Does Acupuncture help against cancer?

Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative therapy in which very thin needles are inserted through the skin at various locations called acupoints. In Chinese medicine, It is thought that acupoints are channels for the flow of vital energy of life force (called chi). Needles are inserted just beneath the skin at specific acupoints and are thought to restore balance and a healthy energy flow to the body. Skilled acupuncturists cause virtually no pain. Although there is no scientific evidence that acupuncture can cure cancer, it is found to be an effective treatment for nausea caused by chemotherapy drugs and may lessen the need for conventional pain-relieving medications. Acupuncture is generally considered safe as long as it is performed by a trained professional. When performed improperly, acupuncture can cause fainting, bleeding, nerve damage, and pose a risk for infection. For these reasons, you should always talk with your doctor beforehand, especially if you may have low white blood cells counts or thrombocytopenia from chemotherapy, to make sure that acupuncture can be performed in the safest manner possible. Another option is Acupressure which is a variation of acupuncture in which the therapist presses on acupoints with their fingers rather than using needles.

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