A North Carolina woman named Betty Garnet, an 83 years old cancer survivor, was happily enjoying her retirement. Five years later, the cancer was back and had spread to her bones. The cancer pain came along with it.
We stepped in to help. Our solution: acupuncture.
Betty figured she would rather have needles than pain killers. She had nothing to lose. And sure enough, it reduced the pain – more than she could have imaged. “It’s just not there anymore”, she said.
We explained, “As the benefit of acupuncture becomes noticeable, patients start to reduce their pain medicines”. And that’s just what Betty was able to do. Her cancer pain eased more than 90 percent. By giving up the narcotics she was spared the negative side effects that had accompanied them.
Acupuncture For Cancer Pain – What’s The Proof?
Dozens of rigorous, double blind research studies over the last 15 years have shown that acupuncture cuts overall cancer pain by more than 40 percent. In addition, it reduces post-chemotherapy fatigue by over 30 percent and reduces medication-induced hot flashes by 50 percent.
Acupuncture treats the pain, not the cancer. But that was enough for Betty. “What more can I ask?”, she said.
How Many Treatments Do You Need To Reduce Cancer Pain?
Our patients at Raleigh Acupuncture generally feel relief after just a few treatments. As each week passes, their pain levels decrease more and more. They are then able to start reducing their Western pain medications.
Some cancer patients, like Betty, are looking for pain relief only. Others, who are trying to beat the cancer, are also seeking help managing their cancer treatment. Acupuncture helps reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Once in remission, acupuncture helps patients reclaim their strength and vitality, boost their depleted immune system, and rejuvenate their Qi and blood so they feel vibrant again.
Can Acupuncture Help With The Side Effects Of Chemotherapy?
Yes. Acupuncture is one of the best treatments to reduce nausea induced by chemotherapy. Patients will come for acupuncture a day or two following a round of chemotherapy. It works faster and better than anti-nausea medications.
What To Expect
Needles are all sterile, single-use and hair thin. You will hardly feel them. Treatments are quite relaxing. You may end up falling asleep during your session!
If you have cancer and are suffering from cancer pain or side effects of your treatment, give acupuncture a try.
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What our Clients are Saying
I developed severe nausea during my chemotherapy treatments. Raleigh Acupuncture really helped. With each round of treatment I went for a few acupuncture treatments and each time they helped. I got through my cancer treatment easier with their help.