How is acupuncture used to help treat cancer?

Acupuncture is used in conjunction with other cancer therapies to:
  • Control pain and post-operative swelling
  • Minimize the need for pain medications
  • Help speed recovery time
  • Relieve nausea
  • Reduce breathlessness

How it's used: An acupuncturist taps thin needles into the skin at specific points on the body to stimulate the healing process. Most people find this procedure to be relatively painless.

Caution: This treatment should not be used alone to fight cancer. Talk to your doctor about whether this treatment is right for you and try to get a referral from a licensed physician.

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