Chemotherapy, also called chemo, is a drug treatment medical professionals use to destroy cancer cells. The drugs work by affecting the growth of cells that divide rapidly, such as cancer cells. However, the drugs also affect other cells, which divide frequently, such as the ones that line your mouth, the ones found in hair follicles and the cells of the lining in your intestine. For this reason, persons undergoing treatment often experience a range of symptoms, including hair loss, a bad taste in their mouths, mouth sores, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Damage to blood cells can cause anemia and as a result, fatigue. Damage to cells that produce hormones can cause chills, hot flashes and night sweats. The treatment often feels worse than the disease.
Whenever cancer occurs, there’s a weakening of the body and an inability of the body to heal itself completely. Cancer, in fact, is an attempt of the body to heal itself. This is good news, because it means that strengthening the body will help to heal it from cancer.
Before chemotherapy treatments, acupuncture will help make the body stronger and better able to resist the negative effects of chemotherapy, thus diminishing the symptoms. After chemotherapy treatments, acupuncture helps in a number of ways to restore the body’s balance. Even under chronic conditions, acupuncture at specific points will set into action the body’s own healing abilities, reinvigorating the affected cells and helping them to recover, thus diminishing the symptoms. Acupuncture always works with the body’s natural energy. Clearing the energy meridians will allow the body to release endorphins, which reduce fatigue and nausea and increase energy and feelings of well-being. Studies at the National Institutes of Health resulted in a 1997 Consensus Statement on Acupuncture stating that “promising results have emerged” after studies of the effectiveness of acupuncture showed an easing of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy.
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“I think you’re absolutely amazing. Since my treatment yesterday, I’ve had almost no hot flashes…maybe one or two very minimal ones but nothing like I was experiencing before. The nausea also seems to be better. So thank you, thank you, thank you!” — M. Kramer, Danbury, CT