Traditional acupuncture is a fundamental component of Chinese medicine. Practised for 2000 years it’s a safe and extremely effective complementary therapy that works in conjunction with western medicine. It works by dealing with the root cause of disease and is based on the principle that if the flow of energy around the body is disrupted or blocked it can cause unwanted symptoms or even illness.
By inserting fine needles at specific points on the body, the acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response to restore a healthy balance. Patients often have a sense of wellbeing after treatment, in addition to a reduction in their symptoms.
Medical research shows that acupuncture works by stimulating nerves. It releases the natural morphine-like substances (endorphins) in the spinal cord and brain. This relieves pain. Acupuncture also releases serotonin. Serotonin is a pain reliever which can promote a feeling of wellbeing. The release of these substances can reduce cancer symptoms.
People with cancer might have acupuncture to relieve sickness.
This is can be because of chemotherapy or other cancer drugs. It may also help reduce the following symptoms
- tiredness and weakness (fatigue)
- a dry mouth
- hot flushes due to anti-cancer treatments
- Sleep Issues
- Headaches and Migraines
What to expect during a treatment:
The acupuncturist will ask questions about your symptoms, your medical history, and general questions about your diet and lifestyle in order to build a complete picture of your health. Then appropriate acupuncture points for your individual treatment can be selected. There are acupuncture points all over the body in a network going up and down the arms and legs, and over the head. The most common points are in the lower arms and legs, and on the abdomen. The needles are so fine that often a patient can’t feel the needle once it is in. There can be a dull ache or heavy feeling around the point, but it should not be painful. Most patients report an improvement in physical health as well as mental and emotional wellbeing after treatment.
Although acupuncture is generally safe for patients of all ages when provided by our well-trained practitioners, there are key areas of caution for some patients.
Do not receive acupuncture if you have a bleeding disorder, low platelet counts, or take blood thinners. Your doctor can tell you what levels of blood counts are safe for receiving acupuncture.
You should not receive acupuncture if you have low white blood cell counts because you have a higher risk of infection.
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