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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are now being more utilized for cancer support and to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy drugs. Acupuncture is a wonderful and viable form of alternative medicine that can boost the immune system, increase energy, reduce pain (including joint pain and stiffness), improve sleep and mood and ultimately speed recovery time for cancer patients. It reduces stress and it also works wonders to treat the side effects of chemotherapy including nausea, vomiting and hot flashes.

Current research available supports the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of pancreatic cancer pain, for hot flashes in breast cancer patients, for post-thoracotomy pain, for salivation issues involving radiation (it can increase saliva production in patients with xerostomia or dry mouth), and for generalized pain and dysfunction after surgery.

A research study performed at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine found significant reduction of nausea and vomiting with patients treated with acupuncture before they had chemotherapy. The American Cancer Society also reports that acupuncture is currently administered before, after and in between chemotherapy sessions for control of nausea and vomiting.

There is no doubt that acupuncture can improve a patient’s overall physical and mental well-being. Acupuncture is a safe, painless, well tolerated way to address your symptoms. Keep in mind that some conditions require ongoing treatment to achieve positive long-term effects.

Dr. Matthew Enright is an alternative cancer treatment specialist in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2012, he received his certification in Advanced Acupuncture for Cancer Patients – Integrative Oncology from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Integrative Medicine Service. And then in 2013, Dr. Enright received his certification in Herbs and Dietary Supplements in Cancer Care from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Integrative Medicine Service.

Read an article written by Dr. Matthew Enright and published in Acupuncture Today called An In-Depth Look at Integrative Oncology.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or are currently getting treatment for cancer, you should consider acupuncture as an alternative cancer support treatment for pain and post-operative and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

We have helped many of our patients improve the quality of their lives and we are confident that we can help you too. Please call us at 561-939-0430 to schedule your free consultation.