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Acupuncture

Naturopathic Oncology in Chandler , AZ

Acupuncture

Acupuncture services offered in Chandler , AZ

Cancer treatments often cause unwanted side effects, such as nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. At Precision Integrative Oncology in Chandler, Arizona, Sydney Sharaf, NMD, uses acupuncture to minimize these side effects and improve her patients’ quality of life. Call today or schedule an appointment online to find out if acupuncture is right for you.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves puncturing the skin with thin needles. Your naturopathic doctor inserts needles into predetermined areas to improve your overall health and wellness, relieve uncomfortable cancer symptoms, and boost your energy levels. 

Acupuncture can complement many cancer treatments. After an initial physical exam and medical history review, your provider at Precision Integrative Oncology can determine whether acupuncture is right for you.

How does acupuncture work?

TCM states that Qi, a form of energy, flows through certain points — meridians — in the body. Acupuncture helps facilitate the flow of backed-up energy to bring the body back into harmony and relieve pain, discomfort, and other symptoms that can develop from an energy imbalance. 

In Western medicine, physicians believe that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system. The puncturing motion sparks a chemical reaction that interacts with the spinal cord, muscles, and other nervous system structures.

How can acupuncture reduce side effects from cancer treatments?

The manual manipulation of acupuncture can help stimulate the nervous system to reduce many cancer symptoms, such as

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue

Cancer treatments often have side effects that come along with them, but acupuncture can help support traditional treatments by alleviating some of these ongoing symptoms.

What can I expect from acupuncture?

When you arrive for acupuncture at Precision Integrative Oncology, your provider performs a full physical assessment and discusses your symptoms before inserting the needles. You may feel pressure, but the insertion isn’t painful. Next, your provider manipulates the needles to stimulate the flow of energy.

The entire process takes about 30-60 minutes. Precision Integrative Oncology provides a comfortable environment, so you can relax during your treatment. Throughout your treatment, your provider may continue manipulating the needles to ensure acupuncture is as effective as possible. 

The number of treatments you need depends on your type of cancer, level of pain, and any other symptoms you experience. Precision Integrative Oncology typically recommends at least 6-8 treatments.

Call Precision Integrative Oncology today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about acupuncture for cancer care.

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