Chemotherapy Side Effects


A cancer diagnosis is devastating and has far reaching implications. For many people the thought of going through a full course of chemotherapy is very scary.  With its incredible strengthen and curing potential, chemotherapy gives hope to a lot of people living with and fighting cancer. Its goal is to kill cancer cells using toxic chemicals that are very potent. These potent drugs also have the ability to produce serious side effects. These side effects arise from the fact that chemotherapy is incredibly strong and designed to kill many types of cells. So, in the process of killing the cancer the chemotherapy will also attack healthy cells that have similarities to cancer cells.  Some of the most common healthy cells injured during chemotherapy are the ones found in the digestive system. These cells are responsible for the smooth lining of your mouth, stomach and intestines. These types of cells grow rapidly and reproduce quickly, keeping up with the demands of the digestive system. Similarly, cancer cells also grow and reproduce quickly and that is why some chemotherapy drugs have a strong negative effect on the digestive system.

Acupuncture and Asian medicine can be a strong supportive ally in fight against cancer. The goal of acupuncture and Asian medicine is to support each and every person through their personal journey. Studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful in reducing some of the most common side effects associated with chemotherapy. The National Cancer Institute has created a list of the symptoms associated with cancer that acupuncture is used for, the list includes:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiousness
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Poor appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Hot flashes
  • Nerve problems
  • Constipation and diarrhea

Acupuncture and Asian can be useful in the treatment of the most common side effects associated with chemotherapy.

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    National Cancer Institute

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