What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and more recently was adopted by western medicine. It is based on the theory that electro-magnetic energy known as ‘qi’ flows along channels in the body called meridians. Stimulating acupuncture points along these meridians can support our health and wellbeing, reducing physical and emotional symptoms. Modern technology has shown that the human brain responds to acupuncture which in turn helps balance the mind and body.  In an acupuncture treatment fine, sterile needles are painlessly inserted to help with presenting symptoms. The needles are left in place for about 20-30 minutes and then removed. Acupuncture is safe to have during breast cancer treatment and can help with side effects.

 

What can acupuncture help with?

Breast Cancer Haven Visitors  who have received acupuncture treatment have found  it to be helpful. Many tell us that acupuncture can help in treating nausea, fatigue, difficulty in sleeping, pain, anxiety, peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain in hands and feet from chemotherapy), low mood and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. Research studies show that acupuncture is effective in treating nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and that it can improve fatigue and hot flushes associated with cancer treatments.

 

Number and length of appointments

A course of four treatments is recommended. Each acupuncture appointment takes approximately one hour.

 

Treatment advice

It is best not to have acupuncture if you are hungry, so have a snack beforehand. To gain maximum benefit, it is suggested that you allow yourself time to rest and take it easy immediately after you treatment.

 

Available at: London, Hereford, Yorkshire, Wessex, Worcester Breast Cancer Haven centres