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Annual Fall Conference Explores Acupuncture and Cancer Care

Madison, Wisconsin - The UW Carbone Cancer Center's 10th annual professional education conference, Advances in Multidisciplinary Cancer Care on October 21, will focus on integrative medicine and cancer care.


This month, we profile acupuncture, a common integrative medicine service.


Acupuncture, part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, stimulates the natural healing process of the body to aid in restoring health and balance.


Acupuncture uses energetic pathways throughout the body to correct imbalances and improve circulation. Specific acupuncture points along these pathways can influence organs and physiological processes. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected points to activate the body's natural healing abilities.

Research shows that acupuncture is safe, effective and gentle, without unwanted side effects. Acupuncture can be used for a variety of health issues including:

  • Cancer care: immune system and fatigue, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), nausea
  • Emotional: anxiety, depression, stress
  • Structural and Nervous System: arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, fibromyalgia, insomnia, back and joint pain, chronic pain, and acute injuries.
  • Gastrointestinal: diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, and gastritis
  • Gynecological: irregular or painful menstruation, infertility, and PMS
  • Respiratory: Asthma, allergies, sinusitis
  • Urogenital: incontinence, urinary tract infections

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At UW Health Integrative Medicine, acupuncture services are offered at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, UW Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital, as well as Research Park and Odana Atrium clinics.


Acupuncture and Cancer Care

Meet Mihal Davis in Words and Pictures


Mihal Davis is one of the acupucturists who provides care for patients at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Meet Mihal in words and pictures and learn what caring for cancer patients means to her. View Mihal's Audio Slideshow



At the UW Carbone Cancer Center, acupuncturists work in collaboration with patients and their physicians to offer complementary treatments to support traditional oncology care.


Your first visit with an acupuncturist will allow plenty of time for your questions as well as an initial treatment. During each treatment you will have the opportunity to speak at length about your health concerns and goals for treatment.


Once the acupuncturist has a working diagnosis, they will select which acupuncture points to treat. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, about the thickness of two human hairs. The needles are sterile, individually packaged and disposable. Many say that they experience a deep state of relaxation and renewal after an acupuncture treatment.



Date Published: 08/03/2011

News tag(s):  cancerintegrativecolleen lewismihal davis

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