Acupuncture could be a godsend for many cancer patients. A solution that can help you overcome the worst of the pain without adding yet another drug to the mix.
It has an epically-long track record of success. There are NO side effects. And NO risks. In fact, ALL you get is relief.
And it was even proven to work… again… in another recent study. Yet, chances are you’ll still never hear a peep about acupuncture from your oncologist.
But that’s okay. That’s what I’m here for. I’ll fill you in on the new research that EVERY cancer patient needs to hear about.
If you or a loved one are fighting cancer, it could make your battle much more tolerable and your life far better by putting a pin in the worst of your cancer pain.
Acupuncture helps wipe out cancer pain
The last thing you need is another drug and all of its side effects. That’s true for anyone. But it’s ESPECIALLY true when you have cancer.
Odds are, you’re already struggling with the sickening side effects of multiple cancer meds. Plus, you’re likely battling the life-sapping fatigue of both the treatments and the disease itself.
When you started this battle, you knew it wouldn’t be easy, of course. But recent research has revealed 1 in 3 cancer patients feel they were let down by their care team, not having been properly prepared for just how devastating the side effects would be.
But the new study shows how a little acupuncture could make all the difference in the world. The ancient practice… which involves inserting super thin (typically painless) needles into specific areas of your skin… can go a long way towards helping you to feel more like your old self again.
The review of 14 studies finds that acupuncture can deliver…
- significant drops in pain intensity
- less need for opioid pain killers
But when the researchers focused on seven high-quality studies, they found something even more remarkable. Acupuncture alone can reduce pain levels by 1.38 points on a 10-point scale.
That’s about the same benefit as you can expect from a DRUG. It’s so similar, in fact, that when researchers gave patients both acupuncture and a painkiller drug, the relief levels didn’t change much at all.
In other words, acupuncture held its own alone. And it performed just about as well as the acupuncture and painkiller combo. Which is likely why they saw a drop in opioid painkiller use. They weren’t needed.
Put the pressure on pain
It’s not just cancer pain those tiny pins can help with, either. Acupuncture can target all kinds of discomfort – including joint pain, especially in the knees.
Acupuncture has even been tested in emergency rooms. In many cases, it was found to be as effective as drugs, but without the risks.
The only downside to this method is that you need to visit a practitioner. And while getting out can be good when you’re in treatment for cancer, sometimes you might not have the energy.
But what if you don’t have to? The study also found very similar benefits using acupressure.
Acupressure is a twin version of acupuncture that uses pressure points instead of needles. And that means if you’re not feeling up for another appointment, you can use your own fingertips to stimulate specific points.
An acupuncturist can teach you the pressure techniques. Or you can find instructions online, including YouTube videos.