Cancer support Acupuncture in Brisbane

If you are undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, you are likely to experience side effects such as pain, nausea and fatigue. Many cancer patients have said that the treatment often feels worse than the disease itself.

It is important to follow the cancer treatment plan prescribed by your medical team. But what can be done about the side effects of chemotherapy and cancer treatments?

One therapy to consider is acupuncture. Acupuncture may be used as an adjunct or supportive therapy during cancer treatment. It can be used alongside your prescribed treatments to improve your quality of life and minimise some of the symptoms you experience.

Our experienced acupuncturists are happy to work under the direction of your oncologist. Their goal is to support your body and minimise the side effects of your chemotherapy treatments.

How can Acupuncture help with chemotherapy side effects?

It is important to know that acupuncture is not a therapy that treats active cancer. However, it may have some benefits as an adjunct therapy alongside your chemotherapy or cancer treatments.

Research suggests that acupuncture may help with management of vomiting and nausea due to chemotherapy treatments. It may reduce acute vomiting and the need for ‘rescue’ anti-emetic medications. Acupressure, a Tui Na massage technique, may also reduce the frequency of nausea.

Another common side effect of chemotherapy is fatigue. Studies suggest that acupuncture may help to relieve post-chemotherapy fatigue, with some finding that acupuncture reduces fatigue by as much as 36%.

Pain is often experienced by people with cancer due to the disease itself, but it can also be a side effect of cancer treatment. Research has found that combining acupuncture with medication may be more effective for cancer-related pain compared to medication alone.

Acupuncture can also help with stress levels, and some research suggests it can improve mood for cancer patients.

As acupuncture is not a pharmaceutical intervention, it should not interfere with your prescribed medications. If you are unsure whether acupuncture is right for your situation, we’re here to help. Contact our friendly reception team on (07) 3366 7970 to arrange a chat with one of our Acupuncturists.

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What to expect from your Acupuncture consultation

At the start of your consultation, your acupuncturist will take a detailed case history. This will include asking details about your current treatment schedule with your oncologist.

Once the case-taking is complete, you will receive a hands-on treatment to provide initial relief. Your treatment consists of the insertion of fine needles in acupuncture points. This aims to improve circulation and relax the nervous system. If you are experiencing pain, acupuncture may also provide an analgesic effect.

Depending on your case, your practitioner may also incorporate Tui Na massage techniques, cupping, and moxibustion.

PRICING Suzzanne Sunner:

Initial Consultation           60minutes     $130

Follow Up Consultation   45minutes     $100

PRICING Anthea Watson:

Initial Consultation           60minutes     $135

Follow Up Consultation   60minutes     $100

As with all health treatments, some people may experience adverse effects. However, acupuncture is considered a generally safe modality. Our Acupuncturists are gentle, compassionate, and experienced practitioners who will take good care of you.

Meet the Acupuncturists at Vibe Natural Health Brisbane

Emma Kopcikas Osteopath North BrisbaneSuzzanne Sunner

Suzzanne is a result focussed AHPRA registered acupuncturist who believes that the human body is always seeking balance within itself. Often, when we allow our body to become out of balance, either through lifestyle, physical trauma or psychological stresses, these imbalances manifest themselves as illness, physical complaints or dysfunction.

Emma Kopcikas Osteopath North BrisbaneAnthea Watson

Anthea has over 10 years of clinical experience as an Acupuncturist. She has a particular interest in conditions relating to stress and anxiety, fertility, IVF support and pregnancy, as well as pain management. Anthea has a holistic approach and is passionate about collaborating with other health professionals to achieve effective treatment outcomes. Anthea is fully registered with AHPRA/CMBA.



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