Acupuncture & Cancer Treatment in Hakim Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic Santa Cruz

IMG_0219Conventional Cancer treatment may have many undesirable side effects such as:

  • Nausea, vomiting & digestive disorders
  • Dry mouth, fatigue & insomnia
  • Neuropathy, pain & night sweat
  • Low white blood cell and suppressed immune system

How Acupuncture Can help?


  • Releases endorphins (feel good hormone)
  • Increase blood flow and circulation
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Relaxes muscle and stop pain

Insertion of hair thin needle in certain points on the body called Acupuncture. In Chinese Medicine if the flow of Qi and blood is impaired, blockages and stagnation can cause illnesses such as cancer and tumor. “if there is free flow in the body there is no pain and if there is pain then there is no free flow”. By insertion of needles, acupuncturist try to open the flow of Qi/ blood and bring balance back to the body.


How Soon Should I get Acupuncture Treatment?

Latest research shows Acupuncture is more beneficial during cancer treatment compared to after. Fatigue, nausea, low white blood cell and neuropathy are some of the side effects of chemotherapy and respond very well to Acupuncture and Electro Acupuncture during cancer treatment. Relief of symptoms through Acupuncture is very common in our clinic and at the same time dietary recommendation and stress management will be offered to enhance the treatment.

How Often Do I Need to get Acupuncture Treatment?

The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while others may take four to ten treatments to be relieved. There are many factors involve in this journey; body chemistry, severity of symptom, how chronic the symptom is and emotional well being all play a part. When I was training in China, patient would come in every other day for 12 session and then would take a break for a week or two, then would start second set.


For further question and concern call our office for free consultation or fill out contact form.
(831) 426-5002    Dr. Katayoon Hakim