Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) has been employed as a health care modality for over 8,000 years. It is based on a complex diagnostic system designed to both prevent and treat disease. It is well documented that preventing disease is the most cost-effective way to address health issues. Currently, Oriental Medicine (inclusive of acupuncture and herbal medicine) serves over a billion people globally.
According to the 2009 report published by Society for Acupuncture Research, “Healthcare settings appropriate for integration of acupuncture are: post-surgical healing, neurobiological rehabilitation, pain management onsite
and offsite, reproductive services and in oncology as an adjunct for the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, as well as anxiety. Acupuncture can be utilized as a support for outpatient services, treating an array of symptoms of
Many people are not aware of the many benefits of acupuncture for those undergoing cancer therapy. Acupuncture can offer help to patients with supportive treatment, symptom management and preventative care. Research is being done at major institutions to understand how acupuncture works and to help educate other medical professionals and patients on the many benefits of acupuncture.
Pain Management during Cancer Therapy
Acupuncture can help with pain management by modulating the sensory pain center in the brain, producing an analgesic effect. It helps release the following neurotransmitters:
Acupuncture for Pre-surgical Patients
Optimum time for treatment: 2 days before surgery
Acupuncture on Post-Surgical Patients
Optimum time for treatment:
2 days post-surgery, daily treatment is advised to help control pain, improve urination and bowel habit
1 week post-surgery to help decrease swelling, pain control, alleviate symptoms from surgery and medication
2 weeks post-surgery to prevent scar tissue contraction
Acupuncture for Toxic Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Acupuncture to Improve Immune Function
Acupuncture for Post-Radiation Therapy
Acupuncture for Bone Marrow Transplant
Current Acupuncture Studies at MSKCC
At A Way of Life Acupuncture, our acupuncturist, Christine Yastrzemski, A.P., is certified by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to perform acupuncture on cancer patients.
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