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Dr. Mindy Boxer – Cancer Treatment Side Effects? Acupuncture to the Rescue

Dr. Mindy Boxer – Cancer Treatment Side Effects? Acupuncture to the Rescue
Dr. Mindy Boxer - Cancer Treatment Side Effects? Acupuncture to the Rescue

Cancer treatments can cause a variety of other side effects that also need to be addressed. More and more research is showing Acupuncture as a viable option for additional pain management for those receiving chemotherapy or surgery and for the common side effects those treatments can bring. These side effects can include neuropathy, dry mouth, constipation, anxiety, and nausea.

How it Works

It is commonly taught that Acupuncture works by regulating and balancing Qi,  the energy that flows through the body along channels called meridians. By inserting needles into points along these channels, or meridians, the nervous system is modified through the stimulation of these points along the body. Neurotransmitters, like endorphins and serotonin, are released, thus relieving pain and restoring the balance of Qi in the body.

What Cancer Research Says

Recent medical research demonstrates that Acupuncture does appear to be a safe and effective treatment option for people experiencing some symptoms that come from various types of cancer treatment protocols. It can help manage the side effects from chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and hormone therapy.

The 2009 study, The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care, ultimately found that, “Clinical research on acupuncture in cancer care is a new and challenging field in oncology. The results of clinical research will continue to provide us with clinically relevant answers for patients and oncologists. The evidence currently available has suggested that Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy to manage cancer and treatment related symptoms, while giving patients the ability to actively participate in their own care plan. Future research requires the involvement of clinical researchers, clinicians, and patients. Development of innovative research methods is also crucial. It is expected that as more evidence continues to emerge, Oncology Acupuncture eventually will be integrated into standard oncology practice. The successful integration of Acupuncture at major academic medical and research facilities, such as DFCI and other major cancer centers, underscores the need for and value of Acupuncture in Cancer care.”

Symptoms Impacted by Acupuncture

2018 review of studies found that Acupuncture had a positive impact on cancer-related fatigue, a common side effect of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy-induced nausea is perhaps one of the most common side effects of treatment. According to the National Cancer Institute, evidence shows acupuncture relieves the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.

Additional studies examining pain control with Acupuncture show it can help with reducing the pain associated with surgery and some cancer treatments. Other studies show acupuncture helping to alleviate depression and anxiety that can come from treatment. Other symptoms positively impacted by acupuncture are sleep issues associated with treatment, and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. People undergoing cancer treatment also have compromised immune function. Even more studies have shown that it may have a positive influence on immune function in cancer patients.

If you or a family member are going through cancer treatments and are looking for drug-free alternatives to the side effects that can come with common cancer treatments, talk to me to determine your options. Adding Acupuncture to your treatment regimen can provide you with relief from uncomfortable side effects.

I will conduct a complete health history in order to develop a plan that compliments your current treatment protocols. Make an appointment today to find relief from your symptoms.

Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture can benefit you and help you to live a long, healthy life.


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Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.


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