Tag: cancer fatigue

Review of Research on Acupuncture with Radiation Oncology

This is a good review of studies done on the use of acupuncture concomitant with radiation for cancer patients. The upshot is that acupuncture studies show positive effects for conditions such as xerostomia (dry mouth), fatigue, nausea, vomiting and lack of appetite.


All studies have shown that acupuncture is associated with better outcome in relieving disorders than the control groups.” This should be a pretty compelling argument to include acupuncture in cancer care plans everywhere. I am very fortunate to be part of the care team at the Winchester Hospital Cancer Care Center and have witnessed firsthand the benefits that acupuncture treatment can provide.

And it’s incredibly safe! “White et al published a cumulative review on acupuncture-related side effects and reported serious side effects at 0.05 per 10,000 patients treated.39 “ Any pharmaceutical intervention with this kind of success and safety record would be included in the standard treatment protocol. Why acupuncture isn’t more widely offered and covered by insurance, which it almost never is, is beyond me.

Insurance coverage is an ongoing battle, but in the meantime, if you or someone you love is involved in the cancer treatment battle, consider acupuncture treatment to help them get through it as comfortably as possible.

Cancer Care

Specializing in Cancer Rehabilitation Care

Cancer care has become one of Joe’s areas of special expertise. Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective for treating the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue and pain, as well as the emotional and mental difficulties of coping with a cancer diagnosis (National Cancer Institute article).

Although acupuncture is not able to cure cancer, it can be used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions associated with the disease as well as the side effects of cancer treatments (especially chemotherapy). It has been shown in randomized clinical trials that acupuncture can effectively treat the nausea and vomiting often associated with chemotherapy. There is also clinical evidence supporting acupuncture as a successful treatment for managing or treating cancer-related pain, chemotherapy-related neutropenia, cancer fatigue, and radiation-induced xerostomia. The physical mechanisms behind acupuncture’s effectiveness are not completely understood, but its effectiveness has been documented.

In his work at the Winchester Hospital Cancer Care Center (where he is a Certified Cancer Rehab Provider) Joseph has treated many cancer patients and has seen many of them benefit from acupuncture. Some conditions which acupuncture may be able to help include chronic pain from the disease; chemotherapy side effects such as nausea and vomiting, sleep disruption, and dry mouth; anxiety and depression; edema (swelling); pain or numbness caused by the treatments; and others.

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