Evidence-Based Guidelines for Acupuncture in Cancer Therapy


Acupuncture Relieves Common Side effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy:

Cancer therapies, although lifesaving, can be so hard on the body. So, if you could safely take the edge off some of the uncomfortable side effects, wouldn’t you want to? Many patients find that acupuncture can relieve a lot of the common side effects of cancer therapies such as pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, and loss of appetite. Research studies have shown it is useful as a complementary therapy for this very purpose, and it’s becoming more mainstream in cancer care as a result.

Acupuncture Manages Pain due to Cancer Therapy:

For example, a recent article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (1) offers evidence-based recommendations that acupuncture should be included in clinical guidelines to help in the management of pain due to cancer therapy.

Also, the Canadian Cancer Society describes acupuncture as a safe complementary therapy that can work alongside conventional cancer treatment to “help with side effects such as pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, dry mouth or sleeping problems” (2).

Edmonton Acupuncture Clinic near the Cross Cancer Institute:

If you or someone you know is undergoing cancer treatment at this time, know that our clinic is conveniently located just blocks from the Cross Cancer Institute, Wellspring Centre, and Ronald McDonald House, and steps away from Sorrentino’s Compassion House.

Our knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate acupuncturists do our best to make sure your acupuncture experience is comfortable, effective, and tailored to your unique circumstances. Call us at 780-437-7723 or contact us for a free consultation or schedule your appointment through our online booking system.

Acupuncture References for Treating Cancer Pain

  1. https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.22.01357
  2. https://cancer.ca/en/treatments/complementary-therapies/types-of-complementary-therapies

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