“My visit with Jill was like an oasis in the middle of the desert. It was the first time in all of the craziness of being diagnosed that I began to calm down and feel like I had some power over how I was going to deal with my disease.”
“Between acupuncture and homeopathy, I found that I could deal with the side effects of chemotherapy quite nicely. In fact, I did so well I even went out on an interview and got a part-time job – wig and all!!”
Using the YinOva Method we have been caring for cancer patients for more than a decade. We understand that people fight cancer best with a multifaceted approach, and so our cancer care program is designed to augment (not conflict with) your other treatments.
Chinese medicine can promote your body’s own healing abilities, while you are receiving treatment. Acupuncture, for example, is a safe and effective treatment for many of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation and Chinese herbs can be used topically to treat radiation burns and internally for pain and fatigue. We only prescribe herbs after consulting your medical team to make sure that the herbs are appropriate and enhance your current treatment.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can be used to alleviate pain, whether this pain is a side effect of chemotherapy or post-surgical. This study, for example, showed that acupuncture alleviated aromatase inhibitor-induced joint pain and stiffness in breast cancer patients.
Research also backs the use of acupuncture for fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Dry mouth (xerostomia), is commonly experienced by cancer patients following radiotherapy of the head and neck regions, and research shows acupuncture can improve this condition.
Findings from a randomized trial suggest that acupuncture is as effective as standard care for the management of hot flashes in breast cancer patients. Early phase studies also suggest that acupuncture can help relieve hot flashes in prostate cancer patients.
All of our acupuncturists are experienced practitioners who have undergone post-graduate training in the care of cancer patients. This training is ongoing and the YinOva Center regularly invites experts in the field to teach our team the most current information about cancer care and the role of Chinese medicine in treating cancer patients.
There have been many studies into the safety of acupuncture for cancer patients, including children. The safety of all our patients is of great concern to us and you can read our general safety policies here. In patients undergoing cancer treatment, we take particular care when dealing with people with a low platelet count and those with lymphedema and all our acupuncturists have been given specific training to practice safely in these circumstances.