Support of Cancer Treatments such as Chemotherapy and RadiotherapyModern research has found that patients experience benefits from acupuncture, including reduced pain, relief from nausea, reduced fatigue, better mood, better sleep, and even reduced dry mouth, a common side effect of cancer treatments.
Acupuncture can help reduce anxiety, peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain in hands and feet from chemotherapy), low mood and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats.
- Integrative medicine and the oncology patient: options and benefits: "Different modalities work together to reduce pain, anxiety, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and peripheral neuropathy, while promoting immune function and improving sleep, range of motion, and an overall sense of well-being." https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00520-017-4007-y
- Complementary Therapies for Symptom Management in Cancer Patients: "Hypnosis has promising evidence to be used for managing symptoms such as pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting, distress, fatigue, and hot flashes. Guided imagery increases comfort and can be used as a psycho-supportive therapy. Meditation substantially improves psychological function, mental health, and QOL. Cognitive behavioral therapies effectively reduce pain, distress, fatigue, anxiety, and depression; and improve subjective sleep outcomes along with mood and QOL. Yoga has short term beneficial effects for anxiety, depression, fatigue, perceived stress, QOL, and well-being. T'ai Chi and qigong are beneficial adjunctive therapies for supportive cancer care, but their role in reducing cancer pain is not well proven. Acupuncture is effective for reducing treatment related side-effects, pain and fatigue." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5661353/