At the Institute of Integrative BioOncology (I2B), we take great pride in providing the finest medical acupuncture care to our cancer patients who are suffering from pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and dry mouth. As a healthcare professional with formal training in medicine, oncology, and integrative healing, Dr. Zhang has years of experience in helping cancer patients to not only obtain relief from the side effects of various cancer therapies, but also achieve total wellness and health restoration. Today, acupuncture is practiced widely in America’s top cancer centers such as Dana-Farber in Houston and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center in New York.
The acupuncture needles we use at our clinic are very thin and solid, with a smooth point. They are made from high-quality stainless steel. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle. Cancer patients experience acupuncture needles differently than needles used for other medical procedures. For most patients, the insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. Most patients feel minimal pain, or no pain at all, as the needles are inserted. Furthermore, once the needles are in place, there is usually no additional likelihood of pain. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation immediately following the treatment. Because we always use sterile disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.
Each treatment session last about 45 minutes. The number of treatment sessions needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, fewer visits are usually required.
Clinical trials in cancer patients indicate that Acupuncture provides relief from numerous undesirable side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy, and surgery. Such side effects include: pain, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, night sweats, hot flashes, stress, anxiety, fatigue, and lymphedema.