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Chemotherapy and Bellevue Acupuncture

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Bellevue Acupuncture has been highly recommended by many physicians and patients as a very good vehicle for achieving well-being in the mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual sense.  It is one of the oldest medical treatments in the world dating back more than 2500 years ago.  Acupuncture utilizes reed-thin needles inserted and left in place for 30-40 minutes in certain parts of the skin to take away many types of pain and disorders.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture assists in balancing and normalizing the body systems to make them function efficiently.  Acupuncture restores balance and enables healthy unhindered energy to flow in the body.  Western science does not fully understand how acupuncture works but acupuncture has shown its effectiveness in relieving many kinds of pain and distress including the alleviation of nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is a very toxic treatment for cancer and it involves the use of chemicals to kill cancer cells; however, its toxicity kills not just the cancer cells but the healthy cells as well. Its track record of treating cancer is very poor and yet it is the main “therapy” used by almost all hospitals in the treatment of advanced cancer.  Its horrible side effects can be effectively remedied by acupuncture and all cancer patients given acupuncture treatment after chemotherapy can benefit greatly from acupuncture, especially the lessening of nausea and episodes of vomiting, according to the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

For the treatment of nausea, the acupuncture point P6 located in the wrist is usually treated with a needle.  Besides needles, this point can be activated through electro-acupuncture, electro-stimulation without the use of a needle or acupressure.  In one of the issues of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a large percentage of patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy experienced less bouts of nausea and vomiting through electro-acupuncture in combo with anti-nausea drugs.  .  This proves that alternative modes of treatment such as acupuncture can be very beneficial for patients coping with the side effects of chemotherapy.  A number of oncologists then are recommending acupuncture nowadays to their patients before and after chemotherapy.

In a research experiment done in December 2000, more than a hundred women with breast cancer who underwent chemotherapy before having bone marrow transplants took anti-nausea drugs.  Besides taking -nausea drugs, some were also treated with electro-acupuncture once a day for five days, some were treated with minimal insertion of acupuncture without electrical stimulation once a day for five days and some were not given acupuncture at all.  The women treated with electro-acupuncture had substantially fewer episodes of nausea and vomiting A few percentage of those given acupuncture without electrical stimulation also had less bouts of nausea and vomiting while those not given acupuncture treatment at all experienced nausea and vomiting.  This experiment showed the efficacy of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy.

Written by Valerie

June 25th, 2011 at 11:12 am