How acupuncture helps cancer patients?

TLDR: Chemotherapy is a very intense cancer treatment option that carries with it many adverse side effects. While it may seem impossible to find a solution to your pain, there is one advantageous option. Acupuncture is a 4,000 physical therapy method that is being used to help cancer patients relieve anxiety, depression, fatigue, and more.

Chemotherapy is the most widely used curative cancer treatment available. However, it is also very strenuous on the body, which can lead to a wide variety of side effects such as fatigue, stress, depression, anxiety, and more. Trying to find a solution to all of these issues can be nearly impossible; however, all hope is not lost. 

One of the most effective treatment options for alleviating the side effects associated with chemotherapy is acupuncture. Acupuncture is commonly used by people who experience pain in the body and limbs to relieve discomfort. The good news is that cancer patients can begin experiencing these same benefits by using acupuncture as a post-chemotherapy treatment. 

If you’re suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy and need proven pain relief, continue reading. 

How can acupuncture help cancer patients?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that has been around for 4,000 years. Research studies conducted by The National Cancer Institute has shown very concrete evidence that acupuncture is highly effective for relieving vomiting and nausea. There is also evidence that shows acupuncture may help reduce the number of medications needed after chemotherapy. 

Here are some of the primary benefits that acupuncture offers to cancer patients: 

  • Physical pain reduction 
  • Reduction in hot flashes due to hormonal treatment 
  • Decreased joint pain 
  • Improved digestion 
  • Stress management 

As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to undergoing acupuncture if you are struggling to overcome the side effects of your cancer treatment. The basis of acupuncture works by inserting needles into target points on your body, which helps relieve pressure on the joints and nerves. 

The Basics of how Acupuncture Alleviates Cancer Treatment Side Effects 

There are three main stimulation methods to provide relief once the needle is inserted into your body. They are electrical stimulation, heat stimulation, and manual stimulation. If you suffer from low white blood cell count, lymphedema, or bleeding disorders, you should avoid getting acupuncture as it can trigger adverse side effects when administered on people with these conditions. 

While going through acupuncture once will provide relief, consistent acupuncture sessions provide sustained support in helping cancer patients develop a better quality of life and emotional stability. Acupuncture is a serious therapy option that can help you alleviate chronic pain and sporadic pain, which is why those recovering or undergoing chemotherapy should consider it. 

People Also Ask 

Can acupuncture cause cancer to spread?

Unfortunately, acupuncture can accelerate the spread of certain cancers, particularly breast cancer. However, when performed correctly, acupuncture can have amazing benefits in terms of pain reduction.

Can acupuncture shrink tumors?

While acupuncture does alleviate some of the pain associated with cancer treatments, there is no research to support the idea that the practice can help shrink tumors.

What is the average cost of acupuncture treatments?

Acupuncture sessions range in cost from $50-$150 and up. All depending on the specific type of relief you’re looking for. It’s best to talk with your primary care doctor to get an accurate estimate of what you’ll pay to receive assistance.


Don’t let chemotherapy stop you from living and experiencing life the way you deserve to. Use all of the information that we’ve included in this article to help you learn how to begin using acupuncture as a therapeutic solution for any pain you may be experiencing.

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