Acupuncture in the treatment of cancer

In the United States, acupuncture integrated with western medicine has provided an important collaborative resource to increase the effective care of cancer patients. Acupuncture has been fully supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to be used as part of a total treatment plan for cancer. Acupuncture has also been recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the treatment of cancer and treatment-related symptoms.

Acupuncture is a much more natural, alternative approach to achieving good health and an overall improvement in the quality of life in the treatment of cancer patients. It has been found extremely effective in the following specific ways, because it:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers the cause of most cancers is Qi (vital energy) stagnation, or energy loss, which congeals phlegm and creates blood stagnation masses, in conjunction with heat toxins. External (toxins and environment) and internal (long time emotional stress, overwork, improper lifestyle and diet) stimulus are the main factors which block Qi flow. Acupuncture works by stimulating various points in the body, clearing these blocked pathways through which Qi naturally flows.