Wyoming Oncology offers acupuncture as part of its wellness mission to help patients heal both the physical and emotional stress caused by cancer.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a practice which involves inserting thin needles into different parts of the body to reduce pain and other symptoms. It may be used as a complement to conventional cancer treatments to help offset side effects or other symptoms that may be related to the therapies or the cancer itself.
Is it safe?
Yes. Acupuncture therapy can be provided safely for most cancer patients. Treatments are customized for each patient and take into account the type of cancer, areas that have been recently treated with radiation or surgery, and other relevant medical conditions. Close communication between the patient, physician and acupuncturist allows for the safe delivery of acupuncture therapy while maximizing the therapeutic benefits.
What are the benefits of acupuncture therapy?
Acupuncture plays a complimentary role to traditional cancer treatments by offering physical and emotional benefits for patients at any stage of cancer care. This form of therapy relates to the flow of energy through the body with a premise that imbalances or interruptions contribute to pain and other symptoms.
During acupuncture treatments, a trained specialist inserts tiny, sterile needles just under the skin in precise locations (called acupoints) that may be associated with a patient’s specific symptoms. The insertion of the needles, which is essentially painless, helps control symptoms by restoring the energy flow.
Some evidence supports that acupuncture can help reduce the amount of medication patients take to manage symptoms such as pain, thereby decreasing related side effects. Acupuncture is often relaxing and may significantly improve a patient’s quality of life. Benefits for patients with cancer include:
- Controlled pain
- Reduced nausea and vomiting
- Improved mood and outlook (decreased anxiety and depression)
- Expedited healing
- Boosted immunity
- Increased energy (reduced fatigue)
- Decreased breathlessness
- Sharpened mental abilities
- Enhanced appetite
- Diminished hot flashes
- Stimulated salivary flow (for patients with a reduced ability to make saliva)
Will insurance cover acupuncture therapy?
Many commercial insurance carriers will pay for acupuncture therapy services. For details on specific carriers, please contact our insurance specialist. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information please call 235-5433.
When is acupuncture therapy offered?
Please visit the front desk or your patient guide for information or to make an appointment, and be sure to check our event calendar for more details or potential changes to the weekly schedule.