Acupuncture treatment is the piercing of long sterilized and stainless steel needles on the skin’s pressure points. There are almost two thousand pressure points on the skin which in turn is connected to various internal organs. If you apply pressure on particular pressure points then it may help you to ease the problems of that organ.
Acupuncture is even found to be useful for treating the hot flashes seen in breast cancer patients. This is a process of achieving better health through a drug free means.
Acupuncture to Ease Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients
Many womenÂ are suffering from breast cancer. Breast cancer is commonly seen in people between the age of 45 to 55 years. Now a days due to the increased awareness of breast cancer many women are going for mammogramÂ and this helps to detect breast cancer in its early stage itself. The major cause for breast cancer involves hormonal factors, genetic factors and environmental factors.
The treatment for breast cancer dependsÂ onÂ its stage and extend of spread. The treatments involves hormonal therapy, surgical removal of the cancer, radiation therapy and chemotherapy and all of which have its own side effects like decreased sex drive, hot flashes, decreased energy level, night sweats etc. Because of these harsh side effects most of the women thinks about discontinuing the treatment.
Here comes a remedy for the side effects and it is acupuncture. Acupuncture is ideal for cooling down the hot flashes in breast cancer patients. Acupuncture is also beneficial for boosting the women’s energy levels, well being, sex drive etc. Acupuncture is also found to be useful for treating the hot flashes that happens during the menopausal period.
Difference Between Acupuncture and Drug Therapy
If you compare acupuncture with drug therapy in patients having hot flashes you can see that patients who are undertakes acupuncture are more comfortable than those who are undergoing drug treatment.
After getting twelve weeks of treatment, the acupuncture and drug therapy cancer patients found to have fifty percent reduction in hot flashes and depression. But acupuncture treatment is found to have more lasting effects and at the same time acupuncture won’t produce any side effects like dizziness, nausea, anxiety, dry mouth etc. The patients who undergo drug therapy may have these side effects and more than that sometimes after stopping the drugs the patient may suffer from increased hot flashes, which the acupuncture patients don’t have.
Hence acupuncture is found to be beneficial for breast cancer patients.