Naturopaths, Massage, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists & Osteopaths in Brisbane

Cancer support Acupuncture in Brisbane


High level evidence for positive effect of acupuncture in Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), (with anti-emetics)

There is also high-level evidence for fatigue, with Acupuncture having a potential positive effect in The Acupuncture Evidence Project. Fatigue and nausea are major, disruptive side effects of chemotherapy and have a large impact on a patient’s outlook. Many patients express that the treatment feels worse than the disease on account of the pain, fatigue and depression associated with both the cancer itself and the ensuing side effects of chemotherapy. It is an important part of the healing process though, to remain optimistic about recovery.

There is a growing amount of high-quality research supporting Acupuncture as an adjunct support therapy for patients undergoing chemotherapy with studies presenting Acupuncture can significantly reduce cancer-related fatigue and pain. This could ultimately improve the patient’s experience through therapy and improve their outlook.

How can Acupuncture help with chemotherapy side effects?

It is important to know that Acupuncture is not a therapy that can treat active cancer. Acupuncture is supported as an adjunct therapy to improve a patient’ s standard of life as they undergo chemotherapy or other cancer treatment. Our experienced Acupuncturist Juanita Fuchs is happy to work under the direction of your Oncologist to offer cancer support Acupuncture to minimise the side effects of chemotherapy.

  • Acupuncture has been clinically evidenced in high-quality studies to reduce cancer-related fatigue and pain.
  • Acupuncture may improve sleep quality and duration.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to improve mood
  • Acupuncture is well known as a therapy to reduce stress and anxiety; improving the patient’s outlook and standard of living
  • Acupuncture is a non-pharmaceutical intervention and will not interfere with current medications

What to expect 

You will receive a hands-on treatment to provide initial relief. Your consultation will include the insertion of fine needles in acupuncture points to improve blood flow and circulation within the body, this relaxes the nervous system and encourages your internal opioid receptors to provide an analgesic effect so that you experience pain relief.

As with all medical intervention some risk is involved, however acupuncture is considered a safe modality when conducted by a skilled Acupuncturist. Our Acupuncturists are gentle, compassionate, experienced and effective and we have modern and relaxing treatment rooms.

 

Links to further reading:
A. Molassiotis, P. Sylt, H. Diggins, 2007. The management of cancer-related fatigue after chemotherapy with acupuncture and acupressure: A randomised controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 4, Pages 228–237. View online at http://www.complementarytherapiesinmedicine.com/article/S0965-2299%2806%2900105-1/abstract

A. Molassiotis, J. Bardy, J. Finnegan-John, P. Mackereth, D. Ryder, J. Filshie, E. Ream, A. Richardson. 2012. Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients With Breast Cancer: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 30 no. 36. View online http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/30/36/4470.short

M. Kay Garcia, J. McQuade, R. Haddad, S. Patel, R. Lee, P. Yang, J. Lynn Palmer, L. Cohen. 2013. Systematic Review of Acupuncture in Cancer Care: A Synthesis of the Evidence. Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 31 no. 7. View online http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/31/7/952.short