Acupuncture has been around for approximately 3,000 years and originated in China. It is a type of alternative medicine that involves inserting specialized needles into the skin at very specific points. The treatment may help with a variety of health conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders, neurological issues and gastro-intestinal disorders. You have probably seen the treatment…
Cancer Acupuncture: An Improvement to Patient Care
Cancer acupuncture may provide long-sought relief for cancer patients who otherwise have to be under a regiment of medications. Today, medical science is starting to accept the fact that the ancient Chinese art, known as acupuncture, may actually be a way to improve patient care in cancer patients. As such, acupuncture is growing in popularity in both the Western and Eastern medical circles.
Many doctors still maintain that there is not enough testing on acupuncture to give an authenticated diagnosis as to whether or not it can actually improve the quality of the patient's life. However, there are literally hundreds of stories of cancer patients who have used acupuncture as a means to relieve symptoms and found that their life quality improved significantly.
Not new, even in America
Despite the fact that acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, many people still perceive it as a relatively new introduction to the American medical repertoire. The reality is, however, that research on acupuncture began in earnest in the United States in 1976. Barely 20 years later, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of acupuncture needles as medical devices. Many illnesses that are treated with acupuncture are directly connected to cancer. In cancer treatment, in states all across the country, cancer acupuncture's main use is to control the symptoms which often include the following:
- Extreme fatigue and uncontrollable tiredness
- Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
- Anxiety and depression
- Weight loss
- Insomnia and inability to sleep
- Poor appetite
- Dry mouth
- Hot flashes
- Constipation, diarrhea and the failure of gastrointestinal muscles
- Problems with the nervous system
Acupuncture is specifically used to block the flow of negative energy and ensure that positive energy is flowing. This energy is known as Qi. Acupuncture points are spots on the body where the meridians come to the very surface of the body and can be treated with an acupuncture needle.
Since there are more than 360 such meridians all over the body, cancer acupuncture can target very specific meridians, also known as acupoints, in order to treat the discomfort caused by traditional cancer treatment as well as pain and other problems caused by cancer.
The science behind cancer acupuncture
It has been known by Chinese healers for centuries that acupuncture causes a physical response in the nervous system, including nerve cells and parts of the brain. The pituitary gland is also said to be affected by acupuncture treatments. As a response to this stimulus the body releases proteins, brain chemicals and even hormones which are designed to naturally control the bodily functions.
It is important to remember that the brain is the largest control module in the world, specifically in control of every aspect of the body's functionality. When the body releases these controlling elements it is able to regulate the blood pressure, temperature, pain stimulus mechanisms, the immune system and the bodies own pain relief chemicals (endorphins).
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