14.  Acupuncture for Cancer

Video Transcript: The benefits of acupuncture therapy in anticancer treatment may be summarized as the following three aspects, One increasing the immunity of the body, combining with surgery and chemo radiotherapy to improve the effectiveness or prolong the survival time of patients. Recently clinical researches  demonstrated that acupuncture could heighten the seroimmune function of cancer patients. Two, prevent or relieve side effects caused by chemo radiotherapy or post-operative pains, help patients successfully complete scheduled courses of chemo radiotherapy or recover rapidly from the surgery. Acupuncture can effectively compliment oncology in the treatment in the side effects such as nausea, vomiting, pain, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, and poor appetite. These treatments can increase the patient's ability to tolerate their chemo radiotherapy and speed up recovery time. Three, alleviate symptoms of cancer patients in the late stages especially the pain and dysphagia, improve the life quality, and lessen the distress of the patients. Due to an increasing endorphin level of the body by acupuncture, many cancer patients with severe pain could reduce the need of injecting morphine and achieving a natural relief of pain.

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