In the United States, acupuncture is used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions associated with cancer treatment. Although acupuncture is not a cure, may be used to reduce the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
Acupuncture and radiation treatment
Patients who are undergoing radiation treatments suffer from different side effects such as nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, insomnia, vomiting, anxiety, depression and dry mouth. Acupuncture will help reduce these undesirable symptoms.
Acupuncture promotes immune and endocrine regulation, recent study show that acupuncture regulates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Electroacupuncture induces serotonin release in the region of the upper brain stem and the hypothalamus stimulates the release of endogenous opioid (b-endorphin, enkephalin and dynorphin endomorphin) that relieves pain, while acupuncture regulates the immune system, in part by stimulating leukocytes, granulocytes and lymphocytes.
Acupuncture and chemotherapy treatment
Most patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment suffer from nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture may be an option to reduce more symptoms without having to rely on drugs. It will reduce pain, depression and improve sleep. It will help to improve fatigue and reduce physical stress.
Acupuncture can treat multiple diseases in the body. It’s important to remnid our patiens the acupunture doesn’t reat cancer, but it helps to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiaction. In order to go through such intensive proces the patient needs to be strong and he or she needs to stay strong to fight the cancer.