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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
The optimum time for treatment: 2 days before surgery
Acupuncture on Post-Surgical Patients
The optimum time for treatment:
Acupuncture for Toxic Side Effects of Chemotherapy
The optimum time for treatment: 24 hours before and/or after chemotherapy
Acupuncture to Improve Immune Function
The optimum time for treatment: 1-2 hours before chemotherapy
Acupuncture for Post-Radiation Therapy
Acupuncture for Bone Marrow Transplant
The optimum time for treatment: few weeks before and after transplant
Yes absolutely, acupuncture can help cancer patients manage symptoms and side effects from anticancer treatments. The National Health Institute first started studying the medical benefits of acupuncture for complementary treatment in cancer patients back in 1997. Other countries, including China, have been conducting the same kind of research since the early 1950s.
The National Cancer Institute reports that Acupuncture relieves nausea and vomiting from anticancer therapies. Additionally, the use of acupuncture as a complementary treatment has been shown to relieve symptoms such as fatigue, dry mouth, and hot flashes.
Acupuncture studies conducted on both humans and animals suggest that acupuncture may also strengthen the immune system for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Other studies have examined the role of acupuncture in stimulating immune function, showing it can increase blood cell count and enhance lymphocyte and natural killer cell activity. This is beneficial in cancer patients especially as keeping their bloodwork numbers in a good range is necessary to continue through anticancer treatments. Some other reported benefits of Acupuncture that are important for cancer patients are pain relief, anxiety relief, and reduction in sleep problems.