Regional Cancer Center offers acupuncture as a
holistic integrative therapy that treats mind, body, and spirit. To complement the care of its patients,
the Regional Cancer Center has credentialed local, acupuncture practitioners
that are trained in providing acupuncture for those who are battling cancer.
Acupuncture involves needles almost as thin as hair, which are inserted
through the skin at strategic points on the body. In Western medicine,
acupuncture is believed to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue.
This activates the body’s natural painkillers (endorphins), increases
blood flow, and boosts the immune system.
In cancer treatment, numerous studies have shown that acupuncture helps
to relieve pain, as well as nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
Other symptoms that may be alleviated include:
- Poor appetite and weight loss
Anxiety and depression
- Dry mouth
- Hot flashes
- Constipation and diarrhea
A typical acupuncture treatment may involve having 5-20 ultra-thin needles
inserted at various points in the body. You may feel a mild ache when
a needle reaches its proper depth. The practitioner may gently move or
twirl the needles, or apply mild heat or electrical impulses to stimulate
a system response. After you lie still for 10-20 minutes, the needles
are painlessly removed. That’s all there is to it.
Afterward, you may feel either more relaxed or invigorated, and troublesome
symptoms should begin to improve within a few weeks. The Mayo Clinic has
found in studies that people who seem to benefit most are those who believe
Our certified practitioners have been trained to recognize the 360+ acupoints
on the human body, and they know which ones relate to each condition that
may need treatment. The needles stimulate nerve cells, the pituitary gland,
and certain parts of the brain.
Acupuncture isn’t recommended for all patients, such as anyone with
a bleeding disorder or those who take a blood thinner such as warfarin
(Coumadin). If you’d like to explore this
integrative treatment at the Regional Cancer Center, call 540.741.0642 or visit cancer.mwhc.com.
To learn more about acupuncture online, visit: Cancer.mwhc.com
Certified Community Practitioners
Anne Truong, MD
10340 Spotsylvania Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
175 Cambridge Street, #107
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
317 Germania St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The Mayo Clinic:http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/acupuncture/basics/definition/prc-20020778
The National Cancer Institute:http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/acupuncture-pdq
U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2642987/