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Acupuncture, an over 2000-year old practice, is a key modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body. Traditionally trained acupuncturists believe this will balance the flow of energy or life force — known as Qi (chee), which flows along specific pathways or meridians throughout the body, restoring its health and balance.

Although to date, there is little scientific evidence to support this theory, modern science is beginning to examine how acupuncture works.  The specific mechanisms may depend on many factors, such as which points are used, how they are stimulated and what symptom is being treated.  This remains an active area of scientific investigation.

Our Integrative Medicine Center uses an evidence-based approach to understanding and applying acupuncture appropriately.  Our acupuncturists are nationally board certified, licensed in the state of Texas, and highly experienced in treating oncology patients.

Some conditions for which studies have shown acupuncture may be beneficial when used in combination with conventional treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy- induced nausea and vomiting
  • Cancer and treatment related pain
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Stress management

It is important to discuss with your healthcare team whether acupuncture would be beneficial and appropriate for you.

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