Integrative care for cancer patients

NIH – THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE                                                                                      Acupuncture (PDQ®)–Patient Version

  • Acupuncture applies needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments to one or more places on the skin known as acupuncture points .
  • Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Acupuncture has been used in the United States for about 200 years.
  • Acupuncture is used to treat many illnesses and ailments and in cancer Patients use it to control pain and to relieve nausea and vomitingfatiguehot flashesxerostomianeuropathyanxietydepression, and sleeping problems.
  • Acupuncture may work by causing physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain, affecting blood pressure and body temperature .
  • Laboratoryand animal studies of acupuncture for cancer treatment suggest acupuncture may also help the immune system be stronger during chemotherapy.
  • The strongest evidence of the effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trialson the use of acupuncture to relieve nausea and vomiting, but acupuncture appears to be more effective in preventing vomiting than in reducing nausea.
  • It is important that acupuncture treatment be given by a qualified practitionerwho uses a new set of disposable (single-use) needles for each patient.


It’s exciting to see Chinese medicine being used as a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) modality during and after treatment for cancer patients! 

At Powder River Acupuncture, I am working individually with my patients’ needs to help support them during cancer treatment as well as to recover their afterwards.  Acupuncture can strengthen the patient as they receive surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.  There is help through acupuncture and Chinese medicine for patients’ aftercare, to help the body heal and renew its vitality. It is quite rewarding to serve as a member of their health and medical team, and they are thankful for the improvements they see in their short- and long-term health status.

 Patient testimonials:                                                                                                                              Patient using Tamoxifen treatment:  “I love my herb tea you made me – it makes me feel so much more at ease.”                                                                                                                               Patient receiving care during chemotherapy:  “I was amazed.  Even after the first treatment, I left feeling stronger.”                                                                                                        Patient in aftercare:  “Wow, my hot flashes are so much less!  Thank you for caring!”