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How do complementary therapies like acupuncture support cancer patients?

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How do complementary therapies like acupuncture support cancer patients?

QuestionsCategory: cancerHow do complementary therapies like acupuncture support cancer patients?
Daarani asked 8 months ago
How do complementary therapies like acupuncture support cancer patients?
Dr. Bommu Venkateshwara Reddy Staff replied 8 months ago

Cancer treatments induce uncomfortable pain due to the side effects during the process of treatment. Management of this pain is to be done by a traditional Chinese medicine technique (TCM), acupuncture.

Based on TCM, pain stems are used to remove the blockage in the body’s flow of energy (called qi). Acupuncture helps in balancing the flow of energy and reduces pain by activating the specific pressure points on the body (called acupuncture points or acupoints). So, acupuncture is a helpful tool for management of cancer side effects

Acupuncture technique works by the stimulation of acupoints that can release natural painkillers of the body and enhance blood flow so it reduces inflammation. Long thin needles which are thicker than human hair are inserted into the body. These needles are heated or electrically charged so the human nervous system will respond to release neurotransmitters (serotonin, endorphins) for relieving pain.

Acupuncture for cancer pain

Acupuncture will be an integral approach to the cancer that gives cancer care using body and mind practices, natural products and lifestyle modifications in addition to the cancer treatments

Relieves the side effects of cancer such as

Dry mouth
Fatigue
Vomiting
Pain
Peripheral neuropathy
Hot flashes

Cancer survivors get relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain such as pain in bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Acupuncture relieves more pain than usual care. Electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture are the two types of acupuncture available for the relieving of pain.

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