Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system that has been in practice for over 2,500 years. TCM includes medical acupuncture, botanical medicine, lifestyle counselling, massage, diet and exercise. TCM also has its own system of diagnosis. The World Health Organization recognizes TCM as a major complementary practice to conventional medicine. A vast amount of research has been done on the benefits of TCM as a complementary cancer therapy.
Much of this research has been done on acupuncture. In fact, many major healthcare institutions in North America, Europe and Asia offer Acupuncture to help reduce the side effects and symptoms of cancer patients undergoing conventional Therapy. Naturopathic physicians are trained in the use of TCM and acupuncture. At OWIC it is used as part of a comprehensive CancerCare program tailored towards our patient’s individual needs. Acupuncture has been found to improve symptoms such as pain, fatigue, nausea, and improve overall quality of life.