Integrative and Cancer Care
Cancer treatments can be extremely taxing to the body with numerous, often debilitating, side effects. Acupuncture has proven to lessen these symptoms, relieving pain and strengthening the body. Rachel participates in ongoing integrative oncology education with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her goal is to work with patients and their Western Medicine treatment teams to develop safe, effective and individualized treatment plans.
“Acupuncture can reduce vomiting caused by chemotherapy and may help the immune system be stronger during chemotherapy… studies support the use of electroacupuncture to relieve cancer pain.”
- Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(17)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) began evaluating Acupuncture and the the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture as a complementary and alternative therapy over ten years ago. The NIH supports the following statements with regard to cancer treatment:
- Acupuncture “boosts immune system activity, and causes the body's natural painkillers, such as endorphins, to be released.”
- Acupuncture decreases the amount of pain “In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to take smaller doses.”
- Acupuncture relieves nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy
- Acupuncture has been shown to provide relief from numerous symptoms including weight loss, cough, chest pain, fever, anxiety, depression, night sweats, hot flashes, dry mouth, speech problems, and fluid in the arms or legs. Studies have shown that, for many patients, treatment with acupuncture either relieves these symptoms or keeps them from getting worse.”
If you or a loved one are going through cancer care, contact Rachel or Kai-Yun for your integrative treatment plan.
Call for your appointment today 319 331 9312