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How Acupuncture Enhances Quality of Life

Acupuncture needle being placed in the back of a hand

Acupuncture offers many benefits to cancer patients. When added to your treatment plan, acupuncture can enhance general quality of life by reducing the side effects of cancer treatments and help promote an overall sense of balance and well-being.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a nearly 2,000-year-old form of traditional Chinese medicine. While it is not fully understood, the mechanism of acupuncture for pain and symptom distress may help the brain to release neuro-chemicals such as endorphins and regulate the autonomic nervous system.

In acupuncture, hair-thin pins are inserted at specific points on the body. A pin tap feels like a small pinch and the sensation quickly dissipates. Most people who receive acupuncture treatment feel minimal or no pain from the pins.

Patients often require a series of six to ten treatments to experience benefits for specific conditions. Our acupuncturist will work with you to create your personalized care plan.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is safe and may help with:

Acupuncture should not be used as a sole treatment for cancer; however, clinical studies have found it may help relieve many of the symptoms and side effects caused by cancer treatments. Acupuncture is very safe and does not interact with cancer therapies. The most common side effects is mild pain associated with needling and bruising.

Meet Our Acupuncturist

Matt Skahill, L.A.c., has been practicing acupuncture since 2008 and is a licensed NCCAOM medical acupuncturist. He has a sub-specialty in women’s health issues with a focus on supportive acupuncture for fertility and OB/GYN medicine.