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Cancer Care

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Cancer Care

Acupuncture may help with some symptoms and side effects of cancer and its’ treatment

 

Research shows that acupuncture may help reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and reduce hot flushes to improve quality of life.

 

What can acupuncture help with when undergoing cancer treatment?

 

At Spring Health, we work closely with local oncologists in Ballarat and surrounding areas to provide personalised services to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and improve patients quality of life. Some patients may experience a number of side effects from treatment whilst others may experience one or two. Acupuncture works on the whole body to alleviate side effects from treatment. Below is a list of various symptoms that acupuncture can assist with.

  • hot flushes

  • peripheral neuropathy

  • pain

  • nausea & vomiting

  • low white cell count

  • dry mouth

  • cancer fatigue

  • anxiety and depression

  • sleep disturbances


What are the advantages of using acupuncture ?

Acupuncture is a drug free, whole body approach without side effects.


 

When not to have acupuncture when undergoing cancer treatment?

 

Acupuncture is not advised if a patient has lymphodema or patients are immunocompromised.


 

Can nutritional & Chinese herbal medicine’s support my body following cancer treatment?

 

Yes, however it depends on your type of cancer. Chinese herbal medicines are not prescribed for patients with ER-positive breast cancer.

Nutritional medicines & Chinese herbal medicines can be very useful to restore the digestive system following cancer treatment. If there are specific health concerns following your cancer treatment, Chinese herbal medicines can provide treatment for specific conditions such as chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.

Chinese herbal medicines can be very effective to restore energy of the body, increase stamina and strongly support the immune system (3)(4).

Both nutritional medicines and Chinese herbal medicines can be safely taken to support the digestive and immune system post cancer treatment.


 

 

References

  1. Walker E et al, 2010 Acupuncture versus Venlafaxine for the management of vasomotor symptoms in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28 (4): 2-10.

  2. Deng G eta l, 2018 Understanding the benefits of acupuncture treatment for cancer pain management. Journal Clinical Oncology 2018; 32(6):310-6.

  3. Noh et al. 2018 A systematic review of herbal medicine for chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, Evidenced-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Vol 2018, Art ID 6194184, 15 pages.

  4. Deng et al, 2016 Radix Astragali-based Chinese herbal medicine for oxaliptin-induced peripheral neuropathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

 

 

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