Acupuncture for side effects of cancer treatment

drs. Renny Wiegerink

During or after the treatment process in the hospital, acupuncture can be of benefit as an additional therapy for you. Also, if you have complaints for a long time after your treatment. Common complaints are:

  • nausea
  • a dry mouth, eyes, nose (dry mucous) 
  • loss of appetite, loss of taste
  • complaints of pain, ranging from discomfort to severe pain
  • intestinal complaints like diarrhea, constipation or pain around the anus
  • skin complaints like redness and itching
  • fatigue or tiredness, ranging from mild to severe
  • a feeling of coldness in hands and/or feet, or
  • a cold feeling, deep inside your body
  • tingling or numbness in hands and/or feet
  • sleeping disorders
  • menopausal symptoms
  • pain or stiffness in certain joints, as a side effect of the therapy
  • other side effects from medication
  • reduced vitality
  • reduced concentration, forgetfulness
  • fear, anxiety or distress, perhaps linked to the diagnosis or treatment of cancer   
  • hypertension, stress

In addition to these problems, acupuncture supports:

  • your body’s ability to deal well with illness (to promote your immune system)
  • a better feeling of balance, both mental and physical – in short, your overall wellbeing
  • your reintegration process: picking up your personal and family life, sport and work.

The advantage of treating your complaints with acupuncture is that there are no negative side effects that Western medicine can give. For more information about acupuncture before, during and after your course of treatment for cancer, please visit the page Cancer diagnosis.

Other types of cancer

The demand for acupuncture comes mainly from patients with breast cancer; therefore, the list of symptoms is prepared from that background. However, you can also benefit from acupuncture if you perhaps recognise the above symptoms from another type of cancer. For more information about your personal situation, you can contact me by phone or email (click on the e-mail address in the bar below of fill in the form Contact).

Acupuncture is a complementary therapy, and is never a substitute for your regular treatment process.

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