People suffering with cancer often seek help dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, which are sometimes are more debilitating than the disease itself.

Until the early 1990s, the benefits of acupuncture were mostly anecdotal. After the 1997 National Institute on Health’s Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, prominent agencies and organizations began studying the value. The results confirm what people had been saying for years.

“And there’s a growing body of evidence on acupuncture for pain management,” 

wrote Heather Greenlee, assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, about ways to cope with cancer.

According to the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute,

“Patients use [acupuncture] to control pain and to relieve nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, dry mouth, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, and sleeping problems.”

They go on to say that

“Laboratory and animal studies of acupuncture for cancer treatment suggest acupuncture may also help the immune system be stronger during chemotherapy.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City writes

“There is evidence that acupuncture can reduce symptoms such as depression, facial pain, headache, peripheral neuropathy, lower back pain, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, postoperative pain, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue, hot flashes and side effects caused by radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.”

If you or someone you care about is suffering with cancer and would like more information, call 781-749-8088 or email


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