It’s nearly universal. Talk to anyone who’s survived a harrowing battle with cancer about the shock of what happened next, and you’ll get a similar story.
Most folks who’ve faced this cold-blooded killer and lived to tell the tale agree. Their fantasy of getting the good news and bouncing out of the exam room ready to party couldn’t have been further from reality.
Instead, you’re far more likely to leave feeling more drained than relieved. Because you’ve spent so much energy fighting the disease, there’s simply no gas left in the tank for celebrating.
Even worse, all too often, cancer survivors find themselves locked into a whole new fight. They’re left battling lingering post-cancer symptoms that can last for years, including…
- brain fog
- and MORE
The worst of the lot is another unexpected symptom. And that’s PAIN.
But don’t despair. The latest research reveals a “new” weapon that can target and help to erase post-cancer pain. Plus, it tackles many of those other unexpected symptoms too.
Ease post-cancer agony with acupuncture
About half of all cancer survivors aren’t only living with pain. They aren’t getting much relief from the usual sources.
So in desperation, many turn to popping pain pills like they’re Tic Tacs. And that, of course, can lead to a whole new set of problems.
But that’s where the new study comes in. It reveals that the ancient “energy therapy” called acupuncture can deliver much-needed relief to cancer survivors. Plus, researchers say it can also reduce the need for heavy-duty painkillers.
The study tested usual care, including painkillers and physical therapy, against two major forms of acupuncture:
- Auricular acupuncture: Developed by the U.S. military, this form of the ancient practice uses the needling technique only on the ear.
- Electroacupuncture: This form of therapy is probably more like what you think of when you hear the word acupuncture. It uses the same points on the body as the traditional form but with a slight tingly electric charge running through the needles.
And spoiler alert, BOTH forms provided significant relief.
Up to FIVE TIMES the pain relief
At the start of the study, the volunteers had moderate to major pain in their back, hip, or knees. Most of their pain scores rated somewhere between 5 to 5.6 points on a 10-point scale.
Usual care was borderline useless. After three months, pain levels had dropped by an average of less than half a point. Ear acupuncture, on the other hand, provided FOUR TIMES more relief. Pain levels dropped by an average of 2 points.
But electroacupuncture was the real stand-out. The lucky folks who got the electrified needles experienced nearly FIVE TIMES the relief. It delivered an average improvement of 2.39 points on that same 10-point scale.
Some people had minor bruising from the needles. About 10 percent quit because of it, and almost all of the dropouts were in the ear group. But for the most part, both forms of acupuncture were safe, well-tolerated, and effective.
Pain relief isn’t the only benefit this ancient energy technique delivers either. Acupuncture has also shown incredible promise for easing some of the most debilitating side effects of both the treatment and disease, including fatigue and cognitive problems.
Battling post-cancer side effects naturally
The only downside is that acupuncture is often not covered by insurance. So it’s likely you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket for it. It IS, however, typically approved for lower back pain. So depending on what issue you’re battling, there’s a chance you’ll have coverage.
Also, some acupuncturists use a sliding scale to accommodate patients of all incomes, and others will work on easy payment plans with you.
I promise acupuncture needles aren’t painful. Put if you simply can’t get over a fear of needles research shows acupressure can be effective for many post-cancer side effects too.
Plus, you can speak to a naturopathic or integrative physician about other non-drug options for symptom relief. Those could include supplements for fatigue and brain fog as well as natural pain relievers.