Acupuncture as Support for Mesothelioma and Cancer Treatment

This month's blog post is by a guest blogger on behalf of Asbestos.com


People with mesothelioma often turn to complementary and alternative therapies to help them during cancer treatments for its holistic effects on the mind and body. When it comes to the supportive treatment of asbestos-related cancers, acupuncture is one of the most widely accepted alternative therapies.



Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

Some cases are far more common than others. However, these procedures still provide comfort and care for patients with more complex diagnoses. One of these diagnoses is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that is caused by inhaled asbestos fibers and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain. Treatment may improve prognosis and can include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Nevertheless, in a more holistic approach, mesothelioma patients can also benefit from alternative treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine. In general, people find relief in these treatments. This could be either for side effects or the main affection they are dealing with. The Mesothelioma Center provides a more in-depth approach to this topic, and also provides resources and guides for caregivers and patients, tailoring the information for the specific diagnosis.

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https://www.asbestos.com/treatment/alternative/ https://www.asbestos.com/treatment/alternative/herbal-medicine/ https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/women/


TCM Treatment Principles for Cancer Support

TCM treatments for cancer is individualized and is tailored to treat the pattern that is presented and adhering to the principles of protecting the healthy qi while resolving the pathogenic factors that are behind cancer growth. Therefore, depending on the pattern that is presented at the time of diagnosis, a combination of the below might be a part of the treatment strategy.

  1. Support immunity and dispel evil

  2. Clear heat and resolve toxin

  3. Move blood and disperse stasis

  4. Soften nodules and dissipate adhesions

  5. Transform phlegm and eliminate damp

  6. Calm heart and nourish the mind

Depending on the degree of severity of the symptoms, and how the patient's constitution is, the practitioner will consider what is the most appropriate intervention, while also taking into account concurrent Western treatments to make sure that they are in alignment. Acupuncture and herbs can form a successful complementary support system to conventional cancer therapy, helping to improve the efficacy and recovery time, and to manage side effects like fatigue, stress, depression, nausea, neuropathy, and post surgical pain.


Resources:

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2020.601785/full

 

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