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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2016-3a

Acupuncture & Colon Care

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States with about 60,000 deaths from it every year. Like all cancer, treatment can be long, uncomfortable and come with many side effects. Those getting chemotherapy may experience nausea, vomiting, post-operative pain, cancer related pain, insomnia and anxiety. The chronic pain can significantly impact quality of life. Most patients are prescribed medications such as opioids for pain that have side effects and are highly addictive. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that colon cancer comes from a number of underlying factors such as spleen yang deficiency, kidney yang deficiency, kidney yin deficiency and liver yin deficiency. Acupuncture works by addressing these deficiencies to return the body back to balance. Using specific points on the body related to these organs, acupuncture stimulates the body's natural energy flow, Qi, and blood flow to improve organ health. 

Going through chemotherapy treatment can cause severe fatigue. One study showed that acupuncture resulted in a 30 percent improvement in a baseline fatigue score. 

Insomnia and anxiety are two of the most common symptoms that cancer patients experience. Acupuncture has been proven in numerous studies to be just as effective, if not more, than prescription drugs in improving sleep and decreasing stress and anxiety levels. This alternative treatment has also been shown to improve overall mood. 

Acupuncture can help boost the immune system. Chemotherapy can greatly lower the body's immune defense, leaving one in a vulnerable state due to a decrease in white-blood cell count. By increasing blood flow and stimulating Qi, acupuncture is a great way to improve immune function. 

Cancer and cancer treatment is nothing to take lightly. A diagnosis can drastically change one's life not only physically but mentally as well. If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer and/or going through chemotherapy, it is important to remember that there are alternative, safe treatments that can help make the process easier. If a loved one is going through treatment, support is the best thing you can do for them. 

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and there is no better time to get tested and become educated on the facts.  

  1. The National Voice of Colon Cancer 
  2. Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Colon Cancer - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses
  3. The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care


Recipe Corner

Cream of Carrot Soup

  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 6 Tablespoon flour
  • 5 - 6 cups hot broth
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into wedges
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Parsley
  1. Cook flour in oil 3 ~ 5 minutes
  2. Remove pan from heat and slowly add broth, stirring constantly
  3. Add carrots and salt. Simmer until tender. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching
  4. Garnish with parsley
Serve 6

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Acupuncture Physician, 
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Be sure to check out the March issue, on stands now, entitled Hemorrhoid Relief with Chinese Herbs, Acupuncture & Auricular Medicine

Click the link below 
to view February's Article, entitled 
Research Update

Acupuncture & Colon Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture can be used as a complementary therapy in system management of cancer-related symptoms such as side effects to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, boosting blood cell count and improve natural killer cell activity.

The National Institutes of Health have confirmed through review of randomized controlled trials that there is evidence acupuncture is effective in post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.

In a study done by Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, researchers found in a randomized placebo-controlled trial, acupuncture was proven effective for cancer patients with a variety of chronic pain and aiding in pain management.

Acupuncture is found to have positive results as a complementary method to pain relief. If you or someone you know is going through cancer treatment, contact an acupuncturist today to learn how this alternative medicine can help!

National Cancer Institute 
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