How Does Acupuncture Work?

Ancient theories of Chinese medicine suggest that a vital force or energy called Qi (pronounced “che”), flows through the body along channels called meridians. Acupuncture alters this flow to restore or optimize good health. Medical research shows that acupuncture works by stimulating nerves. This releases substances that can reduce cancer sumptoms. It also releases some of our own natural morphine like substances, endorphines and serotonin, which can promote a feeling of well-being.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of symptoms related to cancer diagnosis or treatment alongside the clinical plan designated by your doctors. It is used to address and control pain, and to relieve nausea or vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, and more. Though acupuncture and other integrative oncology therapies are not a cure or standard treatment of cancer, it offers patients holistic options for relief throughout their cancer journey.

How Acupunture Can Help

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of symptoms related to cancer diagnosis or treatment alongside the clinical plan designated by your doctors. It is used to address and control pain, and to relieve nausea or vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, and more. Though acupuncture and other integrative oncology therapies are not a cure or standard treatment of cancer, it offers patients holistic options for relief throughout their cancer journey.

To access West Cancer Center’s acupuncture services, please talk to your doctor or contact [email protected].

Meet Our Director

Dr. Sylvia Richey, a dedicated medical oncologist with over 12 years of experience at West Cancer Center, is the Director of our Integrative Oncology Program. Our mission is to offer a full complement of services to address the body, mind, and spirit.

Learn more about how to schedule an appointment or refer a patient to our oncology specialists here at West Cancer Center.