Acupuncture May Benefit Cancer Patient Fatigue & Anxiety
By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com
Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common side effects of both the disease and its treatments. The sometimes disabling lack of energy can be caused by many factors, so in cases where the underlying cause cannot be eliminated, acupuncture may provide patients some relief.
According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), more than one-third of all adults (about 38%) had used some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). A special analysis of the data shows that CAM use is more prevalent in patients with cancer. About 40% of cancer survivors use a complementary health practice as they want to do everything they can to combat the disease, manage its symptoms and cope with the side effects of treatment. The most popular practices among cancer survivors were herbal and other natural products such as dietary supplements (20%), deep breathing (14%), and meditation (9%).