Supporting Cancer Patients & Palliative Care
Acupuncture in Cancer & Palliative Care
Acupuncture treatment is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause physiological changes in the body. It may specifically benefit symptoms associated with cancer, cancer treatment and advanced progressive illnesses by:
- Acting on the brain to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress
- Altering the body’s mood chemistry through the release of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin
- Reversing stress induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry
- Release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers
- Reducing inflammation and swelling
- Increasing blood circulation
- Enhancing immunity
- Regulating neurological control of the gastrointestinal system to help relieve nausea and vomiting
Acupuncture is widely used for the treatment of chronic pain including cancer pain.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR NAUSEA AND VOMITING
There is significant evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting, particularly for post-operative nausea and vomiting and for chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.
A World Health Organization review and analysis of reports on controlled acupuncture clinical trials (2003) lists “adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy” as “symptoms for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment”.
Cancer & Palliative Care
Judy Bowen-Jones Lic Ac BSc Hons Ac MBAcC
World Health Organization 2003. Acupuncture: Review and Analysis on Controlled Clinical Trials – http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf