of life, and to speed recovery. It is not used as a cure for cancer. Second, symptoms from cancer therapies can be improved before, during, and after medical procedures. Also, acupuncture is used as a method of prevention of illness by strengthening biological and metabolic processes.
Acupuncture has been shown useful to;
> Improve nerve conduction and accelerate nerve repair.
> Improve and regulate systems function;
Immune, Endocrine & Reproduction, Digestive, Urinary, Vascular, and Nervous systems.
> Control symptoms;
pain, neuropathy, dry mouth, nausia and vomitting, induced menopause hot flashes, fatigue, sweating, depression, anxiety, dizziness, shortness of breath, decreased appetite, anemia, diarrhea, sexual dysfunctiion, surgical scarring, irregular heart beat, "foggy" head.
Acupuncture is a viable option in helping with symptoms associated with standard cancer therapies. Approved medical modalities to treat cancer in this country use surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, brachytherapy, and hormone therapy. Your Oncologist will be able to give you the best recommendations for the care available for your particular case.
Acupuncture research is offering a growing list of studies and reviews in the management of cancer treatment related side effects. Treatments are customized for each persons particular symptoms. The best strategies include using acupuncture before and after surgery, after radiation, before and after chemotherapy, and, before and after bone marrow transplant. More research information can be found at the national database of journal articles at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
A health screening will provide you with more information on your care.
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