What are acupuncture treatments like and what do they involve?

At each session, your acupuncturist spends time collecting information on your physical, mental and emotional health before doing the acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture treatments in general are very relaxing and the time you spend resting on the table with the needles can be very healing. Treatments usually last 1 hour and at each visit you’ll have an opportunity to discuss any symptoms you’re having, concerns and questions about diet or nutrition and ideas for healthy life-style modifications you may want to make.

How many visits will I need?

Your acupuncturist will familiarize her/himself with your chemotherapy or radiation schedule in order to help you get the most benefit from your acupuncture treatments. The frequency with which you will need to come and duration of a course of treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and your particular treatment goals. For instance, many patients come for acupuncture soon after their chemotherapy treatments to prevent symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Others come before treatments to help reduce stress and anxiety. If their chemo treatments are several weeks apart, many patients come for acupuncture on those “off” weeks to help support their immune system, boost their energy and to relax and rejuvenate before their next round. Based on your individual needs, your acupuncturist will determine the most effective treatment plan for you on your first visit.