Cool down your hot flashes with this ancient therapy
It’s one thing to survive breast cancer – but it’s quite another to survive your treatment.
The very therapies that are supposed to kill the cancer could also leave you feeling like you’re on death’s door.
If you haven’t been through menopause, those treatments can bring you there in the express lane. And if you’ve already been through “the change,” the side effects are like the refresher course you never wanted.
The aromatase inhibitors commonly given to postmenopausal women with breast cancer can bring back the hot flashes, night sweats, and painful dryness “down there.”
But there’s one therapy that can help reverse some of those side effects and remove a little of the misery that comes with a cancer fight – and it’s not another drug with side effects of its own.
It’s a safe treatment that’s been used for thousands of years!
Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese therapy that’s proven effective for everything from depression to knee pain, can also help you take on the side effects of breast cancer treatments and win.
Just 30 minutes a week for 10 weeks can cut your hot flashes in half, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Not surprisingly, that leads to a better overall quality of life, with improvements in both physical and mental health.
What makes this study so encouraging is that it finds the benefits didn’t end with the acupuncture classes. A full six months later, the women who’d had acupuncture reported lower hot flash scores than women in a control group who attended classes on how to eat better and get more exercise.
The study focused on relatively younger women, with an average age of 49, but knowing acupuncture as well as I do, I’d say it’s very likely that this would also be very effective for older women fighting breast cancer.
The mainstream can’t explain acupuncture, but it’s been proven in studies to trigger the release of endorphins in the brain, which in turn can cut stress levels, improve the mode, ease pain and even help with your overall emotional well-being.
The only downside, of course, is that some folks are absolutely terrified of needles – and the idea of letting someone turn you into a human porcupine is even less appealing than the hot flashes.
Trust me, you’ll barely feel it. I have an acupuncturist here on my staff at the Stengler Center, and I’ve never heard of anyone having pain from the needles.
Along with acupuncture, natural therapies and herbal remedies can also help limit the toxic side effects of breast cancer treatments, so be sure to add an experienced holistic medical doctor to your care team.