Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Cancer Care
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.
Some of the benefits from acupuncture may include:
- Improved energy levels (reduced fatigue)
- Improved quality of life
- Reduction in pain and neuropathy
- Reduction in nausea, dry mouth and digestive disturbances
- Reduction in stress, anxiety and insomnia
- Improved immune function
Acupuncture and TCM Studies:
Acupuncture as anticancer treatment?
Acupuncture May Stimulate Anticancer Immunity via Activation of Natural Killer Cells
Effects of acupuncture on cancer-related fatigue: a meta-analysis
Effects of acupuncture for cancer pain and quality of life – a case series
Understanding the Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment for Cancer Pain Management