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Cancer and Chinese Medicine

Incidences of cancer are well documented throughout the history of Chinese medicine. Drawings and descriptions of tumors have appeared in some of the most ancient Chinese medical writings. Yet “cancer” itself is not a term used in Chinese Medicine. This is because Chinese medicine regards cancer as a composite of several different conditions, rather than a single disease. Because of its holistic nature, Chinese medicine looks at all of the factors that may have contributed to the development of the disease in the person diagnosed with cancer. Family history, life-long exposure to toxins, the overall strength of the immune system, the digestive system and the state of emotional well-being inform acupuncturists about the various factors that contributed to the formation of the disease in the first place and how to help patients overcome them.

Sandra Moyer, Alpharetta cancer support acupunctureChinese medicine alone should not be considered a miracle treatment for cancer. Many patients seek alternative methods of treatment in the hope of finding a cure. Instead, Chinese medicine helps to support the body’s natural immunity, its innate strength and homeostatic capabilities, while regenerating and repairing the damage done by the cancer itself. It is also an extremely valuable adjunct therapy to chemotherapy and radiation. Many patients seek out acupuncture and Chinese medicine because they are familiar with its ability to help chemotherapy or radiation related nausea and vomiting, fatigue, constipation, pain and peripheral numbness. It can also promote energy, better digestion, higher white and red blood cell counts and an overall sense of well-being. Currently, acupuncture is being recommended as a complimentary therapy in several cancer hospitals and centers around the U.S. 

Number of Treatments Needed

The frequency with which one needs to come and the duration of a course of acupuncture treatments  depends on the severity of symptoms and particular therapeutic goals. For instance, many patients come for acupuncture soon after their chemotherapy treatments to prevent symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Others come before treatments to help reduce stress and anxiety. If their chemo treatments are several weeks apart, many patients come for acupuncture on those “off” weeks to help support their immune system, to boost their energy and to relax and rejuvenate before their next round.

North Point Acupuncture

Sandra Moyer, Licensed Acupuncturist

1200 Arborhill Lane
Alpharetta, GA 30004
678-624-1242

Serving Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs