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Acupuncture in Toowoomba for Radiation Therapy

My name is Louis Gordon and I am an acupuncturist. I practice acupuncture from ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic in Middle Ridge, Toowoomba, 4350, Queensland, Australia. Just as fresh clean water bubbling up from a natural well is vital to sustain life … my WELLNESS information will help YOU to sustain a healthy vibrant life beaming with optimal wellness. Call for more information on (07) 4636 6100.

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Acupuncture May Ease Dry Mouth After Cancer

Cancer-Treatment-in-Toowoomba-with-AcupuncturePeople with chronic dry mouth related to cancer treatment reported some improvement in symptoms, like sticky saliva and dry lips after eight weeks of group acupuncture, in a new study from the UK. The study’s lead author thinks acupuncture should be offered to people with dry mouth related to radiation.

“These are patients for whom no other treatment has been helpful, and they feel better and their life has been improved as a result of this intervention,” oncologist Dr. Richard Simcock, from the Sussex Cancer Centre in Brighton, told Reuters Health.

Dry mouth is a common side effect of radiation treatment for head and neck cancers, but the only prescription drug used to treat it – known as Salagen (pilocarpine) – comes with side effects. Other options, like special toothpastes and mouthwashes, don’t always offer relief. Acupuncturists have been convinced their therapy could help these patients for years. His team’s study included 144 patients from seven UK cancer centers who had chronic dry mouth after radiation for head or neck cancer. They were all more than 1.5 years out from radiation therapy.

Acupuncture Successfully Improves Dry Mouth Symptoms After Radiation Therapy

By the end of their acupuncture sessions, participants were between 1.65 and 2.08 times more likely to report improvements in five of six dry mouth symptoms, including having to wake up at night to drink water, than after they’d only learned about oral care.  “I think it is a treatment that can and should be offered within cancer centers,” Dr Simcock said. As long as it’s delivered by a qualified practitioner, acupuncture is very safe.

ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic Can Assist You

If you live in SE Queensland, Australia, staff at ANTRAC Acupuncture Clinic are qualified and able to assist you in the treatment of dry mouth, along with the many other side effects of Chemotherapy and radiation therapy during your cancer treatment journey. Remember that Cancer is a WORD and NOT a sentence.

REFERENCE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-acupuncture-cancer-idUSBRE89N0SA20121024

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