How Acupuncture Can Help Treat Cancer

Acupuncture, a branch of traditional medicine, is making waves in the treatment of cancer! A form of treatment that originated in China over 4,000 years ago, San Francisco Acupuncture cannot just heal a myriad health conditions and commonplace illnesses, but also can be very helpful in providing support to patients of all ages and at all stages of their cancer journey. No wonder, more and more health experts and physicians are recommending acupuncture in the treatment of cancer.
Four Ways Acupuncture Can Help in Cancer Care
While acupuncture cannot treat and heal cancer entirely, it can be used as a complementary treatment to support oncology care. Listed below are four ways in which acupuncture can help patients suffering from cancer.
Offers Pain Relief from Incisions and Tumors
Acupuncture is known to treat pain in most parts of the body. Studies suggest that acupuncture sessions may also help alleviate pain associated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. It will also help in reducing the dependency of the cancer patient on pain medication, and thereby, help reduce the side effects of strong painkillers. Aside from these benefits, acupuncture is also said to improve blood circulation in the body, which in turn helps in the regeneration of damaged nerves, and aids in the healing of scar tissues.
Alleviates Nausea and Vomiting
According to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture can relieve symptoms such as nausea, vomiting as well as fatigue that are common symptoms associated with chemo sessions.
Improves Digestion
Radiation treatment can be harsh on the body, and often leads to pain as well as swelling in the mouth and throat. This makes it difficult for patients to swallow food. In addition to this, some patients also tend to lose sense of taste. Patients who seek acupuncture along with their cancer treatment are able to swallow, eat, and drink better. Acupuncture also helps in restoring appetite, while regulating elimination.
Assists in Stress Management
Cancer patients who opt for San Francisco Acupuncture report that they feel calmer, happier, and a lot less distressed. In short, acupuncture can help alleviate the stress levels a patient undergoes during rigorous cancer treatment. Patients claim that they feel more emotionally stable and mentally alert when they undergo acupuncture sessions. According to experts, certain acupuncture points can indeed help the nervous system to relax and improve sleep patterns too.
To sum it up, regular acupuncture can help identifying imbalances, and stimulate the natural healing process of the human body to aid in restoring health and balance. This form of treatment is also safe, effective and gentle, and has no side effects whatsoever. If you or a loved one is combating cancer, waste no time. Contact Anchor Acupuncture and Wellness today. Call us at 415-855-3112 to schedule an appointment.

Amanda Moler is a licensed acupuncturist and certified fertility acupuncturist (FABORM), serving San Francisco, CA.  Her educational background includes receiving a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Antioch College in 2001 and in 2010, her master’s degree from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2008, she also attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL for education on acupuncture and oriental medicine. Asa Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, she has gained recognition for treating complex women fertility cases, providing guidance on painful side-effects of drugs, hormones, and maintaining the overall well-being of women. Follow Anchor Acupuncture and Amanda Moler on Facebook , Instagram, LinkedIn.