Everyone agrees that chemotherapy and radiation is hard on the body. Acupuncture is often used to mitigate the side effects and damage it can cause. Acupuncture does this by helping the body detoxify quicker after a chemo treatment and treat the organs involved. So patients report that they have less nausea and their energy is better after receiving acupuncture post chemo or radiation. Acupuncture can also help protect the organs from more damage. We use a variety of points on the body and also in the ear, many of them treating and strengthening the liver and kidneys which can take the brunt of the organ. Also, getting acupuncture after chemo can help to lessen damage to the extremities that can cause problems like neuropathy especially in the hand and feet.
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Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond