In recent years the healthcare industry has witnessed a rapid growth in acupuncture treatment for various health conditions around the world, with more than 14 million people in the United States of America (USA) alone using the treatment. But the most frequently asked questions regarding acupuncture by patients have been, can it cure cancer?
The medical community’s answer is YES IT CAN, as Acupuncture is no longer seen as just a treatment for a headache, asthma, and strokes, but is now one of the most sought treatments to treat a number of cancer-related symptoms and conditions, also the side effects of cancer treatments.
Over the years there has been a great amount of research done on whether acupuncture can really cure cancer, and the conclusions brought forth by the studies have shown that it does. And particularly the research study by The National Cancer Institute says so too, that acupuncture helps to cure and relieve cancer, and in the following ways:
1) Improves overall immune system: By enhancing the components of the immune system such as Natural Killer (NK) cells and lymphocytes, and increasing white blood cell count, it improves the immune system and reduces the risk of having an infection.
2) Manages pain: It helps in managing the long-standing pain caused to cancer patients due to social, psychological and biological aspects. It serves as a non-pharmaceutical mediator for managing the pain to an extent that even if the pain in cancer patients is not directly related to cancer.
3) Reduced nausea and vomiting: Studies have shown that cancer patients experience less vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy.
4) Boosts Quality Of Life (QOL): Acupuncture treatment shows encouraging results such as reduced depression and anxiety, hot flashes, dyspnea, insomnia and leukopenia in cancer patients which boosts the Quality Of Life.
Lastly, this treatment is all natural.
I recognize, by watching those close to me with cancer, that your focus is on surviving cancer and taking charge when you are in remission. With the help of your medical doctors, you may be able to use acupuncture and other alternative procedures to improve your well-being, relieve stress, and experience a better quality of life. Medical specialists are producing and publishing studies that indicate acupuncture, used in combination with chemo, reduces the risk of permanent neuropathy.
I always remind those reading my articles that nothing replaces a private appointment with your doctor. While I am happy to provide you with health and fitness alternatives, if you have any uncertainties regarding your health, make an appointment to chat your doctor. Your doctor is in the best position to assist you in making healthcare decisions.