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Acupuncture

 

What is is?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific anatomical locations on the skin, typically performed by penetrating the skin with thin needles. The practice of acupuncture can be traced back for millennia and is traditionally based on the idea that patterns of energy flow—known as qi—are essential for good health. This particular premise theorizes that acupuncture is able to correct imbalances in energy flow and thus promote better health. 


While different theories exist and vary by culture regarding how exactly acupuncture may work, Western culture and research suggests that the effect of acupuncture may be based on the stimulation and responses between the body’s nervous and endocrine system.

What does the research say?

In general, current research suggests that acupuncture may help ease different types of pain, such as lower back pain, neck pain and headache pain. However, for people with cancer, the most research-supported and effective benefit of acupuncture is its potential to help manage treatment-related nausea and vomiting. 

While evidence is still limited regarding the benefits of acupuncture for other cancer-related symptoms, some trials have reported that acupuncture can also help to address fatigue and insomnia, and improve depression and anxiety-related symptoms.

Many organizations—including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization— have confirmed that acupuncture, when performed by competent practitioners, is a safe practice.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Acupuncture services are only available by appointment.

To schedule an appointment call us at (385) 212-3211.

Scheduled appointments will take place at House #57 (the North House).

Cancellations must be made with at least 24 hours of notice.

Where can i find more information?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health:

Acupuncture: In Depth

Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Side Effects: What the Science Says

How can I help?

In order to provide services to as many of our clients as possible, we are always looking for additional volunteer acupuncturists. If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a cancer survivor as a volunteer acupuncturist, please call us at (385) 212-3211 or email at admin@cancer-wellness.org.