Northeast Florida's Premier Acupuncture Facility

Office Hours:

Monday: 10am - 7pm

Tuesday:  10am - 7pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

 Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 3pm

Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Sun:  Closed

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Acupuncture for Side Effects of Cancer Therapy

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 the 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 conditions.”

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:

  • Serotonin (5-HT, 5-hydroxytryptamine)
  • Norepinephrine
  • Dopamine

Acupuncture for Pre-surgical Patients

The optimum time for treatment:  2 days before surgery

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Prevents infection
  • Prevents side effects
  • Alleviates symptoms

Acupuncture on Post-Surgical Patients

The 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

  • Decrease swelling
  • Improve mental alertness
  • Improve intestinal motility and urination
  • Shorten recovery time
  • Promote incision healing

Acupuncture for Toxic Side Effects of Chemotherapy

  • Enhance the effects of chemotherapy and decrease tumor resistance
  • Alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy
  • Acupuncture should be given 24-hours before chemotherapy

Acupuncture to Improve Immune Function

  • Acupuncture should be done 1-2 hours before chemotherapy treatment
  • Help with the following side effects:  fatigue, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, vertigo, sensitivity to cold, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, bleeding, infection, low blood counts, toxicity, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, neuropathy, hepatic dysfunction

Acupuncture for Post-Radiation Therapy

  • Helps with the following side effects:  fatigue, low white blood cell count, anemia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin burns, hair loss, infertility

Acupuncture for Bone Marrow Transplant

  • Acupuncture should be started a few weeks before the bone marrow transplant to prepare the body for the transplant Helps with jaundice, ascites, hepatomegaly, bacterial infections, fungal infections, viral infections
  • Acupuncture should be done for 1-4 weeks after transplant
  • Reduce toxicity
  • ​Alleviate symptoms
  • Improve bodily functions

Current Acupuncture Studies at MSKCC

Completed Studies

  •   Acupuncture for the treatment of pancreatic cancer pain
  •   Acupuncture for hot flashes in breast cancer patients
  •   Acupuncture for post-thoracotomy pain
  •   Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Changes Associated with Salivation following Acupuncture
  •   Acupuncture for pain and dysfunction after neck dissection
  •   Acupuncture for Xerostomia (dry mouth)

 Ongoing Studies

  •   Acupuncture for chronic fatigue in cancer patients
  •   Acupuncture for reduction of post-colectomy ileus in colorectal patients



At A Way of Life Acupuncture, our acupuncturist, Dr. Christine Yastrzemski is certified by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to perform acupuncture on cancer patients.