Acupuncture can help with the signs and symptoms of mucositis. Mucositis is a painful inflammatory condition that damages the superficial lining of the digestive tract. The digestive tract includes the mouth, throat, stomach and intestines. Mucositis is a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These two therapies tend to destroy rapidly growing and dividing cells because cancer cells have a similar characteristic. What results is pain, irritation and inflammation along with difficulty eating and drinking. Acupuncture is used to address the pain and inflammation by increasing fluid production and nourishing the vital substances that are commonly affected by cancer treatment. The addition of herbal medicine, such as herbal mouthwash can also help decrease the pain and inflammation.

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    The value of acupuncture in cancer care

    This article explores a number of common conditions treated by acupuncture. The author also gives a good explanation on how acupuncture works from a Western medical perspective

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