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, unfortunately) 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:
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