Acupuncture

woman getting an acupuncture treatment

Help with Pain, Fatigue & More

Acupuncture can help with the physical side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. It can also help you once your treatment is over.

Licensed acupuncturists see patients at the Enloe Regional Cancer Center to help ease:

  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Neuropathy
  • Pain
  • And more

Read Our FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Enloe’s Acupuncture Clinic for these categories:

About Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles into your body for the treatment of various health problems. The needles may be placed on your:

  • Arms
  • Ears
  • Head
  • And legs

They’ll remain in place for 15-45 minutes.

How effective is acupuncture?
Studies have found acupuncture to be very effective. It helps you feel better by stimulating your immune system and releasing endorphins in the brain. However, acupuncture does not take the place of medical treatments.

What training do acupuncturists have?
In California, acupuncturists must be graduates from an accredited Traditional Chinese Medical School. After receiving their degree, all students must take a state exam. Once they receive their license, acupuncturists may treat patients. To keep their license current, they must take continuing education classes.

What to Expect

When do treatments take place?
Treatments take place Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. at the Enloe Infusion Therapy Clinic inside the Enloe Regional Cancer Center, in a group setting.

Is treatment painful?
Most people have very little pain when the needles are inserted. Some say it feels like a mosquito bite. While the needles are in, you may feel heaviness, tingling or an electric sensation. The acupuncturist will be with you throughout your treatment. If you have any discomfort, let the caregiver know.

How many treatments will I need?
Some people experience symptom relief after a single treatment. Others need a few treatments for optimal results, as is the case with many other therapies.

Acupuncture & Cancer

How is acupuncture used with cancer treatment?
According to the American Cancer Society, a study found that acupuncture reduced:

  • Fatigue after chemotherapy treatment
  • Pain by 36% in patients with advanced cancer

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that acupuncture increased the effectiveness of anti-nausea medications used in cancer treatments. Other research showed acupuncture helped:

  • Improve gait and balance
  • Reduce pain

Acupuncture has been used for many years in China, along with standard cancer treatments. Medical centers, such as the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, have also used acupuncture to help cancer patients with:

  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Nausea
  • Neuropathy
  • And pain

Do I need a referral?
No. A physician referral is not required. You can make an appointment by calling 530-332-3857.

Billing

How does billing work?
Payment is expected at the time of your appointment. If requested, caregivers can give you a statement of charges, which you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

Make an Appointment

Treatments take place Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. at the Enloe Infusion Therapy Clinic inside the Cancer Center. Call 530-332-3857 to make an appointment or to get more information. A physician referral is not required. But payment is due at the time of service. You can request the paperwork needed for insurance or medical savings plan reimbursements.

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