There is evidence to suggest that Chinese medicine may be able to provide support with nausea and vomiting related to cancer treatment.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can alleviate some symptoms of cancer patients. Cancer patients often use chemotherapy to control their condition and treatment.
Chemotherapy generally causes certain physical harm to the patient, leading to loss of appetite and poor mental state. Nausea, hair loss/insomnia/irritability/etc., the body's immunity will also decrease to a certain extent.Affect the patient's physical and mental health, and the patient is unwilling to cooperate with chemotherapy.At the same time, cancer patients feel more pain during treatment or directly caused by tumours. Most of these patients are directly caused by tumours.The long-term pain state will cause the patients' physical, mental, and spiritual aspects to be seriously affected. It is not conducive to the development of treatment programs, and at the same time reduces the quality of life of patients.The stimulation of acupuncture can reduce some symptoms and improve insomnia and appetite, improve the quality of life, and better cooperate with chemotherapy treatment.
The role of acupuncture in the curative group is in its adjunctive use in anaesthesia, in post-operative pain control, and in aiding and hastening recovery from the side effects of the various therapies.
Acupuncture has been used for relief of some cancer treatment symptoms, of local swelling post-operatively, for shortening the resolution of hematoma and tissue swelling and for minimising use of medications and their attendant side effects. In conjunction with nutritional support, its use is routinely employed in some cancer institutions. The dreaded nausea and vomiting which commonly occurs in some patients undergoing chemotherapy and inevitably, with the use of certain classes of agents, can often be worse than the disease itself.
Acupuncture as a powerful tool for general pain relief is widely known, what is lesser known is its success use in some cancer-related pain and in reducing narcotic use and thereby minimising the side effects confusion, disturbed mentation, behavioural changes, nausea and severe constipation.
The acupuncturist has a selection of approaches in attempting to deal with symptoms of Cancer treatment symptoms, they include needling a variety of trigger and painful points, percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and osteo-puncture, along with whole-body energetic acupuncture support.
In the acupuncture paradigm, any chronic disease process depletes the energy level in the organism. Such depletion can be ameliorated, at least temporarily, by tonification, a process of imparting energy into the system. This is deemed necessary for more durable, successful pain control. It can also add to the patients' sense of well being and decrease the malaise associated with any chronic disease, especially cancer.
.Energetic acupuncture repletes energy level to the organism as a whole reestablishes homeostasis by re-balancing energy distribution and un-blocking energy flow.
This systems approach to deal with system-wide pathophysiology can be complemented by distinct meridian acupuncture, which directs healing energy to specific organ pathology and is a routine approach in treating diseased organs such as liver, pancreas-kidney, including those ravaged by cancers.
It is important to notice that the extent of Chinese Medicine methods in treating Cancer beyond managing cancer treatment symptoms - lacks conclusive written evidence, therefore advertisement in acupuncture in treating cancer symptoms is not permitted by the Australian government regulations. As a result, we cannot publicly, privately and commercially claim and guarantee the result of Acupuncture for cancer symptoms.
The degree of beneficial results from acupuncture treatment is completely dependent on various clinical factors such as presenting symptoms, clinical staging, timing of the encounter in the areas and course of the illness. It is up to an individual case by case consult with TCM Dr. Bill Zhang to determine the best course of action moving forward.