Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment to manage cancer and cancer-related symptoms. Acupuncture enhances the natural healing ability of the body by stimulating points along the meridians.
Accumulating clinical trials support the use of acupuncture for treatment-related adverse effects and more: CRF (cancer-related fatigue), postoperative and cancer-related pain, tension in the body, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, IBS, dry mouth, menopause discomfort (hot flashes) in Breast cancer patients, leucopenia and neutropenia,…
This type of treatment in cancer care significantly minimizes the severity of symptoms compared with no treatment.
The effect is probably based on stimulation and responses of the neuroendocrine system involving the central and peripheral neural systems, partially through opioidergic and or monoaminergic neurotransmission.
While working at the Bennett Cancer Center in Stamford Hospital I was able to see how acupuncture is improving the quality of life for people who are fighting cancer.