Oncology and Cancer Support

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Cancer is one of the epidemic conditions of our age: a disease of modern civilisation affecting approximately 1 in 5 over their lifetime.

Acupuncture is utilised in hospitals in many countries (except Australia) and most of these will use acupuncture extensively for treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation to reduce many of the more common side effects. It is also recommended by the top ranked Mayo clinic and National Institute of Health (in America) for these purposes, among many others.

There are some conditions for which Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be primary methods of treatment. Cancer and Oncology care are not some of these. However what we can be fantastic for are many of the considerable issues associated with western medical treatment, with supporting the body in a time of considerable stress.

Some of the aspects acupuncture has been shown effective for include, but are not limited too:

  • Reduction of chemotherapy induced gastrointestinal tract reactions: nausea, vomiting and constipation
  • Improved appetite
  • Effectively treat breast cancer related chronic lymphadeoma
  • Reduce post cancer fatigue, lethargy and weakness
  • Assist peripheral nerve damage from chemotherapy and radiation
  • Reduce cancer related pain
  • Treatment of xerostomia (dry mouth and throat)
  • Reduced anxiety and Insomnia
  • Enhance Immune function
  • Improve prognosis: enhance potency of chemotherapy
  • Reduction of hot flashes
  • Better overall quality of life

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