Among the many support services available to cancer patients at the Miami Cancer Institute – nutrition; Massage; Exercise therapy; Psychological counseling, art and music therapy, and more – is an ancient practice that helps patients deal with the side effects of their treatment, which can include pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Zunli Mo, Ph.D., OMD, integrative medicine expert and acupuncturist at the Miami Cancer Institute
Zunli Mo, Ph.D., OMD, an integrative medicine expert and acupuncturist at the Miami Cancer Institute, says acupuncture has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,500 years. “The fact that acupuncture is still practiced today and is enjoying increasing acceptance in traditional Western medicine by both doctors and patients shows that acupuncture can actually be beneficial,” says Dr. Mo, who has over 30 years of field service experience in China, Japan, and the United States.
In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed a number of conditions for which acupuncture was shown to be effective. The list includes blood pressure (both high and low); Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting; some stomach conditions, including stomach ulcers; painful periods; morning sickness; Rheumatoid arthritis; Tennis elbow; Sciatica; allergic rhinitis and other diseases. The WHO also suggests that acupuncture can help treat a number of infections, including some urinary tract infections.
According to Dr. Mo can acupuncture cancer patients at various points in their journey, and that’s why he was named to the team of oncologists, radiologists, and other cancer specialists at the Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, in 2019.
“Acupuncture can help the body relax and relieve nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy sessions,” says Dr. Mo cancer treatment. “
Modern science has yet to identify the specific mechanisms of acupuncture, says Dr. Mo, but the practice is believed to activate or create homeostasis, the internal balance of the human body’s healing system.
According to an article in Medical News Today, acupuncture manipulates the flow of energy through meridians or pathways in the body and brings it back into balance:
“Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance between the complementary extremes of“ yin ”and“ yang ”of the life force known as“ qi ”, pronounced“ chi ”. Illness is the result of an imbalance of forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians or channels in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points with suitable combinations is intended to bring the flow of energy back into balance. Research suggests it can help relieve pain, and it’s used for a variety of other ailments. “
Dr. Mo understands that some people misperceive acupuncture. “Some people believe that anything to do with needles has to be painful,” he says. “We use filamentary, superfine stainless steel needles, not the larger, hollow needles that are used to deliver drugs or vaccines,” he says. Most patients hardly feel anything – if they do, then “lightly and extremely briefly,” he says.
According to Dr. There are many different types of needles that are used in acupuncture, including local and distal needles. “Local needles are used at specific points on or around the painful area, while distal needles are used at a point outside the area,” he explains. Each needle is safely disposed of immediately after use, adds Dr. Mo added.
“Acupuncture is just one of the many health services available to cancer patients here at the Miami Cancer Institute,” said Dr. Mon meetings. “