According to the World Health Organization, there are 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Cancer treatments have improved over the years and some of the side effects have decreased however neuropathy, (pain and tingling in the hands and feet) during and after therapies is poorly controlled with conventional medicine.
Patients who chose acupuncture as a method to get some relief seem to have more success to control neuropathy.
If you have the feeling that you are walking on broken glass, acupuncture can help!
What is neuropathy?
According to MayoClinic, peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet.
It is important to note that nerves that have been injured by chemotherapy will heal if they are treated with the correct therapy.
Acupuncture will help to reduce inflammation along the nerves and it will increase blood flow to those areas that have been injured.
Unfortunately. neuropathy doesn’t stop when the chemotherapy stopped. We need to review the diet and to create an anti-inflammatory diet. Patients do better when they stopped: sugar, spicy foods, alcohol and greasy food.
We also recommend to stay fit:
Exercises will help to stay fit. Mental and physical fitness are essential to increase immunity and to prevent diseases.
First, patient will have to control their neuropathy and we will have to help with the diet before we can start thinking about an exercising protocol.