Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine, sterile needles are applied to specific areas of the body, or acupoints, to stimulate energy flow (or “chi”). The needles are usually left in place for a few minutes (skilled acupuncturists cause virtually no pain).
Energy is believed to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. When energy is flowing freely through these meridians, the immune system is stimulated, which is thought to bring on a healing response and balance. When the flow of energy is disturbed or off-balance, pain or illness may occur. A goal of acupuncture is to restore balance and healthy energy flow to the body to control pain and other symptoms.
The acupuncturists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) are experienced practitioners who alleviate treatment-related side effects, such as nausea and vomiting, pain, and other common symptoms, such as stress and insomnia. As you receive treatments, your acupuncturist will be in regular communication with your care team to evaluate your progress.
The acupuncture team at Southwestern
CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center has two acupuncturists on staff. The team provides acupuncture treatment to alleviate treatment-related side effects, such as peripheral neuropathy, nausea, vomiting and pain.
Brandy Valentine-Davis, MAcOM, LAc, a full-time acupuncturist within the hospital’s Naturopathic Medicine Department, says patients who elect to have acupuncture often report increases in energy, improved sleep and digestion, and elevated mood.
“Each acupuncture treatment focuses on the patient as a whole," Valentine-Davis says. "We are not only addressing isolated problems such as nausea, instead we are treating you, as a person, which includes your emotions, your feelings, your immune system, and all functions that assist in your recovery."