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The Role of Acupuncture in Depression and Cancer

How Acupuncture Is Beneficial For Individuals with Depression & Cancer

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine for which it is used to correct imbalances in the body.  But that’s not all it can do. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help against depression and be helpful for cancer sufferers too.  Recent studies have shown that acupuncture adds many benefits to the body and is a great asset to those who suffer from diseases ranging from cancer to depression.

Depression is associated with multiple symptoms, some of which include fatigue, lack of happiness, excessive sadness, anxiety and many others. In a recent study, acupuncture was distributed alone or with medication such as SSRI’s (Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors).  It was found that acupuncture actually enhances the effectiveness of these drugs, as well as reduces the side effects that these drugs can cause.  An analysis of the research found that acupuncture helped mild depression, as well as moderate and severe depression disorders.  This research is invaluable to those who suffer from depression.

Acupuncture has been shown to help cancer sufferers in recent research done by several universities. Patients who undergo treatment for cancer experience horrible side effects, such as nausea, hot flashes, insomnia, lack of motivation, dry mouth, and many others.  There has been a great deal of research on how acupuncture, used in conjunction with cancer therapies, can reduce the side effects associated with radiation and chemotherapy.

It has also been found that acupuncture actually increases serotonin output in the brain, thus releasing opiates, which are responsible for alleviating pain; they also protect the immune system and its function.

Other studies have shown that acupuncture is beneficial in slowing cancer cell division, as well as reducing tumor-related inflammation. In fact, in the 1990’s, cancer clinics in California refused to see cancer patients who were not simultaneously receiving acupuncture treatments.  According to the clinics, cancer patients had significantly higher outcomes if their cancer treatment was in conjunction with acupuncture.

It is important that we understand the significance that acupuncture can provide and really use it to our advantage in order to help people feel better.  Continuing this type of research will be beneficial in our society as time passes and we continue to look for cures for multiple diseases and disorders. Contact our Indianapolis chiropractic clinic to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture.

Sources: Acupuncture for Symptom Management in Cancer Care: an Update, Is Acupuncture Beneficial in Depression, Can Acupuncture Relieve Depression?


About Integrated Health Solutions

Dr. Charbel Harb is a licensed chiropractic physician and the Medical Director of Integrated Health Solutions. Our core belief is that each patient who walks through the doors is a person, not just a medical record or chart. Our greatest pleasure is bringing joy to our patients and helping them to fully embrace life, allowing them to enjoy each day: active, healthy and pain free.

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