Acupuncture and Cancer

Cancer and cancer therapies can stress the body. You may feel symptoms and side effects from the disease and its treatments. At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we offer acupuncture for people going through cancer treatments.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective complementary therapy that can relieve or lessen any side effects you may experience while being treated for cancer. Acupuncture can help you achieve improved wellness, decrease side effects and improve your quality of life.

Common conditions acupuncture may treat include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Bowel and digestive issues
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique used in Chinese medicine. It has been used for thousands of years. It is based on the idea that life energy, called Qi, flows through the body and can be affected by stimulating points along the body’s channels, called meridians. When meridians are blocked, energy cannot flow freely.

What does an acupuncturist do?

Acupuncturists determine if your body has too much or too little heat, cold, wetness or dryness. An imbalance can impair how your organs function. To balance your body’s Qi, acupuncturists insert very small, thin needles into specific areas of your body.

When should I start acupuncture?

It is best to begin acupuncture treatments before you experience symptoms, but it can be beneficial at any point of therapy.

How to make an appointment

  • Ask your doctor or nurse for a referral to oncology acupuncture.
  • Some insurances cover acupuncture; contact your provider or our office to learn more.


Angie Rademacher 

Angie Rademacher, N.D., L.A.C.