Treating the adverse side effects of cancer treatment

Helping you cope through challenging times

Finding your way through a cancer diagnosis, and the uncertainties that brings can be a lot. There is the psychological weight of it all, plus the potential physical changes and challenges that come along with it. Having a broad range of supportive strategies in place may make the journey that little bit easier. 

Acupuncture has been shown to be a good supportive option for helping patients deal with some of the side effects of conventional cancer treatments. In particular, research tends to be positive for acupunctures use in the areas of

CIPN (chemotherapy induced neuropathic pain)

Fatigue

Pain

Nausea

Depression/Anxiety

Insomnia

Recovering from cancer requires a genuine focus on wellness and positive outcomes, and we believe that acupuncture can be a great adjunctive therapy to help you maintain your health both during your conventional treatments as well as after the treatment is complete and you look to attain your best health. 

 

We may also recommend supplements (if not contraindicated, and you are no longer doing chemotherapy) to help your immune system recover. We also still treat each individual from our unique diagnostic perspective, and support the body to rebalance.

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We have a range of medicinal mushrooms that have been shown to support normal immune function

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Traditional herbal formulas that target different organ systems may be useful for supporting digestion, fatigue, mood disorders etc

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Additional Reading & Research

 

Use of acupuncture to alleviate side effects in radiation oncology: Current evidence and future directions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5514158/

Acupuncture for palliative cancer pain management: systematic review

www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33441387/

Acupuncture for Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34178633/

Acupuncture as a complementary treatment for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24815460

Acupuncture combined with methylcobalamin for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with multiple myeloma

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5223334/

The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture against Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Acupuncture in the treatment of acute toxicity during and after head and neck cancer radiotherapy: Interim analysis of randomized prospective open-label trial

The Effects of Acupuncture on Cancer-Related Fatigue: Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32996339/

Acupuncture for Pain Management in Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4764722/

Acupuncture: could it become everyday practice in oncology?

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4925730/

Chinese Herbal Medicine as an Adjunctive Therapy for Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4876224/

Acupuncture as anticancer treatment?

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5320457/

Acupuncture as a Treatment Within Integrative Health for Palliative Care: A Brief Narrative Review of Evidence and Recommendations

www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acm.2020.0032