By Yi Luo, Acupuncturist, LAC, NCCAOM, Dipl
Sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Eastern Harmony program
Cancer. It’s a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. But there is more medical care offered now than ever before to cure cancer or slow it down, to ease its symptoms and help you live a healthier life.
It’s also key to know that you have other choices besides standard medical therapies. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. They can safely be used to naturally support your body and mind as you go through usual cancer care.
How acupuncture and TCM can help
Acupuncture and TCM can help you stay healthy and treat illnesses. TCM specialists work to treat the lack of balance in the body’s qi, or vital energy, using fine, clean needles at exact acupoints. Since acupuncture has few side effects, it can be safely used as a complement to traditional cancer care. In fact, in many cancer cases, it’s highly recommended as a way to soothe cancer symptoms as well as the side effects of cancer treatments. As the National Institute of Health pointed out, acupuncture has been found to be useful in easing:
• after-surgery pain
Acupuncture and TCM can also help lessen pressure, depression and anxiety, which can greatly improve quality of life during this tough time. In addition to acupuncture, your TCM specialist may also offer massages, acupressure treatment, nutritional guides or an exercise program designed to help you stay as healthy as you can. He or she may also suggest herbal medicines and vitamin supplements. Don’t forget to always consult with your healthcare providers before taking any new drugs or medications to decrease the risk of problematic reactions.
Treating the person, not just
Acupuncture specialists take a holistic view toward cancer care. This means that they not only treat your illness, but also deal with your living habits, state of mind and general health. Your whole being will be taken into account, not just the cancer. When you work with your specialist to better your health, you are not only helping yourself get the most out of your main medical care; you’re also once again taking charge of your own life.
Alternative medical care is used to help your body to heal naturally, but it is not meant to take the place of your main medical care. You should speak with your doctor about trying alternative medical care to see what is best for you.
To learn more about Yi Luo, visit www.eastwayherbs.com or call (617) 792-2136. To learn about Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Eastern Harmony program, visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/easternharmony or call (617) 509-8015.
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