Acupuncture in palliative care

Management of cancer symptoms and treatment related side effects

There is now mounting evidence that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that may be integrated into standard oncology practice.  Acupuncture may help in the management of a number of symptoms related to cancer or cancer treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, dry mouth or peripheral neuropathy, just to name a few.  It maybe used in conjunction with standard mainstream care in order to speed up recovery after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  It may also be used during chemo-radiation to reduce side effects of treatments.

Most cancer survivors have multiple complaints of discomfort.  There maybe overlaps between different symptoms, for instance, insomnia can lead to daytime fatigue, anxiety and depression if not treated effectively.  When performed by an experienced holistic healer, acupuncture can target several symptoms at the same time.

In recent years, there have been increasing concerns about drug interactions.  Acupuncture may be considered as an alternative to pharmacologic agents in many areas, or it can be used in conjunction with them.

Large cancer centers provide acupuncture

Several large cancer centers have begun to provide acupuncture service to their patients, but many oncologists are still not aware of the benefits of acupuncture.  As a result, acupuncture is underutilized in cancer care currently.  Dr. Sheng has been an oncologist as well as an acupuncturist for more than two decades.  He has treated many cancer patients and is regarded as one of the most experienced in this area.

Please contact us if you have more questions. For more information regarding Dr. Sheng's integrative cancer care, please click here to his cancer site.

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